Even though this is late, I would like to congratulate the Green Bay Packers and their real fans on their win in Super Bowl XLV. Green Bay played a good game and got the job done. Congrats to them.
However, this article is more for my fellow Steeler fans and also directed towards the "bandwagon" Green Bays fans. I am referring to the fans who were pulling for the Packers just because they hate the Steelers or whatnot.
To my fellow Steeler fans: the team fell short in the big game. It happens. A team will not win by committing three turnovers. Pittsburgh's issues in the secondary during the season, and even in the playoffs, eventually came to bite them in the rear during the Super Bowl.
During the entire season, however, they battled through a lot of obstacles. Ben had the suspension. Aaron Smith suffered a bad injury. We had injuries on the offensive line all season. Troy got hurt. He wasn't himself the last part of the season, and he pretty much disappeared during the playoffs.
However, it's all good. Steelers still have six rings from eight playoff appearances. This team offers fans a lot to proud of. Pittsburgh made the SB despite what the "experts" on the so called "World Wide Leader," ESPN claimed.
Now, to the haters and the Green Bay bandwagon fans: The Steelers made the Super Bowl. That is more than 30 other teams can say. Let's examine the teams who I call the "media darlings."
Where were the New York Jets? I mean, ESPN and NFL Network kept saying all season that they were going to be representing the AFC in the Super Bowl. I mean, that is what these "experts" kept saying. Well, as far as I know, they were sent home by the Steelers. Perhaps they should learn that the games are won on the field, and not in the press. I hope they enjoy their Super Bowl ring won by Namath back in '69.
Where were the Indianapolis Colts? This is another team ESPN and NFL Network enjoy brown-nosing. I call ESPN the "Peyton Manning Network" for a reason. Peyton Manning was given a pass for that whole slew of INTs he threw. Again, where were the Colts in the Super Bowl? Perhaps Coach Caldwell should learn when to call a time out.
Where were the Baltimore Ravens? ESPN and NFL Network were really over this team and their "vaunted" and aging defense. That's right. They keep flapping their gums about wanting the Steelers in the playoffs, and like Hines Ward said, the Steelers keep putting them out of the tournament.
Where were the defending champs, the New Orleans Saints? ESPN and NFL Network were so sure they were going to repeat. The Saints proved otherwise. They couldn't get by a 7-9 Seattle team in the first round of the playoffs.
How about them Dallas Cowboys? ESPN loves this team. ESPN was pretty much putting this team in the Super Bowl, and the season had not even begun. I mean, why play the games? The Cowboys already won. Of course, something happened on the way to their coronation. They had a disastrous season. Oops.
Where were the San Diego Chargers? ESPN and NFL Network are so in love with Rivers and the Chargers. Sure, Rivers passes for approximately 3500 yards a season and has a great team around him, but I want to see more than that. This was a team in 2010 with the No. 1 offense and the No. 1 defense, and they didn't make the playoffs? They couldn't beat the hapless Bengals. Here is some advice. Fire Norv Turner, and stop trying to imitate Zenyatta.
I mean, the only two teams that I saw in the Super Bowl were the Packers and the Steelers. I do not see any of the above mentioned media darlings in the game. I didn't predict the Raiders, Chiefs, Giants, Patriots, or any other team either. The Packers made the plays to win the game, and the Steelers did not.
Both teams qualified to be in the game. 30 other teams did not. Sorry if that doesn't sit well with some people.
This was not a morality play like some self righteous fans and media types tried to make it either.
It was just a game.
Time to move on.
Thank you to the Pittsburgh Steelers for putting on an incredible season for your fans.