America Turns On Steelers, Embraces Cheeseheads

Ben Roethlisberger held roughly his fifty-seventh Super Bowl XLV interview session yesterday afternoon.  A reporter from Dallas, after drying the tears from his eyes, asked Ben if it irked him that the Cowboys are called “America’s Team.”  Ah, Big D, keep grasping tightly at whatever straws you can in order to avoid the fact your team has become totally irrelevant because they haven’t won a damn thing in almost twenty years.  Ben’s response was perfect, noting people can proclaim themselves whatever they’d like but he knows there is no larger or more passionate fan base than Steeler Nation.

Unfortunately, the Nation may find themselves in the minority this coming Sunday.  Despite an infinitely larger national following than the Green Bay Packers, recent trends have shown a larger percentage of neutral football fans siding with the Cheeseheads over the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Hollwood Reporter magazine released its first ever Super Bowl Poll in the issue hitting newsstands today and the results are quite disheartening.   Once upon a time, this country embraced greatness and looked up to their heroes with admiration while today they seem overcome by jealousy towards those who are wildly successful.

Then again, these same people said Fox was their favorite NFL broadcaster and Troy Aikman was their favorite analyst.  Clearly we’re dealing with folks of dubious taste.  Unless your idea of top-notch coverage is a break dancing robot.

According to the poll by Penn Schoen Berland, Americans are rooting for the Packers by a 45% to 39% margin.  The spread is likely heavily influenced by the general unpopularity of Big Ben.  Muckraking Georgia DAs and skanky college girls everywhere can rejoice because their disreputable behavior and character assassinations have succeeded in making Ben the fourth most disliked player in football.  The three ahead of him are Bret Favre (proven pervert), Mike Vick (convicted animal abuser), and Tom Brady (uh, he’s just a dick).  Which goes to show how media types with hidden agendas, aided by a biased commissioner, can convince the great unwashed to believe just about anything they tell them.

In a way, though, I’m kinda glad the Steelers are being underestimated this time around.  Despite holding a number two seed and playing through a much tougher conference than the Pack, Las Vegas has maintained the Black and Gold as 2.5-3.5 point underdogs since the match-up was set.  While Green Bay has wisely avoided providing any bulletin board material to fire up the proud Steelers, this gives Mike Tomlin plenty of fuel to fire the blast furnace.  When these guys are written off like they have been all season, it only serves to make them want it more.

And, hey, at least one “expert” is picking the Steelers.  The Madden NFL 11 video game, which I’ve passed up booty calls in order to continue playing because I’m a dork, predicts the Steelers will win by a score of 24-20.  If you look over this history of Madden Super Bowl simulation, you’ll see the game is remarkably accurate.  It missed the final score of our victory in Super Bowl XLIII by only two points.  So let’s hope this Reverse Madden Curse holds true once again.

In the meantime, I’ll proudly wear my team’s colors and wave my Terrible Towel this weekend as will millions of fans across the country.  Because at the end of the day, the Pittsburgh Steelers are and always will be “America’s Team.”

Oh and speaking of Steeler Pride, don’t forget my Stiller Pride Coveroo Contest running all the way through Friday.  I’ve received about two dozen fantastic submissions but there’s still plenty of time to submit your most unique, funny, touching, sweet, clever, frighteningly obsessive, or (dare I say it?) sexy photo for a chance to win some awesome Steelers swag.   Full details and how to enter by clicking here.

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  • CaptainAge


    Enough crying about Ben.
    Enough crying about how the Steelers are hated.

    Since you are holding the law in such high standard, I can only assume that you will not refer to Ray Lewis as a murderer anymore, as he wasn’t convicted of anything.
    Also, I’m sure that you believe O.J. to be innocent as well again as he wasn’t convicted either.

    Your constant slander of females is childish, and your insinuation that college girls are drunken whores is insulting.

    The icing on the cake, you blame a girl for getting sexually assaulted for Ben’s popularity being lower than in recent years.

    I hope that you never have to experience a situation where a female that you are close to is sexually assaulted by some drunk athlete who feels some level of entitlement. If that unfortunate situation were to occur, I can only hope that you grow up enough so that you don’t blame her, or call her a whore.

    • Pete

      Last I checked Ray Lewis plea bargined his way to a conviction of obstruction of justice by turning states evidence instead of being tried with manslaughter which he was charged with. So yeah, he was convicted of something.
      And last I checked a female who drinks excessively while underage wearing a tag that says down to fu** qualifies as a whore.

      • CaptainAge


        Plea bargained to obstruction of justice, not plea bargained to murder. Quite a leap from a obstruction to murderer.

        Glad to see you’re one of those knuckle draggers who believes what a woman wears determines what rights a male has over her.

        Way to go!

        • femalefan

          Wow Captain D-bag….what would females like myself do if we didn’t have YOU to defend out rights? Just a hunch, you hated the Steelers long before this Ben story. But nice try. Now remember, you have the utmost respect for every female regardless of what she says, does or wears, so be careful how you respond. I hate for you to fall off that mighty high horse.

          • CaptainAge

            “Wow Captain D-bag”

            It’s actually CaptainAge, not “D-bag” – please read the handle.

            “….what would females like myself do if we didn’t have YOU to defend out rights? “

            Well, I’m glad you asked such an insightful question. If I wasn’t speaking out against articles like this, you would assume that all women wanted to get sexually assaulted by athletes.

            “Just a hunch, you hated the Steelers long before this Ben story. But nice try.”

            Yes FemaleFan you have found out my secret I do hate the Steelers “I hated the Steelers long before this Ben story”. That comment was “pure genius” I love well thought out comments like that –if I don’t agree with the masses I must hate the Steelers….

            “Now remember, you have the utmost respect for every female regardless of what she says, does or wears, so be careful how you respond.”

            At no point did I make such a generalized statement – try reading my comments without trying to write an insult that is “witty”. What I did say – was that a woman can wear whatever she wants and that doesn’t give any guy the right to do what they want. The meaning of that comment is pretty clear. Hopefully it was easier to decipher then my other DaVinci Code comments.

            “I hate for you to fall off that mighty high horse.”

            It’s unfortunate that you believe if someone speaks out against sexual assaults, that they are on a “high horse”.

  • Pete

    I never said it gave anyone a right to do anything. It’s all a matter of perception. Which is why I won’t say anything about you calling me a knuckle dragger since you have no idea who I am or what I believe. But thanks for playing along.

    • CaptainAge


      If your intention was to make a comment about “perception” perhaps you should have been more clear with your statement and I quote:

      “And last I checked a female who drinks excessively while underage wearing a tag that says down to fu** qualifies as a whore.”

      Hard to believe I misunderstood your meaning….

      Plus, you are welcome for “playing along”…

  • zam

    Chris, this is a great little write-up – posted in GQ magazine about 4 years ago (right after the current dynasty had won the first of our soon-to-be three Lombardis).

    The Cowboys may be “America’s Team,” but the Steelers are “God’s Team”

    “A Steelers game is a holy war, a fight for what is virtuous and right. To live here in Pittsburgh, where Heinz Field sits like a fat temple bursting with kielbasa-loving believers, is to know all there is to know. Unflinching, unconditional, ours is a faith handed to us from Grandpa or Great-Grandpa, the guy who first got the season tickets and passed them down through generations. (The waiting list for season tickets is ten years long- you have to wait until someone dies.) Divorcing couples have been known to wage custody battles over season tickets; ex-husbands give in and sit with ex-wives, sharing nachos and a cold Iron. Hey, it’s the Steelers.
    We are born into our religion, and we are baptized, and we receive our Communion. A Steelers fan never strays. You move to Denver, or to some fancy Sunbelt place, or even to California, you stay a Steelers fan. People say the Cowboys are America’s Team, and we think that is so adorable. So very precious. Listen, people: The Steelers are God’s Team. Hometown boy Bill Cowher having passed along to sainthood, we embrace a new messiah, Mike Tomlin, trusting in the guidance of our holiest family, the Rooneys(because they’re from Pittsburgh). And now, of course, we have big Ben Roethlisberger, who can make us more than a tiny bit nervous , and Hines Ward, with his eternal smile (he smiles, we think, because he gets to play for Pittsburgh), and Troy Polamalu, who embodies the sort of humanity we expecte of our Steelers. Good people. Good people. Hey, they play for Pittsburgh- a rusty promised land where there is so little left to be proud of. So we will sit and wave our terrible towels and battle the gray chill that cuts to the bone, wave that towel, wave that towel in praise. We will do this because this is our life’s work. We will continue to give birth to baby Steelers fans., and we will continue our charge to take over the world, to convert you and you and you. We are missionaries charged with leading you towards the light of Steeler Nation. It’s probably a rule in the Bible Somewhere. Oh, it probably is…”

  • Sean

    Question: If the Steelers win the S.B. and I read in the highlights afterwards – “Mendenthal punches one in” – does this refer to a td scored or what he did to Roetlisburger at the afterparty (U know based on the “leg-humping” incident)..?

    Also; I don’t think that the nation is turning on the Steelers. They are still a class act organisation (my brother-in-law is a steeler fan, but I still love him like a brother, even though his taste sucks).

    For one, I cannot think of a better S.B. match-up then they one we get to see and regardless of the outcome, I can only wish the loser gets a rematch next year.

    Go Pack GO!