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Steelers Use 49er’s Game to Redefine Losing. You Should Too.


I freakin’ love the Pittsburgh Steelers.  I love that team from its one sided helmet decal to the Rooney family. The players, coaches, stadium, The Terrible Towel, Troy’s shampoo commercials, I am down with all of it. I don’t pretend to be anything but a total homer. But I’m a homer living in the real world. Much is made of the Steelers’ blue collar, everyman, fan base but Holy Crap; the workin’ man can be one whiny son of a bitch! So, let’s take a step back, catch our breath, and put some things in perspective.

The Steelers got taken to the woodshed by the bay this week and you can Electrical Pun yourself into a light coma with descriptions of how it went down.  I am really resisting temptation here to not throw out a “blown fuse” or “lights out performance” line.  The Rooney Company flat out lost the game.  As opposed to the Kansas City and Cleveland games that the Steelers won this year but were somehow treated like losses.  Let me repeat.  San Francisco game: LOSS complete with an (L) in the loss column.  Kansas City and Cleveland games:  Wins with a nice meaty (W).  With wins come bonuses and celebrations; production is up, the boss is happy, and we’re all knockin’ off early on Friday!  Losses are more like, we ran over a steam line and that shut the conveyor belt  down and nobody’s leavin’ til we’re back up and running on schedule.  Quit your bitchin’, hard hats, and learn to appreciate a win!

The lunch bucket toting among us know what it’s like to punch the clock and give the company a damn hard day’s work.  These are the men and women of Steelers Nation; people who give it their level best come hell or high water to show up and perform for their paycheck.    The people of Western Pennsylvania are solid stock!  And let me put it out there right now; unless you have endured the 412/724/814 area codes for at least one winter; you are a casual fan, a wanna be.  If you have lived in San Diego your whole life but claim to “Bleed Black N’ Gold” you are fooling yourself, friend.  You are no different than the pseudo Irish that come out to party with us actual Irish on St. Patrick’s Day; we appreciate the nod but we don’t really need you on our band wagon unless that next round is on you.    Work a day people know that you will have good days on the job and less than good days on the job and it’s important to look at things over a period of time instead of day to day or even week to week.  Why then does the typical Steelers’ fan want to live and die on every snap of the ball? That is illogical thought.   Please do NOT take this opportunity to tell me that “fan” is short for “fanatic”.  I passed fifth grade English.

There is no such thing as an ugly win and certainly no such thing as an acceptable or meaningless loss.  I don’t give a rat’s high ankle how beat up or depleted the troops are, there are no A’s for effort in the NFL.  Way too many Steelers fans, who do amazingly dirty jobs, amazingly well, want to award style points for the ass whoopin’s Pittsburgh gave to the Bengals and Titans and roll their eyes at the outcome of the Seahawks’ or Colts’ games; all W’s, by the way.   The Steelers four losses this year have been gut wrenching and each and every win has been a thing of Utopian beauty!  This is not ‘America’s Next Top Model’, it is professional tackle football.    Sometimes you keep the concrete plant running on binder twine and bubble gum until Dean and his crew shows up with the welder.

To you, the members of the proletariat, love your team through thick or thin, sickness and in health but know when you’ve got it good.  Be pissed off about this loss and don’t ask for the victories to be prettier than they need to be.  You’re the boss!!

  • ZimmersHole

    So, according to you, us who live nowhere near the state of Pennsylvania, let alone the capital city, are mere “fanboys”, “wannabes” and outsiders? Not “tr00″ or “hardcore” enough, ‘cuz we’re not from the hood of Pittsburgh? Or because we don’t have a shitty job at kmart? You’re so full of it! And your statement’s laughable & ludicrous at best :D

    I don’t need no redneck fanboy to tell me how to cheer or feel for my fav. team if I’m not a born yinzer, plain and simple! Do I get upset when the team lose? Yes, but not to the extent of doing stupid things like that crazy cheesehead that chocked her daughter (she’s alive) when her beloved packers lost to the mediocre KC chiefs in the quest for the perfect season.

    Your statements reminds me of those of a metalhead (go to urbandictionary.com if you don’t know what that means); if you don’t dress like one, “think” like one, have long hair and drinks lots of beer, and stink like one, then you are just not a metalhead, regardless if you happen to like metal music just as much if not more than they do. Guess the same goes to the”true yinzers”.

    United we stand, divided we fall.

    Peace.

  • DomDiTolla

    Wow. Simply wow. Let me get this straight, even though I have followed the Steelers since birth, consider the franchise to be my most favorite in professional sports, and write for NPC, I’m a “bandwagon fan?” By your logic guess that you think I should just up and quit writing for this site and take my talents elsewhere because I happen to be from San Diego and consider that city to be my hometown. I have no need to prove my undying fandom for the Pittsburgh Steelers to somebody like you that questions it. My 20+ years of supporting this franchise speak for themselves.

    Stay classy Dave.

  • ZimmersHole

    So, according to you, us who live nowhere near the state of Pennsylvania, let alone the capital city, are mere “fanboys”, “wannabes” and outsiders? Not “tr00″ or “hardcore” enough, ‘cuz we’re not from the hood of Pittsburgh? Or because we don’t have a shitty job at kmart? You’re so full of it! And your statement’s laughable & ludicrous at best :D

    I don’t need no redneck fanboy to tell me how to cheer or feel for my fav. team if I’m not a born yinzer, plain and simple! Do I get upset when the team lose? Yes, but not to the extent of doing stupid things like that crazy cheesehead that chocked her daughter (she’s alive) when her beloved packers lost to the mediocre KC chiefs in the quest for the perfect season.

    Your statements reminds me of those of a metalhead (go to urbandictionary.com if you don’t know what that means); if you don’t dress like one, “think” like one, have long hair and drinks lots of beer, and stink like one, then you are just not a metalhead, regardless if you happen to like metal music just as much if not more than they do. Guess the same goes to the”true yinzers”.

    United we stand, divided we fall.

    Peace.

  • DomDiTolla

    Wow. Simply wow. Let me get this straight, even though I have followed the Steelers since birth, consider the franchise to be my most favorite in professional sports, and write for NPC, I’m a “bandwagon fan?” By your logic guess that you think I should just up and quit writing for this site and take my talents elsewhere because I happen to be from San Diego and consider that city to be my hometown. I have no need to prove my undying fandom for the Pittsburgh Steelers to somebody like you that questions it. My 20+ years of supporting this franchise speak for themselves.

    Stay classy Dave.

  • AdamMeckler

    I have never lived in Pittsburgh. My family all lives there, including my mom, who grew up there. My aunts, uncles…everyone but me and my siblings. Yet, somehow, miraculously, I bleed black and gold. Part of what makes this team so special is that those who are from Pitt but moved away, stuck with their team, and passed it on to their loved ones. I’ve been a die-hard fan for my entire life. I have the blog resume and and tattoos to prove it. You need to be careful who you challenge on this site, because I bet the majority of our readers (and writers, mind you) don’t live in Pittsburgh. Some of them never have. I’ve never given up on my team, no matter how bad they’ve been. I’ve never turned off a game before the final snap is played. I’ve never left a stadium before the game is over (unlike so many of your Pittsburgh native cohorts who I’ve been around at Heinz Field.) Terrible Towels were draped over my dad’s hospital bed and later coffin. My closet is full of jerseys, and boxes full of Steelers memorabilia dating back to their inception. I go to a Steelers bar here in Saint Paul, MN every week to watch the game. It’s full of die-hard Steeler fans from all over the globe. There is a guy who grew up in Stillwater, MN who is so proud of his subscription to Steelers Digest that he brings his latest copy every week. There’s a guy from New Orleans who’s always loved Steelers, but never lived in Pittsburgh. There is my wife, who grew up in MN and WI, but now can’t wait to see the Steelers play every week. And there are, of course, those who have been relocated from the ‘Burgh to colder climates.

    When I drive to Pittsburgh every year to go to a game at Heinz Field, I drive over 14 hours to get there. Every minute I’m dieing to go through that Washington Mountain tunnel and emerge into beautiful Pittsburgh. It’s my city just as much as it is yours.

    Get over yourself.

  • AdamMeckler

    I have never lived in Pittsburgh. My family all lives there, including my mom, who grew up there. My aunts, uncles…everyone but me and my siblings. Yet, somehow, miraculously, I bleed black and gold. Part of what makes this team so special is that those who are from Pitt but moved away, stuck with their team, and passed it on to their loved ones. I’ve been a die-hard fan for my entire life. I have the blog resume and and tattoos to prove it. You need to be careful who you challenge on this site, because I bet the majority of our readers (and writers, mind you) don’t live in Pittsburgh. Some of them never have. I’ve never given up on my team, no matter how bad they’ve been. I’ve never turned off a game before the final snap is played. I’ve never left a stadium before the game is over (unlike so many of your Pittsburgh native cohorts who I’ve been around at Heinz Field.) Terrible Towels were draped over my dad’s hospital bed and later coffin. My closet is full of jerseys, and boxes full of Steelers memorabilia dating back to their inception. I go to a Steelers bar here in Saint Paul, MN every week to watch the game. It’s full of die-hard Steeler fans from all over the globe. There is a guy who grew up in Stillwater, MN who is so proud of his subscription to Steelers Digest that he brings his latest copy every week. There’s a guy from New Orleans who’s always loved Steelers, but never lived in Pittsburgh. There is my wife, who grew up in MN and WI, but now can’t wait to see the Steelers play every week. And there are, of course, those who have been relocated from the ‘Burgh to colder climates.

    When I drive to Pittsburgh every year to go to a game at Heinz Field, I drive over 14 hours to get there. Every minute I’m dieing to go through that Washington Mountain tunnel and emerge into beautiful Pittsburgh. It’s my city just as much as it is yours.

    Get over yourself.

  • dbuzard

    I was really just speaking more to the collective consciousness that exists in Western Pa in regards to the work ethic and shared commonality of experiences. No apologies or excuses for my post. I have nothing but mad respect for Steeler Nation, being a proud citizen myself.

  • dbuzard

    I was really just speaking more to the collective consciousness that exists in Western Pa in regards to the work ethic and shared commonality of experiences. No apologies or excuses for my post. I have nothing but mad respect for Steeler Nation, being a proud citizen myself.

  • dan1282

    Dbuz-

    You are an absolute moron. I grew up in CT and started rooting for the steelers when I was 3 years old. I could go on and on with anecdotes, whether it is about driving 9 hours to and from games each year and EVERY year, or about having been to two of the last three superbowls the steelers were in, or about having my kidney transplant done in pittsburgh so I wouldn’t miss watching any games, but I wouldn’t waste the words on a simpleton like yourself. You could argue that steelers fans from outside western pa are actually more die-hard because they were drawn to the steelers on their own, not just following their local herd Not to mention the dedication it takes to get to pittsburgh or watch them on the road. But the truth is I would never make that argument and nor should anyone. A true fan would never doubt the commitment of another. The great people of western pa are die hards. As are steelers fans around the world. By doing that you have actually turned from a fan to just some red neck meat head dumb enough to try to prove their own dedication by minimizing that of others . No wonder there is a call for writers on this blog. The talent is in the toilet.

    Dan

  • VA6BurghFan

    I think the Nation is one of the most impressive things in all of sports. It gives me shivers when I watch the ESPN fan commercials that highlights all the fans across the world waving the Towel. I don’t know how many of those people are from the Burgh or were raised by true fans, and probably a good number are bandwagoners. I agree that the true fan base are those still going to Burgh bars and waving towels during 6-10 seasons. But if those same fans have never stepped a foot into Western PA, never froze during a divisional rout in Three Rivers, or can’t point to a single yinzer relative, they’re still OK by me. Just prove it when the chips are down, when we’re in the cellar, that’s all I need to see. And that’s from someone who lived in Irwin, who’s dad was too poor and working too long to take me once to Latrobe 30 mins down the road while growing up, and zero times to a game… but now travels 6 hours every August to Latrobe to teach my kids the history and hope for Hines to sign their footballs, and does it again in December to let them experience Renegade before a big defensive stand. These fans don’t have to impress me with their lineage or their paycheck, they just need to keep bleeding black and gold when it’s not popular to do so.

  • dan1282

    Dbuz-

    You are an absolute moron. I grew up in CT and started rooting for the steelers when I was 3 years old. I could go on and on with anecdotes, whether it is about driving 9 hours to and from games each year and EVERY year, or about having been to two of the last three superbowls the steelers were in, or about having my kidney transplant done in pittsburgh so I wouldn’t miss watching any games, but I wouldn’t waste the words on a simpleton like yourself. You could argue that steelers fans from outside western pa are actually more die-hard because they were drawn to the steelers on their own, not just following their local herd Not to mention the dedication it takes to get to pittsburgh or watch them on the road. But the truth is I would never make that argument and nor should anyone. A true fan would never doubt the commitment of another. The great people of western pa are die hards. As are steelers fans around the world. By doing that you have actually turned from a fan to just some red neck meat head dumb enough to try to prove their own dedication by minimizing that of others . No wonder there is a call for writers on this blog. The talent is in the toilet.

    Dan

  • VA6BurghFan

    I think the Nation is one of the most impressive things in all of sports. It gives me shivers when I watch the ESPN fan commercials that highlights all the fans across the world waving the Towel. I don’t know how many of those people are from the Burgh or were raised by true fans, and probably a good number are bandwagoners. I agree that the true fan base are those still going to Burgh bars and waving towels during 6-10 seasons. But if those same fans have never stepped a foot into Western PA, never froze during a divisional rout in Three Rivers, or can’t point to a single yinzer relative, they’re still OK by me. Just prove it when the chips are down, when we’re in the cellar, that’s all I need to see. And that’s from someone who lived in Irwin, who’s dad was too poor and working too long to take me once to Latrobe 30 mins down the road while growing up, and zero times to a game… but now travels 6 hours every August to Latrobe to teach my kids the history and hope for Hines to sign their footballs, and does it again in December to let them experience Renegade before a big defensive stand. These fans don’t have to impress me with their lineage or their paycheck, they just need to keep bleeding black and gold when it’s not popular to do so.

  • menahuni2600

    At the ripe ol’ age of seven, it was the mid-seventies and the biggest rivalry was Steelers and Cowboys. Yes, I have been part of the Steeler Nation for the past 36 years. I’ve traveled hundreds of miles to watch a game, rarely miss a televised game and even flew thier flag in Iraq for three tours. Now, some simpleton carries on about how you’re not a true fan unless you live inside these three area codes and wear a hard hat to work?

    Last year I so looked forward to the game roundup and the obvious biased opinions found on here. Now, I just wasted five minutes reading this garbage with not the first hint of what actually happened in the game.

    Where did they get this bozo? “Nice Pick” needs to advertise for another writer. Lights out for this moron.

  • menahuni2600

    At the ripe ol’ age of seven, it was the mid-seventies and the biggest rivalry was Steelers and Cowboys. Yes, I have been part of the Steeler Nation for the past 36 years. I’ve traveled hundreds of miles to watch a game, rarely miss a televised game and even flew thier flag in Iraq for three tours. Now, some simpleton carries on about how you’re not a true fan unless you live inside these three area codes and wear a hard hat to work?

    Last year I so looked forward to the game roundup and the obvious biased opinions found on here. Now, I just wasted five minutes reading this garbage with not the first hint of what actually happened in the game.

    Where did they get this bozo? “Nice Pick” needs to advertise for another writer. Lights out for this moron.

  • NicoleV

    You Sir, Are an idiot !!!!!! Thanks for wasting 2 minutes of my life reading this insulting garbage. Signed, A girl who’s love for the STEELERS began at age 6 when she lived in FLORIDA !!!!!!!

  • ToddWilliams

    Not a fan of the article. Where’s Kimmy?!?

  • NicoleV

    You Sir, Are an idiot !!!!!! Thanks for wasting 2 minutes of my life reading this insulting garbage. Signed, A girl who’s love for the STEELERS began at age 6 when she lived in FLORIDA !!!!!!!

  • ToddWilliams

    Not a fan of the article. Where’s Kimmy?!?

  • steelerfan

    Weak. Western Pa isn’t even the same lunch pale blue collar area it once was. A lot of the factories shut down in the eighties and have continued to do so. The blue collar workers uprooted and went where the work was. That’s part of why SteelerNation is everywhere. Western PA has a lot of white collar jobs these days. What a piece of junk article.

  • steelerfan

    Weak. Western Pa isn’t even the same lunch pale blue collar area it once was. A lot of the factories shut down in the eighties and have continued to do so. The blue collar workers uprooted and went where the work was. That’s part of why SteelerNation is everywhere. Western PA has a lot of white collar jobs these days. What a piece of junk article.

  • Kimmy

    Aye carumba! I love your passion and where your heads at dude, but I would have never made those comments about fans who don’t live in Western PA. Who do you think fills up the seats in San Diego, Tampa, Miami, Arizona, Detroit, etc.? It ain’t all yinzers jumping on the turnpike for those away games. Remember this, it takes a very strong willed fan to always be the visitor in the stands rather than watching your team in the comfort of the home stadium.

  • dbuzard

    I appreciate your response, Kimmy. Really, I was not trying to slight any member of Steeler Nation. I am just a dude fortunate enough to have some blog space. I am a huge music fan. I love Black Sabbath. They are from Burmingham, England which is a Sister City to Pittsburgh. I have been told that no matter how much I dig the band that I should go spend some time in Burmingham to really experience the atmosphere that spawned the band. In my own clumsy, provincial, way I was trying to convey that sentiment about Western PA.

    I have always been impressed by the Steeler fan base. The ones that travel to see the team and the ones that are fans living in their respective cities. I read an article years ago about Steelers fans living in San Diego. They were not transplants but loved the Steelers ever since the AFL/NFL merger when Pittsburgh moved over to the AFC. They appreciated the storied franchise helping to legitimize the new conference.

    dave

  • Kimmy

    Aye carumba! I love your passion and where your heads at dude, but I would have never made those comments about fans who don’t live in Western PA. Who do you think fills up the seats in San Diego, Tampa, Miami, Arizona, Detroit, etc.? It ain’t all yinzers jumping on the turnpike for those away games. Remember this, it takes a very strong willed fan to always be the visitor in the stands rather than watching your team in the comfort of the home stadium.

  • dbuzard

    I appreciate your response, Kimmy. Really, I was not trying to slight any member of Steeler Nation. I am just a dude fortunate enough to have some blog space. I am a huge music fan. I love Black Sabbath. They are from Burmingham, England which is a Sister City to Pittsburgh. I have been told that no matter how much I dig the band that I should go spend some time in Burmingham to really experience the atmosphere that spawned the band. In my own clumsy, provincial, way I was trying to convey that sentiment about Western PA.

    I have always been impressed by the Steeler fan base. The ones that travel to see the team and the ones that are fans living in their respective cities. I read an article years ago about Steelers fans living in San Diego. They were not transplants but loved the Steelers ever since the AFL/NFL merger when Pittsburgh moved over to the AFC. They appreciated the storied franchise helping to legitimize the new conference.

    dave

  • JennMT

    I appreciate you trying to make amends sir, but your attitude makes you no better than a hipster who thinks he’s cooler because he had an iPhone before it was cool to have iPhones. STEELERNATION has spread far and wide over the 78 years of existence, as it should be. Everything you claim to love about your home town, should be something you want to share with the world, not something you want to hold your own, and stick your nose up at those that can’t have it. I hope your additions to the site here have a more positve view of your readers, as if it weren’t for the internet STEELERNATION wouldn’t have grown at the rapid rate it has, the internet that now allows you to get your thoughts out to the rest of us. Just so you know, I lived in Pittsburgh as a child briefly, my father grew up there, my grandparents from Braddock, but my fahter entered the military after high school, so we lived in several locations. Where my address may not have always said Pittsburgh, there is a piece of my heart that cannot be replicated anywhere else, however Isley’s does ship to anywhere in the US, and there are 3 wonderful locations of Primanti Bros. in Florida for a reason.

  • JennMT

    I appreciate you trying to make amends sir, but your attitude makes you no better than a hipster who thinks he’s cooler because he had an iPhone before it was cool to have iPhones. STEELERNATION has spread far and wide over the 78 years of existence, as it should be. Everything you claim to love about your home town, should be something you want to share with the world, not something you want to hold your own, and stick your nose up at those that can’t have it. I hope your additions to the site here have a more positve view of your readers, as if it weren’t for the internet STEELERNATION wouldn’t have grown at the rapid rate it has, the internet that now allows you to get your thoughts out to the rest of us. Just so you know, I lived in Pittsburgh as a child briefly, my father grew up there, my grandparents from Braddock, but my fahter entered the military after high school, so we lived in several locations. Where my address may not have always said Pittsburgh, there is a piece of my heart that cannot be replicated anywhere else, however Isley’s does ship to anywhere in the US, and there are 3 wonderful locations of Primanti Bros. in Florida for a reason.