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Stay Calm and Watch the Steelers

It’s the American Pass Time vs. A Game for the Ages.

I had a brief moment of panic while watching the Saints play the Cardinals in the Hall of Fame Game Sunday night.  No, it wasn’t the amateur officials blowing the holding call in the end zone.  The moment of panic came when it dawned on me that the Steelers begin their slate of preseason games this Thursday night against the cross state rivals from Philadelphia.  To be fair, it wasn’t all panic.  It was panic tempered with joy and wrapped in relief, then sprinkled with melancholy.  I’ll spare you all the ‘truck stop food/ rest stop restroom’ analogies that sprung to mind…

I had just watched the Pittsburgh Pirates take down the Big Red Machine from Cincinnati (AJ Burnett!!) and was gearing up to watch the HOF matchup when it all struck me:  I’m a Steelers fan first and foremost and no matter how intense the Pirates wildcard/divisional race gets, I will bail on them as soon as the ball is kicked off Thursday evening.  I didn’t want to face that reality, but there it is.  My heart belongs to Steelers Nation (maybe my lungs go to the Pens) and I have just been having a little summer fling with this year’s Pirates.  I wish them all the luck in the world but I’ll lose interest starting this week.  Where do you stand Steelers Nation?  Do you tune out baseball just as the playoff picture is coming into focus to devote every cell in your body to football or is there room in your heart for both?

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  • Kimmy

    I’ve never really followed the Pirates as closely as the Steelers and Pens and I’m not ashamed to admit that I have jumped on the bandwagon this year hoping they will end the streak of losing seasons. However, I’m fully willing to jump right off as soon as the Steelers kick off!

    • dave buzard

      I feel like a total bandwagon jumper in regard to the Pirates. I am afraid of being called out as a fraud at any minute.

      • Kimmy

        Don’t be afraid, I’m not. There should be no shame in being a bandwagon Pirates fan, 19 years is a long ass time to suck. The fan police might not like it but the Pirates gladly welcome all who want to join the party.

        • Dominic DiTolla

          Because I was born in San Diego and spent my youth going to Padres and Aztecs football games, I follow and root for each team the same as the Steelers.
          Luckily, since the Padres have been on par with the Pirates in terms of
          irrelevance and crappiness over the last two decades, both have hardly
          conflicted much, if at all.

          Although on October 8th 2006 I was kicked in the balls twice when the Padres were eliminated in the NLDS and the Steelers lost to Marmalard and Co. at the Murph on Sunday Night football.

          • dave buzard

            dreaded double roshambeau.

  • Gregg Conley

    Honestly its been so long since the Pirates were relevant in late summer I’m not sure how I’m going to handle it. I think as long as the two don’t conflict I’ll be good. But if its between a Steelers game and a Pirates game, I’ll watch the Steelers on TV and the Pirates on my computer.

    • dave buzard

      Multi tasker!! good on you.

  • Timmie Smith

    im going to watch the Steelers pre season game against the eagles and keep my eye on the pirates in between

    • dave buzard

      I think the Bucs play at 3:30 est on Thusday. You might be able to skate through this game without wearing out the remote.