It’s been a tough season, Steeler Nation. ’So close yet so far away’ encapsulates the kind of season we’ve had to endure in 2013. Before we get all caught up in the finger pointing and digging through the draft sheets of who the Steelers nab to help right the ship, let us take a moment to reflect upon the glory days. NPC is teaming up with Open Road Integrated Media for a giveaway to our loyal readers.
Open Road Integrated Media has given us iTunes codes that will allow a free download of Roy Blount’s new ebook “About Three Bricks Shy of a Load: A Highly Irregular Lowdown on the Year the Pittsburgh Steelers Were Super but Missed the Bowl.” It’s a pretty great read, and is one to put on your digital shelf for years.
Blount’s book is an acclaimed account (it was named one of the Top 100 Sports Books of All Time by Sports Illustrated) of the 1973 Pittsburgh Steelers—a team on the cusp of once-in-a-generation greatness. Interspersed with vivid depictions of players like Terry Bradshaw, “Mean” Joe Greene, and Ernie “Fats” Holmes, as well as the team owners, the Rooney clan, About Three Bricks Shy of a Load harks back to a bygone era when offensive linemen could weigh about the same as the backs they blocked for, when the highest-paying team’s highest-paid player—Bradshaw—made $400,000, and when one team was able to win four Super Bowls in six years—a feat that remains unrivaled today (and double the number of times the Ravens have ever won the Super Bowl). This is the story of building a franchise the right way. The working class way in a working class town. The Steelers way. The New Yorker called it “the best of all books about pro football.
How will this contest work? Simple. Just leave your favorite moment of the Steelers – either your own moment as a fan or of the Steelers themselves – in the comments section. Three (3) winners will be drawn at random and notified on January 5th. The contest will close on the 4th, so be sure to get those favorite moments in the comments section before then. Good luck everyone, and we are excited to read all the many great memories throughout Steeler Nation!