I am just going to spend a couple of minutes today talking about how much of a fan I am of my sports teams! I am writing this today before I go to bed as I rewatch Thursday night’s game of my favorite team, The Pittsburgh Steelers crush the Tennessee Titans. It is week 10 of the NFL season and the Steelers are 8-2 and currently tied for first place in the AFC with the dreaded New England Patriots. One week from now, I will be at Heinz Field with my boy, Mr. Tod watching the Steelers hopefully improve their record to 9-2 with a win over the Green Bay Packers.
I also love my Pittsburgh Penguins, who lost yesterday to the Chicago Blackhawks. I also love my Pittsburgh Pirates, although they are a little tougher to love. They have had only 6 playoff seasons since 1991 and haven’t reached the World Series since 1979. If you compare these three teams, the Pirates are a tough sell, the Penguins have won back to back Stanley Cups and 5 Cups since 1991 and the Steelers haven’t had a losing season since 2003, the season before they drafted their current quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. During these seasons, the Steelers have made the playoffs 9 of those 13 seasons. The four seasons they didn’t make the playoffs they have finished with 8-8 or 9-7 records are were the last team out of the playoffs.
My final favorite team is the University of Dayton Flyers basketball team. I love this team. This year will be different because they have a new head coach, Anthony Grant, a relatively new team and an exciting future. The best part of this team is my love for them that I developed back in college and that going back each year takes me back to those 4 fabulous years as a college student. The atmosphere at the University of Dayton Arena is unlike many because there is always 12,000 fans at each game, no matter who the opponent is. It is an amazing time, UD knows how to throw a party and celebrate a team. This year will be tough, but good times will be back soon.
I will focus on the Steelers for the rest of this blog, because I am sitting in my Steelers shorts with a Steelers t-shirt on, deciding what Steelers sweatshirt I should wear to school tomorrow watching an old Steelers game. This year, while on vacation at Hershey Park, my family and I were sitting on a bench to rest a minute and I decided to check my email. An email from the Steelers came through stating, “Your Time Has Come” and when I opened the email, it stated that it was my turn to get season tickets! I put my name on the season ticket waiting list 20 years ago and I couldn’t believe that my name came up.
I really didn’t plan on getting them but I didn’t want to wait another 20 years to get them again. The whole point for bringing up the season tickets is that with the season tickets you get a year subscription to NFL Game Pass and with this subscription I will be able to explain why I am such a Steelers fan.
I really remember first watching the Steelers and caring about them in 1984 when they lost the AFC Championship Game in Miami with Mark Malone as the quarterback. My mom told me I cried, more or less, for a week because of the loss. That is where the obsession begins. As a kid, I remember them losing in Denver in 1989 when Bubby Brister missed a snap and Denver recovered the ball late in that game. Then I remember the Bill Cowher years and the rest is history and this is why I am spoiled as a Steelers fan, they have only finished with a record under .500, 3 times since 1992. Think about that if you’re a Browns or Bengals fan, that is being spoiled, but I am loud and proud about my team.
Anyways, back to NFL Game Pass, and to wrap this up, I watch old Steelers games on that Game Pass app when I am the gym, the app has games from back in 2011 to the present, so I will randomly pick a game that the Steelers won in the past. I will walk the first 3 minutes but then after that, I run when the Steelers have the ball and I will briskly walk when the opponent has the ball. Every time, when the condensed game ends, I will have at least 3 miles completed and a look back at a game that I will remember bits and pieces of, but I do get caught cheering for the Steelers in a very old game while on the treadmill.
I am passionate about my teams, I will blog about the Pens later, the craziness for them is there as well.
Thanks for reading.