Beyond Belief

Monday, February 2nd, 2009, 4:06 am

It’s gonna take me awhile to believe that the Pittsburgh Steelers actually won the Super Bowl. When I saw Larry Fitzgerald streak into the endzone I came to terms with the loss. We had a great year. We got to the big game. But when you can’t score a touchdown with three tries from the one-foot line, you’re gonna lose. And that’s been the Steelers M.O. all season.

But before this season the Steelers agreed to pay Ben Roethlisberger a hundred million bucks. Think on that–a HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS. And then Big Ben went out and earned his money. With all due respect to Santonio Holmes, the MVP was Roethlisberger (or Warner or Dockett, who had ridiculous games). The plays he made scrambling for time, shifting around the pocket and throwing darts downfield…it was incredible. I thought we still had a chance to tie the game up when we got the ball back. Scoring a TD, that was a bit much to ask. And then Big Ben overcame that early holding penalty to elude the rush, throw a pass to Holmes that got them close to a first down, and then made that insane triple-pump pass to Holmes that was just incredible. And then after Holmes couldn’t pull down a perfect strike, Ben throws arguably the biggest pass in Steeler history for the touchdown. Incredible pass, incredible catch…I’m still in disbelief

A few quick comments:

  • This game was not fun. Actually, being a Steeler fan is not fun. My insides felt like someone went at them with a blowtorch. As Mike Tomlin said, we play for the entire 60 minutes, and when we win it’s usually ugly. Ugly wins are much better than flashy losses. When you’re a Steeler fan you grit it out and take what comes your way. I spent most of the game wanting to puke. Maybe I should’ve barfed and gotten it over with.
  • I feel terrible for the Cardinals and their fans. They played a heroic game and deserve to feel proud of their effort. But someone has to lose and I’m glad it was them. I can imagine how bad they feel because I figured Arizona was gonna win after Fitz scored the TD.
  • This may be sacrilige, but James Harrison’s interception return was The Biggest Play in Steeler History. Yes, bigger than the Immaculate Reception. To flip the score like that, especially HOW he scored, makes that the biggest play in the franchise’s history. We didn’t win the Super Bowl the year Franco made his historic play. We did tonight. And it was a play that will live forever in NFL history.

That’s all I got for now. Believe me, I’ll be at the parade, whenever it may be. I’m beat. I’m an emotional wreck and I drank just a bit after the game. The funny thing is, I know how irrational it is to invest so much emotional capital in something as trivial as a football team. But I do. I’m from Pittsburgh. It’s how we’re brought up. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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4 Responses to “Beyond Belief”

  1. Arctic Ghetto Says:

    Had you not posted tonight I would have figured you were either dead or in ICU. At first the game had an irritating feel to it. The officials called the game tight but on the other hand both teams played undisciplined ball. Many of those penalties were obvious, and in the case of the personal fouls, horrendous. By the middle of the 3rd quarter though, I thought, the dye is cast and this just how the game is going to be. Both teams played with wild hearts. Though penalties slowed the game, I sure wasn’t bored. I had worked a 12 hour shift, hopped in the sack for a quick 5 hours, and stumbled up for coffee right at kick off. The planned nap at half time went out the window with the last play. I clipped my knee on the computer chair coming off the couch and howled gooooooo! It seemed like it took Harrison 5 minutes to go the length. Ben earned his oats on that last drive.(A hundred million smackers is a lot of doe but money has always been an insane tinder. The guy who came up with the little slimy octopuses that slid down the refrigerator fronts in the late 70’s(?) made over twenty million.) Ben showed his nerve with the full force of the sport gods on his shoulders. He is like the big kid you like, and wish well for, but has the air of disaster about him. With that drive my level of respect for him went up a couple steps.

  2. Sarah Says:

    Gene,

    You write some pretty good stuff when you stay off of politics. I’m right there with you.

    S

  3. Gmonie Says:

    Gene,

    Give me a break with your whining about being a Steeler fan. Like you guys even know what it is like to be a fan and struggle with an underachieving team for decades. You’ve won six F’ING Super Bowls. Try being an Eagles fans and see what it feels like to have your team lose games they should have won over and over. It’s been 48 years since the Eagles have won a championship. Now go jump in one of those three rivers of yours and cleanse yourself of all the sins you have commited by whining about how tough it is to be a Steelers fan.

  4. Gene Says:

    Uh, I know all about struggling with an underachieving team for decades. If the Steelers are one of the best franchises in sports, the Pirates are one of the worst. They haven’t had a winning season in a generation and they’re gonna lose 100 games this season. But I still like watching the Bucs play, like going to the games. There’s no pressure, no expectations. Other than expecting the beer to be cold.

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