The Pittsburgh Steelers play eight home games. Not 81 as the Pirates play each year at PNC and not 41 as the Pens will play at CONSOL this season. The Steelers play eight games at home.
Please don’t correct me and tell me they actually play 10 because counting those two preseason games is a joke and you know it.
With only eight home dates out of 365 days, you’d think those with tickets to a Pittsburgh Steelers’ home game would move heaven and Earth to get those games. Apparently not if you saw the action from Pittsburgh’s win over Cincinnati last night.
Yes it was cold and yes it was windy but 15,000 no-shows?
I’m sorry, but that’s pathetic and next time anyone says the Steelers’ fans are the best I will surely remind them of that number.
Perhaps more concerning than the no-shows was the fact that those 15,000 tickets when unsold or not given to people who would have died to go to a Steelers’ home game.
I’m not naive. I know people are more comfortable in their homes with their 40 and 50 inch HD TV’s but this is the Steelers we’re talking about it isn’t it? A few empty seats are one thing, but 15,000 empty seats?
Oh I get it, the team was 5-8 going into last night which meant they weren’t worth seeing right? What the hell ever happened to wanting to see our favorite players in person or being able to say “I was there” when this happened?
I guess I’m just of a different generation and I’m sure once the team starts winning again the seats will be filled even in the worst of conditions. Sadly, I don’t define that as being the NFL’s best fan base if you ride during the good times and bail out during the bad ones.
Perhaps three Super Bowls and two titles have spoiled the fan base. What a shame.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 630pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.