I have been a Steelers season ticket holder for 17 years. I have bore witness to some of the most horrific playoff losses we have played. That being said, I am quite sure a majority of SteelerNation will strongly disagree with that I am about to say. After the loss yesterday, and out of character, I stayed off social media to gather my thoughts and gain the palpation of the fan base.
A Long-Time Season Ticket Holder Chimes in on the ’15 Steelers
24 hours later I am sickened about what I have read. Yes, lets politely clap our hands and say “good ol try” while we collect our participation trophies. In my life, I would have succeeded at nothing with that defeatist attitude. It is no wonder that our country is on a steady decline as the response to this loss is a microcosm of society.
Well, we were beat up, injuries, lack of personnel…these are reasons that we think our season ending on the note it did is satisfactory. That argument is specious and weathered. The Patriots suffered many debilitating injuries, yet they once again are one game away from the Super Bowl.
Apparently now, we measure against the inferior so we can raise our glasses high, instead of those that do things better. Yes, lets all give felicitations to Haley, the offensive god who scores points at will…Except when in counts in the playoffs. Where was 14 all season? Sitting behind DHB who caught 1/2 balls a game? How about this staff actually coach up personnel for once. Develop a CB, is that not possible?
Mr. Haley…who is slicing the Denver D on the final meaningful drive for the Steelers with pass plays…Yet, in the most critical spot on the most critical drive of the season, gives it to a 4th string RB.
And let the apologists begin, who say, team loss, just like Mendy in the Super Bowl, wasn’t his fault. NEWS FLASH for those who point out Wheaton drops, missed Int’s etc. WHEN a play occurs in a game does carry more weight. The more time left=more time to overcome an error. At the point in the game, the Steelers were in a winning position. In a chess game, we only needed one move to put them in check.
I love this team. My weekly emotions determined by a win or loss. We may be seeing the denouement of Ben Roethlisberger’s career, but, no worries, everyone get’s a pass in Steelerland. It is no wonder we have a generation of children growing up who strive to be the median, because being unexceptional is now the touchstone exemplar.