Good Friday to you Steelers’ Fans!
With age comes maturity but I like to think of it as perspective too. Every NFL fan base has great fans and every NFL fan base has its own collection of people who are, to put it bluntly, horrible people. Chances are good that you know these fans. They are the ones who can’t say anything good about another team and can’t say anything bad about their own. They taunt fans but immediately get defensive when they are given the same right back. These people do in fact exist within the Steelers fan base. To them, the Steelers are infallible and have been the greatest thing in the world since 1933. This is where perspective is necessary. Since the arrival of Chuck Noll in 1969, the Steelers have been the best organization in football. That’s a long time to be successful. But what many of these fans either do not understand or are willing to ignore is that the Steelers were AWFUL in the 36 years prior to that. They played in ONE postseason game and lost it. Teams that these fans now mock incessantly like the Browns were among the best teams over much of that same period. I say all of this to remind ALL Steelers’ fans that this run of success has not been easy. And I also say it to remind them that there was a time when the shoe was on the other foot.
We recorded the Steel City Blitz Steelers Podcast presented by 26shirts.com/Pittsburgh last night. Ben, Ian and I covered where things stand with Le’Veon Bell, took a look at the wide receiver part of the roster and reviewed our first Training Camp Preview on the Quarterbacks.
Tweet of the Day… I think someone is thoroughly enjoying his retirement.
— Brett Keisel (@bkeisel99) July 12, 2018
I am old enough to recall when John Madden first launched a video game. I cannot say I’ve owned every single title of the franchise but I have had far more than I haven’t. While in my mind Tecmo Bowl will always be the single greatest football video game ever, the Madden Franchise has reached astronomical success. I never dreamed we’d get to a place where the actual players get upset about their ‘Madden rating.’ Steelers’ rookie Chuks Okorafor humorously tweeted that they didn’t make him fast enough. Kicker Chris Boswell was less than thrilled with his ’77’ overall rating. At the same time, Antonio Brown was rated a ’99’ which pretty much the cream of the crop.
I can’t help but laugh at this one…. According to Pro Football Talk, Ray Lewis lost more than half of his followers on Twitter as part of the company’s purge to remove fake accounts.
Have a great weekend Steeler Nation!