It has now been more than a week since the Atlanta Falcons grabbed themselves around the throat and choked away Super Bowl LI giving Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots their fifth Super Bowl title. It’s been hard for many NFL fans to take and no one has taken it worse than we Steelers’ fans. With Dallas and San Francisco already on our heels with five Lombardi Trophies, the Patriots now join that group and it has been a hard pill to swallow.
Late last week the Patriots filed for a copyright of the phrase “Blitz for Six.” I’m not gonna lie, it made me ill to once again come to grips with the reality that the Patriots are one win away from tying our prestigious six Super Bowl titles. But then again, I learned to cope with the reality that just because the Steelers were the first to get to six Super Bowl titles it doesn’t mean we have a monopoly on the tall, silver momento.
The truth of the matter is that the Steelers will once again have to go through the Patriots with both Brady and Belichick still involved if they want to prevent the Pats from getting to six next year. Based upon what we saw in the AFC Title game, our overall confidence is not high. In fact it has never been lower.
Some of the younger fans often need reminders that the Steelers went from January of 1980 to February of 2006 without a Super Bowl title. Only one time in that span did they even reach the Super Bowl with a chance to get “one for the thumb.” I sometimes get the feeling that a portion of the fans think that reaching the Super Bowl is easy. Let me be blunt; it isn’t.
It’s OK to be concerned about another team joining us at ‘six’ but we must accept the reality that we’ve been here before. There was a time when no other team had four Super Bowl titles. Then, like a house by the side of the road, we were passed by both Dallas and San Francisco who got to five Lombardi’s before we could even blink.
So there is precedent but it’s not one I want to re-visit and I don’t think anyone who wears the black and gold does either. Unfortunately it’s all part of sports and it’s all part of life.
Photo courtesy post-gazette.com