Football starts tonight, and I figured that I might as well start now since there are a few days until football really starts. I mean, who really cares about any other team but the Steelers anyway?
So let’s start off with the big issue of the year: Ben Roethlisberger’s 4-game suspension. We could go over it all again, but what’s the point? What’s done is done. With Leftwich out, it falls on Dennis Dixon to carry the team for the first quarter of the season. It could be worse. Look at their first 4 games: Atlanta, Tennessee, Tampa Bay, and the friggin’ Ratbirds. Pittsburgh wins 2, maybe 3, of those games. All Dixon has to do is make decent decisions and they’re set. Hell, if they win only one they’ll still be good for the playoffs, what with the impending TO/Ochocinco ego-driven blowup of the Bengals and the usual ineptitude of the Brownies.
I’m not worried, not even a little bit. Sure, they won’t go undefeated, but they’ll be just fine. It’s worth noting that the Steelers are pretty much the same team as last year less Santonio Holmes, with a notable upgrade at center with Pouncey, Flozell Adams at guard, Smith and Polamalu healthy on defense, and an emerging Ziggy Hood. The team lost 7 games last year by a grand total of 28 points. I’m thinking that all is good in Steeler Nation right now, that they’ll surely improve upon that.
The best part is this: the media thinks that they’re washed up, ranking them somewhere between 15 and 20 in the preseason power rankings. If that isn’t one hell of a sleeper ranking I don’t know what is. They have no faith and no respect for the Steelers but blow the Ravens up into the top 5. I think they’re in for a rude surprise. Go ahead, write the Steelers off, jump on that 'Girls/Ratbirds/'Aints/Quitters/Patsies/whatever flavor-of-the-month team bandwagon. You’ll find out by the end of the year what a miscalculation that was.
To sum up, the rest of your teams suck. The Steelers are going to weather the storm, make the playoffs, and win number 7 for the Rooneys, the city, and the fans, and put the screws to the rest of you. You know I’ll be here at the end of the year, don’t say I didn’t tell you it was coming. Enjoy watching your shady teams all year, I’ll be watching championship football. I can’t wait to see the Cowboys watching the Steelers win the Super Bowl on their home field. Jerry Jones will be positively apoplectic, and I’ll be grinning ear to ear and waving my Terrible Towel as it’s happening. Count on it.