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Day 326: steel this nation

The regulation football season ended today, and despite the Steeler’s best efforts, they will not be playing the postseason and will not get an attempt to defend their Super Bowl title.

Of course, our defense has had trouble closing out games all season, giving up fourth quarter leads to mediocre teams and the 5 game losing streak that included the Browns and Raiders was a large reason that we missed the playoffs.

And even on the other side of the country, there is a great sadness that emerged after today’s definitive end to the season for the Steelers. It’s an odd thing, to have – year after year – so much of your spirit and heart invested in something like a football team.

But somehow, as a byproduct of living in Pittsburgh for most of my life, I’ve attached myself to this team and this sport, more than any other team in any other sport. At some point (during high school or college? Or subconsciously before that?), I became a Steelers fan for life.

It’s tough to make sense of a season that showed such promise but somehow got sidetracked. It’s tough to admit the faults of something you believe in, to see the fallibility of those you put your faith in. It’s even tougher to put those feelings of anger and disappointment aside and realize that without the lows, the highs wouldn’t feel as good.

So, there’s always next year, eh? Six rings should keep us warm for a while.

Day 224: katie told a football joke tonight

Before watching Shaq Vs. Ben Roethlisberger in all its majesty, our group was channel surfing and some episode of some show was on.  A foolish man had thrown an engagement ring into the front yard in either a fit of rage or an engagement ploy.

The conversation went as follows:

“That was stupid.  Why did he throw that ring into the yard?”

“Ben Roethlisberger would never have thrown the ring into the yard.”

Katie: “No, because he would have been sacked before he had the chance!”

And…there was no reaction.  Because my wife was the person with the most football knowledge in the room (beside, perhaps, me)!  There were three other men in the room!  It was a wonderful moment for me.  I’ve changed her!  Into a true Steelers fan!  Her jab at Ben was, of course, in jest.  He only gets sacked when he’s playing football.

Shaq Vs.?  Both irritatingly stupid and somehow brilliant.  Oh, and SPOILER, Shaq loses.  Both in football and basketball.  And life.  He won at being tall, though.

In one play, he came onto the field from the sidelines to intercept a pass.  WHO DOES THAT BESIDES CHILDREN WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THINGS IN LIFE WORK??  Shaq does that.  That’s who.

Day 211: welcome back, football

So I thought I had fixed my DVR last night and set it to record the beginning of the Steelers game tonight.  I came home a bit later than intended and sat down to play the game.

Unfortunately, I had not fixed my DVR as well as I thought.  While it was fine with watching Live TV and recording last night while I was in front of the TV, it had a problem going idle for an entire day before starting a recording.  Oops.

Fortunately, I had arrived with about 10 minute left in the fourth quarter and saw the heartbreaking fumble by Hines Ward and the efficient overtime drive by Ben to get the Steelers off to a good start to the season.

I’ve missed football.  That’s not entirely true.  I’ve missed my Steelers.

Football season is nice.  It’s a reasonable and watchable number of games and it only happens on weekends.  You get a whole week to celebrate your victories and recover from your defeats.

I’m kind of glad I didn’t see Polamalu get hurt.  Now, back to the end of Project Runway and some more Beatles: Rock Band.

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