Super Sundays and the Pittsburgh Steelers

OK. I’ll admit it. I dozed through much of the second half of the Super Bowl last night. And looks like I missed a decent game. At least that’s the view of the TV Talking Heads who kept me company while I chased the belt on the treadmill this morning. Still, without the Pittsburgh Steelers, can it really be a anything more than just one more game in a season that begins in August and ends in February?

For me — nah, not really. But then I’m a lifelong Steelers’ fan. So a year ago I was sitting tall with eyes wide open from the first commercial until the last. Last night, well, might as well have had American Idol on. Oops. I digress.

Saying that, I really do understand the appeal of the Super Bowl.

  • It’s the equivalent of a national (world?) block party — coming at a time of the year when there really isn’t that much to do or look forward to post-holidays and pre-Spring. Wonder if the number of Super Bowl parties rival those held on New Year’s Eve?
  • We apparently enjoy — and look forward to — the Super Bowl commercials — although throughout the rest of the year we try to avoid advertisements at almost any cost. I read in The Plain Dealer Sunday that 51 percent of those responding to a national survey said they watch for the ads — not the game.
  • It’s a big deal for the teams and players — and for the teams and fans they represent. I’m sure the win is special for the city of New Orleans and the people who live there — football fans or not.

And that last point gets me back to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

I’m really not that much of a football fan — or of professional sports in general. But for the past four decades, the Steelers have provided a common bond for the community — and for me with friends who I don’t see regularly any more — even if for only a week or two during the year. That’s something special — and it’s something that people in New Orleans are experiencing now. And dare I say it? I hope that it happens someday in Cleveland as well.

A Super Sunday in early February — when your team is playing in the big game — really is good for the community.

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2 responses to “Super Sundays and the Pittsburgh Steelers

  1. “For the past four decades, the Steelers have provided a common bond for the community.”
    Like you, I’m not much a football fan, but that’s easily explained: I’m from Detroit. Were I from Pittsburgh, I might be a foaming-at-the-mouth fanatic.
    You might get a chuckle out of a posting I made at my other blog, http://justbillandthemister.com
    It’s called “Lonely at the top of the bottom,” and the title pretty much says it all.

  2. I did enjoy your post, “Lonely at the top of the bottom.” Those of us in Detroit — and in Cleveland and nearby — have to take our “victories” where we can get them. I guess.

    And as I mentioned, the Super Bowl experience is positive for the teams/fans/communities involved. I do hope that Detroit and Cleveland have the opportunity.

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