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mesaSteeler
01-25-2009, 05:14 PM
What's Better Than Being a Pittsburgh Steelers Fan?

Posted Jan 25th 2009 2:40 PM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed Under: Steelers, AFC North, NFL Playoffs
http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2009/01/25/whats-better-than-being-a-steelers-fan/

As a Steeler fan, I'll be the first to admit that life is good. I'm a child of the 1970s, which means that I watched the Steelers win their first Super Bowl when I was two. They won another the next year and were striving for one for the thumb before I was 10. It took another 25 years for Pittsburgh to get that fifth Super Bowl title, but here we are just four years later and they're working on the other hand.

All of that got me thinking: is there any franchise in U.S. pro sports over the past 20, 30, or 40 years that has been more fun to be a fan of than the Steelers?

If you've been a fan of the Steelers, you've been rooting for a consistent winner (only seven losing seasons in the past 35 years) that has had plenty of highs (five Super Bowl titles, six Super Bowl appearances and 14 AFC Championship game appearances) and very few lows.

Pittsburgh did have a drought in the 1980s, as the Steelers missed the playoffs for four straight years from 1985-1988, but even that, the worst stretch of the modern era, wasn't all that bad. Pittsburgh averaged 6.5 wins a season during that stretch, even though it included a 5-11 year, the worst season Pittsburgh has had since 1971. In comparison, the Bengals have had 11 seasons of four wins or less over that same period of time. So consider those few lean years as a necessary weeding out of bandwagon fans.

In the NFL, fans of the Cowboys (five Super Bowl titles and eight Super Bowl appearances) or the 49ers (a perfect five for five in Super Bowls) can make arguments as to why there team has been more successful, but Cowboys fans had to endure three straight 5-11 seasons recently, suffered through 3-13 and 1-15 in back-to-back seasons in the late 1980s, and are waiting for their first playoff win since 1996.

For the 49ers, as good as the 1980s and early 1990s were, the 49ers were a league laughingstock in the mid and late '70s (back-to-back 2-14 seasons) and they're working on a stretch of seven straight losing seasons right now.

The Yankees are the obvious baseball team that comes to mind as having had consistent success, but in their case, they went through a 13-year drought between playoff appearances from 1982-1994.

At this point, you could argue about whether the NHL really qualifies as a major U.S. pro sport, but if you are counting it, the Red Wings pose a challenge. Detroit has made the playoffs in all but two of the past 25 years, and has won four Stanley Cup titles over that time.

But if you were around before 1983, you saw Detroit fail to make the playoffs in the NHL (which seems to let everyone in) 12 times in a 13-year stretch.

In looking around, I did find one team that can challenge and really trump Steelers fans' claims to perennial happiness. The Lakers have won nine titles since 1971, and have only missed the playoffs four times in that stretch. And, just like Pittsburgh, even bad years for Los Angeles haven't been that bad -- the Lakers have won at least 40 percent of their games in every season since 1976.

So if you're a Lakers fan, you seem to have the bragging rights on everyone, but otherwise, it's hard to compare to the Steelers.

As Steelers fans try to figure out how to afford a flight to Tampa, the cost of a hotel room, and a couple of thousand dollars to buy a Super Bowl ticket at a time when many people are wondering if they're going to be laid off, it's hard not to point out that these are the kind of problems than fans of any team would love to have.

And these are the kind of dilemmas that Steelers fans have faced more than almost anyone over the years.

RJW76
01-25-2009, 08:01 PM
Right on! I wish more Steeler fans would realize how good they really have it.

HometownGal
01-25-2009, 08:29 PM
Right on! I wish more Steeler fans would realize how good they really have it.

Sad, but unfortunately very true.

What a great article!

What is better than being a Pittsburgh Steelers fan?

Absolutely NOTHING. :tt02::tt03::hatsoff:

SteelersMongol
01-25-2009, 08:44 PM
The Lakers got nothing on us. The Steelers rock.

hindes204
01-25-2009, 08:49 PM
BORN AND RAISED IN DA BURGH, AND IM GLAD I WAS.....BEING A STEELERS FAN IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TheSteelCurtain
01-25-2009, 08:50 PM
Think how lucky some of us are to be Pittsburgh Sports Fans.

Pirates in the 70's and 90's. Penguins in the 90's. Back 2 Back Baby. They are building a amazing Franchise now too.. Pitt Football. Dan Marino, Tony Dorsett. Pitt Basketball had the #1 Team in the country. High School Football even.

Go PITTSBURGH!

Steelcitygal87
01-25-2009, 09:34 PM
Think how lucky some of us are to be Pittsburgh Sports Fans.

Pirates in the 70's and 90's. Penguins in the 90's. Back 2 Back Baby. They are building a amazing Franchise now too.. Pitt Football. Dan Marino, Tony Dorsett. Pitt Basketball had the #1 Team in the country. High School Football even.

Go PITTSBURGH!

Yep, high school football is big around here. Wasn't Gateway ranked #4 or even higher at one point...in the country? I know they were on Mike and Mike in the Morning early in the Fall( when they were broadcasting live from Jerome's Grill 36) and I thought Mike said that is what the team was ranked.

I enjoy watching high school ball(try not to miss the WPIAL playoffs every year). Got to see Ty Law, & Darrelle Revis( Quip grads), plus Paul Posluszny play. :tt03::tt03:

TheSteelCurtain
01-25-2009, 09:44 PM
Yeah they were. #4. Everywhere its hughe. Local Towns in western PA live for Fridant nights.

HughC
01-26-2009, 12:06 AM
Comparing basketball (Lakers) and football (Steelers) is a huge stretch due to the differences in the percentage of teams that make the playoffs (53% vs. 37%) as well as the salary cap restrictions (hard cap vs soft cap, plus exceptions.)

Big7BenHOF
01-26-2009, 12:22 AM
We are very lucky. Hell, even if we lose the Super Bowl, we had one of the toughest schedules the NFL had ever seen in the past few decades and we went 12-4 and made it to the Super Bowl. We have one hell of a team!

markymarc
01-26-2009, 08:35 AM
We are truly blessed to have such a great and exciting team to root for. Hard for me to come up with anything better than being a Steelers fan!