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lamberts-lost-tooth
09-26-2009, 05:50 AM
****Warning****
*****Another Rambling LLT Editorial*****


I'm not from Pittsburgh. I'm one of those displaced fans. A product of a youthful infatuation with a team of the 70's.

I'm not a season ticket holder....but I never miss a game. If I cant score a couple of tickets I will watch them on television. If I have "somthing" else going on, I record the game and If it's not shown locally, I will watch it later on NFL Network.

I'm not surrounded by fellow Steeler fans...but I have a house full of Steeler fans. A son that bleeds black and gold and has watched the Steelers since he was he was 5 months old in the fall of 1994. A daughter who likes to sneak my Steelers clothing out of my closet and wear it to school because she "looks good in black". A wife who supports my obsession and good-naturely teases me...but stands behind the team come playoff time.

But most importantly.....I'm not upset by a bad season. I get upset over losses. Heck, I am an a-hole for about two hours after a loss...but I get over it and NEVER get upset over a bad season. I have been a fan long enough to appreciate the ebbs and tides that IS the NFL. No one can win every game and no team is going to win the Super Bowl every year...but as a Steeler fan (and a fan since I was 8 years old), I can look at each season as part of the "big picture".

I can look at each season and understand that players come and players go...injuries happen...the ball doesnt always fall into the fingertips of a Steelers running back for a game winning score. Every victory...every conferance win..every Lombardi makes me appreciate my team and the winning tradition that they have let me be a part of. BUT...every bad season doesnt have the opposite effect with me. I dont spiral out into a fit of despair and Steelers bashing. A bad season gets me excited for a good draft pick. A bad season has me looking at the roster and thinking about which players might slip into a starting position next year.

Its just so intellectually lazy to look at a bad game....a bad season...and say "that was bad". No kidding!!!!! What I expect from "good fans" is the same realistic yet optimistic look at a team that DESERVES my benefit of a doubt. This team did not win 6 Lombardies by stumbling across a winning formula. They lose players...they draft players...they sign free agents...they hire coaches...they lose coaches...they replace starters. And the end result is....6 Lombardies.

There are fans who wrap themselves in a pseudo-intellectual argument about how players and coaches "suck". I hate that. Not because they do or dont...but because a bad game and a bad season is the nature of the beast. If a player sucks or a coach sucks...they wont last long in the league. I have more faith in the Steelers FO to see that a coach sucks...or a Steelers coach to see that a player sucks...then I have of myself or a fan who tries to "enlighten" others as to how to obtain "Steelers Nirvana".

Give it a break. Football is to be enjoyed. Football forums are to be enjoyed. This isnt a place to try and impress others with the fact that you have "the answer" that has eluded everyone else on the planet. This isnt the place to drop the intellectual equivelent of a pile of fecal matter and think that you are a contributing member. We have the best franchise in the NFL so If the majority of your posts are negative then I have no use for you.

Steelers football is a wonderful and entertaining distraction from everday life, not a way to make yourself feel "smarter" then the rest of us fans. Its a vicarious means to feed the competitive spirit not a way to feed a superiority complex. Its a social group that gives us all something in common, not a means to set yourself apart from the rest of us.

So...what makes me a great fan?

Until Febuary of 2010, I am a fan of the World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

After that I will either be gloating over our 7th Lombardi....or giggling with glee over the prospect of a great draft pick.

It's as simple as that.

stillers4me
09-26-2009, 07:05 AM
Steelers football is a wonderful and entertaining distraction from everday life, not a way to make yourself feel "smarter" then the rest of us fans.

But it does make me feel smarter than the Bungals fans I'm surrounded by everyday. :noidea:

Guttpuppy
09-26-2009, 07:23 AM
Good stuff although I never have "something" else going on... Steeler games trump everything outside of an emergency.

Texasteel
09-26-2009, 07:30 AM
LLT. We could be twins. Well,,,,,, I'm the much older twin.

lamberts-lost-tooth
09-26-2009, 07:31 AM
Good stuff although I never have "something" else going on... Steeler games trump everything outside of an emergency.

By "something" ....I mean a funeral...or a severe illness of a CLOSE family member.

Any event with non-close family members...and weddings of any kind do not meet the criteria.

Texasteel
09-26-2009, 07:32 AM
But it does make me feel smarter than the Bungals fans I'm surrounded by everyday. :noidea:

You should try my life. cowboy fans are both arrogant and ignorant. :banging:

I guess that pretty much describes the Bungal fan as well, doesn't it. :thumbsup:

lamberts-lost-tooth
09-26-2009, 07:33 AM
LLT. We could be twins. Well,,,,,, I'm the much older twin.

LOL!!!

I can be the Danny Devito to your Arnold Schwartzeneger!!!!!

Texasteel
09-26-2009, 07:35 AM
LOL!!!

I can be the Danny Devito to your Arnold Schwartzeneger!!!!!

I take it, you didn't see my pitures.:wink02:

lamberts-lost-tooth
09-26-2009, 07:37 AM
I take it, you didn't see my pitures.:wink02:

:laughing:

HometownGal
09-26-2009, 07:46 AM
****Warning****
*****Another Rambling LLT Editorial*****


I'm not from Pittsburgh. I'm one of those displaced fans. A product of a youthful infatuation with a team of the 70's.

I'm not a season ticket holder....but I never miss a game. If I cant score a couple of tickets I will watch them on television. If I have "somthing" else going on, I record the game and If it's not shown locally, I will watch it later on NFL Network.

I'm not surrounded by fellow Steeler fans...but I have a house full of Steeler fans. A son that bleeds black and gold and has watched the Steelers since he was he was 5 months old in the fall of 1994. A daughter who likes to sneak my Steelers clothing out of my closet and wear it to school because she "looks good in black". A wife who supports my obsession and good-naturely teases me...but stands behind the team come playoff time.

But most importantly.....I'm not upset by a bad season. I get upset over losses. Heck, I am an a-hole for about two hours after a loss...but I get over it and NEVER get upset over a bad season. I have been a fan long enough to appreciate the ebbs and tides that IS the NFL. No one can win every game and no team is going to win the Super Bowl every year...but as a Steeler fan (and a fan since I was 8 years old), I can look at each season as part of the "big picture".

I can look at each season and understand that players come and players go...injuries happen...the ball doesnt always fall into the fingertips of a Steelers running back for a game winning score. Every victory...every conferance win..every Lombardi makes me appreciate my team and the winning tradition that they have let me be a part of. BUT...every bad season doesnt have the opposite effect with me. I dont spiral out into a fit of despair and Steelers bashing. A bad season gets me excited for a good draft pick. A bad season has me looking at the roster and thinking about which players might slip into a starting position next year.

Its just so intellectually lazy to look at a bad game....a bad season...and say "that was bad". No kidding!!!!! What I expect from "good fans" is the same realistic yet optimistic look at a team that DESERVES my benefit of a doubt. This team did not win 6 Lombardies by stumbling across a winning formula. They lose players...they draft players...they sign free agents...they hire coaches...they lose coaches...they replace starters. And the end result is....6 Lombardies.

There are fans who wrap themselves in a pseudo-intellectual argument about how players and coaches "suck". I hate that. Not because they do or dont...but because a bad game and a bad season is the nature of the beast. If a player sucks or a coach sucks...they wont last long in the league. I have more faith in the Steelers FO to see that a coach sucks...or a Steelers coach to see that a player sucks...then I have of myself or a fan who tries to "enlighten" others as to how to obtain "Steelers Nirvana".

Give it a break. Football is to be enjoyed. Football forums are to be enjoyed. This isnt a place to try and impress others with the fact that you have "the answer" that has eluded everyone else on the planet. This isnt the place to drop the intellectual equivelent of a pile of fecal matter and think that you are a contributing member. We have the best franchise in the NFL so If the majority of your posts are negative then I have no use for you.

Steelers football is a wonderful and entertaining distraction from everday life, not a way to make yourself feel "smarter" then the rest of us fans. Its a vicarious means to feed the competitive spirit not a way to feed a superiority complex. Its a social group that gives us all something in common, not a means to set yourself apart from the rest of us.

So...what makes me a great fan?

Until Febuary of 2010, I am a fan of the World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

After that I will either be gloating over our 7th Lombardi....or giggling with glee over the prospect of a great draft pick.

It's as simple as that.

Bravo LLT!!! :applaudit::hatsoff::thumbsup: I think this is the absolute BEST post I've ever read on this board and I've read a lot of great ones over the years. :drink:

Burghfan58
09-26-2009, 08:47 AM
Good stuff although I never have "something" else going on... Steeler games trump everything outside of an emergency.

I'm with you on that one. I even gave up going on fall fishing trips to Canada because I can't stand to miss a game or be out of the loop for a week. :tt03:

1st&Goal
09-26-2009, 09:01 AM
Very nice post LLT. I'm glad to see that there are other fathers out there raising their kids the right way. For me, part of the allure of being a Steeler fan is emulating the team's spirit of hard work, dedication to duty, and having a can do attitude to all challenges. This is part of the Steeler ethic. I've taught this to my kids and they apply this to their own challenges. Needless to say they also bleed black and gold !

My roots are in Western Pa., but my kids have grown up here in New England, so I understand what its like to not be surrounded by other loyal fans. Still, we as parents must nuture our kids and keep them from going astray, getting into trouble, or God forbid, allowing them to become Pats* fans.

Keep up the good work LLT ! :thumbsup: :drink:

X-Terminator
09-26-2009, 10:47 AM
****Warning****
*****Another Rambling LLT Editorial*****


I'm not from Pittsburgh. I'm one of those displaced fans. A product of a youthful infatuation with a team of the 70's.

I'm not a season ticket holder....but I never miss a game. If I cant score a couple of tickets I will watch them on television. If I have "somthing" else going on, I record the game and If it's not shown locally, I will watch it later on NFL Network.

I'm not surrounded by fellow Steeler fans...but I have a house full of Steeler fans. A son that bleeds black and gold and has watched the Steelers since he was he was 5 months old in the fall of 1994. A daughter who likes to sneak my Steelers clothing out of my closet and wear it to school because she "looks good in black". A wife who supports my obsession and good-naturely teases me...but stands behind the team come playoff time.

But most importantly.....I'm not upset by a bad season. I get upset over losses. Heck, I am an a-hole for about two hours after a loss...but I get over it and NEVER get upset over a bad season. I have been a fan long enough to appreciate the ebbs and tides that IS the NFL. No one can win every game and no team is going to win the Super Bowl every year...but as a Steeler fan (and a fan since I was 8 years old), I can look at each season as part of the "big picture".

I can look at each season and understand that players come and players go...injuries happen...the ball doesnt always fall into the fingertips of a Steelers running back for a game winning score. Every victory...every conferance win..every Lombardi makes me appreciate my team and the winning tradition that they have let me be a part of. BUT...every bad season doesnt have the opposite effect with me. I dont spiral out into a fit of despair and Steelers bashing. A bad season gets me excited for a good draft pick. A bad season has me looking at the roster and thinking about which players might slip into a starting position next year.

Its just so intellectually lazy to look at a bad game....a bad season...and say "that was bad". No kidding!!!!! What I expect from "good fans" is the same realistic yet optimistic look at a team that DESERVES my benefit of a doubt. This team did not win 6 Lombardies by stumbling across a winning formula. They lose players...they draft players...they sign free agents...they hire coaches...they lose coaches...they replace starters. And the end result is....6 Lombardies.

There are fans who wrap themselves in a pseudo-intellectual argument about how players and coaches "suck". I hate that. Not because they do or dont...but because a bad game and a bad season is the nature of the beast. If a player sucks or a coach sucks...they wont last long in the league. I have more faith in the Steelers FO to see that a coach sucks...or a Steelers coach to see that a player sucks...then I have of myself or a fan who tries to "enlighten" others as to how to obtain "Steelers Nirvana".

Give it a break. Football is to be enjoyed. Football forums are to be enjoyed. This isnt a place to try and impress others with the fact that you have "the answer" that has eluded everyone else on the planet. This isnt the place to drop the intellectual equivelent of a pile of fecal matter and think that you are a contributing member. We have the best franchise in the NFL so If the majority of your posts are negative then I have no use for you.

Steelers football is a wonderful and entertaining distraction from everday life, not a way to make yourself feel "smarter" then the rest of us fans. Its a vicarious means to feed the competitive spirit not a way to feed a superiority complex. Its a social group that gives us all something in common, not a means to set yourself apart from the rest of us.

So...what makes me a great fan?

Until Febuary of 2010, I am a fan of the World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

After that I will either be gloating over our 7th Lombardi....or giggling with glee over the prospect of a great draft pick.

It's as simple as that.

Post of the year right here. Well said, LLT! :tt02:

RoethlisBURGHer
09-26-2009, 11:49 AM
Well said, and I must agree!

SteelTalons
09-26-2009, 12:37 PM
Excellent read! :tt03:

By far my favorite post I've seen on this forum thus far. :drink:

MACH1
09-26-2009, 12:38 PM
I'm not from Pittsburgh. I'm one of those displaced fans. A product of a youthful infatuation with a team of the 70's.

Yep.

I never miss a game.

Yep, even when I got married. :chuckle:

A son that bleeds black and gold and has watched the Steelers since he was he was born

Yep. Came home wrapped up in his Steelers blanket that he still has.

A wife who supports my obsession and good-naturely teases me...but stands behind the team come playoff time.

Yep.

And the rest is just gravy. At the end of the year no matter what happens I'll be looking forward to the next season. Good or bad.

SteelC7
09-26-2009, 12:38 PM
good post, glad we got alot of fans outside of pittsburgh, im in CA and LOVE the steelers, but i never miss a game, they hold priority over everything else, i even missed going to see my mom in the hospital cuz of a game a couple years ago, no its not heartless, its diehardedness, ya i made that word up

devilsdancefloor
09-26-2009, 12:52 PM
:drink::drink::drink::drink::drink::drink::drink:: drink::drink::tt03::tt03::tt03:

Indo
09-26-2009, 01:13 PM
Amen.

I haven't been on the board that long, but it's also the Best Post I have seen...

BlastFurnace
09-26-2009, 02:34 PM
The biggest thing is loyalty to me. I understand...especially after a tough loss or even in a game day thread...that people's emotions are going to go up and down, say things they shouldn't, find someone to blame, etc....but....are they still a fan down deep...that is what I care about.

You have to be loyal through the good and bad times. The 1980's were brutal for Steeler fans. For my Reds, it's been brutal for nearly 2 decades. I've been a loyal fan of both teams since 1976 and have never stopped.

We will have our disagreements, heated discussions, etc, but in the end, we are just spectators of our favorite team.

SCSTILLER
09-26-2009, 04:38 PM
Great post LLT! glad to see that you are raising your kids to be Steelers fans. Reminds me of when the DJ from DVE said something like "Steelers fans moved away to find jobs, but took their love of the Steelers with them and raised their kids to love the Steelers also."

I too can live with a bad season. heck, my first memories of the Steelers are the Bubby Brister years, talk about bad seasons (don't tell my Grandma I am talking about her Bubby). We have a great team now and I look forward to every Sunday!

By "something" ....I mean a funeral...or a severe illness of a CLOSE family member.

Any event with non-close family members...and weddings of any kind do not meet the criteria.

If that is a funeral of a Steelers fan, or even a true fan of any NFL team, they should have it in their will that the funeral will not be held on a Sunday or any day that their beloved team is playing and at the least have the game on at the funeral. Crap, gotta amend my will!

hindes204
09-26-2009, 04:51 PM
Great post LLT....this is easily the best post ive ever seen on the board. I have been a fan, through good and bad, since i was a baby. I was born and raised 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, and my earliest memories are of my dad and his friends watching the games on our cheap little tv, with the sound turned down, and Myrons voice coming out of the radio in the corner of the room. Im glad to see you are raising your kids to be fans....The Steelers family is worldwide :tt03::tt03::tt03::tt03::tt03::tt03:

steel striker
09-26-2009, 05:30 PM
Great post LLT and, I'm not from the burgh. I have been a fan sice 1978 I live in delaware. Around here there are many steeler fans as well as rat bird, skins, eagles. I have never missed a game and, even while I work for a DOT during the 04 afccg agsinst the cheats my co-workers listen to me scream at the TV. lol That was tough but, everyone realized I bleed black and gold. My wife thinks I'm crazy but, I have converted her into a steeler faithful as well. Every gameday we usually get together with some of the other steeler fans that we are friends with. Then we turn into a party. Last years super bowl was the best! There are many haters around here but I wear my Big Ben jersey & Heath Miller Jersey with pride because, I love this team.

The 1980's were very tough to be a steeler fan but, we now have a great Qb with that great defense to match. It's a great time to be a steeler fan. I think sometimes people try to forget about Bubby, Neil and, the guy who just drive me crazy Kordell. I'm also a bowler and, I talk smack to my other bowling friends while at the lanes it is a blast to do that. Peace out everyone.:drink:

JackHammer
09-26-2009, 07:17 PM
By "something" ....I mean a funeral...or a severe illness of a CLOSE family member.

Any event with non-close family members...and weddings of any kind do not meet the criteria.

One of the best parts about living in Pittsburgh...... Around here, we schedule funerals around the Steelers games. :tt:

SteelersMongol
09-28-2009, 01:41 AM
****Warning****
*****Another Rambling LLT Editorial*****


I'm not from Pittsburgh. I'm one of those displaced fans. A product of a youthful infatuation with a team of the 70's.

I'm not a season ticket holder....but I never miss a game. If I cant score a couple of tickets I will watch them on television. If I have "somthing" else going on, I record the game and If it's not shown locally, I will watch it later on NFL Network.

I'm not surrounded by fellow Steeler fans...but I have a house full of Steeler fans. A son that bleeds black and gold and has watched the Steelers since he was he was 5 months old in the fall of 1994. A daughter who likes to sneak my Steelers clothing out of my closet and wear it to school because she "looks good in black". A wife who supports my obsession and good-naturely teases me...but stands behind the team come playoff time.

But most importantly.....I'm not upset by a bad season. I get upset over losses. Heck, I am an a-hole for about two hours after a loss...but I get over it and NEVER get upset over a bad season. I have been a fan long enough to appreciate the ebbs and tides that IS the NFL. No one can win every game and no team is going to win the Super Bowl every year...but as a Steeler fan (and a fan since I was 8 years old), I can look at each season as part of the "big picture".

I can look at each season and understand that players come and players go...injuries happen...the ball doesnt always fall into the fingertips of a Steelers running back for a game winning score. Every victory...every conferance win..every Lombardi makes me appreciate my team and the winning tradition that they have let me be a part of. BUT...every bad season doesnt have the opposite effect with me. I dont spiral out into a fit of despair and Steelers bashing. A bad season gets me excited for a good draft pick. A bad season has me looking at the roster and thinking about which players might slip into a starting position next year.

Its just so intellectually lazy to look at a bad game....a bad season...and say "that was bad". No kidding!!!!! What I expect from "good fans" is the same realistic yet optimistic look at a team that DESERVES my benefit of a doubt. This team did not win 6 Lombardies by stumbling across a winning formula. They lose players...they draft players...they sign free agents...they hire coaches...they lose coaches...they replace starters. And the end result is....6 Lombardies.

There are fans who wrap themselves in a pseudo-intellectual argument about how players and coaches "suck". I hate that. Not because they do or dont...but because a bad game and a bad season is the nature of the beast. If a player sucks or a coach sucks...they wont last long in the league. I have more faith in the Steelers FO to see that a coach sucks...or a Steelers coach to see that a player sucks...then I have of myself or a fan who tries to "enlighten" others as to how to obtain "Steelers Nirvana".

Give it a break. Football is to be enjoyed. Football forums are to be enjoyed. This isnt a place to try and impress others with the fact that you have "the answer" that has eluded everyone else on the planet. This isnt the place to drop the intellectual equivelent of a pile of fecal matter and think that you are a contributing member. We have the best franchise in the NFL so If the majority of your posts are negative then I have no use for you.

Steelers football is a wonderful and entertaining distraction from everday life, not a way to make yourself feel "smarter" then the rest of us fans. Its a vicarious means to feed the competitive spirit not a way to feed a superiority complex. Its a social group that gives us all something in common, not a means to set yourself apart from the rest of us.

So...what makes me a great fan?

Until Febuary of 2010, I am a fan of the World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

After that I will either be gloating over our 7th Lombardi....or giggling with glee over the prospect of a great draft pick.

It's as simple as that.

Yes, tell em LLT. :thumbsup: Heck, when V lost the Superbowl in 1995 against the Cowboys, I didn't even know how many E's were in Steelers (I only started actively 2 follow the Steelers from the 2000). But I like that loss, because it teaches me, U, us about what is losing & helps us 2 stay humble. :tt02:

7willBheaven
09-28-2009, 02:02 AM
Bravo...well said!