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Old 07-08-2007, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default Steeler fans - Why the disrespect?

My question to you guys is pretty simple - why aren't the Steelers getting any love from todays media?

From the recent all-time LBer corps rankings to the placement of the Rooneys as the 9th best owners in the league the Steelers often appear to get a raw deal.

Its surely not just a case of big market teams being media favorites is it?

The Saints LBer that beat the Steelers to the No.1 place aren't exactly big market.

So what is it?

What are your theories?
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The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:20 PM   #2
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Default Re: Steeler fans - Why the disrespect?

I have always tried not to buy too much into the "media disrespect" card. Besides, we admittedly have huge question marks going into this season, and I personally prefer that we're "under the radar."
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:36 PM   #3
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I have always tried not to buy too much into the "media disrespect" card. Besides, we admittedly have huge question marks going into this season, and I personally prefer that we're "under the radar."
I don't mean just in terms of the rankings going into this year - you can't argue too much when you've just posted an 8-8 season.

It just seemed that Pittsburgh has been a contender for a long while but it seems like they haven't gotten a great deal of respect for it over the last 6/7 years.
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Old 07-08-2007, 10:42 PM   #4
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I don't mean just in terms of the rankings going into this year - you can't argue too much when you've just posted an 8-8 season.

It just seemed that Pittsburgh has been a contender for a long while but it seems like they haven't gotten a great deal of respect for it over the last 6/7 years.
It seems to me there is a faction of every fanbase that thinks their team is intentionally slighted by the media. I don't really care enough about the opinions of sportswriters and talking heads for it to be all that big a deal to me.
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Default Re: Steeler fans - Why the disrespect?

i think the whole disrespect thing is more for underdog teams like the patriots who need it for motivation, and offseason fodder for the fans. nobody really cares or gets too bent out of shape about what prisco thinks, right?

chuck noll always had a theory on players who werent self motivated and luckily i think tomlin has the same theory.

the steelers were 8-8 last year so they are getting an 8-8 level of "respect". im not one for bashing the media but everyone knows the rooneys are better than the 9th best owners, and im sure nfl network realizes they cant turn it into steelers network if they wanna stay in business (hence the saints getting #1 lb unit)

i already called who i think will get the #1 DL rankings on the nfl networks next ranking show. i dont think it will be the greatest of all time steelers, and i think the honors will go to a team who never even won a champ.

the steelers are regarded as the greatest team and dynasty of all time. the current "disrespect" is just perception. nothing would "sell" if it were the "steelers are/were the gratest" 24/7.
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:00 PM   #6
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Default Re: Steeler fans - Why the disrespect?

My theory is - who gives a rat's rump what a bunch of four-eyed crap shooters think? At the start of the season, every team is at the gate and has the same record. What really matters is who is at the finishing line and hoists that Lombardi. The Steelers have an enormous world-wide fan base - I think the respect factor well speaks for itself.
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Default Re: Steeler fans - Why the disrespect?

I have learned to not care. Doesn't matter who the Steelers bring back or how good they were last year, they will not get the type of respect they deserve.

Now I understand why some feel we will not be in the playoffs this year, but 3rd in the division? Nuh uh, no way, we're the Steelers and we might not make the playoffs but we will atleast contend to.
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:43 PM   #8
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My theory is - who gives a rat's rump what a bunch of four-eyed crap shooters think? At the start of the season, every team is at the gate and has the same record. What really matters is who is at the finishing line and hoists that Lombardi. The Steelers have an enormous world-wide fan base - I think the respect factor well speaks for itself.
great point. ultimately i guess it depends on where all this "disrespect" is coming from. im not too concerned about the opinions of some writers on an internet website who never had anything to do with the game other than writing for an internet website.

i guess it depends on the source. i tend to get the most of my information from the nfl's official radio station on sirius where credibility and reputability is #1. with knowledgable and experienced commentators such as kirwan, brandt, wilcots, ryan, cross, miller, banks, et al. ive never felt the steelers were disrespecte by those who matter. ive recently heard interview from j. green, f. harris, m. blount, and r. blier on their HOF thursday segments and the steelers definitely arent being under represented or disrespected.

imo the mainstream media has an obligation to its mainstream audience to repot on the p. mannings, l. tomlinsons, and r. moss's of the world, and i have had no problem when the d. marinos and w. paytons were heavilly covered in the past.

if you wanna talk about respect, just look at the career and nich somebody like terry bradshaw was able to carve out for himself. he possibly could be the highest paid "talking head/ analyst" out there. none of that would be possible were he not a steeler.

in all reality, the steelers are probably one of the most respected sports franchises out there.
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:05 AM   #9
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It just seemed that Pittsburgh has been a contender for a long while but it seems like they haven't gotten a great deal of respect for it over the last 6/7 years.
I think we received as much respect as one can receive for a team who had a history under Cowher of making the playoffs and not getting it done. There was always that......"The Steelers will be good this year, but.....". Personally, I can't blame the media for having that opinion heading into every season. After Cowhers third AFC Championship game loss I'm not exactly sure what one would have expected the media's opinion to be.

Up to this point I've heard the media is hating on us and in other circles I'm hearing that they are giving up praise and respect. It seems to me that there are some who feel we will bounce back and others who feel we will not bounce back. Big deal. Let them praise the big markets and have fun writing about what T.O. is going to say next or how Eli's two will drop eventually.

As I've stated before. I do not care what the talking heads at ESPN or SI have to say about our team. I take the good with the bad. I realize that not every article printed pertaining to the Steelers is going to be positive nor are they all going to be negative. I read them for amusement purposes, nothing more. I feel the whole media conspiracy cry is old and laughable.

Bottomline in my book, I'm concerned about what happens on Sunday in between the months of August and December than I am with what some talking head at ESPN or SI has to say (positive or negative) about our team.
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Default Re: Steeler fans - Why the disrespect?

Look at the teams that get picked... they are either 1. big market teams or 2.. teams that make the noise. or 3. Are flashy teams.

Steelers are not a big market team... and don't make offseason noise. They are also not flashy.

Bengals... lots of flash.. puts up big numbers... but can't stop the run and have really done nothing. Colts... until last year, they were the same way. So they both continually got and get rated high (Colts deserve it this year and last).

Then, you also have names. Where is T.O.? Where is this person or that person? thier team MUST be good.

It isn't a bias against the Steelers... it is just that they don't draw attention to themselves...

For that I am actually glad.
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