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Old 02-06-2009, 06:21 AM   #1
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Love 'em or hate 'em, the Steelers earned their title
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By Ron Newberry | The Olympian • Published February 05, 2009

The Steelers, it seems, just always manage to win the big game. Six Super Bowl championships also means six Super Bowl losers.

It's enough to build up some pretty deep resentment against a team. It's enough to expect that Super Bowl victories are part of the package in Pittsburgh.

So, it seemed, was the case Sunday when Pittsburgh's James Harrison — an outside linebacker weighing 242 pounds — returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half, giving the Steelers a 10-point halftime advantage.

One can think of many more probable scenarios in which lighter, faster Cardinals players catch up to him and tackle him or at least knock him out of bounds — a scenario that might've changed the game's eventual outcome.

But this is Pittsburgh, and this is the Super Bowl. And that's how these things work.

In Super Bowl XIV, Terry Bradshaw threw a deep touchdown pass to John Stallworth in the fourth quarter just over the outstretched arms of Rams cornerback Rod Perry, giving Pittsburgh the lead for good. Watching the replay on highlight films probably hundreds of times, it appeared the ball missed Perry's fingertips by inches.

I always wondered what might've happened had Perry deflected that ball.

In Super Bowl XL, there was outrage from coast to coast over how one-sided the game appeared to be officiated between the Steelers and Seahawks.

But this was the Super Bowl. And these were the Steelers.

A friend and I were watching Sunday's game in the lounge at the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino when Harrison stepped in front of Kurt Warner's pass at the goal line and was off the races.

After watching Bruce Springsteen's halftime performance, so were we — out the door and on the way back to South Sound.

I had seen all this before — and there was no sense sitting through it again, reliving bad memories.

Driving home from Ocean Shores, I never would have imagined the events that were unfolding. We turned on the radio, and listened how Arizona rallied and eventually took the lead in what turned out to be another super Super Bowl. But we were missing it! We had to get to find a television!

We wound up at Buzz's Tavern off Mud Bay Road. The Buzz was buzzing as the Steelers had the ball with only a few minutes remaining, trailing by three.

It was mostly an anti-Steelers crowd at Buzz's, just as it was at the casino. When Pittsburgh scored the winning touchdown with 35 seconds remaining, there were many groans as hearts sank into their stomachs.

Me? I wasn't all that surprised. I realize that at some point, you have to sit back and admire the Steelers and give them their due for a title tally that is unmatched in the NFL.

They earned this one. And maybe — just maybe — they earned them all.

Seahawks fans, it's time to let go and tip your cap.

Ron Newberry can be reached at 360-754-5432 or rnewberry@theolympian.com.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:51 AM   #2
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They will never let it go. They are all still crying in the $10 coffees.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:55 AM   #3
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They earned this one. And maybe just maybe they earned them all.
Not maybe - definitely.

Good to see a Waaahawks fan seeing the light and letting the jealousy and resentment go. It's only been how many years?

Super Bowls are supposed to be chock full of dynamic, nail-biting, once-in-a-lifetime plays and XLIII was no different. It's the big dance - the creme de la creme of the NFL. The 2 best teams competing for the biggest prize in football.

Let the haters continue to hate - we were the best team on those fields in all 6 of our Super Bowl wins and we have the Lombardis to prove it.
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:51 AM   #4
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One guy pissing in the wind.

The Shehawk fans will never, ever stop whining. I mean, we're talking about latte-drinking yuppie cafe-hounds who were used to getting their way. They will never admit that their team's craptacular play in XL is the reason why they lost the game. No, it's some sort of "conspiracy" by the NFL. Give me a break.

Have another latte and a binkie and STFU, Shehawk fans.
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:57 AM   #5
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u could tell that some of the players won't let it go either.. when they were interviewng matt and holmgren they still had a grudge.. it was 4 yrs ago.. move on
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Old 02-06-2009, 07:59 AM   #6
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XL is all they have - they know it is going to be a long time before getting another shot.
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:34 AM   #7
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Seattle is a beautiful city, but honestly they have some of the most bitter, whiny people there I've ever seen in my life (I exclude our friend Hawk Believer from this assessment )

Grow up! The 'Hawks lost! Get over it and move on with your sad little lives!
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I've always stated we didn't play well in SB XL. What torques me off is that those chumps seem to think they DID play well, and nothing could be further from the truth. As far as football games go, XL was a clunker.
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Earned All Six

Played the Vikes who were the Dominant team in the NFC.
Beat the Cowboys Twice, the other Dominant team in the 70s.
Beat the Upstart Rams who were 9-7 that year and we beat them pretty bad in the 4th.
Beat the Seahawks who couldn't run the ball against us with the League MVP and had a TE that couldn't catch to save his life.
Beat the Cards with Defense Early and Offense Late.

Earned. Deal with it.
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Earned All Six

Played the Vikes who were the Dominant team in the NFC.
Beat the Cowboys Twice, the other Dominant team in the 70s.
Beat the Upstart Rams who were 9-7 that year and we beat them pretty bad in the 4th.
Beat the Seahawks who couldn't run the ball against us with the League MVP and had a TE that couldn't catch to save his life.
Beat the Cards with Defense Early and Offense Late.

Earned. Deal with it.
That's about as good as it can be said, Dino.
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