"I have no patience for 'As long as we're winning' Steeler fans."
The following articles are listed in the order they were received (with the most recent entries at the top). This isn't a "guestbook" format... I read and manually insert every message, so you may not see your submission show up immediately. Thanks a million for your comments, people!
I still recall Bam Morris' effort in Super Bowl XXX and me like a big dummy standing there crying with tears running down my face, cheering him and the team on... that's what makes being a steeler fan special. On my grave they can put "Here lies a Steeler fan, 'nuff said". Players and seasons will come and go, but not me... I'm here for the long haul.
Ron Rankl (aka, Bleed Black & Gold)
Remain true, and content with all that occurs and back the STEEL 100%. We are the best fans in the NFL, dammit! Fair weather fans... get the hell out!
I'm damn proud to be a Steeler fan. Even if I do have to turn the TV off for a few minutes to regain my fan powers. Anyone can cheer for teams like the '70's era Steelers. It takes a true fan to love 'em in the face of a loss or losses. We know they always come back eventually. We have high expectations and no team is going to always live up to them. Who knew the Chicago Bulls before Mike played for them? They got no publicity. What Cowboys fan can name players from the 70's? Very few. Most Cowboys fans became fans AFTER they started going to SBs. Now mostly what you hear about the Cowboys are bad jokes. Let's not stoop that low!
But, we as Steelers fans know our players all too well. We know what they're capable of and just because "it just ain't workin' right now" doesn't mean we should quit on 'em. I'm sure they haven't quit on us. Steeler fans are the best fans there are. Let's let everyone know it and not embarass ourselves.
I'm so sick of everyone just having to point out the bad things about our Men of Steel no matter how the team is doing, Its always the other team is playing bad and the steelers are just getting LUCKY enough to piss a man off.
Kordell? Leave the Man alone. He's still green and he's still just trying to get the feel of the offense. And we all know than when he hits the mark, BOY, OH BOY, does he hit it hard!!!!!!!
I mean, come on! Just look at it... the team is never the same from year to year. We have new players, rookies, position swaps, and we still manage to man-handle the @SS PACKERS!!!!!
Then, the damn Zebra Boy Forgot His F__ki__ Hearing Aid!!!!!!!!!!!!
Another thing that just irks my @ss are the damn fans who are just along for the damn sweet ride (who were formally Cowgirls fans, no doubt). But of course, they're out of the pic now. But the Steelers look good... might go buy myself a new damn hat to wear. Ohhh, wait! They lost! Better go buy a Broncos or Vikes hat to keep with the flow. What a bunch of shit...
One Bastard had the nerve to make the dumbest comment to me... the SON OF A _____ had the nerve to say at least the Cowboys have won some Super Bowls OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH BOY DID THE BROWN STUFF HIT THE FAN....
My thoughts are, a true fan and his team are a love without end. AMEN!!!!!!!!!!
This all from a man who's been a TRUE fan through the 80's and beyond!!!!!!!!
KEEP UP THE KICK@SS JOB
Its great to have a page like yours where Steeler Fans on the "left coast" can keep track of the greatest football team ever.
Once upon a time I lived in Butler. When I was a small lad, my grandad took me to my first ever football game. I can't tell you now who the Steelers played, or if we won or lost. What I can tell you is that a true STEELER FAN was born that day. I loved that day, as I now love the Steelers, and every time I see the black and gold I see my granddad.
When the time comes, the first live football game my granddaughter will see will be with me, and you can bet all the tea in China that it will be a Steelers game. And, if I have anything to say about it, we will watch the game in Pittsburgh, where real football is played and the stands are full of real fans.
George in California
I'm not a fan only when they are winning, only when they look good all of the time, or only when they go to, and win, the Superbowl.
I am proud to wear black and gold. I am proud to wear my Steelers' sweatshirt and hat and walk into the lions den (around here for Steelers' fans, it's a Cowboys bar called "The Blue Star Cafe") plop my @$$ down and scream loudly for my team. Sure, I'm outnumbered, but I don't care!
True fans remember the glory days, but also relish in the success of the team of today.
I am a true Steelers fan.
We are truely a blessed team. I live in Warren County, PA, equal distance from Pittsbugh, Buffalo and Cleveland. There are always fans from all the cities represented here and at times, its a little out of control. One thing is for sure... the Steeler fans in this area are NOT and have NEVER been fai-weather fans, unlike the Buffalo (NOW they're coming out like termies on fresh-cut wood). Cleveland... WELL, WHO CARES!!!! HEHEHE. The further away from Pittsburgh I get, the more passionate I become. There are fewer FANATICS in Warren to surround myself with, but I will be heard every week, whatever it takes.
I could ramble on and on, but I won't. I have written to Shout my suppport Today, Tomorrow, FOREVER.............>:-)
Like you said before, "If you don't like it GET OUT." The rest of us will stay , and some day you will return and we will still be here with open hands.
Cheap plug for my ICQ chat room----- the number is 22816188----- come on in and join the pregame festivities! If you dont have ICQ, get it... its free at www.icq.com.
What makes Steeler fans the best fans in the world, in my opinion, is the fact that we stick with our team. Do we get down on them occassionally? Sure, but what about those other fans? The ones that jump ship when things are going badly. I personally would NEVER, EVER be able to even think about rooting for another team! There's just something about the Black and Gold... the terrible towel, and all of its mystical powers. The way that Cowher, time after time, seems to be able to field good team after good team, despite all of the defections. Hey, maybe these defections are finally catching up with us... and just maybe, we won't make the playoffs. But here is the true test... when the Steelers play and you sit down to watch them (which I can do only occassionally, living in New Jersey) and you take out all the *stuff* (e.g., the Terrible Towel, jerseys, good luck charms, turning your living room into a sea of Black and Gold), do you get that twinge in your gut... feeling as if you are actually playing? Well, I sure do, and I love it!!!!!!!!!!
I don't know all the stats and history. I also don't have the keen football insight that so many of the fans do. All I know is that there is no better team to root for...
...and just think... you could be a Detroit fan!!!!!!!! (HEEHEE)
Thanks for the page guys!!! Here is to you, and all the Steeler fans out there!!!!
I believe Bill Cowher legitimately is one of the greatest NFL Coaches ever. PERIOD!! I'll withhold judgement on why every single season the Steelers lose more blue chip players than any other team in the NFL. Fact is when you lose the quantity and quality of players that the Steelers do, it hurts and it hurts badly.
You don't lose great individuals, you lose the team. The special bond and team chemistry that successful teams enjoy is horribly damaged, if not destroyed. Only a great leader and motivator can overcome this deficit, year in and year out. BIll Cowher is such a leader. I defy anyone to name me one other coach, active or retired who can consistently rebuild his squad practically from scratch every season. He not only rebuilds, he somehow manages to produce a winner. The only coach, I believe who shares his talents in this area, is Don Shula. I never was a Dolphin fan, but was always amazed at how competitive Shula's teams always were, with the most mediocre talent imaginable.
You want to talk about lousy coaches. How bout Forest Gregg and Marty Schottenheimer. Two goons who you can hand incredibly talent laden contenders to and they'll figure out how to ruin their clubs and run them into the basement. (you might want to add Pete Carrol to this list too, although his owner bites like, er, uh, never mind)
I ache for Cowher. No coach should be put through what he is subjected to every spring. This is a man who deserves his place in Canton one day. I really am beginning to wonder if he will ever get there. Something needs to give. I wish I knew the answer. Somehow, he and the front Office need to put together a core of solid players, who will remain together for at least a couple of seasons to gel and be molded by Cowher into that Black and Gold dynasty we all are begging for.
To me, Bill Cowher represents more than a team. He is the Ambassador of Pittsburgh. He wears his heart on his sleeve, as a blue collar, up from the shop floor, blood and guts leader. His work ethic and enthusiasm is contagious to his players, fans and city. If he can achieve, what I believe he is capable of, I think we have another "America's Team" in the making. I'm just not so sure I want to share them.
WIN, LOSE, OR DRAW... GOTTA LOVE DEM STEELERS!!!!
David in Los Angeles (Mac, I'm the guy who argued with you regarding Ken Starr, etc.)
First, we have an outstanding coaching staff that knows how to evaluate talent and that can inspire players to play beyond their normal level. Second, our team has never succumbed to restructuring contracts to sign a free agent for some ungodly salary for a short term gain. Be damn glad you cheer for a team that can hold their head high no matter what the final season record is. Talent and depth is the key to sustaining a winning franchise in the NFL, and the Steelers have it.
Hell, just look what happened to Carolina!
A true fan can find something in each game which deserves recognition no matter what the final score is. Go Steelers!
Being a fan isn't always about playoffs or Super Bowls. A true fan takes a team into his heart and shares it's ups and downs. ('member the 80's?) You just have to believe....watch the Broncos the next couple of years and see if free agency doesn't take its toll there too. It ain't about the Rooneys being cheap... its about a little thing called the salary cap and giving every hard playing Steeler a fair share of it. If you want over-priced playboys, you oughtta be wearing a blue star on that jersey. As for me , I cut my hand today and the blood was black and gold. I'll stick with the steelers.
Just thought I'd write to get my spirits up in the wake of the disaster against Tennessee. Sorry to hear about the flu bug that bit ya... great to hear that you're back on your feet again. Anywho, on to the "rah-rah". I have to admit that after the Tennessee Titans (ed. note: man, what a STUPID name) game, I was extremely bummed to see the score. However, it didn't get me as badly as that Cincinnatti debacle. I watched the highlights of that game five times (yes, FIVE times) to make sure that it had actually happened. Then after the Green Bay game, man, I was confident that this was the wake-up call that the team so badly needed. But then the team went out and tanked one against the Titans (ed. note: again, STUPID name). (Where's the "rah-rah," you ask? Keep reading, I say.)
The fact of the matter is that Steelers fans are (on the average) the greatest, most knowledgeable football fans on the planet. I don't care what they say in any of the other football towns... in Pittsburgh, the fans are super. Man, they cheer their Steelers through everything. Loss after loss, a Steelers fan keeps coming back for more, no matter the detrimental effect on his health, happiness or psyche. The Steelers are a team that has been sold out for every home game for as long as I can remember, and will continue to be sold out into the next 50 years. It's just how it works in Pittsburgh. Whether the team is winning or losing, we will be there to support our "Super Steelers".
Keep spreading the good word,
I STILL BELIEVE THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!
Mick from Mingo