September 30, 2008

I guess it could be worse

I'm going to get serious for a minute. I'm disappointed with the Steelers.

Look, I'm not a fair weather fan. Heck, I didn't even start watching them seriously until after the 1970s. Nobody who weathered the Malone, Brister, O'Donnell, and Stewart years can be considered a fair weather fan, it seems to me. Nobody who's shouted at their television "Put Tomczak in!" is a fair weather fan.

I know I should be happy that the Steelers won last night, that they beat the Baltimore Felons. But I'm not happy. I'm not satisfied. So I'm not watching. I would rather have seen them play well and lose than play poorly and win (exception here, and for really poor playing, check this out).

An athletic team has to deserve my time, and right, now, the Steelers don't. And they won't, until they play two decent halves of a game of football, in a row, in the same game. Until then, I will not sit and watch them. I will listen to them on the radio while doing something worthwhile, be it woodworking, yard work, house work, sewing buttons onto clothes from which buttons have been lost, what have you. If a great play is made, I might even run to the television and catch it on the replay, but until they turn things around, they may not have my undivided attention.

Call it tough love if you want. But those are the rules.


Tom said...

Does this mean no more live games in Pittsburgh for you? Anyhow, how 'bout the Buckeyes, for some ugly winning, and even uglier losing this season: and the Mountaineers, too. Penn State looks good, though.

On another topic, there's a medievalist/linguist position at California U of Pennsylvania, amazingly enough.

Even more amazing, it may not be worth the effort of applying, unless they have bigger salaries than I'd guess.

JB said...

Live is different, because of the spectacle.

I don't follow the Buckeyes much, I have to confess, and I have mixed feelings when they lose.

My feelings for Penn State are substantially less mixed!