The Pittsburgh Steelers will be watching Super Bowl 52 from the comfort of their couches Sunday; however, is this year’s game even worth watching?
It’s one thing when your favorite team isn’t playing in the Super Bowl, but it’s a whole different story when the Pittsburgh Steelers have two hated-rivals in the big game. As if losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars wasn’t painful enough, fans now have to sit and watch the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles face off in U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday night.
With that said, there is a great alternative to attending the annual Super Bowl party this season. This may be the year Steelers-nation leaves the TV off during the biggest football game of the year.
Not to mention, if Steelers tight-end, Jesse James, had held onto the football late in the fourth quarter against the Pats back in December, Pittsburgh would’ve had home-field advantage in the AFC Playoffs. Could that’ve been enough to propel the black and gold to the Super Bowl this season? Ugh, the agony.
Regardless of how much you may hate New England, Philly is just right down the road. While the Steelers don’t get to pay them too often, there’s still some bad-blood between the two.
Just think about it: whoever wins the Lombardi Trophy this weekend will have some sort of bragging rights over Pittsburgh. Whether it’s the “other” Pennsylvania team or the hated Patriots, again, Steelers fans shouldn’t be rooting for either squad.
For all intents and purposes, the Steelers played well enough to be playing in Minnesota this weekend, but ran into a terrible match-up against the Jags. Ben Roethlisberger had the offense playing well, the defense was stellar pressuring the quarterback this year, but Jacksonville was a little too much for this team to handle.
At the end of the day, watching Super Bowl 52 will be a reminder of what could’ve been, as the Eagles and Patriots are two of Pittsburgh’s least-favorite franchises on the planet. However, if there’s one thing you definitely need to root against this weekend, it’s that the Pats don’t win their sixth Lombardi trophy.
How do you feel about watching this year’s big game, Steelers fans? Are you rooting for one team over the other?