Shortly after the Arizona Cardinals won the NFC West, they played the Vikings in Phoenix and the Vikes walloped them. Then the next week, they travelled to Foxboro and got killed by the Patriots. It looked like the Cardinals had no business being around the playoffs, and they avoided going in with a .500 record by beating Seattle on the final weekend of the season.
I was in Professor Thom's yesterday and caught both games. Lots of Steelers fans in for the second game, along with some girls who brought their "Terrible Towels" with them. 95% of the fans in were with the Steelers, and I'm sure it will be overly pro-Steelers on Super Bowl Sunday. My congratulations to all those Steeler fans out there.
I guess I shouldn't like the Steelers since they beat the Vikings in the Super Bowl in 1975. But I have always admired the loyalty the fans have always shown their team, in good times and in bad. They've always reminded me a lot of the Red Sox and their fan base. Like Sox fans, they always show of their team colors and always have pride in their club. The Steelers were the laughingstock of the NFL for many years before they started becoming a consistent playoff team in the early 1970s.
And like the Red Sox fans, the faith the Steelers' fans had in their team was finally rewarded with a championship. All the suffering finally paid off.
Good luck to the Steelers and their fans on Super Bowl Sunday. And to the Cardinals and their followers, too. They haven't won an NFL championship since the club was in Chicago in 1947. (And thankfully, there have been no media-created "curses" surrounding the Cardinals, but should they lose to the Steelers, you know somebody somewhere will make one up.)