Pittsburgh Steelers your team has just won the Super Bowl. Call now to get your team shirt. O.K. I’m just kidding. Congratulations to all the Pittsburgh players and Fans.
I Love This Game. During the middle of the season and the internal destruction of my beloved Dallas Cowboys, I began losing interest. Cardinals looked like the worst NFL Playoff team ever, the Ravens were teetering on the brink, and with the exception of Plaxico shooting himself in the leg, there wasn’t much to remember.
Until last night. Until the underdog Cardinals walked on the field and showed the world they belonged in the Super Bowl. At the beginning of last year, I told everyone to watch out for the Cardinals. They laughed, just as they did when I said Chad Pennigton was a good quarterback. The Cardinals let me down.
I was waiting for that season when Fitzgerald could no longer be denied his place amongst the best wide receivers in the game. All they needed was a defense. Well, the defense showed up against the Carolina Panthers and carried it’s momentum to the Super Bowl.
In everything, I look for the lesson. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Here come the Pittsburgh Steelers seeking their 6th Superbowl victory, against a team that has yet to get, One. Classic Underdog Situation.
Here’s the kicker. They lost.
But I submit to you this; losing was more character building than it was heart breaking. First, they will always be able to reflect back to week 16 when every broadcaster and analyst said they were the worst team ever to make it to the playoffs. The Cardinal defense will know they can stand up to the best of them and hold their own. The Arizona fans are excited to see their team in action next year and the player’s have resigned themselves to work hard to make it back, this time with different results.
A culture of success has been born in Arizona. Every time you talk about this game with someone, think about the Cardinals. It’s easy to remember the success of the Steelers, but don’t forget about what the Cardinals left out on that field.
They left their heart, soul, and every bit of physical prowess. So to the Cardinals, I send a thank you. Thank you for showing up. Thank you for showing the heart of an underdog. Thank you for the re-inforcement of such a powerful lesson.
Bring every bit of fight you have and leave it. Win or Lose, you will get your respect.
I know this is more about Cardinals than Steelers. First, much respect to the whole Steeler organization, and their very sexy coach. Congratulations Mike Tomlin on Coach of the Year.
I focused on the Cardinals because of one defensive series. You know which one. Two first and goals at the 1 yard line and the Cardinals defense held. Yes, the Steeler’s were great, who expected less. But a great defense was born in Arizona. And that’s better than any one single victory, even the Superbowl.