It's been pretty quiet here on the SteelCurtain front, so I thought I'd ruminate on some positives of an early off-season.
1. A Higher Draft Pick. The average pick for a nonplayoff team is blah blergh gah fug....I hate losing. S' not worth it.
2. Improving Your Fanhood. The only thing worse than a bandwagon fan is a Ravens or Bengals fan. Losing is part of the game and if you can't maintain a high level of commitment during the down times you can't really call yourself a fan. After a SuperBowl win there's always a whole slew of people that want to call themselves fans of the winners, that's human nature. Sometimes these johnny-come-lately's do indeed become true fans, but others merely forget the team once hard times set in. These are the days where the true fans stand out. Football season is over for Steelers fans, but Steeler fandom doesn't stop.
3. Exploring You Fanhood. Exploring your sexuality is for losers, but exploring your fanhood is an important part of a nonplayoff season. At root we're here because we are football fans. Football is the foundation for Steeler fans, so even when the Steelers aren't playing we can still appreciate other teams. Very often we pick a team to root for, for whatever reason, and have a good time hooting and hollering. For example, I was struck by the Vikings. Had I not taken an interest in them beating the Cowboys I would've never noticed how many prissy names they have on that team. Percy, Chester, Adrian, Sidney, Bernard, Vasanthe. Seriously, it's like a Prep School on Martha's Vineyard.
4. Buy Steelers Gear Now. I don't know why, but I only buy Steelers gear on nonplayoff seasons. I suppose it's to separate myself from fairweather fans or maybe because the prices aren't so high. Anyway, one of the limited benefits of losing is cheaper gear. Don't get me wrong, these are bargain Brown prices, but cheaper than a bunch of apparel with XL or XLIII all over it.
5. More Fantasy Baseball Prep. I don't know about you guys, but with the Steelers prolonged season last year my fantasy prep suffered. Most of my friends had switched over to baseball mode, but I was in football season for two months more. Then with the afterglow of victory...sheesh, I drafted Santonio Holmes as my closer in two different leagues.
and finally Nobody needs a reminder that losing sucks, but losing sucks and I don't like it. Yeah, humility, glarb blorgh yakyak, it's not like we need to practice this. This ain't Cleveland.
Tell me how you console and better yourself as a fan during the downtimes.