I will be working this Sunday during the Steelers' big week one matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. It's sad because the first week of the NFL season is like an unofficial holiday for hardcore football fans such as myself. But I'll get over it. I generally work one Sunday a month, so on average, I miss about two or three games a season. No big deal since I usually listen to it on the radio while working. Recently, my bosses installed a television complete with a cable hook-up. I still haven't figured out why they have a tv because there usually isn't time to partake, but if they're expecting me not to tune into the game on Sunday, well, they're crazy. It would be like taping a bottle of Jack Daniels to an alcoholic's arm and telling him not to drink it. They better put some kind of "Steeler block" on the Fox channel because I will at least turn it on from time-to-time. I probably won't swear and jump around as that may be frowned upon, but I will see some of that game. Oh yes!
Of course, there could be a power-outage and I might miss everything, but as long as they win, I'll be happy.
And that brings me to my main point: As long as the Steelers win, does it matter if you have to miss the entire game for whatever reason?
I bring this up because, last hockey season during the Stanley Cup playoffs, my girflriend, who is a HUGE Penguins fan, was upset because she missed a playoff game due to a power outage at her home.
The Penguins won this particular contest, but that didn't matter. My girlfriend was still pretty upset about it.
This isn't uncommon. I would much rather see the game than not, obviously, but I've always been of the mindset that as long as my team wins, I don't care if I have to miss the entire game.
Heck, I've missed parts of Steelers playoff games because of work, and I've even turned games off because I just couldn't take the stress, but I was still happy if they won.
The only time I don't want to miss one single play is if the Steelers make it to the Super Bowl. Let's face it, as much as we love the Steelers and want them to get to the Big Game every season, that's obviously not realistic. There have been 44 Super Bowls played and Pittsburgh has made it 7 times. So, at that rate, if there are 56 more Super Bowls, the Black and Gold will appear in about 8 of them. You bet your ass I'm watching every single play. If my future wife ever goes into labor on Super Bowl Sunday and the Steelers happen to be in it, well........we'll discuss it when it happens.