Today, the Steelers will win.
They will win not only because the Steelers are more talented and have more heart and character than the Jets. But when they take the field today, they will be accompanied by former players and fans who are no longer with us.
Today would have been Myron Cope's birthday. Who can forget good ol' Myron and his not-ready-for-prime-time-voice? The Steelers win for Myron.
Today they win for Mike Webster, may he and his biceps rest in peace.
Today they win for Ernie Holmes, Joe Gilliam, Justin Strylczek, Steve Courson and all the rest. I know there are more, too many more.
Today, they win for Dwight White, my favorite player of all time. The man who got out of a hospital bed the morning of Super Bowl IX and scored the first points for the Steelers on a safety.
And on a personal note, today they win for my father. A Steeler fan all his life, both through the lean years of the fifties and sixties and the glory years of the seventies. He passed away January 24, 2001; ten years ago tomorrow. Even when the cancer got too much for him to sit up or eat much, we would talk about the Steelers. Besides his family and his God, the Steelers were number one in his life. I can still hear him yelling as he did when I was younger "C'mon defense! Show'em who we are!".
So let's honor those special people with a hard-fought, Steeler victory. As Dwight White once said, "You can take this ass whippin' anyway you want it, but your gonna take it.". Amen, Mad Dog.
Let's show the Jets who we are.