Well, boy does this suck. But, what is done is done. Sadly today, was just not our day, and the better team won. Congratulations to the Packers and Aaron Rodgers on a well fought, brilliant season, that culminates in the winning of their first championship since the 1996 season.
But, we have to really stand on our feet and applaud the Steelers on one hell of a season. When 90% of the NFL world writes you off at the start of the season, it felt so damn good to get here and silence all the doubters.
I love this team. With all the offseason turmoil, the 4 game suspension, being touted as 3rd in the AFC North. How good did it feel to go 3-1 without Big Ben? The men didnt let the season slip from their fingers. Look at what we have accomplished. Does it hurt to lose the Superbowl? Hell yes. Would you have rather not made the playoffs? Would you rather have lost to the Ravens, Jets?
I couldnt be more proud of this team. How many teams would drop behind 21 -3 to the Packers and still be relevant for the victory in the final 2 minutes of the Superbowl, attempting to drive for the win?
How many Quarterbacks would bounce back from 2 crippling interceptions to haul his team back into the hunt in the second quarter with four more scoring drives?
The fact is, every now and then, one of those comeback victories that we have come to love and rely on so much, will fail. Every now and then, as someone said in one of the game threads, a "Gunslinger gets shot". Heroes do die. Winners, do eventually lose.
Fix what needs fixing. Improves what needs improving. Cut what needs cutting. Our management have always been able to field a winning team. Have a few days off, weeks, months, hell, whatever it takes. But come back stronger. Its a humbling experience to lose, but that is no reason to give in.
The guys will be back, busting their ass off to win Superbowl XLVI in 2012. I'll be there cheering, and waving my terrible towel as always.