Who do you love? Who do you hate?
In 1956 Bo Diddley wrote and performed the oft covered little ditty, "Who do you love". Perhaps George Thorogood did the most famous remake. Hearing it recently made me think, who I love is easy. But who do I truly hate?
Since this is a Steeler site let me focus on Steeler opponents, teams and players. As a group I don’t think we harbor hate for many teams or players. Sure there are many players and teams we do not like, more we do not care for, but the majority we don’t even pay much attention to. Do we hate anyone on the division foes Browns or Bengals anymore? Do we hate them as teams? We shouldn’t. They are like playing Akron or Middle Tennessee Valley State most years. We should be thankful they are on our schedule and make for delightful homecomings (most years). Do we have reason to hate any current Cowboys or Titans players– both historical rivals? Do we hate Denver or do we just wish it wasn’t at such a high altitude? Do we hate the Raiders or do we just feel bad for them?
I hate Tom Brady and Bill Belechick as a couple (seen in gif being very cozy). I would just dislike each if they never got married. We owned Billy Video when he was in Cleveland (8-2 including a playoff victory). But as many know the couple is 6-2 against us including two AFC Championships, both in Pittsburgh. To make matters worse, these games could have produced the All PA Super Bowl – but no. We do have the latest laugh in a dominating win last October – the couple only managed 213 total yards and a last second safety made trick-or-treating extra special.
I hate the father and son pair Joe Flacco and Jim Harbaugh (see gif of holding hands after a tough loss). But, as recent history shows they may not be worth my venom. They may be victims of no one else to hate. I actually like it when Joe has the ball late in the game. There is a 50/50 chance he will fumble. I like seeing Jimbo hands on hips in a girlie way pondering ways to keep his boy from ruining Christmas again. I must admit, I can’t hate Ray Lewis or Ed Reed – the former out of fear the latter out of amazement – both out of sheer respect.
I hate the Aaron Rogers and Clay Matthews duo – maybe because they both seem so smug with the flying hair and discount double checking… plus they beat us.
I used to hate Chris Collinsworth. I didn’t research his impact against us – I don’t have to. No matter what the stats say that guy was like a gnat at a picnic – unwanted, unswatable, and unclean. But his recent commentaries are turning me into a fan. See, I can change.
I still hate the Cowboys from my 70’s youth, the ’93 debacle, and living in near Philly now. I hated Neil O’Donnell for a while. Sorry Neil.
I hate David Girard – but that’s mostly because he took advantage of a holding non-call on 4th down and scampered into my hatred making for a long quiet drive back to Philly. Loudest and quietest I have ever heard Heinz Field.
Who do you hate?