Sometimes when we try to form a vision of the future in our minds, the view is obscured by dark clouds that we think will never dissipate. Such is the future now envisioned by many Steeler fans, even the normally loyal and faithful here on BTSC.
From personal experience, I can attest that waiting while knowing you'll be navgating through still rougher seas ahead is an awfully tough way to spend any portion of your life. Yet this is precisely the road I've traveled for three decades, as my wife and I have struggled with her breast cancer. We're into the 4th quarter now (otherwise known as Stage IV). Cancer has the ball and it's running the clock out. We'd desperately like to call a timeout but we don't have any remaining.
As formidable as the most ferocious NFL linebacker, cancer barges through your door and takes over your life. Just like the Titans and Bears, it comes to your house and whips your butt. At times, you're incapable even of imagining the light which surely must await at the end of a long, dark tunnel. But then maybe you'll catch a glimpse of a full-arc rainbow after a thunderstorm or see a singular shaft of sunlight pierce through a gray bank of clouds. At times like these, you're reminded again that hope springs eternal.
But nobody ever said anger-management is easy. There are days when you just want to bite off someone's head. You keep focusing on the rotten luck and wondering why all these terrible things happened to you.
So it's not too difficult for me to understand how we're feeling on this blue Monday or to put the Steelers' current woes into perspective. As some of our BTSC friends already have pointed out, it might be quite some time before we're talking about another shot at the SB for the Black and Gold. But if waiting awhile for our next "glory fix" is the biggest thing we need to worry about now, I'd say Steeler Nation is quite blessed indeed.
Hope is a wonderful thing and we should always be beckoned by its warm, restorative light. And contrary to what some have suggested recently with regard to the Steelers, we should never allow ourselves to believe, even for a minute, that this is the worst thing that could ever happen to us. Sports are only brief diversions from the stuff that really matters in life.