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February 2, 2009

What a nice number, considering it’s unprecedented in NFL history.

Life has afforded me about a million times more than I deserve, and last night was another occasion. Shonda, Garrison, Gehrig and his friends, Joey, Arthur and Henry, and Joey’s dad, and I ventured down to Tampa courtesy of some deft work by Katie Leighton and the Rooney family.

I mean really, I was hopefully one of many dads allowed to have a moment like this yesterday…

Welcome to Steeler Nation little man!

Welcome to Steeler Nation little man!

I’ve known Joanne Rooney almost 10 years. In addition to being married to the family that runs the greatest franchise in sports history, she’s an incredibly kind and philanthropic woman. She’s given immense time and money to ALS over the past decade and has always been a dear friend to our family.

We arrived in Tampa early enough to get to our seats and watch the teams warm up, and the pre-game ceremonies.

To get the important stuff out of the way first there is this: The Steelers won their sixth Super Bowl (2nd in 4 years) when 15 NFL teams have yet to win one. Five teams in the NFL have never even BEEN to the Super Bowl … 

(And for you bandwagon screamers out there, my father was born and raised in Somerset, PA, so I was raised a Pirates and Steelers fan. Stopped being a Pirates fan in January 1986, but will die a Steeler fan.)

Also, a tip of the hat to the Cardinals, Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, all of them. They played their asses off and gave the NFL and the world a fantastic game. Having been on that side of a world championship I know it doesn’t mean a whole lot, but they did Arizona and the NFL proud last night. He goes 31-for-43 for 377 yards and 3 TD’s vs. that defense is pretty damn unreal. Larry Fitzgerald? On a level all by himself. He’s just unreal.

I was a bit shocked at the Cardinals winning the toss and giving up the ball first. Yes, there is strategy to having the ball at the start of the 2nd half and I am sure they knew what they were doing, but I was thinking that winning the toss they’d have chosen to get Warner onto the field ASAP and get their offense warm early. I thought the Cards would have the ball first no matter who won the toss. Thinking the Steelers would happily give them first crack to get their defense on the field and stop them three and out and create that tidal wave of momentum. They won, and they gave the Steelers first dibs. In hindsight it turned out to be a nice momentum shifter for them when the stopped Big Ben on the 3rd and Goal forcing a FG, when everyone, I think, felt that the drive was so well orchestrated and moved so easliy, they’d have seven in quick fashion.

Cut to the end of the first quarter and three things came to mind:

1. The Steelers flat out DOMINATED the first quarter. It wasn’t even close. That it was only 3-0 was more than a little troublesome to me. Allowing the Cards to hold the ball only three minutes or so and seemingly driving up an down the field at will, the game should have been on its way to a blow out. The Cardinals’ defense came up huge in the red zone. Tip of the cap to instant replay as well. I thought from the shots that Ben clearly was down before crossing the plane.

2. He started 9 of 11, and I think 10 of 12, for nice yardage, but I felt like literally every completion was a very high percentage short dump. When Ben went up top, the two incompletions could have easily been picked off. His stats said great, but I didn’t feel like he was throwing all that well.

3. I wondered for the past two weeks about one, to me anyway, very important storyline. These are pro athletes. Not only that, but NFL football players. For two weeks the Cardinals had to listen to “The Steelers are going to kick their ass”, “The Steelers are far too tough”, “The Steelers are going to pound them into the ground” and I wondered how that would play out. I was worried it would amp up and energize Arizona. It appeared to me to actually hurt Arizona a TON. I thought they tried so hard to be ‘tough’ and ‘bad ass’ that they lost focus and discipline, trying to prove how tough they were, and that resulted in MASSIVELY game-changing penalties for them. Roughing penalties, fighting, all things I would imagine you’d bust your butt to NOT have that happen in a game of this magnitude.

The second quarter saw some very good football and when Fitz caught the pass over the middle and busted in for the TD, capping an 83-yard, seemingly very easy drive, I started to realize my first half concerns. First off the thought that maybe this guy couldn’t be stopped. But more importantly if Warner found a groove it could be a tougher game than imagined. He did find a groove too, but alls well that ends well.

The last 18 seconds will go down as arguably one of the biggest plays, and turnarounds, in NFL history. I was sure the BEST we could get out of this was a 10-10 tie and that made me queasy. If the Steelers could play this well, and NOT be up big, much less tied or down, they could lose this game. The sin of all sins gets committed though, and Warner throws a pick DEEP in the red zone. I think like every other Steeler fan I was ecstatic, but 18 seconds later I was euphoric.

18 seconds from a miracle!

So in what can only be described as the worst, absolute worst, possible result thinkable by Arizona, it happens. The game goes from potentially 14-10 up, or 10-10 tie, to down 17-7 at half. The play itself was mind numbing. How on earth Harrison doesn’t get A) tackled or B) pushed out of bounds, for 100 yards is beyond me. I know it’s not easy to tackle someone of that girth, but damn.

The halftime show featured the Boss and he was very good. Always great to hear talent sound the same in real life, even after what seems like 70 some years of performing.

The Boss stirring up Tampa!

The Boss stirring up Tampa!

The 3rd quarter started nicely for the Cards, James nets 19 on 3 carries but a crucial 3rd down fumble turned no fumble gets them to pin Pittsburgh at the 18. Ben then runs another clock sucking drive, 79 yards to the Cardinal 3 and they come up huge again. The three huge plays on this drive were all Arizona created though. A facemask, roughing the passer and what I thought would be a game ending unecessary roughness call on a 4th down FG attempt gave the Steelmen the ball, 1st and goal at the 4. They stop the Steelers on 3 straight to give them a FG, on what should have been, to me, a sure fire TD.

Both teams trade drives for no scores into the 4th quarter. When Warner hit Fitzgerald with 7:41 to go I turned to Gates and said, “Remember when I said the one thing I didn’t want was for the Cardinals to hang around and be within a score of the lead in the last half of the 4th quarter?”.

He smiles, I don’t. I was dreading this. Against some teams sure, I would be more than happy at this situation, but when you’re facing a Warner, with a Boldin and Fitzgerald duo to throw to, I can think of a bunch of reasons to be worried.

I didn’t see any issues though, as long as the Steelers could muster at least a FG. A two possession game with that little time left was a lock in my mind. Obviously that couldn’t happen, that would have been too easy.

Three and out and Warner has the ball again. A dumb-ass penalty on Taylor gives the Cards the ball in Pittsburgh territory and now I’m sweating. On 2nd down Breston nets 23 yards and now it’s going to be ugly. On first down though, a HUGE holding call puts Az out of Rackers range and in my mind forces the Cards to approach the series much differently, going from 1st and 2nd and 10, to 1st, 2nd and 3rd and 20. Three straight incompletes and the Cards punt. Special teams is like baseball bullpens. You cannot win without a good one and good ones come up big at big times, which they did. They pin the Steelers on what looks like the 1/2 inch line.

I’m thinking, damn, a safety right here would suck beyond words …

An incomplete pass on, if I remember right, what was a very catchable ball by Ward, and a stuffed run put it at 3rd and 10. Ben hits Holmes on as incredibly beautiful a timing route as I’ve ever seen, and ridiculously clutch I might add, and I am going ape! I see a flag? Oh crap. Please don’t be against Pittsburgh. Holding, safety, oh damn …

Short of a pick returned for a TD right there, which might have even been better since they’d have the ball, they get penalized on the one-yard of field you can’t get penalized no, suck up a safety AND have to punt.

Hmm, OK, no problem. Now is the time for the most famous defense in history to step up, in the biggest game right? Sure? Maybe?

Five seconds after the ball leaves Berger’s foot on the free kick, Warner hits that damn Fitzgerald guy over the middle, short left, and he goes from first to sixth gear in two steps …

Sixty-four yards later my Steelers are now LOSING Super Bowl XLIII, and there’s only 2:37 of clock left. OK, they might lose? Huh? How in the hell did we get here?

Big Ben has got to drive this team 78, no wait … let’s throw in a first down holding penalty … now 88 yards in 2:24. I am a fan, I love Ben and have had the pleasure of meeting him. Fantastic kid and very nice guy to boot. Ben is not by any stretch of imagination a ‘pure passer’, never has been. That worries me because the next two minutes or so are going to be scripted completely through the air.

Color me stupid, disloyal, faithless, whatever you want, because over the next one minute and 42 seconds he does his best Montana, Elway, Brady, all in one. Hitting Holmes four times and Washington once, the Steelers and the nation of Terrible Towels find themselves on the Cards six yard line after what was likely the second biggest play of the game when Santonio rambled 40 yards on a short flat pass to the right!! Could this really be happening?????

On 1st and 6 he puts the ball in the back left corner in what appears to be a badly thrown ball from where I sit. Replays actually show he did lead a little much but the ball goes through Holmes’ hands. I am guessing too long is far safer than too short there?

On 2nd and 6 they pretty much do the same thing, opposite side, and doing his best Moss impression Holmes makes a couple million Steeler fans leap for joy with a fantastic grab and even better ‘stay in’ by keeping what had to be the bottom 1/1000 of his toes inside the lines. TD!!!

Did I just actually see what I think I just saw? As clutch a drive in as clutch a situation as he’ll ever be in, no matter how long he plays the game, and the guy was pretty much perfect.

Extra-point is good and the Cards get the ball on their 23 with 29 seconds to go. Short of some miracle it’s over. Sure enough, 33 yards later and Warner is sitting at the Steeler 44. WAAAAAAAY too close to the end zone for a team with Larry Fitzgerald waiting to leap 60 inches in the air and swipe destiny from my Steelers.

BUT … it is not to be. Lamarr Woodley gets his third tackle of the game, jarring the ball loose and recovering the ensuing fumble. He instantly becomes my favorite person born in Saginaw, Michgan, as well as Wolverine alumni!

What a fantastic game and a fantastic event. The NFL should be proud, they did a heck of a job. I thought the MVP could have gone to a few different guys but it’s nice to see a kid we’ve had high hopes for breakout and become a star in the biggest game of his life. Ben could have easily won the MVP in my mind as well, 21 of 30 for 256 with a TD and a pick (a ‘goof’ pick too, tipped ball that could have landed in anyones hands) and he engineered a drive that will go down in Super Bowl history.

Harrison had just 3 tackles and an assist, and winning the MVP on a single play is hard to justify, but if there was ever going to be someone that did, this was it. That play will be shown alongside Franco Harris’ immaculate reception for the rest of eternity.

But Holmes, with 9 catches for 131 yards and the Super Bowl winning TD is a great choice. 4 catches for 77 yards on the final 88 yard drive were something to behold. The 40 yarder to get to the Cardinal 6 was the game.

It’s all over, the Steelers take home ring No. 6. Congratulations to the Rooney family, who’ve always taken care of their team and the fans with an unbridled passion for Steeler football. Staying ‘Old School’ all these years (what other team REFUSES to have cheerleaders? That’s old school!!) and staying true to the Steeler way set forth by Coach Noll and his roster of HOF players in the 70’s.

Here’s a few pics from the game:

Yes, folks, that IS David Wells back there! Security must have been slacking at whatever gate he came in!

Yes, folks, that IS David Wells back there! Security must have been slacking at whatever gate he came in!

The Schilling boys and friends, on their way. Garrison (left) Gehrig, Henry, Arthur (if his dad wasn't such a great guy we'd have kicked him out for that jersey) and Joey all sporting the Black and Gold!

The Schilling boys and friends, on their way. Garrison (left) Gehrig, Henry, Arthur (if his dad wasn't such a great guy we'd have kicked him to the curb for that jersey) and Joey wearing the Black and Gold of the Super Bowl 43 champs!

It's all about fashion for Steeler fans, and now my boy is 'accepted' and a willing participant in Steelers fashion 2009!

It's all about fashion in Steeler land, and now Garrison is 'one of us'. So proud....

He went from semi-enthusiastic to raring to go, very cool.

He went from semi-enthusiastic to raring to go, very cool.

How many Super Bowls have you been too Garrison? How many have the Steelers won? That's right!

How many Super Bowls have you been too Garrison? How many have the Steelers won? That's right!

We had no idea what we were going to see...

We had no idea what we were going to see...

 

40 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2009 9:20 am

    Good job Curt… but know matter what a person has done and meant to the local team and charities it still hurts feels odd to learn he bleeds for another team in a different sport. It just goes to show that people can relocate around this great country freely and fit in. At the end of the day we are all americans first. John

  2. Aaron permalink
    February 2, 2009 9:20 am

    You know, Curt, not long ago you were wearing Patriots jerseys. Pick a side. Don’t be a sports bigamist. You’ve declared yourself as a Steelers fan, now be ready to take it like a man when Brady is healthy and the beatings recommence… and stop wearing pats jersey in Boston and Steelers jerseys everywhere else! 🙂

    I am a Pats fan. Gotten to know many people in that organization and am a fan of all of them. I root hard for them every week they aren’t playing Pittsburgh. But I was born and raised on Steeler Black and Gold.

  3. Sheryl Sussman permalink
    February 2, 2009 9:24 am

    Excellent write-up! But the pictures really tell it all… Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. tdmtown permalink
    February 2, 2009 9:27 am

    C’mon Bubba, let’s not go all “Yankee” on us…..
    “26 world championships……..blah, blah, blah……”

    6 out of 42 is good, but take it easy.

    Congrats to the Steelers, they won a hard fought game,
    and yes, we know you are a lifelong fan.

  5. Kim permalink
    February 2, 2009 9:53 am

    Lucky you! Looks like you all had a great time!
    Peace

  6. Rocky permalink
    February 2, 2009 10:47 am

    Hate to say it, but the NY Giants don’t have cheerleaders. I agree – old school.

  7. bill permalink
    February 2, 2009 12:10 pm

    nice that you and the family could go to the big game on the arm,while us working stiffs worry about paying the mortgage and the bills.

    What’s the ‘arm’? I pay my mortgage and bills too…. There were a ton of ‘working stiffs’ at that game last night, I think the entire city of Pittsburgh was in the stadium or the Tampa area, and those are the epitome of blue collar ‘working stiffs’ right?

  8. Bruce permalink
    February 2, 2009 1:13 pm

    Bill in regards to your post. Are you that jealous that Curt is fortunate enough to go a football game? What the hell is wrong with you sunshine? In the future, could you please go by Debbie Downer when you post? Thanks cupcake!

  9. Paul permalink
    February 2, 2009 1:31 pm

    Did you know Wells was gonna be there? He must know one of the security guards.

  10. Redleg permalink
    February 2, 2009 1:45 pm

    Regarding the penalties, I thought many of those in the 2d and 3rd quarter against the Cardinals and some in the 4th against the Steelers were marginal at best and shouldn’t have been called … the roughing the passer when the Phoenix player ran into Roethlisberger just after he released the ball come to mind as do a couple of defensive holding calls (that went against both teams). In a game like that, the refs should let the players play.

  11. Smitty permalink
    February 2, 2009 1:48 pm

    I am equal parts diehard Sox fan and Steelers fan…that ending conjured up images of Dave Roberts stealing second in 2004. Yes, 2004 meant way more to me, but the level of excitement as Ben hit Holmes in the corner of the endzone definitely brought back the emotion of 2004!

  12. Kevin McLeod permalink
    February 2, 2009 1:53 pm

    Curt,
    You are a good man and a true gentleman. You never have to defend yourself to anyone in Boston, especially whoever “bill” is. We know you are a great Pitt fan and a great supporter of 1)our troops 2)our Town and 3)Charitable causes. Keep up the good work. We love to hear you on the radio and look forward to more. Boston holds you in the highest regard.

  13. Greg permalink
    February 2, 2009 2:00 pm

    Curt,
    Liked the blog and also listening to you this morning on D&C. Also like how you answer your critics or correct people who comment on here when they are wrong. So many times people think they can put out a stupid comment and get the last laugh. Good for you for putting people in their place when they deserve it. Good luck continuing to get stronger and hope to see you pitching sometime next year.

  14. February 2, 2009 3:06 pm

    that is an awesome thing to be able to bring the whole family to the Super Bowl!
    You guys saw an awesome game…can not imagine being there in person!!
    I was not one of the lucky dads to witness this event in person with My family (4 children and a wonderful wife) but did watch in HD with many family members.
    I do count my blessings!! Cannot imagine the kids experience at the supper bowl, I recently took my 6 year old son to a high school basketball and hockey game…he tought this was awesome…this year will be the first year we will all take in a live RED SOX game…hope to see you pitching!! – 🙂

  15. Kevin "Moose" Drake permalink
    February 2, 2009 3:13 pm

    Thanks for a great post and keeping it real as always. I am a LONGTIME fan, but this is my first post. I am posting not in response to your SB write up, but to say thanks for all you do for our troops serving overseas. I have been in the Service for 23 years and just recieved an awesome gift from one of my troops serving in Iraq; an autograph photo from you to me!!! How cool is it that you not only take the time out of your life to visit our troops; but you make the extra effort to give our guys an extra auto to send home. Schill…You are “The Man”; thanks for all you do, not only on the field, but for all you stand for in our day to day lives….Keep keeping it real “Warrior”! Take care….
    Moose

  16. Jimmy D Queens permalink
    February 2, 2009 3:18 pm

    although i hate everything you have done to the Yankees over the years i have a new found respect for you knowing that you are a steelers fan so therefore i won’t hate you during football season just baseball …lol … what a game man what a game

  17. kyle permalink
    February 2, 2009 5:20 pm

    it was a great game! I wish you the best of luck Mr schilling on a very healthy return in a few months. I don’t want to see you retire because it is so interesting watching you work. I wish you the best for one more great postseason run, but I don’t want to see it done in any other uniform. Just please promise me – never go to the Yankees, please! Go SOX!

  18. Joe permalink
    February 2, 2009 7:39 pm

    Good god Bill (#7), you bitter or what? The dude’s a professional athlete, so why bust balls because he happened to be given a genetic gift? I bet you’re one of those people who sits on a bench outside of Tiffany & Co. and hates people for being successful.

    Anyway, Curt, that looks like a WS ring on your finger. Which one is it?

  19. Mike from Charleston, SC permalink
    February 2, 2009 7:51 pm

    At one time I did a live TV sports “call-in” show in Okinawa, Japan for the US military. The best part about “haters” of our show was they actually spent time tuning in and calling. I see you have the same “door-knobs” reading your Blog. Anyway, congrats on your Steelers and one of the most exciting Superbowls in history!!

  20. February 2, 2009 9:00 pm

    6 is great and indeed the Steelers are the first to 6 SB’s, but were there not championship games played before the Superbowl started? Why focus on 6 when there are teams that have won more NFL championships.

  21. George permalink
    February 2, 2009 10:01 pm

    Let me set the table of my comment here…I’m an older graduate of BC. My father loved the school so much that he took me and my brother to Dublin in ’88 to see them beat Army. He never set foot in a college classroom but he was a fan of what they represented to Boston Catholics in a time when there was so much prejudice against them. Turn the page to today and I’m married to a wonderfull woman who’s dad played football for Notre Dame in the late ’50’s early ’60’s. He takes us all out to South Bend last year for the BC – ND game (as well as the past game at The Heights). I’m thrilled beyong belief to have such an opportunity. That said, I don’t even think of rooting for The Irish. BC is my alma mater and the school my dad loved so much. I root for the Irish just as hard as I do for the Eagles as long as they’re NOT playing the Eagles. Curt was raised to love the Steelers from that special bond between a father and son and has also found a special place in his heart now for the Pats due to his time here, his fathers passion and his passing it on to Curt will ALWAYS be foremost. When he says that he’ll root for the Pats as long as they’re not playing the Steelers, you have to understand the depth of where such loyalty comes from

  22. February 2, 2009 10:32 pm

    Curt Lucky you. You and your family went to the Superbowl!!!!!!. How did you children enjoy the game? What was your best part about the Superbowl and why? How was the halftime show? Curt great photos from the Game!!!!!!!!. You and your family are really Cool Curt!!!!!!!!!. Curt next time you see Rob Bradford tell him to stay out of trouble and keep him in line for me. I know Rob from Hamilton Wenham High school.Tell him Jeff said that Curt. I am so glad Jason signed and you were right about that. Thank you for this great Blog!!!!!!!!. This is one of the Best!!!!!!!

  23. PatriotsFan permalink
    February 3, 2009 12:24 am

    There was a Superbowl this year? Sorry once the Patriots weren’t in it I didnt care.lol

    Glad you are happy Curt. Your kids are spoiled.lol Who gets to bring 5 friends to a Superbowl.lol let alone go to one.

  24. Speedteeth_dro permalink
    February 3, 2009 1:17 am

    Good read, pic of boomer is hilarious ! Thanks for the write up.

  25. Mike permalink
    February 3, 2009 2:21 am

    Great pics sounds like an awesome time. Got to see the game wih my “two” Guinness in Baghdad. Tough to argue with Pittsburg’s claim as the greatest football franchise now, but I’ll stick with Brady, Bruschi and the Pats.

  26. February 3, 2009 6:54 am

    You got to witness one of the best games in SB history!!! Except for the Pats vs Rams in 2001…HA!!! Sounds like it was fun.

  27. Romie permalink
    February 3, 2009 8:17 am

    Oh Curt,
    Trust me when I say you are a legend and will always be here in New England.I don’t need explain why your a legend.But….To see a New England hero dressed in Black and Gold it almost brings tears to my eyes,like that picture of Brady floating around of him in a Yankees hat!!!!Come on fellas you guys are better than that.

    Thanks,
    ROMIE

  28. February 3, 2009 10:51 am

    Hi Curt – So it’s true what I’ve heard: once a Steelers fan, ALWAYS a Steelers fan. Great pics, by the way.

  29. February 3, 2009 1:43 pm

    I am so thrilled to respond to your write up and even think that you will read this! You are too cool…I live in NW PA (ERIE) and have followed the Steelers as you have, growing up in our families shadows. BUT, although I have sentiments with the Pirates since the early 70’s, the Redsox are my team! Got to see you in the parade in 2004 and pitch on multiple occasions. Thanks for bringing me such joy. It’s refreshing to see you have such a wonderful family and such a passion for the Steelers! Your charity work is second to none. Good luck in all your endeavors and am looking forward to your broadcasting relationship with WEEI.

  30. leroy permalink
    February 3, 2009 3:37 pm

    FU. You Loser.

  31. February 3, 2009 9:04 pm

    I am glad you got a chance to bring your boys and their friends to a game they will remember forever. Take care

  32. February 3, 2009 10:36 pm

    Awesome pictures!!! Clearly you all had a great time….
    I’ve gotta ask…

    You really thought the Steelers dominated the first half?
    Mind you – I have no emotional investment in either team, and I watched it alone on my sofa due to recovering from knee surgery – so I really just watched it.

    I thought both teams looked terrible the first quarter. Sloppy. Undisciplined. Impatient. The Steelers were up — but they weren’t impressive looking. By the end of the middle of the second I thought the Cardinals went from desperation to hunger – and started to really make plays happen.

    Second half, same thing — that hunger they lost, and they looked desperate again. The Steelers were making things happen but again I though they looked really sloppy as well. It was an awesome game because of the closeness of the score and back and forth, but neither team I felt was playing what looked like a Superbowl caliber game.

    But, you are a Steelers fan, so… 😉
    Truthfully that was just an amazing game. The ending was unfortunate just because what a story it would have been for the Cardinals. But hey – football is any given Sunday….

    Thanks for sharing with us!!!
    🙂

  33. Trish permalink
    February 3, 2009 10:37 pm

    In response to number 7, very few people really have to pay to go to a Super Bowl–almost 90% of the tickets are given to corporations and NFL teams who in turn spread them around as how Curt got them. A few years ago my then-boyfriend’s mother won a trip to the Super Bowl at an Atlantic City casino and gave the trip to us because we were so nuts about football. The sponsoring organization was the New York Giants. We had an awesome time even though no one was in it that we cared about. It’s like no other sporting event ever. And unlike Curt, we were there the whole weekend.

  34. Frosty permalink
    February 4, 2009 8:02 am

    In response to Rebecca (#32)- I was at the game w/ my girlfriend (Thank You, Shaw’s Supermarkets and the Patriots!), and we had seats in about the same row as Curt, near the Steeler end zone (15 yd line) so we had a great view of the game. The Steelers DID dominate the 1st half. We are both Pats fans, for the record. We were rooting for the underdog Cards mostly, though (like the Sox and the Pats USED to be not so long ago) and we were hoping the Cards wouldn’t get blown out. But with the score 20-7, it was not looking good for a close game. The Cards were screwing themselves with penalties. Larry Fitzgerald (my favorite player on the field) was nowhere to be seen. Then… BOOM! It’s a football game! And what an exciting finish! My hat’s off to both teams for excellent play.
    We didn’t see Curt there (bummer!) but we did see Adam Sandler about 6 rows behind us. And Snoop Dog was partying two floors above us at our hotel (sounded like he was in our room).
    And, like Curt said, the stadium was FULL of working-class Steeler fans all waving their very Terrible Towels. The ratio of Steeler fans to Cards fans was about 92/8. Seriously. And there were LOTS of cars driving around Tampa with Steelers flags and Pennsylvania plates Super Bowl weekend.
    Trish (#33)- I used to think that the bulk of Super Bowl attendees weren’t “real”, paying fans, too (like my GF and me), but the great majority of people we saw at the game wanted to be there and had made an effort to be there. I don’t know if they won their tix but I will betcha many paid brutal agency fees to see their favorite teams play. Everyone continue…

  35. Robert Casey permalink
    February 4, 2009 2:09 pm

    Think I’ve finally recovered from another Steeler SuperBowl victory .. Did you have a chance to catch the Victory parade on the NFL network ? Nice to see the Steelers win SuperBowls like the old days … Born and Raised in Rhode Island … Back in the 70’s the Steelers , Cowboys , Raiders , Dolphins, and Broncos where the only teams to be on TV back then … The Patriots back then never sold out so they were always blacked out.. There were only a few Patriot fans back then ..And my dad’s generation where all Giant fans….Steve Furness who went to my high school Bishop Hendricken in RI and eventually URI went on to play for the Steelers in the 70’s ..allot of RI’s don’t even know that .. probably because they are ignorant Patriot fans who don’t even know their own history of their team…The one’s who jumped on the Bandwagon couldnt even tell you who Russ Francis and Sam Cunningham where.

    Well hope we havent seen the last of you in a Red Sox uniform and hope to see you again on the Mound soon

    Case

  36. wix permalink
    February 5, 2009 5:36 pm

    wow. you sure are a moron ‘curt’.

  37. wix permalink
    February 5, 2009 5:38 pm

    this guy actually responds to these dopey comments? someone sent me this link, but this is the last you’ll see of me. there’s too much out there in cyber space to waste on crap like this

  38. Chad permalink
    February 9, 2009 12:33 am

    I think its hilarious how you are not afraid to respond to the people on here who make foolish statements…I got a lot of respect for that.

    You’ve been a class act, and have proven yourself to be a man of strong character, thanks for setting yourself apart.

  39. Dylan permalink
    February 9, 2009 12:59 pm

    I was born and raised in New England and my brother has his whole apt covered in steelers merchandise. Rugs, banners, mugs you name it. He also always has some sort of steelers apparal on at all times. But he also has a pennant on his wall that has every patriots superbowl victory on it. It is possible to be a steelers and patriots fan. I think this whole steelers patriots rivalry thing is a bit overblown as they are in TWO different divisions. Its not like Curt bleeds Jets Green fellas.

  40. Cheryl permalink
    April 7, 2009 8:32 am

    Looks like you guys had as much fun as we did. I was lucky enough to score tickets (from a Pats Fan ) in my Hotel. I am sure they were corporate tickets but being from Pittsburgh I was happy to get them. I took my 73 year old dad and we had a great time. One of the best comments I heard all day was when I was walking into the stadium one of the NFL staff asked “Is there anyone left in Pittsburgh” to which we replied “NO, we are all here “. It was an unbelievable day and at times a little nerve racking, but when you bleed black and gold you know that is the way it is.

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Curt Schilling's Official Blog

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