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Alan Faneca is a Hall of Fame guard — I know it, you know it, and some day, the voters will know it

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 6:59am

Former Steelers guard Alan Faneca missed out on the Hall of Fame for the fourth time since retiring from the NFL in 2010. Fortunately for him, it’s just a matter of time until he makes it. Fortunately for the fans, his being left out yet again doesn’t change what we already know. He’s one of the best guards in NFL history.

I remember when Alan Faneca was drafted out of LSU.

Just months after another great year for the Steelers in 1997, Faneca was a now familiar late first-round pick (26th, overall) in the 1998 NFL Draft. There usually isn’t a whole lot to get excited about when it comes to late first-round picks, especially when your team is a perennial Super Bowl contender, and especially when the pick is a guard.

Unbeknownst to me and thousands of other Steelers fans at that time, Pittsburgh’s run as a perennial contender in the 1990s had already come to an end months prior in a 24-21 loss to the Broncos in the AFC Championship game at Three Rivers Stadium.

But while the next few years would be tough and playoff-less, the Steelers were building (or rebuilding) a foundation for their next Super Bowl run—one that would ultimately lead to the franchise’s first championship in 26 years.

Youngsters named Hines Ward, Joey Porter, Marvel Smith, Aaron Smith and Casey Hampton were some of the new building blocks, players who would make the Steelers relevant again by the turn of the century.

Faneca was the first building block.

Faneca, who was up for Hall of Fame induction on Saturday—his fourth year of eligibility since retiring following the 2010 season—missed out yet again. I know this because cries of “bullbleep!” filled my Twitter feed immediately after the results of the voting were announced.

Why didn’t Faneca make it this year? Were there players more deserving? Were there offensive linemen more deserving? (Kevin Mawae made it in.) Too many Steelers already in Canton, as it is?

All the reasons seem arbitrary if a player is truly a Hall of Famer. Obviously, Faneca had a Hall of Fame career. Nine-straight Pro Bowls and being named a First Team All-Pro six times? Those are Canton credentials.

As I’ve said many times before, either a player is a Hall of Famer or he’s not. If he is, it seems silly to make him wait. But, then again, it would probably be silly to see dozens of players get in all at once.

Faneca will get in. It’s just a matter of time at this point, and whether his induction happens in 2020, 2021 or 2022, fortunately for him, he’ll still be young and healthy and able to enjoy it for many, many years.

I wish I was an offensive line expert and could break down technical reasons why Faneca was the best guard of his era. I can’t do that--I just know that he was.

What I remember about Faneca was his consistency and athleticism. I remember the many times people I watched games with laughing with delight as they said, “Look at Faneca running all the way down the field!” This was typical of many long running plays involving Jerome Bettis, Willie Parker, etc.

When I think of Faneca, I remember the time he knelt on the turf of the New Orleans Superdome as trainers tried to stop the blood that was gushing from his forehead. I remember his flippant remarks when reporters asked him if he was excited to have rookie Ben Roethlisberger start his very first game at quarterback early in the 2004 season. I remember the 2005 season and attending the weekly taping of the Joey Porter Show late in the year right as the team began its magical run to Super Bowl XL (the most fun I’ve ever had as a sports fan took place over the course of those two months). Peezy and his co-host, Chris Hope, swapped many stories during these tapings. One that stood out was about Faneca, and how they knew when he and the rest of the offense were feeling it. “Get us the ball back, they can’t stop us!” Faneca was known to say as he came off the field in those days. “If Big Red is telling us we have to get the ball back, I guess we have to get the ball back,” was the general sentiment of the defense, according to Porter and Hope. I remember the usually intense and serious Faneca pumping his fist in joy on the sideline in the final moments of the AFC title game against the Broncos when it was certain that the Steelers would be making their first trip to the Super Bowl in a decade. Speaking of Porter, one of my favorite sports images of all-time is from the final moments of Super Bowl XL, when he and Faneca, two players that couldn’t have seemed more opposite, jumped into each other’s arms to celebrate that One For The Thumb.

But, most of all, when I think of Faneca, I remember the magnificent block he threw early in the second half of Super Bowl XL that helped spring Fast Willie Parker on a 75-yard touchdown run.

Again, Faneca will have his day at Canton, and when his likeness is finally immortalized there, it will join many other Steeler greats—including centers Mike Webster and Dermontti Dawson (Dawson didn’t get inducted into the HOF until 2012 which kind of seems absurd since he was regarded as the greatest center of his time—sound familiar)?

But no matter when Faneca does get enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it won’t change the memories, and it won't change what we have known all along—he’s one of the best guards to have ever played in the National Football League.

Setting froth a complete offseason plan for the Steelers

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 5:57am

Diving into how the Steelers can improve in 2019

With the 2018 season over in disappointment, the Steelers are sitting at home and are left to wonder what could have been. With an epic second half of the season collapse, the Steelers missed the playoffs and the drama that has pervaded throughout the locker room has been nothing short of toxic. It very well may cause them to move on from key elements of their super bowl hopes, and with it, this team fades further from their goal of a super bowl. With Ben Roethlisberger nearing the end of his career, how can they maximize their window? Here it is, a full offseason plan.

Re-signing Phase

There are lots of tough decisions here of who to let go and who to actually keep, so this was probably my toughest section to do, honestly.

RB Le’Veon Bell

I just don’t know how you can bring him back at this point unless it is on some type of super discounted deal. Bell will test the market and get paid far outside of what the Steelers would want to pay him overall. He is as good as gone.

OG Ramon Foster

If he can be got at a reasonable price, I still believe Foster is more than worth it to bring back. Foster is one of the better guards in the NFL and still keeps the core in tact together. His locker room presence alone is a big reason to keep him around.

OL Matt Feiler

Feiler was a rock star as he filled in for Marcus GIlbert and likely earned a multi-year extension by doing so. He can play inside or at RT, but regardless, he is incredibly valuable as depth.

OL BJ Finney

Finney is the heir to the Ramon Foster throne, and if he does happen to leave, Finney would be a fantastic replacement. He is straight up solid and would start for most teams in this league. Re-sign, obviously.

LS Kameron Canaday

Canaday was solid, and his name was never said, bring him back.

DL L.T. Walton

Walton didn’t get a hat for most of the season, and it is really murky as to what his role on this team is at this point. When he did play, he did nothing of note, so there is little to no incentive to bring him back.

ILB L.J. Fort

Fort was a key cog on the defense this year and deserves a multi-year extension. So, he should be extended, as he proved to be the best ILB on this team as the season progressed. With Fort giving the Steelers more security in the middle of the field, it should be a premium to keep him.

DL Tyson Alualu

The Steelers will need defensive lineman depth, and will likely have to address it through the draft, but Alualu is a great depth piece and spot starter. This is a pretty easy bring back.

P Jordan Berry

He is extremely mediocre, but got better towards the end of the year. Bring in competition and let him compete.

OLB Anthony Chickillo

Incredibly meh and nothing special, but the Steelers are so needy at OLB depth wise that Chickillo almost has to be brought back. I wouldn’t bring him back otherwise, but it is certainly somewhat essential to bring him back.

CB Coty Sensabaugh

Sensabaugh was a fantastic fill-in after the woes of CB2 in the early season with the collapse of Artie Burns, and he should be brought back as a fantastic depth piece. Sensabaugh graded out incredibly well for PFF, and is a valuable piece to have there.

S Nat Berhe

He is coming off of a torn pectoral and is nothing more than a special teams guy, there is no reason to bring him back here.

TE Xavier Grimble

A solid 3rd TE who needs to learn how to carry a football, but regardless, he is a really, really good blocker and that is extremely desirable as a third TE.

TE Jesse James

The obvious answer to bring back the Outlaw. He is the peak of solid and can catch and block extremely well. The question is did he price himself out of Pittsburgh? I would bring him back at the right price, but I am not overpaying.

CB Mike Hilton

Hilton is probably priority #1 in the offseason. With this team being bare at CB outside of him and Joe Haden, Hilton getting an extension is a natural step. He didn’t have a great end to the season, but he has more than earned that extension.

WR Justin Hunter

Coming off of a season-ending injury and I just do not see the reason to bring him back. He is mediocre at best and this is a deep WR draft. He can be replaced.

WR Eli Rogers

Rogers was fantastic in the limited games he played this year, and the Steelers, if they have the opportunity, should keep him in Pittsburgh as well. He adds another weapon to the dynamic offense and really opened up the playbook.

OLB Keion Adams

Adams is still developing and a solid depth guy, he should be brought back to see what he can be in Year 3.

RB Stevan Ridley

Fumbleitis alert, Ridley is nothing special and honestly was meh most of the year. If it was up to me, he wouldn’t be back.

ILB Ryan Shazier

No idea here. But his locker room presence and positive influence is enough for me. Bring him back.

WR Derrius Heyward-Bey

Great veteran presence, but honestly, kinda useless otherwise. He was not even that good of a gunner this year. I would let him walk, but if he wants to be a coach, he can come right on aboard.

Other Contracts and Moves

Sean Davis

Davis has straight up earned this extension, man. He had a few lackadaisical plays, but with another offseason at single-high under his belt, I anticipate that Davis will begin to really come into his own and become even more of a contributor, especially with ball skills starting to show up more.

Javon Hargrave

Hargrave finally broke out this year and when he saw snaps, he made more than the most of them. Hargrave is naturally a 4-3 3 technique, but he has embraced his role and has begun to get 5 technique reps and has wrecked the line with them. He is integral on the line and is a great player to have going forward. Get him an extension.

Morgan Burnett and Jon Bostic

These two guys were brought in but, honestly, as the rest of the plan unfolds, they just do not have a place on the team. Releasing them would give us some much needed cap space, and thus, they are natural moves.

Ben Roethlisberger

Negotiations are already underway with Big Ben to come back for beyond 2019, and we will take that into account as well. Roethlisberger’s extension would free up some more cap space as well.

Trade Antonio Brown

I can’t believe I have to type this out, but we have to do this. So, the Steelers trade him to the 49ers for the 49ers’ 2nd, 4th, and a future 4th. This is a realistic looking deal, as there is no way the 2nd overall is actually in play, but in a deep class, this is a super nice haul.

Bud Dupree

Rescind the 5th year option and re-negotiate to a cheaper deal.

Free Agency

The Steelers, facing a closing window, should theoretically take a bit more of a proactive approach here in free agency, just for logic sake.

Sign ILB Jordan Hicks

You wanted a big play, well, here it is. Hicks has unfortunately dealt with some injuries, but he is an elite talent at ILB and likely won’t command all that much because of his injuries. Hicks is that low key type of signing the Steelers will make. This has high upside and low risk, so it is a natural fit.

Sign IDL Henry Anderson

The Jets did not use Anderson all that much this season, but he logged an impressive 48 pressures out of that defense. He is an underrated player and will not command all that much money and can be an excellent player on that interior line, and it frees up a draft pick, too.

Sign CB Pierre Desir

Desir broke out finally in 2018 and was used heavily in the cover 2 and press man heavy scheme of Indianapolis, which meshes about as well as you could wish for it to do in Pittsburgh. This is a fantastic signing either as a starter or a great depth piece.

Sign RB Mike Davis

This move is so underappreciated, but just go check out a short highlight film of Davis’ from this season and you will see an underrated back who can be an excellent rotational piece and do it all. Davis is a huge upgrade from Ridley and creates a great trio of RBs.

The Draft

A whole 7-Round mock draft that is streamlined with the AB picks. Let’s go.

Round 1: CB Byron Murphy, Washington

The Steelers get a scheme versatile player and probably the best CB in the draft. Murphy, Desir, and Hilton create a great trio of future CBs after Joe Haden is gone, but for now, they are a lethal core of CBs that any team would die to have. Murphy has physicality and ball skills, and likely starts from Day 1.

Round 2 (SF): WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

The best player in Mobile becomes a Steeler. Samuel has legitimate pro bowl potential and would take all the pressure you could ever want off of JuJu Smith-Schuster. As a dynamic receiver, Samuel would be a big play machine. And this is highly beneficial to James Washington.

Round 2: EDGE Christian Miller, Alabama

The Steelers can focus on getting a pass rusher and dealing with some depth there with ILB more shored up than before. Miller has an incredible ceiling but is still polished enough to start from Day 1. He likely won’t, but by midseason, Bud Dupree should see the bench.

Round 3: ILB Terrill Hanks, New Mexico State

Vince Williams is great, but his deal is not too friendly and he likely will be a cap causality shortly. L.J. Fort is already 29 and could be on the decline anytime for all we know. Hanks is a young, athletic former safety that has insane coverage skills and speed for the ILB position. He can develop for a few years and make a lethal duo with Hicks down the line.

Round 4 (SF): TE Keenan Brown, Texas State

We assume here that Jesse James simply gets outpriced and we cannot retain him. Even if we are able to keep him, Brown is a dual-threat TE that can move and block really well. He is TE2 now with future TE1 potential. If Vance McDonald ever gets hurt, Brown can fill in extremely well.

Round 4: S Malik Gant, Marshall

Gant can play anywhere a DB could want to play but outside CB. He is technically raw, but he has more than enough instincts to be a dimebacker from Day 1, and as he fills his frame out into Year 2, he can become a legit do it all Box safety or even a fluid single-high.

Round 5: WR Penny Hart, Georgia State

What is the issue with fully filling out this WR room? Hart is a little stick of dynamite that could make the roster due to his ability to play slot and contribute. He is an ideal 6th WR as he can take over for DHB’s gunner abilities too, as he was that at Georgia State. In the future, he can become more than just that.

Round 6: IOL Hjalte Froholdt, Arkansas

Mike Munchak might be gone, but Shaun Sarrett is still here! So, we give him a chance to really develop the interior of this line with a project in Froholdt. If he sits for a few years, Froholdt can become a pro bowl level OG if he pans out completely. He is a high-upside pick all day.

Round 7: P Tyler Newsome, Notre Dame

You know this is such a Steelers move, it just might happen. With just about every other position filled out, the Steelers draft Jordan Berry’s replacement, because Newsome is a stud.

Podcast: The destruction of the Steelers’ Super Bowl record

Behind the Steel Curtain - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 5:08am

In the latest episode of “The Standard is the Standard” show, we break down all the news you need to know surrounding the Black-and-gold from the week that was.

The Pittsburgh Steelers season is over, but the news is just starting to heat up. With a surge of Steelers news, it was time to get back on the airwaves and discuss the Black-and-gold.

Take a look at the rundown for the latest episode of the BTSC flagship podcast The Standard is the Standard. On this show Jeff Hartman and special co-host Lance Williams break down all things Steelers, including a fun game of “True or False!”

Check out the rundown of the show:

  • News and Notes
  • Recapping Super Bowl 53
  • How the Steelers can learn from this Super Bowl
  • Where do the Steelers go from here?
  • and MUCH MORE!

Jeff Hartman, editor of BTSC, and Lance Williams walk you through everything you need to know regarding the Black-and-gold.

If you haven’t heard, we have a YouTube channel, and the main reason for this is to increase the sound quality on our shows. But if you’re a visual learner you can watch the show below. Be sure to subscribe to our channel!

If you missed the live show, be sure to check out all episodes on the following platforms:

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If you’re old-school and just want the audio, you can listen to it in the player below.

Knee Jerk Reactions from Super Bowl LIII

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 9:23pm

One BTSC writer shares his real-time, initial thoughts of the Super Bowl.

The New England Patriots are looking to tie the Steelers with six Lombardi trophies and Steeler Nation will be watching intently. With their hatred for the Pats, Sixburgh pride and local-favorite Aaron Donald...It’s L.A. all the way. But can the Rams stop Super Bowl legends? We’ll see.

Nonetheless, a simple reminder, a knee jerk reaction is an immediate and unthinking, emotional reaction. It’s basically shooting first and apologizing later. I can safely say that’s a true definition of your’s truly and a good lot of Steeler Nation. Here’s my real-time reactions during the Steeler-less Super Bowl.

First Quarter
  • Nice job on the National Anthem by Gladys Knight. I thought I knew music, but I wasn’t aware of her title as “The Empress of Soul”.
  • I think that’s probably a towel, but part of me thinks Aquib Talib is trying to make a bold, fashion statement and is wearing a scarf.
  • Not sure about the Rams decision to defer. It’s usually my choice, but Brady has been golden lately on initial drives.
  • Cordarrele Patterson is a guy I Considered starting on FanDuel. I see him being an absolute X-factor here today. I’m going to regret that decision.
  • Sony Michel could shred these guys.
  • Wow! Brady’s first pass is a pick. He’s never done that in the postseason.
  • Littleton is a free agent after the season. Just sayin’.
  • Thought Rams would capitalize.
  • Edelman is money. I hate saying that.
  • The Rams defense is dialed-in.
  • That’s a helmet-to-helmet I’ve never seen before.
  • Nobody takes advantage of new life like New England.
  • Gronk could be huge in his last game tonight.
  • Doritos, that was terrible use of the Backstreet Boys. C’mon.
  • Gostkowski never misses.
  • I think Romo and I both jinxed him.
  • Bud Light’s corn syrup commercial was kind of clever.
  • Rams are finding their feet on this drive.
  • Gurley is anonymous in this game so far.
  • Great hit by Chung.
  • The Rams are harassing Tom Brady like crazy. If they’ve got a chance, it is here.
  • Scoreless first. Would’ve never guessed that.
Second Quarter
  • Wise got lucky on that false start. Would’ve been called for that clothesline.
  • Jared Goff might not be ready for this moment.
  • The Rams are cracking people. But they are going to start getting roughing calls against them.
  • Finally...a score. But if you took the over, you’re freaking out right about now.
  • That was a nice catch. Can the Rams capitalize?
  • Do you think Le’Veon Bell is watching Gurley’s disappearing act and smiling?
  • The Rams aren’t going to score this half.
  • The L.A. defense is keeping them in this game. Offense needs to contribute.
  • The Pats will get in before Adam Levine takes the stage,
  • Robo Child is free freaking me the hell out. It will haunt my dreams.
  • That too-many penalty could really hurt the Rams.
  • Wow! The Pats turned it over on downs. That may come back to haunt them.
  • Maybe not.
  • My nine-year old just called Brady stupid.
  • Wierd half.
Halftime
  • JuJu, Bradshaw, Mean Joe, Franco. This is awesome.
  • My wife and her friends are hoping for a wardrobe malfunction.
  • Adam Levine is a great showman.
  • Too many bleeps from Travis Scott. Makes it hard to listen too.
  • Now I remember who Big Boi is. Needed an a Outkast reunion.
  • Critics will bash it. But I enjoyed it.
Third Quarter
  • That first half was the second-lowest scoring half in history. Super Bowl IX and L.C. Greenwood’s safety marks the lowest at 2-0.
  • It would behoove the Rams to score here.
  • Wow. I thought that was a quick pick by Hightower.
  • Gurley is awake.
  • The Pats can’t lose Chung.
  • Goff is horrendous, especially on third down. Name less effective SB QBs.
  • The Rams Defense may have to scoreboards save this team.
  • Pats were offsides. Not called. Edelman rolls.
  • Edelman is going to break the catch record of 14 by James White. He’s your MVP if he scores.
  • The Rams have a chance. But it’s not good this deep in their own territory.
  • Nothing.
  • The Pats will get great field position.
  • Not when Johnny Hekker punts for a record 65 yards.
  • Marcus Peters is playing shutdown,
  • Two Ram first-downs. What is happening?
  • Lucky that incompletion to Anderson’s back wasn’t behind the line. Coul’ve been a turnover.
  • Goff showed moxie with that huge pass to Woods.
  • Burning time-outs early is not advised. But they had to.
  • Great defense by one of the McCourtys.
  • Can’t get sacked here. Got to at least get three.
  • And they did.
  • Didn't think Greg ““the leg” would make that one.
  • Sony Michel was bound to break out.
Fourth Quarter
  • A defense might to have to score to break this stalemate.
  • Goff is so shaky. This moment is way too big.
  • Boy, Anderson and the Rams are really lucky.
  • Super Bowl VII is the lowest scoring of all the big games. Miami beat Washington 14-7. That record is going down most likely.
  • That hold on the Patriots could be huge.
  • The one on the Rams is big too.
  • Would have liked a late hit there. But it wasn’t.
  • A run on third-and-22. Is this the Steelers?
  • This is where Brady turns it on.
  • Great catch by Gronk.
  • Finally a TD.
  • Cooks has to catch that ball in the end zone.
  • Knew that pick was coming. Game pretty much over.
  • I disagree with Romo and the Rams. Wouldn’t the penalties knock them further back and more out of FG range? I’m sure I’m wrong, but that argument has a little merit.
  • Nantz supported my claim. But Romo is right, because of time.
  • Thats short. Pats should kick. Too much of a risk.
  • Of course. 13-3. It’s over.
  • Romo is right. Never going to work.
  • Especially with Zeurlein missing it.
  • I hate the Patriots. But dammit, they know how to win.
  • Edelman deserves the MVP. But Brady will get it.
  • I love football. But I can’t watch this celebration.

Super Bowl 53: Updates, news and open thread

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 5:03pm

The Steelers’ season is over, but we all will be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday to see how things shake out.

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2018 season is over, but despite them being left out of the AFC Playoffs, we all know the Steelers Nation fan base will be watching the Super Bowl rooting hard against the New England Patriots.

With that said, join others like me in the open thread to talk about the big game!

Here is the schedule of events for today:

Patriots vs. Rams — 6:30 p.m. ET

Who do you like to win today?

As always, remember we are all here for the same reason...

GO STEELERS!

This Week in Steelers Stats: Various numbers and rankings from the 2018 season

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 2:08pm

A compilation of Steelers statistics from various Tweets over the past week.

Compiling statistics can take hours upon hours in order to find the proper numbers. To save you the trouble, here are some of the best statistics about the Steelers published during this past week.

I will begin with a few statistics of my own before going on to other various Steeler sources. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @STLRSuperFanDad in order to get some of BTSC’s geekiest stats.

With his Week-12 touchdown catch in Denver, Alejandro Villanueva was the tallest player (6’ 9”) to score an NFL TD since Morris Stroud (6’ 10”) of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1974.

— SteelersSuperFanDad (@STLRSuperFanDad) February 3, 2019

In 2018, the Steelers had 2 tight ends who had over 14 yards/reception (minimum 5 receptions): Xavier Grimble (14.33) and Jesse James (14.10). It was the first time since 1979 with Randy Grossman (18.08) and Bennie Cunningham (14.22).

— SteelersSuperFanDad (@STLRSuperFanDad) February 2, 2019

2018 was the first NFL season where 2 different sets of teammates had 100+ receptions: @steelers (Brown & Smith-Schuster) and @Vikings (Thielen & Diggs). Both teams finished 0.5 games out of the playoffs.

— SteelersSuperFanDad (@STLRSuperFanDad) February 1, 2019

The Steelers 20-16 win in Jacksonville during Week 11 of 2018 marked only the 9th time in NFL history where a team was victorious with 11 rushing attempts or less.

— SteelersSuperFanDad (@STLRSuperFanDad) January 29, 2019

Four players in @steelers history were named All-Pro a franchise high 6 times while wearing the black and gold.

Three are in the @ProFootballHOF:
* Dermontti Dawson
* Jack Ham
* Jack Lambert

The 4th is Alan Faneca (@afan66), a 2019 HOF finalist.

This should be Faneca's year. pic.twitter.com/GwMuRUXcoJ

— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) February 1, 2019

Ben Roethlisberger just put up the best fantasy season of his career. pic.twitter.com/M9uXYuRjr2

— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) January 31, 2019

Positional ranks for the starters from the top OL in the league in 2018:

LT Villanueva - 9th out of 38
LG Foster - 6th out of 37
C Pouncey - 12th out of 38
RG DeCastro - 8th out of 41
RT Feiler - 14th out of 38

Consistent above average play across the board for the #Steelers.

— PFF PIT Steelers (@PFF_Steelers) January 31, 2019

Tyler Lockett's performance on go routes this season was the best in the NFL.

For the best WR on every route: https://t.co/zVZGkFkx9K pic.twitter.com/uOQ4RBvVVP

— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 30, 2019

Santonio Holmes owns the second-highest graded game from a receiver in the Super Bowl since 2006 – against Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII pic.twitter.com/qomH1HlnKk

— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 28, 2019

An alternative Super Bowl Sunday for Steelers fans

Behind the Steel Curtain - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 12:06pm

For those looking to enjoy the Super Bowl Sunday while somehow avoiding the Patriots, we have a suggestion.

The 2018 season appeared to be full of promise for the Pittsburgh Steelers back in September and few could have envisaged a year that would end without the playoffs. Now faced with the prospect of watching the New England Patriots play the Los Angeles Rams in a Super Bowl that many hoped to see the Steelers in, it would be understandable if there were a number of Pittsburgh fans opting to sit out the season finale on Sunday.

For those looking to take part in the spirit of the festivities this weekend, but without being subjected to the Patriots, we have an alternative selection of games for consideration that should make much better viewing instead when Super Bowl LIII kicks off.

With a link to all six Pittsburgh Super Bowl victories, barring the first half of Super Bowl XL for some reason, we can offer you a far more enjoyable viewing experience for Sunday night.

Super Bowl IX:

Super Bowl X:

Super Bowl XIII:

Super Bowl XIV:

Super Bowl XL (Second half only plus America Game for 2005):

Super Bowl XLIII:

If a halftime show featuring Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi does not have you suitably inspired, we have a selection of some of the greatest halftime shows in Super Bowl history to pick from.

Such as Beyonce (great show):

U2 (one of my favorites and I don’t really like them):

Prince (one of the best):

Diana Ross (insane staging):

Madonna (meh, it’s ok):

or Bruce Springsteen (if you want to recreate the full Super XLIII experience):

For those who were going to watch the game just for the adverts, we have a preview of some of the commercials that will be airing this year:

Or some of the best in Super Bowl history:

And two of the best of all-time:

So now if you end up watching Super Bowl LIII and finish the night frustrated that you saw the Patriots tie the Steelers record with their sixth victory, you really only have yourself to blame.

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