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End of Season Message

These are always the tough messages to write; the end-of-season ones where there is still football left to be played. Another Super Bowl run was not meant to be as the loss of Le’Veon Bell and the addition of Haloti Ngata fresh from his return from his spa vacation (NFL suspension for performance enhancing drugs) lead to a 30-17 loss to the Ratbirds to end the 2014 season.

SEASON RECAP
So a season that started with a victory over the Brownies in Week 1 ended with a disappointing playoff loss at home. In between we had prime road wins, losses to far inferior teams, record setting performances, the retiring of Mean Joe Greene’s jersey, the 40th anniversary of the first Super Bowl victory, SFOM on WCCO, a special visit to SFOM from former Steeler Tyrone Carter, another successful Food Drive, offensive explosions, and a team that win or lose, we cheer to the bitter end.

This year our attendance was 2705, or an average of 159 per contest which is pretty good considering all of the prime time match ups.

FOOD DRIVE
Another successful food drive this year. This year, we raised $9,200 or 82,700 pounds of food. Since the food drive started; we have raised $52,220 or 473,980 pounds of food for Second Harvest to help our neighbors in need in the Twin Cities. When you think about how 100% of all of the money we raise goes directly to the people who need it most; that is impressive. Steelers fans are the most generous and to be able to help our local community is something that can make us all proud. THANK YOU!

SPEAKING OF...
There are so many people to thank. The first is YOU and YOU and YOU. Thank you for everything whether it is showing up, supporting the food drive, supporting the silent auction, volunteering, telling family, friends or perfect strangers about the SFOM or liking us on Facebook, our club only works because of you!

A special thank you to our team at McGovern’s for giving us the greatest home field advantage each and every week with a great place, great food and drink and a team that creates a game day atmosphere that is second to none where we can all enjoy some Stiller football. Is it any wonder that many of us even in the off season recommend McGovern’s as a great place to go. Even the guys on the WCCO morning show were able to get a plug in for McGovern’s.

Finally, a special thank you to all of the people behind the scenes who make the SFOM enjoyable for all. Whether it is our front door volunteers, our half time prize managers, our food drive team, the web team or anyone that helps make the SFOM game experience special. There are too many to name so we thought that we would just put a link for everyone here:

http://www.sfominn.com/members

NEXT SEASON'S OPPONENTS:
The opponents have been named. The Steelers will probably have the toughest schedule in the NFL next season with 10 out of the 16 games against playoff teams from 2014. In case you missed it, the opponents, in addition to our divisional opponents for 2015 look like this:

HOME
Denver, Oakland, Indianapolis, Arizona, and San Francisco
AWAY
San Diego, Kansas City, New England, St. Louis, Seattle

Stay tuned for when the schedule is released in the near future.

THE OFFSEASON:
This will be a busy offseason for both the players and management as they will both have tough decisions to make on the status of but not limited to:
Ike Taylor
Troy Polamalu
James Harrison
Brett Keisel
Ben Roethlisberger (possible contract extension)
It will certainly be a busy offseason.

NEXT GET-TOGETHER:
Our next get together will most likely be for the draft. Once we have details as we get closer to the date we will pass them along. Once again thank you for everything and we look forward to seeing you next season.

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