Dare We Dream…The Impossible Dream?

By Michael K. Reynolds

The Pittsburgh Steelers played Motown this Sunday and what began as early game joy shifted dramatically into the same old broken record in the second quarter.

It had Steelers Nation singing Marvin Gaye‘s rendition of “What’s Goin’ On?” and Smokey Robinson‘s “Tracks Of My Tears” as the Detroit Lions imposed their will.

Offense anemic. Balls overthrown and dropped. Linemen overwhelmed. Punts squibbing. The once-proud defense gashed by the run. The secondary shredded like a torn pinata. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford so unpressed and comfortable in the pocket it appeared as if he was in a photo shoot for Glamour Magazine.  And then, of course, there was Calvin Johnson treating the Steelers best cornerback as if he was “Signed, Sealed and Delivered”.

Just another broken record in a disappointing season.

But then mercifully with 27 unanswered Lions points on the scoreboard, the limping Black and Gold were saved by the halftime bell.

And before the Steelers faithful could scream one more refrain of, “Ike…catch the ball!” a new team emerged from halftime, a Pittsburgh unit singing a brand new song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.

Resilient. Determined. Clutch.

For the first time in a season marred more by slapstick comedy than Steeler greatness, the 2013 model wore their colors, albeit in bumblebee style, with the spirit and resolve of past and future champions.

The Pittsburgh defense locked down one of the best offenses in the league in the Lions. The makeshift offensive line held back their mammoth counterparts. Even…yes…a punter emerged a hero. The diminutive Pittsburgh receivers rose like giants and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played like a man who truly never wants to leave the city.

In reality, all the Steelers accomplished was buying themselves another week in the hunt. Maybe two.

But in the process, they gave everyone a glimmer of the greatness within. A strength of character and a resilience that may be the beginning of proving this team worthy of the many teams who wore these uniforms before them. These looked like Pittsburgh Steelers.

The winners are many. Ownership. Coaches. The players and all of the staff. The food vendors, the swag sellers, the Steelers media, ticket holders and an entire city. Because the season is alive.

Yes…this is only possible because of the misery loves company AFC. But, alive it is.

Which means for the fans a slice of hope. A priceless gift. To be able to dream…the impossible dream.

About the Author

Michael K. Reynolds

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers fanatic and author of the acclaimed Heirs of
Ireland series. MichaelKReynolds.com

  • steeltown

    It’s funny, just Friday I was conversing with a friend how however ridiculously unlikely it seems, The Steelers are still technically in it due to how mediocre Teams have looked League wide thus far (besides Denver, Seattle, Kansas City, New Orleans and New England) then after the Ravens, Browns, Jets, Chargers and Titans all lost this week, their chances increase further…. but, I digress, there’s still a long way to go

  • Patrick J Brophy

    Hope feels pretty, pretty….. good.

  • Jeff

    (Tom Green voice) Tiny salmon chasing that impossible dream!!!!

  • Jeff

    I agree. Crazier things have happened! Haha we gotta keep the faith. Even if we don’t make it to the playoffs, pounding the brownies this weekend sure’d be nice.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Just think of it this way…2 weeks ago the Steelers needed to win 8 straight. Now they only need to win 6! 🙂

  • Jeff

    If things keep going well, December 15th at home against the Bengals is going to be a hell of a game, and quite frankly the most important game of the year considering playoff implications.

  • Mike.H

    As the song ” dream the impossible dream ” tracks along with the camera… can the players shed real tears or PA [production assistant ] dabbles either saline, baby oil or super glue for dramatic effects.

    please check a box:

    A. [ ] saline

    B. [ ] baby oil

    C. [ ] super glue

    D. [ ] make them shed real tears.

    Your votes will be tallied at the end of the day when Mr. Reynolds or Dave Bryan goes to sleep by turning off the Little Mermaid Disney night light.

  • Mike.H

    — Fat lady in shimmering cocktail dress optional. [ note: she highly resembles Liza Minelli with thick mascara lashes ]

  • Weiss Chad

    Oh its gonna happen.I wanna give props to Mr.Colbert.I thought gay was a bad move,turned brilliant.Cotchery anybody?Oh yeah Will allen!! Talking about doing alot w out much to work with.Imo they should role w ben calling plays
    It seems to me Ben seems so much more into games/drives when he calls the plays
    Oh yeah another great job by colbert A.Brown in 6 rd and then deciding to pay him over Wallace.I wish they would have let sanders walk
    Cotchery imo should be 2 til wheatom displaces hm
    and i know im not the coach or saying they need to listen to me.Sanders imo has underproduced and makes bob sanders look like NFL iron man.Today kinda reminded me of that bears steelers game where bettis ran over urlacher for td and that kinda seemed to set pace for sb run.I might be wrong but only one game out of six seed.Dolphins steelers game w prob decide 6th seed

  • charles

    Never stopped believing. But, after the third straight three and out to start the second half and Detroit playing like Oakland did in that second half (I mean ball control) things needed embellishment to keep believing. Then the 80 yard punt and the Steelers never looked back. And now we know why Haley called all those bubble screens: to set up Cotcherys TD.

  • Bob

    Just focus on beating Cleveland. Don’t do that, and all the rest becomes irrelevant.

  • Chris92021

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Steelers of the last few seasons have been famous (or infamous) for playing down to competition and even losing games where they are a clear favorite. I am not going to say Steelers and playoffs with any confidence unless they beat the Browns this Sunday.

  • Matt Searls

    No… Not yet, I can’t bare the letdown. We haven’t beat a playoff caliber team yet

  • rizzo29

    How sad this league has become,and they want to add more teams and water this down even more,I guess this keeps almost every team in the mix

  • Scotty

    Not to be debbiedowner but the team is still in 10th place. Let’s pump the brakes.


    Colonel Qualude.

  • Eric

    When Ben lowered his should trying to convert that first down, he showed that he believes and therefore so do I. It also means do not believe the people claiming he wants a trade.

  • Matt Manzo

    I hear ya! I say move one to LA and that’s it. No more! I stopped watching basketball n baseball cuz I’m tired of one good player on a team

  • JohnB

    Its all about who gets hot at the right time, but i’ll curb my enthusiasm. We get to .500 then we’ll talk.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    you are 100% correct, one game at a time

  • Riverstko

    Let the playoff caliber teams beat themselves. Thats the afc this year. All we have to think about is winning the next 6 weeks and winning our division.

  • Riverstko

    The afc is average this year besides den. and n.e. Those wild card teams are lame, and the Steelers are HOT right now Winning 4 of last 6 games. If we make it to the playoffs Watch Out!

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Yeah out last six games r winnable but only if ben stays consistent, the next games r Cleveland Baltimore Cincinnati Miami green bay and Cleveland again. We can win these games but we always would loose to the team’s were supposed to beat its time to stop fooling around because we’ve dug out own grave mostly because of offense. Let’s just stay focused.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    U couldn’t have said it better, this is absolutely no time to celebrate the browns r no joke let’s not let this win get over our heads, that game wasn’t even an AFC conference game.

  • HarryBackside

    If we beat the Browns next week, then we’ll be in 9th. The Raiders and Titans (8th and 9th place) play each other next week. Not to get too far ahead here, but Miami (7th place) is playing Carolina next week, then the Jets, then us.

  • HopalongCassidy

    Dare we dream the impossible dream ? Not yet. Win the next two games and then we can talk about it.

  • srdan

    Great article


    ditto…it was a nice win @ home vs a playoff caliber team, but winning @ CLE & @ BAL will make me pay attention…a loss to either of those and we’re back to draft watch.

  • Callentown

    I’m just not there yet. I continue to hear the Steelers break long-standing records of futility.

  • Callentown

    For those who will put me in the classification of a ‘downer’ because I don’t blindly believe, take a look at WHO this team has beaten. Does ANYONE really think – and I mean REALLY THINK this team can compete in the playoffs against REAL TEAMS?????

    If so, please tell us WHY, not just ‘because they will somehow’.


  • sean mcmartin

    The first few games there wasn’t a sliver of hope. At least the players are showing who is worth keeping around for next year.

  • Matt Searls

    I myself would rather have a top 10 pick than a 9-7 wild card spot. This isn’t a Super Bowl team right now

  • Matt Searls

    Dude look at who we have beaten. Also look at who we lost to. We can’t make it in the post season

  • Reader783

    The NFC North leading Lions?

  • Matt Searls

    Do you think the lions have any chance to make it far into the playoffs?

  • Reader783

    Ya, sure. I mean, they’re no Seahawks or Saints, but they’re 4th in the NFC. They have the 3 seed as of now. So they can clearly at least win a game or two in the playoffs. They’re no collection of schmucks.