Win, Lose Or Draw

By Michael K. Reynolds

Let’s face it. We used to laugh at teams who found themselves in the position the Pittsburgh Steelers are facing this weekend.

Years past, at this last game of the season, we would have already had the AFC North wrapped up with maybe just the Baltimore Ravens nipping at our heels. Perhaps we might even have been jockeying for home field advantage throughout. We would scoff at those football minions who had to beg, steal and whimper for even the slightest of hopes to make the playoffs.

And now here we are. Oh how the mighty have fallen! Not only needing help from other teams, but on life support with the Ravens laughing as they pinch our oxygen tube.  The Cincinnati Bengals? We’ve got to root for them to win? For the J.E.T.S. JETS, JETS, JETS?

Then if we end up winning and by some chance both the Ravens and the Miami Dolphins do their part by losing, we are still left to endure the worst of all indignities: Having to watch the Kansas City Chiefs lay down against the San Diego Chargers.

It will be a slow, miserable death.

But it’s pain and suffering we should embrace. Because three-quarters of a season ago, while many were shredding their season tickets and tossing them over the London Bridge like confetti, we would have begged for the last game of the season to have meaning.

The real miracle is that it does. The game matters a great deal. In fact, there wasn’t a single game this season that wasn’t significant. Yes, there were plenty of games that disappointed. But none that didn’t make the pulse rise and either the anger or joy flood through our veins.

Yes. As Steelers fans we know it’s a Lombardi or bust.

But win, lose or draw this Sunday, we should be thrilled to be thrilled.

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

    The Steelers’ struggles this year have made me a more devoted, loyal, educated fan. No one on the field, the sideline, or in the fo quit on the season. I’m proud of the black and gold. Win, lose, or draw.

  • sean mcmartin

    looking forward to the off-season. , Hoping Colbert hits this draft out of the park..

  • Don2727

    I believe!!..That the steelers magic will last until the Chargers game..then its over..

  • Elijah Stevenson

    I can c us winning and relying on one team but relying on three teams thats just unlikely but we’ll c what happens

  • Elijah Stevenson

    I think Cincinnati will beat Baltimore at home, jets will win one week then lose the next so screw that, and we can just forget about KC winning

  • Tom Savastano

    Cant see KC winning but at least there still is a chance!

  • Mike Sweeney

    Anything can happen. Last week, teams fell, so the chance is bleak but it can happen again. I’ll be tuned in and hoping for another miraculous Sunday, will be in store.

  • Chad H

    Ups and downs all season. However we have seen a glance of what next year will bring. We saw our O line shatter in game 1 then find a couple players develop step in and turned draft focus away from them. Heyward is a beast. Ben and AB find a groove and a 3 down RB. Todd Haley has got the offense moving in the right direction and guaranteed his return. Worilds finally showed up on a contract year and I hope we find a way to bring him back. I will not relie on 3 teams losing Sunday to get us in but I look forward to the draft and next season. Bleed black and gold forever!

  • pittsburghjoe

    I am wondering what they do in the first two rounds. I know they have alot of needs on the defensive side of the ball, but if a top LT is available, do you take him? There are also a ton of tall and talented WR’s that will be available… I wonder if the guy from Rutgers (Coleman 6’6″) or Penn State (Robinson) will be there in round 2. Coleman is coming off an injury and has had a slow year which has hurt his stock. He looks good today against ND. It will be interesting to see how the big guys run at the combine. I would love a tall WR in round 2. Evans(Texas AM 6’5″) in the first round would be fine with me as well. Maybe we can finally give Ben a tall WR to chuck it to.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Despite us being 0-4 all we needed to do was beat Miami in the snow and we would be in it by now all Antonio Brown had to do was keep his foot in bounds and we would not be haveing this discussion. New England beat Baltimore and the jets beat Cleveland for us so it was in our favor

  • r4kolb

    The only thing in our favor with the KC game is KC has been not playing well the last couple of weeks. So Reid should be thinking you want to go into the playoffs on positive note. We shall see.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    All I heard so far was reid wasn’t going to activate Alex Smith or jamal charles maybe

  • Elijah Stevenson

    I sure hope we keep worilds we’d b fools not to if do anything especially to let Woodley go

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I will believe until it’s official that we are out of it

  • Jacob Dixon

    It shouldn’t have come down to Antonio brown scoring though the defense was embarrassing and Miami shouldn’t have been able to march in and come out with a win

  • Matt Searls

    i think every team needs a couple bad seasons, just to get rid of those band wagon fans, the jaguars seem to think that they still have to many.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Can you check on something for me? If we make the playoffs….wouldn’t we play the Bengals in the first round, with the Colts and KC being the other game?

  • george

    He is sitting most of hos starters including his QB so he’s not interested in winning this game.

  • A2theJ

    Yes. #6 vs #3 Steelers @ Bengals.. #5 vs #4. Chiefs @ Colts.

  • Brendon Glad

    They certainly have taught me a lesson no matter what happens. I still think they are one of the more aggravating steelers teams ive ever watched, but i WILL say this…whatever magic wand they waved over that offensive line…domt lose it. Ive had zero outbursts at my tv or texting buddies for 4 straight weeks. Been a LONG time since i could even say there were 4 games in a SEASON like that, let alone in a row at the percect time for it to happen. So much props to the oline coach and the guys. And to the team for not giving up like i did.

  • Brendon Glad

    Take care of business. I will never call the dolphins or chargers a lock no matter who they are playing. The steelers have won many games late when they had nothing to play for and also resting starters. I can think of carolina, buffalo, cleveland, baltimore, cincy, and a narrow loss to green bay among them. Just depends on how hungry the reserves are to make their mark in the league.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    What’s more embarrassing is they beat in the snow that’s the key word snow

  • Eric

    like tomorrow’s odds better than a 0-4 start.

  • r4kolb

    They will lose in the first round then. It’s bad karma to tank a game.

  • Shawn S.

    great take right there.

  • pittsburghjoe

    after 6 championships, I have learned to just enjoy the journey. They will win with to Rooneys. I sit back and laugh at Daniel Snyder and Jerry “Side Line” Jones.