The Perspective Of An Average Steelers Fan: Treating Offseason Ennui

Is anyone experiencing a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement like me? In a word, we are suffering from ennui.

Ending a season with a loss is always painful, regardless of how deep into the seasons the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to get. Honestly, is anyone satisfied that the Steelers lost to the Green Bay Packers in their last Super Bowl appearance? Without a season ending win, without another Lombardi Trophy in hand; there is no euphoria to carry Steelers Nation into the next season. Now the draft should give the first big boost in enthusiasm since the Steelers normally don’t make big trades or dabble significantly in the free agent market -bit that is not until April 27-29. Do we just endure this state of Weltschmerz -world-weariness or take steps to overcome this empty state? It’s not an easy task for the average Steeler fan.

I googled “NFL Football News” just now and the following stories popped up:

  1. Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett pulls out of NFL trip to Israel.
  2. Five New England Patriot players decline White House invitation.
  3. Jimmy Garoppolo trade could be perfect storm for Patriots.
  4. NFL more forceful on Texas ‘bathroom bill’ after Super Bowl. (my mom always taught me not to force it when in the bathroom)
  5. Tragically, former Miami Dolphins linebacker Quentin Moses died in a house fire.

National sports media is not a good place to find a Steelers fix. An endless loop of Chris Collingsworth and Dan Fouts calling Steelers games would be more tolerable. Of course, we can always see Antonio Brown Live.

But seriously, here are a few things the average Steelers fan do to cope for the next few weeks:

  1. Pittsburgh Penguins hockey is a start. Sidney Crosby is leading the NHL in goals and is vying for the lead in total points with 60. Perhaps by the time you read this; Sid the Kid may have tallied his 1000th career point. The team is tied for 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division and in strong position to make another run at the Stanley Cup this year.
  2. Pittsburgh Pirates baseball is in Bradenton, Florida readying for the home opener. News is circulating about Andrew McCutchen and his move to right field and still rumors of a possible trade. The starting pitching rotation is getting their arms limbered up with hopes of anchoring a run at the central Division juggernaut Chicago Cubs. And oh, there is Jung Ho Kang. Questions whether his visa will be invalidated by the State Department.
  3. Pitt Panther basketball finally cracked the Syracuse Orangemen 2-3 zone. Can they bounce back from an eight-game losing streak to somehow make it to the March Madness also known as the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball championship.
  4. Penn State wrestling is current ranked # 2 in the country and will be entering the Big Ten wrestling championships this weekend with the NCAA Division 1 championships to follow. Can they bring home another team or at least some individual champions again this year?
  5. The most effective medicine? Check in with the Steelers Depot at least once a day. This will keep you up to speed on NFL Draft player profiles, offseason positional reviews; free agent moves and up to date news on Steelers players and the team.

This is my home cure for Steelers offseason ennui until the draft – what are yours?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Penn St. wrestling is legit. I encourage anyone looking for an exciting team to get behind, tune into the Big 10 Championships March 4-5 on BTN as well as the NCAA wrestling championships later on in March on ESPN.

  • Brian Miller

    I was afraid to read the full article after the line… “I googled “NFL Football News” just now and the following stories pooped up:” but still a good article non the less!!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Dave fixed it but the original was not far from the truth.

  • Disqussant

    Yes. Ennui to the n’th degree. Lots of time to think and I have new theory: if your team doesn’t pass the time with a QB controversy, you probably pass the time with a head coach controversy. If you don’t have one of those, you work your way on down to the waterboy.

  • PaeperCup

    3. Jimmy Garoppolo trade could be perfect storm for Patriots.

    CAn teams please stop playing with NE, it will not help you one bit and will only help them. Ask for a trade for Brady…If I were the Browns I would offer 6 first round picks…just to see if they would take it. Maybe the Steelers should make that trade, just to get him out of the Patrtiots.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I saw Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson wrestle at the National High School wrestling championship in 1997 and then again at the NCAA wrestling championship at Penn State in 1999. He was the Outstanding Wrestler of both tourneys. He has become quite a coach too.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Belichick would; then the Browns would release him for underperformance and he would be picked back up by the Pats- six first round draft choices richer.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    He’s in the greatest of all time discussion. Never lost a college match and Olympic champion.

  • PaeperCup

    yup, that’s exactly how it would work out.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Funny thing was in the high school nationals; there was a kid from Ohio named Sonny Marchetti (sp?) that I thought was tougher than Sanderson (different weight class); but dont think he ever placed in NCAA’s. Sanderson just made it look so easy.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Yes, I remember Sonny Marchette! Disclaimer: I grew up in Ohio and wrestled for 14 years. Yeah, he was something else. But it’s amazing how some guys can dominate at one level (high school) but it doesn’t always translate to the next level (college in this case). I think he wrestled at Iowa State for a couple years but never placed at nationals. I just checked and I guess now he’s an assistant coach at Notre Dame.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I just remember him being very tough, scrappy wrestler. Ohio has great wrestling. In 97 the senior championship was in Pittsburgh then it moved to Cleveland for a couple years – went twice in the civic arena downtown. Havent gone in over 10 years.

  • LucasY59

    I just nerd out on Draft prospects for the next two months, FA will provide some distraction, but for the most part I try and fill my football needs with the Draft (I probably pay more attention to football right now than any other time of yr, which is kinda sad, but having the season end creates a hole that only overthinking things about football can fill)

  • LucasY59

    and it wouldve been a scheme Belicheat and Shady had pre-planned a long time ago

  • PaeperCup

    I do the same thing. I get super excited for the draft, going over all our potential picks, and really getting excited about the prospects. Treating them as if every player I want is a can’t miss with HOF potential and will be a vital piece in the soon to be new Steelers dynasty and years to come. The draft then comes and goes, and all those guys I was super excited about I really never hear much about ever again haha. And we do it all again in 40 weeks.

  • PaeperCup

    YES! Brady and Belicheck conspired to win 5 superbowls with the sole purpose of elevating Brady’s trade value and anticipating the Browns being inept for a decade and a half, they make the planned trade to result in, receiving those picks, getting Brady back, and winning another 5 superbowls for the duo. I wish I thought of it.

  • LucasY59

    Bill’s been scheming against the browns since they fired him

  • LucasY59

    still a fun way to pass the time (even if it takes up too much time)

  • Good suggestions. Scouting draft prospects helps as well. I gotta turn on some Penguin games asap

  • Lol wish I’d read that

  • I watched them beat Ohio State, very impressive

  • Any NASCAR fans?