In the Wake of this whole Cedric Benson episode, one thing has become readily apparant. It is the attitude of Steelers fans. Now over on BTSC they are saying how they shouldn't kick this team when it's down, how they are better than that. But then there are a bunch of them who disregard that "standard", come over here and do just that. They are absolutely classless and have the nerve to think they are above all of that, that the situation warrants it. Well, regardless of what happens with this, I think the Steelers fans will be having plenty of time to learn humility.
The Steelers have had thier fair share of problems this off season to say the least. The QB been suspended for the first quarter or more of the season, and has drawn the ire of nearly all NFL fans and likely a lot of the players too. Holmes has been shipped out. Their stars are fading all across the board. Now, starting RT Willie Colon will be down for the season. If the line becomes an albatross on an already poor offense, then there really isn't much of a foundation left. Now, normally I'm not happy about injuries no matter who they are. I feel for this guy and I wouldn't actually wish injury upon anyone. I've torn my ankle playing absketball and know how much it sucks watching games you wish you could be playing in. But when it comes to the Steelers fan base, I think they are the most arrogant group of fans on the planet. They aren't my most hated group of fans (that would be the Dallas fans who live in Philly who have never even been within 500 miles of the state of Texas. The easiest way to piss 98% of the people in Philly off is to say you're a Dallas fan, which obviously they chose to do through the course of thier life because that is the type of person they are. It's amazing how often that theory holds true and that type of attitude permates through into nearly all topics of conversation), but I don't think another organization deserves to fall and stay down for a long, long time as much as the Steelers do.
Through out the NFL, most fans will recognize that their team sucks when they do. Of course Eagles fans may be a little overreactive in that they sometimes think the team sucks before they actually do, but I've met people who are fans for nearly every team. And if things aren't right, they will tell you. There are those few exceptions with every fan base, and I don't normally fault that. Usually I just have to laugh and let it be. But the Steelers fans seem to breed this type of attitude. Being on the other side of the state, going to school litterally 10 minutes south of the Pa/WV border and 70 miles away from black and piss HQ, I've met a ton of them. And just about every single fan I've met can't admit that they suck even when they are obviously terrible. I just think that they really have to be down and out for a long period of time before they ground themselves a little bit. Then see how they like when fans come on to thier blog with every mistep and tell them how happy they are that the team keeps messing up.
I hope in the end Colon comes back as strong as ever... with a brand new team. I also hope all of these setbacks are the impetus to the wheels coming completely off the bus with that team. I hope the Bengals, Lions and of course the Eagles all win SBs before the Steelers even sniff one again. The Ravens and Bengals are building up young, talented squads (of course there is that MaLoR guy, but he seems more like an exception and the Ravens fans really don't have much negative to say on this site outside of him). And the Browns might actually be not bad in a few years. Anyway, I hold comfort in the fact that all of this could be the begining of a much needed downward spiral.