“The Pittsburgh Steelers have managed to keep the candle of hope lit for most of their fans by winning three of their last five games — this is after a painful 0-4 start to the season. Although, on its face, the recent winning record seems positive, most of the fans believe it’s just a tease and that major disappointment is right around the corner.”
This is what I blogged about in week 10 of the NFL season. The stringing along process has continued with the Steelers winning in week 11 and 12 and managing to get themselves back into the wild card race, albeit with eight other teams. As you can imagine, I don’t hold out a lot of hope for a playoff spot for the Steelers because I don’t think they have improved that much since the last time I blogged about them.
Maybe their defense has slightly improved (that is they decided to start tackling again); and maybe Big Ben has reduced the number of mistakes he makes during a game; but overall the product they put on the field is not remarkably better. Although they have managed to add two additional wins against average-to-mediocre teams, I think their reemergence in the wildcard hunt has more to do with the other average-to-subpar teams in their Conference. There are currently six teams at 5-6 (including the Steelers) and three teams at 4-7 for a total of nine teams hunting for one playoff berth.
All of that said, the football gods have done it again. The Steelers have managed to suck their fans back in by winning five of their last seven and they are featured on Thanksgiving Day against their nemesis, the Baltimore Ravens. Although the Ravens are the reigning Super Bowl champs, they will limp into this game with a 5-6 record. I can remember the 1998 Thanksgiving Day game — Steelers vs Lions — and the Steelers ended up losing in OT due to bad play and the worst coin toss. That was the last time the Steelers played on Thanksgiving Day and managed to mar the holiday. Unfortunately, here we go again . . .
from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page http://douglasmacfaddin.net/stringing-the-fan-along-part-ii/