There is still over a week until the Super Bowl, and I am already tired of talking about it, and tired of waiting for it. So instead of focusing on the Super Bowl, lets take a moment to reminisce about a great season, and to celebrate an outstanding performance by our beloved Steelers.
Do you remember back when the Steelers’ schedule was announced, and just about every team we had to play had been in the playoffs the previous year? Remember how nervous everyone was (including me)? Do you recall how doomed we all felt when it was announced that our schedule was probably the most difficult schedule in the NFL in the past 25 years? How were we going to overcome such a tough schedule? At best, the Steelers might finish 8-8. At least that’s what people thought.
Do you remember how everyone fretted about the weakness of the offensive line? After the draft, Steelers fans hammered the Steelers’ front office for not selecting an offensive lineman in every single round of the draft. And of course, there were those who feared that the Steelers would be completely helpless without the great and powerful Alan Faneca. What were we going to do without him? Woe was us.
Some said that Bruce Arians was a terrible offensive coordinator, and that the team would never experience success until Coach Tomlin finally came to his senses and fired Bruce Arians. There was even a website devoted to that mission. Yeah, doom and gloom reigned in Steelerland.
But here we are in January 2009, and the Steelers are the AFC champs, and are about to play in (and win) the Super Bowl. Who’da thunk it?
So let’s take a moment to smell the roses. Forget about the Super Bowl. We’ll have plenty of time to talk about that. Let’s write some reflective haiku to commemorate this season. It can reflect your joy at being AFC champs, or your sorrow for losing Faneca, or your thoughts on a particular players’ performance this year. Whatever you want to haiku about, except for next week’s Super Bowl. That one topic is off limits.
To paraphrase a certain sci-fi move, “all these topics are yours except the Super Bowl. Attempt no haiku there”. (Yeah, I’m a geek. I admit it. Bonus points to the first person who can identify the movie and line that I’m paraphrasing).
So that’s the assignment. Remember, a haiku is a 3 line poem. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the last line has 5 syllables.
Here’s my contribution:
Fans had lost their faith
Thought schedule was much too tough
Steelers proved them wrong
Or how about this one:
Harrison was great
Deserved to be MVP
Joey Porter who?
Here’s one more:
Troy with flowing hair
Was just about ev’rywhere
Just ask the Ravens
Okay, your turn. Start writin’.
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