Thank goodness for the Pittsburgh Penguins. They’ll be playing the Capitals on Sunday Feb. 3, and if they win, Pittsburgh sports fans can celebrate late into the night. They won’t have to watch what will be the most painful Super Bowl for Steelers fans in recent memory.
For Steelers fans, Super Bowl Sunday will be a day of suffering and frustration. There’s no possibility for a seventh world title, and adding insult to injury, each team competing would do serious damage to the psyche of Steeler Nation by winning. "The Harbaugh Bowl" means agony for Steelers fans everywhere.
On one side sits the hated Baltimore Ravens. No true Steelers fan could ever root for victory for their most bitter rival. The idea that the Ravens have won a Super Bowl more recently than the Steelers is abominable to the Pittsburgh faithful. The thought of Ray Lewis’s storybook ending, coupled with Joe Flacco finally being able to perform on the sport’s biggest stage combines for a nightmare scenario in the Steel City.
The Ravens simply cannot be allowed to win this game.
Pulling for the 49ers is no more acceptable, though. With a Super Bowl victory, San Francisco would tie Pittsburgh for the most world championships in league history.
The Steelers would no longer be undisputed as most successful franchise that football has ever known.
The bragging rights edge that the Steelers have gained in recent years would evaporate.
The 49ers simply cannot be allowed to win this game.
There’s no silver lining to this rain cloud. From here on out, it’s all mock drafts, what ifs and hopes for a successful 2013 for Pittsburgh. Championship Sunday was an absolute fiasco for the Steelers, and it ensured that two Sundays from now, Steeler Nation will suffer another gut shot.
But, hey, let’s try to get a positive out of all the action on this Championship Sunday.
At least the Pens won.
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