The (Steel) Curtain Comes Down

Last night's result (Pats 41 - Steelers 27, if you somehow happened to miss it) was profoundly unsurprising, if disappointing. The Steelers weren't as good as their 15-1-plus-an-OT-playoff-win record. The Pats were even better than their 14-2-plus-a-playoff-blowout record. And the game wasn't as close as the score indicates.

But congrats nonetheless to a group of players and coaches who exceeded all expectations for the season and who managed to lift the spirits of Pittsburgh significantly for three months. Bill Cowher will and should stay. Ben Roethlisberger -- a rookie, after all -- will get better. There's a large cadre of excellent young players. Troy Polamalu, Alan Faneca, and Hines Ward are tops in my book, but your book may vary. Jerome may call it quits (but should he? quite a season!), and Plaxico may hunt free agent dollars, but this team will be back.


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