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Relax, will you?
February 7, 2009 - John Mehno
The Steelers won the Super Bowl last Sunday. They brought home the trophy. That's it. End of story. No recounts, no do-overs, no "yes, but...." They won.
For some reason, there are people working themselves into a frenzy over every perceived slight they can find in the media. Given the number of shows, networks and websites, it isn't hard to find someone who "isn't giving the Steelers any credit."
They don't need "credit." They have the trophy.
So if someone disagrees with the notion it was the best Super Bowl ever, take it easy. It wasn't. It had one of the best finishes ever, but the game itself didn't measure up to the Giants-Patriots SB that preceded this one. But you know what happens -- the Patriots didn't even make the playoffs this year and the Giants were knocked out early, so their game is ancient history.
What Cardinals fans say doesn't matter. They don't decide things with a poll in the NFL, they settle it on the field. The Cardinals and Steelers played. The Steelers won. It's in the books.
If you're a Steelers fan, there is no reason -- none -- not to maintain a nice warm glow until training camp opens. And then someone will suggest the Steelers won't win Super Bowl XLIV, and the outrage will start all over again.
Success is hard to achieve. The Penguins are 17 years removed from their last Stanley Cup and this season is the 30th anniversary of the Pirates last World Series. The Steelers are champions of the National Football League. That should be a source of enjoyment, not stress.