An Open Letter To The Denver Broncos And Their Fans - By Neal Coolong
Steelers Fever Exclusive Editorial
|As fans of the NFL, we congratulate you. We know the effort it takes to convert five Patriots turnovers into 24 points. And just like you, we'll overlook the fact two of those came on muffed punts and kicks. Todd Sauerbrun leads all NFL punters with forced fumbles for good reason. Every good returner in the game is subject to fumbling after being hit by the punter accused of using steroids.
We're in this position again, as you may or may not remember. Denver traveled to Pittsburgh for the AFC Championship game in 1997 - en route to your first Super Bowl win.
We would like to remind you of three things before this game: 1. No John Elway. 2. No Terrell Davis. 3. No Kordell Stewart.
We're sure you were happy as pigs in feces over the "mighty" Colts losing to those lucky Steelers, but you should be reminded that Pittsburgh has won two consecutive playoff road games, and Invesco Field doesn't intimidate us one iota. Even Elway himself has said fans there are too busy eating cheese and drinking wine to make any noise that would trouble a visiting team.
Also, we are taking this moment to acknowledge a recent trend, where our opponents have to buy ad space in local newspapers and radio stations begging your fans not to sell tickets to Steelers fans. While we do find great pride in the fact that Pittsburgh's fans travel so well, it's more of how funny it is that your organization is the third in three games to tell fans to avoid selling tickets to towel-toting 'Burghers.
The family sitting in section 133, seats 13,14,15, in rows 13 and 14 at Invesco has already enforced this embargo, and we at Steelers Fever are merely laughing. Because whether or not we are all at the game in person, the Steelers are still coming through Denver to burn your house down.
Much is made of your heralded defense, and to an extent, rightly so. We would like to point out, however, that the Cleveland Four - Courtney Brown, Mike Meyers, Ebenezer Ekuban and Gerard Warren - have plenty of experience getting mauled by the Steelers front-line in the past. Let's not go thinking they are the next coming of the 85 Bears front four anymore. It gets old. Really. The Steelers offensive line demolished those four to the tune of 90 carries for 350 yards and nine touchdowns in their two games. Pittsburgh knows them well. Don't think we forgot. A Brown is a Brown is a Brown.
Other small reminders: John Lynch is no Troy Polamalu, no matter how many Tom Brady ducks he happened to snare this weekend. Jake Plummer will soon remember he is, in fact, Jake Plummer. The playoffs expose the pretenders, just ask the Chicago Bears. Tom Nalen can't move Casey Hampton. Joey Porter can (and will) say whatever he wants, and you can't stop him. We will take Hines Ward over Rod Smith any day.
But we'll let all of those things go. We do want to keep a few things around for you and yours to find misery in Sunday.
Once again, congratulations on your ability to win one playoff game where your opponent turned the ball over each time someone in the crowd sneezed. It is cold season, after all. We look forward to sharing your hospitality on Sunday, and officially making your stadium Heinz Field West.