Historically we have had little to cheer for as Bengals fans. Thus, we resort to picking apart the successes of other franchises, so that we can feel better about our own inadequacy. Ok, really just Pittsburgh.
Showtime addressed here how the 70s titles rested largely on the Steelers pioneering the use of steroids. Now we can cancel out the 2005 title as the official in that game recently apologized for blowing critical calls in the 4th quarter of the Superbowl:
“It was a tough thing for me. I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game and as an official you never want to do that. It left me with a lot of sleepless nights and I think about it constantly. I’ll go to my grave wishing that I’d been better. I know that I did my best at that time, but it wasn’t good enough. When we make mistakes, you got to step up and own them. It’s something that all officials have to deal with, but unfortunately when you have to deal with it in the Super Bowl it’s difficult.”
The end of blog accurately notes, "only two? (calls)":
The Darrell Jackson pass interference in the first quarter and the upheld Ben Roethlisberger touchdown late in the first half also looked questionable.
That just leaves 1 title to go before Pitt is back swimming in the sewer with us. We just need a way to invalidate the 2008 title.
I personally blame 2008 on New England. Pitt never can get through the playoffs when they have to face NE. And Brady had no knee in 2008. Also, their opponent? Arizona. Not like they had to go up against the Walsh/Montana 49ers.
If bored and looking for some amusement, perusing the posts of our "pittsburgh where bad people deserve their shitty lives" tag can be a fun distraction.