Super Week concludes with Big Game

Published 10:56 pm Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Big Game is right around the corner and it does not feel like the Super Bowl is almost upon us.

This year does not have the ultimate storyline of 19-0, but there is another type of history that only Steelers fans are excited about. This is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ seventh appearance in the Super Bowl, which is the second most all-time to the Dallas Cowboys’ eight appearances.

The only difference is the Steelers are 5-1 and the Cowboys are 5-3. The Steelers only hiccup was Super Bowl XXX, but they made up for that slipup 10 years later by winning Super Bowl XL.

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Now the Steelers have a chance at history. They are tied with the Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers as the only franchises with five Super Bowls. The Steelers could move past both those teams with a win Sunday.

That would make them the only franchise with six Super Bowls and it would make this reporter happy. Every Sunday I change from a sports reporter into a Steelers fan and I wave my Terrible Towel violently at the TV every time the Steelers score a touchdown.

Normally I go to a party on Super Sunday, but this year I will be celebrating with one person and one person alone. It will be my fiance Adrienne and myself watching the game. I can’t wait for Sunday, but I am going to be ever so nervous.

Four years ago I was able to go home and watch the game with my parents and the normal hilarious commercials were not that funny to me because the Steelers were locked in a tight game with the Seattle Seahawks.

I hope the Steelers are able to dispatch of another NFC West squad, the Arizona Cardinals, a little more easily this year and with far less controversial penalties.

Let’s just hope the Steelers make history and blow the Cardinals out of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Matt Nascone is the sports editor for The Messenger. He can be reached at 670-6315 or online at