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Celebrating What Is

Discussion in 'Blinded by the Lombardis: Patriots Forum' started by mwonow, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. BostonWolverine

    BostonWolverine lurker

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    I particularly love the "There's no telling what kind of damage the Steelers might have done over the last six years if not for the existence of Brady and Bill Belichick."

    It's something I want to send to my steelers friends as false consolation.
     
  2. rodderick

    rodderick Member SoSH Member

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    In the last six years the Patriots met and eliminated the Steelers from the playoffs exactly once, so I think their own incompetence is to blame.
     
  3. InstaFace

    InstaFace MDLzera

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    As the article points out, the Steelers would have had the #1 seed in 2017 but for the Patriots (which might have changed fortunes considerably if we had to first face down Jacksonville and then go to Pittsburgh on 1 weeks' rest), and would have had a bye in 2014 but for the Patriots. It's not just about the head-to-head.
     
  4. TheoShmeo

    TheoShmeo Skrub's sympathy case Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    If Rappaport is right and the Stillers passed on a greater return from the Pats, then that a pretty big celebration of what is.

    Think about it. The Steelers, one of the most celebrated NFL and iconic franchises would rather get less than trade a star player to the Patriots.

    When I think back to the Chuck Fairbanks hijinks, Ben Freaking Deith, 1-15, 46-10 and the rest of the craziness around this franchise until Parcells/Belichick, the mind reels that Pittsburgh would play keep away and accept a lesser package.

    Oh, and it makes a liar out of the Steelers GM, which is always fun.
     
  5. DavidTai

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    Was curious about this, so went to look it up, thinking the Patriots might have taken away byes by beating them during the regular season.

    A quick look, ignoring last year, when the Steelers actually won:

    2017:
    Patriots home field advantage through the playoffs
    The Steelers -lost- at home vs the Jags... so I'd blame them there, but they might have had home field advantage through the playoffs and played... KC?


    2016:
    Steelers finished third probably wouldn't have gotten a bye anyway.

    2015:
    Bengals won division by two games. Meh.

    2014:
    Steelers win division, Patriots get bye by 1 game, but Steelers did not play NE that year.

    2013:
    Bengals win division by 3 games.

    MEHHH.

    Yeah, looking at that, I'd agree with that assessment.
     
  6. BostonWolverine

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    While the pats have only directly beat the steelers once in the discussed time period. We may have beat them indirectly as well. The article brings up the loss of homefield etc. But, if you remember the chatter coming out of the steelers locker room in 2017 was focused on the patriots and completely ignoring the Jags. The pats were in their heads and they couldn't focus on the task at hand.
     
  7. BuellMiller

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    But if the Patriots had gone 0-16 in 2014, the Steelers (11-5) wouldn't have gotten the bye (since the Patriots nutpunched/threw the 11-5 Colts out the club during the regular season)...they technically wouldn't have won the AFC North (since the Patriots were on to Cincinnati to beat the Bengals, who finished 10-5-1 behind the Steelers 11-5)
     
  8. DrewDawg

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    That was discounted---a kid made that up.
     
  9. DavidTai

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    That feels like it's directly on the head coach. 'We're on to Jacksonville', not 'We're on to New England.'

    Though I suppose this might have an effect on 2018 too, since apparently they blew games around the New England game because they really built that up as their Super Bowl.

    Still strikes me as self-inflicted shortsighted stupidity.
     
  10. rodderick

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    Yeah, thing is to me that's the Steelers beating themselves. Same with the "would've had a bye if not for the Patriots being so good" scenarios.
     
  11. loshjott

    loshjott Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Dak, Dez, and Zeke were more "famous" more recently also. Though not more accomplished.
     
  12. simplyeric

    simplyeric aggressively nonsensical SoSH Member

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    I don’t get it.
    Wracking my brain for some sideways Shakespeare cake reference.
    I don’t get it.
    I don’t ge... oh.....

    Damn man, that’s well done.
     
  13. Blue Monkey

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    Usually find these to be rather meh, but thought this one was pretty good.

     
  14. soxhop411

    soxhop411 Member SoSH Member

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    paparazzi tries, and fails to get BB to talk and answer questions

     
  15. RorschachsMask

    RorschachsMask Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Malcolm Mitchell announced he has to retire, knew it was coming but still sucks. Awesome guy with a great head on his shoulders, and was huge in that Falcons SB.
     
  16. staz

    staz Intangible Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Tremendous.

    (and down the DVR rabbit hole I go... SB53 is really aging like a fine wine, you know.)
     
    #3866 staz, Mar 23, 2019 at 7:25 PM
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2019 at 7:56 PM

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