This just in: TV down, radio up

td2.jpg Yeah, it’s a good day — even though I’m still crunching on pre-holiday assignments (last conference call at 3:00 p.m.).

Any day after the Steelers win is a good day, and we haven’t had one in a couple weeks. You know what’s really great? Being able to turn down the TV and listen to the Steelers’ announcers, Bill Hillgrove and Tunch Ilkin with Craig Wolfley and Ellis Cannon, on DVE. (We miss you, Myron!) Forget bozo network announcers, who are usually too busy cackling about something silly to call the game, and who don’t know James Harrison from James Farrior anyway. When you go the radio route, you get the pure game from people who know it very, very well and who actually LIKE the Steelers.

Yeah it’s a drag that the TV time delay means you hear the play a second or so before you see it, but it also saves a few heart attacks — you know sooner if Hines makes the catch or if he doesn’t, or if Ben steps out of the sack or not. I don’t mind — it’s worth it to get so much more insight along with meaningful stats and analysis.

I know I heard a factoid in the past about how many Steelers fans turn down the sound and listen to the radio instead. It was a significant number! If you haven’t tried it, give it a shot.

Oh, and while I’m at it, why don’t they just give New England the damn Lombardi trophy and save everyone the pain of watching them the next 6 weeks? Unless Green Bay or some other popular NFC team is in, it’ll be one of those “I’m only interested in the commercials” Super Bowls. Although, I see Tom Petty is playing at halftime — now THAT’S worth tuning in for…Tom Brady? Not so much.

Go Steelers, and way to go Mike Tomlin — 10 and 5 your first year ain’t too shabby. 11 and 5 by beating the Ravens in Baltimore…downright sweet!

Here we go, Steelers, here we go.
~ Every Steelers fan ever


  1. robbie said,

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    You football people are just too much. Watching, listening, screaming and jumping over a game that pays its players millions of dollars! While you were watching millionaire brats the rest of us were watching the Pitt basketball team beat Duke in overtime with a last second 3-pointer! Now that’s excitement provided by amateurs playing for only honor and regard. Isn’t that real sport?

  2. WritingbyEar said,

    Friday, December 21, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Well, the radio broadcast I was listening to kept talking about the Pitt game as well to keep all the listeners apprised. That’s another part of my point — these announcers are Pittsburgh supporters as much as individual team supporters (Bill Hillgrove also does the Pitt bball games). And yes, LOTS of people love college football too. Personally, I can’t stand basketball. But I don’t agree that it’s just about “honor and regard”–a few of these college hoopsters are hoping to go pro and make the big bucks. But of course, basketball is just nowhere near as popular as football, so a smaller percentage of people turn pro. That’s just the way it is.

  3. Guy Hogan said,

    Monday, December 24, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Yes, it’s a lovely day in the neighborhood any time the Steelers win. But to keep my perspective on the game I always remind myself that the vast majority of we Steelers fans live in one world and our multi-millionaire heroes live in another. The Steelers are first and foremost a business. If the team was to start losing money, I mean really losing money being here in Pittsburgh, you know what would happen. Now, after having kept my perspective. Go Steelers!

  4. WritingbyEar said,

    Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 8:50 am

    You’re right, Guy, These elite athletes are pretty far removed from our lives. But I do think the team has done more for Pittsburgher’s pride and the city’s notoriety (for better or worse) than any other business or organization. I can’t imagine they’d ever lose money here (20 “losing” seasons with no Super Bowls didn’t make that happen) — unless maybe the Rooney’s decided to use cheerleaders or something dumb like that!. Plus the fans are eternally optimistic — even with mediocre teams, we think they’ll somehow magically pull it off and go all the way. Take this year for instance… 😉

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