|It's Not How You Start, It's How You Finish...|
|Written by Cotter|
|December 31, 2013 13:28|
I'll try and keep this short, but I can't promise it will be sweet.
As you undoubtedly do not need me to tell you, 2013 was an all-out, full-on, raging, screaming, grab the 'oh shit' handles, rollercoaster ride for Steeler fans.
I couldn't even recap all of the crazy shit that happened this season if I wanted to, but I think the fact that the Steelers finished the season starting their 3rd string Center, a key part of approximately their 1600th different line combination, puts things nicely into perspective.
Still, when things looked their bleakest, that's when the team rallied and grew a pair.
For all of the unbelievable challenges, unforeseen events, and unfortunate circumstances, the Steelers put together a run that landed them literally inches from an unprecedented playoff berth.
So, don't listen to anyone crying about mediocrity.
Mediocrity would have been a season devoid of any excitement, and that's not what happened in 2013.
Ask any team in the AFC if they would have wanted a piece of the Steelers in January and tell me again how mediocre they were.
Sure, all that matters in the end is wins, and what transpired in the first half of the season didn't even rise to the level of mediocre, but what happened in the second half was far from mediocre, even if the two games they lost happened to be the two most important.
And while a full season is 16 games, it's equally true that ultimately you want to end up better than you started.
One game would've made a difference, but the Steelers were in it until the end.
And after a 2-6 start, you couldn't have asked for much more from them.
Things looked shaky early, but once these guys got used to playing with each other, we saw what they could really do.
If sports are entertainment, we certainly got our money's worth in 2013, including record-setting seasons from Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le'Veon Bell.
And if the rest of the league is listening, all I've got to say is...
There are certainly some questions heading into 2014, but I refuse to be anything but encouraged by how 2013 ended.
And if you can't handle a .500 season, I'd challenge you to be a Browns fan for even ONE year.
Now, I'd like to officially thank my buddy Tim for riding with me through the slog of week-in, week-out team previews. I hope you enjoyed his musings each week as much as I did.
I haven't had any backup here at OFTOT in years, and I'd like to think he added an important new voice to the mix.
So, thanks, Timothy, you're the wind beneath my wings.
And speaking of, Tim wanted me to give you guys this message - Thanks to the lovely readers and I'll see you bitches next year...pinky up!
Finally, last but far from least, I'd just like to thank you all for hanging out with Tim and I this season.
The only reason I ever started a blog about the Steelers back in the dark internet days of 2006 was so I could have an opportunity to interact with other Steeler fans after I had moved to New York the previous year, separating from many of my Steeler-loving friends.
You wouldn't know it, but behind the scenes I complain up and down about how much time it takes for me to feel like I've done a proper preview or recap (an officiall full recap, I mean).
But I try very hard to make these things entertaining, and I always find that it's worth it, so I hope you have enjoyed the ridiculousness we've pumped out here week in and week out.
I had a blast firing this old thing back up, and hopefully you'll all ride with me, on to the next one...
Season, that is.
In the meantime, I'd love to make your acquaintances on the Twitter, but otherwise, I'll see y'all in 2014.
I don't believe in miracles, I believe in Pittsburgh.
Here we go.
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