The 2016 season is unfortunately over, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are now embarking upon their latest offseason journey, heading back to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, formerly known and still referred to as the ‘South Side’ facility of Heinz Field. While the postseason is now behind us, there is plenty left to discuss.
And there are plenty of questions left unanswered as well. The offseason is just really the beginning phase of the answer-seeking process, which is lasts all the way through the Super Bowl for teams fortunate enough to reach that far.
You can rest assured that we have the questions, and we will be monitoring the developments in the offseason as they develop, and beyond, looking for the answers as we look to evaluate the makeup of the Steelers as they try to navigate their way back to the Super Bowl, after reaching the AFC Championship game last season for the first time in more than half a decade.
Question: Who will win the Super Bowl, and will you be watching?
There is a certain sense around the country that the Super Bowl has become a sort of unofficial national holiday. It is typically one of the biggest, if not the biggest television event annually, and coincides with a massive uptick in food sales—and calls out sick from work the following day.
Many, many fans of the 30 teams who are not in the Super Bowl still find themselves watching the game, even among those who typically only follow their own teams. Even people who don’t follow the game at all watch the game, even if it is for the commercials, or for the halftime show.
And yet the Patriots are playing, and there are many who don’t want to see them win. The Patriots eliminated the Steelers in crushing fashion. Perhaps that has left a bad taste in the mouths of some of you here that might turn them off of actually watching. So, the question is, will you be watching? And who do you expect to win the game?
The Patriots are the favorites, and not without reason. They are the been there, done that team, with Tom Brady playing in his seventh Super Bowl, which is a bit of a mindboggling number to put your head around.
New England has an underrated defense as Pittsburgh found out two weeks ago, who may have the best shot at slowing down the Falcon’s potent offense. Not that that is what any of us here are hoping to see happen. I’m sure that if a poll was taken on the site about who you want to win, it would be almost unanimously in favor of the Falcons.
We don’t always get what we want, of course, as should be obvious after the last game. The Patriots are the favorites, as mentioned, but the Falcons are an interesting test for a team that has had very little exposure to quality quarterback play this year, and this in neutral territory. Should be fun.