First, the Pittsburgh Steelers rob the Dallas Cowboys of the “Team of the Decade” crown in the 1970s.
And now those bums have ruined our Super Bowl party.
The “Stealers” beat the groggy New York Jets on Sunday and effectively sneezed in our punch bowl.
Arlington and Fort Worth were about to bask in the biggest spotlight in the world — a frenzied New York media onslaught. The Jets have underachieved since the Joe Namath days. This was going to be their year.
HBO’s popular Hard Knocks series featured the Jets in spring training and introduced the team to a new bunch of fans, myself included. The team’s controversial but hilarious head coach Rex Ryan is big news because of foot fetish videos that recently appeared on YouTube.
Then Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hired Ryan’s brother, Rob Ryan, as defensive coordinator, creating more local buzz.
Yep, Fort Worth, Sundance Square, Arlington, and North Texas were going to get the Big Apple treatment. Start spreading the news, they want to be a part of us, Fort Worth Fort Worth!
Instead, the Jets shot their wad against the New England Patriots last week and didn’t recover from their hangover until the second half of the Steelers game. By then it was too late.
Steelers 24, Jets 19, Super Bowl hype 0.
Fort Worth Weekly’s most zealous Steelers fan is associate editor Anthony Mariani, a Pittsburgh native who bleeds black and gold.
Naturally, he sees the Steelers win as a good thing (kind of like saying the apocalypse is a good thing because it means we don’t have to go to work that day).
The Jets, says he, don’t have much of a fan base outside of New York. Jets “fans” are too jaded to bother coming all the way to Texas for a silly football game.
The storied histories of the Steelers and opponent Green Bay Packers have earned both teams a national fan base. The last time the Steelers played in Irving, Mariani attended and said half the stadium was wearing black and gold.
“We’re lucky to have two teams with maniacal fan bases that will follow their teams down here and spend a lot of money,” he said.