Recently former Steeler Terry Bradshaw spoke about using steroids
while he was a player, which not surprisingly was compared and contrasted to the Patriots video taping opponents signals. The comments here were somewhat predictable: a question as to why this didn't get as much scrutiny in the media as spygate; a few jokes parroting what Pats haters typically comment; and then a collective shrug, as if to say 'this is not news, no big deal'.
I was curious, however, as to how Steeler fans were reacting. Strolling over to their fan site, Steelers Fever, was a rather eye opening experience. The first three pages of comments
are ironically mostly the same lines that upset Pats haters when they come from Pats fans: 'everybody did it', 'it wasn't against the rules then', 'it didn't help them win', etc. What was a bit surprising was that the thread almost immediately turns in to a Patriots bashing - even though nobody was writing anything bad about the Bradshaw and the Steelers. It was as if it was a self-inflicted pre-emptive strike, perhaps to bait non-Steeler fans in with negative comments.
After the thread turned in to a debate as to whether or not steroids should be illegal or against NFL rules, and no other teams fans gave the Steeler fans a hard time, on the 75th post
of the thread somebody decided to copy and post comments from Pats Fans
, take them out of context, and offer the opinion that Pats fans "are the least knowledgeable fans in football"
Disappointed but undaunted by the lack of any fan from any other team to come in and say something negative about Bradshaw or the Steelers on their forum, an common enemy was finally uncovered when a Steeler fan responded to a comment about lack of intelligence in New England. First one moderator commented "Are you sure you are a Steelers fan? Quite honestly, you come across as a Cheatsies* fan
". After defending her Steeler loyalty
, a second moderator responded with "What exactly IS your problem? Friendly piece of advice here: pull the stick out, if you get my drift."
This is the cue for other Steeler fans to pile on; first, "Any self-respecting, REAL Steelers fan hates the Patriots* with every fiber of their being. The end.",
and then another accuses this person of not being a Steeler fan, but instead being a troll.
On a side note, I did find it just a bit weird that somebody named Dino comments six different times that he loves Terry Bradshaw
Just found it a little bit strange that these folks were not only so defensive, but also so eager for an argument - yet at the same time intolerant of any even slightly opposing viewpoint.