I’m a Steelers fan, so naturally I carry a lot of weight in the opinion world (or at least I’d like to think so, ’cause, you know, we got six, baby!).
Therefore, since my Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs in the 11th hour of the 17th week of the regular season and denied a shot at a seventh Lombardi, the best I can do is, well, root against a lot of teams because that’s more fun.
However, if I’m rooting against other teams, that must mean I’m cheering for someone, right?
It’s true, if only by process of elimination, so with that in mind, I’d like to take this time now to rank the 12 teams in the NFL playoff tournament by who I’d like to see win the Super Bowl the least, all the way up to who I’d like to see win it the most.
Won’t you join me?
Number 12: San Diego Chargers
Yes, this is the team I’d like to see win the Super Bowl the least. Why? Do I really need to explain this one? I’d have Ryan Succop kick you in the behind, but he’d probably miss.
Number 11: Kansas City Chiefs
Ditto. OK, I guess I wouldn’t mind seeing the Chiefs win the Super Bowl, if for no other reason than their head coach, Andy Reid, had to ply his trade in Philadelphia for many years, and nobody should ever have to coach in that city. However, his Chiefs had a chance to deliver a “much deserved for a team that finished 8-8” playoff berth to the Steelers but elected to rest 20 his his 22 starters. And if that wasn’t enough, his actual starting kicker, Ryan Succop, missed a 41 yard field goal at the end of regulation that would have actually completed the improbable Kansas City victory and given many Steelers fans delusions of grandeur about winning the Super Bowl.
Therefore, I would like nothing more than to see the Chiefs lose early and painfully.
Speaking of painfully, the Chiefs were up 38-10 in the second half over Indianapolis in the first wildcard game on Saturday, but the Colts came back for a stunning 45-44 victory.
Number 10: New England Patriots
Come on? This is another one that needs no explanation. Bill Belichick. Tom Brady. Spygate. Those two losses to the Patriots at Heinz Field in the AFC Championship game.
The die-hard Steelers fan in me says that I’d like to see New England go one and done. But the more sinister fan in me would like to see the Patriots make it all the way to the Super Bowl and lose. For most teams, a mere Super Bowl berth would signify a fantastic season, but to egomaniacs like Belichick and Brady, it would be even more gut-wrenching because it simply wouldn’t be good enough for them.
Number 9: Philadelphia Eagles
Pittsburgh has celebrated six Super Bowls. Philadelphia has celebrated zero.
Number 8: Cincinnati Bengals
I just spent the past year looking at the Ravens big shiny Lombardi trophy. The last thing I need is for another Lombardi to find its way into my AFC North neighborhood. Can you imagine how cocky and arrogant Bengals fans would be if their team finally won a Super Bowl? It was bad enough when all they had to celebrate was the occasional regular season win over Pittsburgh.
I’d have to move……..and give up the Internet. Boomers Bloggers. The Jungle Journal……….I don’t even want to think about the number of new Bengals blogs that would pop up.
Number 7: San Francisco 49ers
The Steelers have six Super Bowls. San Francisco has five and a Harbaugh for a head coach. If I thought the John Harbaugh-led Ravens winning the Super Bowl was bad, the Jim Harbaugh-led 49ers tying Pittsburgh for most Lombardi trophies would just be too much to take.