Wouldn’t taking down the Christmas tree be a better way to spend Sunday afternoon than watching the Steelers?
Steelers fans did not get all they wanted for Christmas, because the Steelers won’t be in the playoffs this season. The Steelers’ season finale Sunday against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field will be the first game in six years the Steelers play without any chance of making the playoffs.
Even in 2006, the Steelers played spoiler by beating the Bengals in Cincinnati to knock them out of the playoffs. There also was the subplot of Bill Cowher’s last game as Steelers coach.
The Steelers (7-8) don’t even have that much to play for on Sunday. They can avoid a losing season by beating the Browns (5-10) and they can avoid being swept by the Browns for the first time since 1988.
The Steelers haven’t played a game this empty of meaning since 2003, the year before Ben Roethlisberger arrived.
So what’s the point of watching Sunday?
Well, in 2003 a rookie named Troy Polamalu loo...