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Twas the Season

Posted By Rob Stroup On Dec 25 2012 @ 9:55 pm In Pittsburgh Steelers | 4 Comments

Twas two days before Christmas, when the Bengals came to town

Pittsburgh hoped to get more than one TD from Antonio Brown

In Ben we trusted with our team’s care,

In hopes that the playoffs soon would be there.


Steeler Nation was ready for a big victory, going through the grind

However, visions of the playoffs soon vanished from mind.

Dad was wearing number seven, and I donned forty-three

No longer bringing good luck, they go in the laundry.


There were many chances wasted, as often happens in defeat

Fifty percent through the air, and 95 yards by feet

Neither was good enough to wear out Cincy

Three turnovers put pressure on our Steeler “D”


Six sacks were excellent, best of all year

14 yards rushing allowed?  A victory must be near.

But they had a weapon deployed on the scene

A stud young receiver named A.J. Green.


With 17 targets, surely the DBs would know

Which guy would see the ball on that fateful throw

But, of course the 18th proved to be the coup de grace

It left the home crowd in a state of shock and awe


When out on Heinz Field there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my seat to see what was the matter.

It was a Josh Brown field goal with four seconds left,

Which left the Steelers dreams entirely bereft.


Forty years ago was the Immaculate Reception

The ultimate tale of 2012 was one of deception.

The players, coaches, fans all believed we were contenders

Instead the eight losses show we’re truly pretenders


The offseason will determine which direction to head

The roster will change and have a new tire tread

We’ll part ways with Wallace and Mendenhall

Can’t pay guys big money who drop the ball


For this year, only one content does remain

A meaningless Browns game is the last refrain

I can imagine many no shows and boo birds who attend

To put a period at this campaign’s bitter end.


My wish for you is to recall fondly the better days

Because this franchise is firmly stuck in a haze

No identity on which to rely, no stars to stand out

Hines, Jerome, and Porter would certainly shout


Merry Christmas to all…and to all a good night.



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