Apathetic me: Hey, uh…it’s me. Yeah. For those of you who don’t know, the Steelers lost the Super Bowl. Sports Fanatic is taking it kinda hard. Okay, well, not kinda hard. He’s devastated. James is pretty down right now. He takes playoff losses really hard. He wasn’t really cognoscent when the Steelers lost Super Bowl XXX, so this is his first actual experience dealing with a Super Bowl loss. Sports Fanatic and I are going to be pretty dominant for a while. Sports Fanatic for the whole ‘being upset about the game’ deal and me for the moodiness and general apathy and quiet dejection.
Normal me: Here’s a background of James’ “playoff loss” experiences (denoted by season, not year in which the game took place).
- 2002: Steelers lose to Titans in Divisional round. James had been so excited this season that me made a cute little poster thing which he angrily tore up after the Titans won in overtime. He never forgot that day.
- 2004: Steelers lose to Patriots in AFC Championship game. There were no words for this. He moped around for quite a while. The season had gone so well, but with the way the Steelers had performed the previous week, he wasn’t completely surprised at the outcome.
- 2007: Steelers lose to Jaguars in Wild Card round. Wasn’t such a big deal at that point because he was just glad the team made it to the playoffs under their new coach Mike Tomlin.
- 2010: Steelers lose to Packers in Super Bowl XLV. He’s not surprised. For the last two Super Bowls, he had a gut feeling. He could tell midway through the season that they were going to win it all. This year…he never had that feeling. In fact, he was anticipating a loss, even though he gave the outward appearance of optimism. Still, it doesn’t soften the blow. He’s devastated, like Apathetic said.
Sports Fanatic me: *quietly stares off into space with a pained, distant expression*
Apathetic: Yeah…so it’s gonna be a lousy week. Anyway, here’s something to take the edge off of all this and make this post worthwhile. It ties in with the title. St. Patrick’s day is about a month away and James is a big fan of his Irish heritage (though he still never ever drinks, go figure) so this title was inspired by an Irish ballad. Might as well crack out the Irish favorites now, not like he’ll be listening to his NFL Films music again for a while…