5 Smoldering Questions, Super Bowl Edition
by Hombre de Acero
Super Bowl 50 has arrived, and while our beloved Pittsburgh Steelers have no chance to climb the Stairway to Seven as the Super Bowl reaches the half century mark, the Steelers do pass this milestone with their record of six titles intact. With that in mind, Going Deep challenges you to answer 5 Smoldering Steelers Super Bowl Questions.
1. The Super Bowl 50 Golden Team is out, and the Pittsburgh Steelers lead the back with 7 players and one head coach. What does this say to you about the Super Steelers place in NFL history?
2. On Behind the Steel Curtain, Chris Carter has penned an excellent article arguing that by being named as the only coach on the Super Bowl 50 Golden Team, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Chuck Noll is finally getting recognition for his coaching prowess that has so often gone to the likes of the Parcells, Shulas, Belenick, and Walshes of the coaching world.
Why do you think it took so long for the NFL punditry to give Noll his just desserts?
3. The Steelers record in Super Bowls isn’t spotless, and interceptions lie at the heart of both defeats, yet there are those who dispute the nature of those picks.
While I’ve never seen Super Bowl XLV, Gerry Dulac among others have argued that Mike Wallace was more at fault.
Which side do you come down on in both of these cases?
4. Time to borrow a concept from Marvel Comics and play the “What IF” game…
The Steelers have lost AFC Championships in 1972 against the Dolphins, 1976 against the Raiders, 1984 against the Dolphins, 1994 against the Chargers,1997 against the Broncos, 2000 and 2004 against the Patriots.
In which years do you think the Steelers WOULD have (not could have) won the Super Bowl had they prevailed in the AFC Championship, and which, if any do you think they were better off losing in because they wouldn’t have been able to win?
5. When looking at the Super Steelers, there’s debate over whether the ’75 Steelers or the ’78 Steelers were the best (both teams beat the Cowboys.) However, the Steelers do have two subsequent trophies in the case.
Anyone courageous enough to make an argument over which of the SIX Steelers Super Bowl teams was the best?