While we are 8-6 in Conference Championship games (despite the Danny White years), to their 8-7, they have converted 6 of their 7 chances so far, to our 5. While I am no big fan of the Packers, their many defeats to the Boys in the '90s and my affinity for cheese has softened my heart somewhat (and thickened my veins). But mostly I just hate the Steelers and their potential to move ahead of the Cowboys as the greatest franchise of the Super Bowl era. While I would potentially swap owners, and maybe a safety or two, it still doesn't make me hate them any less.
The Steelers are now on the cusp of a third Super Bowl in 6 years, courtesy of a QB who couldn't spell Ben if you spotted him the B and the N (not original maybe, but no less accurate...). And to rub salt into the wounds, in Dallas of all places.
In his first Super Bowl, Big Ben managed to set a Super Bowl record for ineptitude with a QB rating of 22, going 9/21 for 123 yards, 2 INT's and a 76-yard TD - for the other team! And he still walked away a winner courtesy of a woeful Seattle Seahawks and a big-mouthed but small-handed TE and managed to score a TD on a QB sneak without actually crossing the goal-line. Who knows how the psychological scarring and fan backlash from such terrible play in a loss would have impacted his future psyche - but because they were handed the win there were no consequences at all.
We account for Pittsburgh's only Super Bowl loss (to date) and they account for our only two losses (the combined play in Super Bowl V was so pathetic it really shouldn't qualify as a Super Bowl). If you still don't believe that the two teams' Super Bowl histories are cosmically intertwined, consider this: The Steelers clinched their first SB win with a Steelers QB passing to Larry Brown and we clinched our latest with a Steelers QB passing to Larry Brown.
I have to believe the Karma of the stadium will get them, turf will trip up their WR's and DB's at critical moments, goal posts will twist out of the way of their FG attempts and the video screen will block their punts.