Friday, November 11, 2005

Curse of the Ex-Steelers

OK, I've just figured out how to put links on this thing. I think it's kind of stupid to have a blog that just links to other inane shit, but since I haven't had time to come up with anything to say this week here are a few Steelers-related stories from the last few years that I find interesting.

It seems like every time there's a story with a headline like this, Former NFL Lineman Killed in Horrible Tree Mishap, it ends up involving a former Steelers player. I'm not trying to make light of a man's death. Believe me, nobody feels worse about a guy getting crushed by a tree than me. But it seems like former players of the Steelers are involved in a disproportionate share of tragic deaths. For example, take a look at the horrible life Hall of Fame center Mike Webster had after leaving the NFL. It is very similar to the legacy of Steelers QB Joe Gilliam. Perhaps saddest for me, because I remember him so vividly as a player, was the death of Justin Strelczyk, who led state troopers on a 40-mile chase on the New York State Thruway before dying in a fiery, head-on collision with a tanker truck carrying corrosive acid.

To lighten things up a little bit here are a couple of stories about Steelers fans that I find amusing. The first one, called A Fan's Farewell, tells about a Steelers fan whose dying wishes were that he be propped up in a recliner, beer in hand, wearing Steelers pajamas and watching the Steelers on TV as his friends and family paid their last respects. And just a few weeks ago there was a story about a Steelers fan who pretended to be Ben Roethlisberger to pick up women. Sadly, I had actually thought about doing both of those things long before I read about them in the news.


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