Welcome to the tenth of a series of posts on my friends’ favourite teams. (Click here for previous posts in this series.) Most of my friends don’t share my penchant for masochism–I’m a Bills fan– and thusly have chosen their favourite teams far more wisely. As a celebration of their superior vintage, I bring to you their thoughts on their favourite teams upcoming seasons.
Next up is Ryan Beaubien, Steelers fan and brother of Panthers fan Justin Beaubien.
When did you first realize you were a Steelers fan?
Growing up a Penguins fan I gravitated towards the city of Pittsburgh. And, since Toronto doesn’t have a team, and the team closest to Toronto was (Ed. Note: still is) a team that couldn’t win a Super Bowl in four tries, I went with the black and gold. I haven’t wavered since.
What’s your ace in the hole that proves your fandom?
I’ve been to Pittsburgh to watch a game. I even went to Buffalo to watch a game wearing a “Big Ben” jersey after he allegedly assaulted a female (Ed. Note: if you got assaulted, you would have been asking for it with that jersey on). I even know that Kordell Stewart was a receiver before becoming a quarterback.
Isaac Redman or Jonathan Dwyer?
This question is a hard one because both aren’t good. (Ed. Note: harsh, but true.) I would take Dwyer only because I have to I like his style because its reminiscent of “The Bus” (Ed. Note: as in burly running back Jerome Bettis). Unfortunately this is like choosing between cold pasta or cold Chinese: your drunk, you’re hungry, and you have to choose one before you throw up.
Describe to me your thought process from the time Ben Roethlisberger came back from his suspension to the current degree in physical education holding Gentle Ben.
“Big Ben” year after year proves that’s he’s an elite quarterback in the NFL. He’s in good shape coming out of camp and he’s going to have a “Big Ben” season. He not only takes hits and gets up, he is the only quarterback in the league that can knock down linebackers (Ed. Note: Cam Newton can too.) If the offensive line holds up this year he will have a good season.
Do you think Gentle Ben has any gas in the tank?
Big Ben has a couple years left for sure. Even though he had less protection then a lady at the corner of Jarvis and Carlton for the last couple years, (Ed. Note: I live 5 minutes away from this intersection #gentrification) the Steelers organization has helped out with that by drafting a respectable offensive line.
What do you think of Todd Haley’s offense? Does it work with Ben Roethlisberger’s style?
The only thing he was good at, and what has impressed me most, was how amazing he makes Tomlin and Dick Lebeau look. (Ed. Note: +1 for that set up!)
I think Todd Haley is a dumbass–there is no word better to describe him. He makes terrible call after terrible call. There was one game where he ran the same play 4 times on the 2 yard line and didn’t score! Todd Haley hasn’t used Roethlisberger properly and never will. Why? See my first point: he’s a dumbass. He was bad in KC, he is bad in Pittsburgh. (Ed. Note: Anyone can look like a genius with Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. I agree with Ryan here, Haley isn’t a has-been, he’s a never-was.)
If you could have one rival NFL player disappear Jimmy Hoffa style, who would it be?
This would have been easy because I would have chosen someone from the Baltimore defense, but Peyton Manning already did that. I would choose Todd Haley but he’s the Steelers offensive coordinator (Ed. Note: hey, the Ravens replaced Cam Cameron week 15. I’m not saying you should do it but…) I would pick Andy Dalton the ginger only because… (Ed. Note: Christen Cole is not going to be happy when she reads this).
Any self-respecting fan of a team, not including Patriots fans because they have no self-respect, usually will feel nervous about their team, regardless of how good they are. What makes you nervous as a Steelers Fan?
This year is a reloading year because Pittsburgh never rebuilds. The running game is scary bad–no defacto number one–and the defense is aging–Polamalu has lost a step. (Ed. Note: his hair hasn’t. All that Head & Shoulders)
What about the opposite? What makes you irrationally optimistic about the upcoming season
Pittsburgh always does good. It’s what they do. Enough said.
What’s your prediction for the season?
Second in the AFC north, say 9-7, maybe a the wild card. But I would not be surprised if they end 8-8 and miss the playoffs. I am not excited for the Steelers season because 2 key injuries will ruin the season. It’s a reloading year, nothing important is going to happen.