And [intlink id=”88″ type=”category”]Rashard Mendenhall[/intlink] loves you, too.
The [intlink id=”68″ type=”category”]Pittsburgh Steelers[/intlink] have a weird relationship with the media. The national folks, such as ESPN or Sports Illustrated, always downplay their accomplishments because Pittsburgh isn’t one of the glamor markets which they seem compelled to verbally fellate at every opportunity. Seriously, the Cowboys were a non-factor last season yet every time you turned on NFL Live, who were they discussing? In how many Super Bowls must Ben Roethlisberger appear before SI rates him ahead of such luminaries as Philip Rivers or Jay Cutler?
However, where the national media fails to pay the proper respect to the most successful franchise in NFL history, the local media more than picks up the slack. Reporters, by their nature, tend to suck up to athletes because they need them to do their jobs. The Pittsburgh media takes this to an extreme. Whereas the Pirates and the Penguins get plenty of critical comments thrown their way, nary is heard a discouraging word when it comes to the Black and Gold. If the Steelers are a Mafia, they definitely have the local press in their back pocket.