Stringing the Fan Along (Part II)

“The Pittsburgh Steelers have managed to keep the candle of hope lit for most of their fans by winning three of their last five games — this is after a painful 0-4 start to the season.  Although, on its face, the recent winning record seems positive, most of the fans believe it’s just a tease and that major disappointment is right around the corner.”

628x471This is what I blogged about in week 10 of the NFL season.  The stringing along process has continued with the Steelers winning in week 11 and 12 and managing to get themselves back into the wild card race, albeit with eight other teams.  As you can imagine, I don’t hold out a lot of hope for a playoff spot for the Steelers because I don’t think they have improved that much since the last time I blogged about them.

Maybe their defense has slightly improved (that is they decided to start tackling again); and maybe Big Ben has reduced the number of mistakes he makes during a game; but overall the product they put on the field is not remarkably better.  Although they have managed to add two additional wins against average-to-mediocre teams, I think their reemergence in the wildcard hunt has more to do with the other average-to-subpar teams in their Conference.  There are currently six teams at 5-6 (including the Steelers) and three teams at 4-7 for a total of nine teams hunting for one playoff berth.

All of that said, the football gods have done it again.  The Steelers have managed to suck their fans back in by winning five of their last seven and they are featured on Thanksgiving Day against their nemesis, the Baltimore Ravens.  Although the Ravens are the reigning Super Bowl champs, they will limp into this game with a 5-6 record.  I can remember the 1998 Thanksgiving Day game — Steelers vs Lions — and the Steelers ended up losing in OT due to bad play and the worst coin toss.  That was the last time the Steelers played on Thanksgiving Day and managed to mar the holiday.  Unfortunately, here we go again . . .

 

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page https://douglasmacfaddin.net/stringing-the-fan-along-part-ii/

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Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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