Every Sunday I get a call from my father. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh and for a long-time was a Steelers season ticket-holder.
Usually we talk about sports and during football season, we talk about the Steelers and occasionally, the Bears. On special Sundays, I get two calls. Those are reserved for football championship games.
After Super Bowl XL, I made the call. The Steelers had just beaten the Seahawks 21-10.
"Hey, Derrick?" my father said.
"We did it!" I said excitedly into the cell phone.
That is the attitude in my family, and I suspect others, when it comes to the Steelers. They're our team. It's we win, not they win. That is why the Super Bowl is so special. We all take a piece of a victory ... and a loss.
Tonight I will be stuck to my coach for maybe five minutes before I start pacing. I will yell at the TV, because they're my players as much as they are Mike Tomlin's. I will hope for great plays just as hard as the players work for them.
I think the Steelers should win this game. My prediction is 27-17. Let's hope the late night phone call I will get tonight is a good one.