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Pittsburgh Steelers Fans Getting A Harsh Reality Check

Pittsburgh Steelers

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers are destined for mediocrity yet again. When the best the team could finish is 8-8 and have another .500 season, their second in a row, fans start to push the panic button. One thing that is certain is that Steelers fans need to understand how spoiled a group they are.

I was one of the 40,000 fans that attended the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and to see Heinz Field so barren was a sad sight. There I sat, watching a mediocre football team dismantle the team leading the AFC North, and the stadium was empty to the point of being pathetic.

What is wrong with Steelers fans? Spoiled is an understatement, but looking at the team’s history no wonder they are spoiled. Since drafting Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 after going 6-10 in 2003, the Steelers have seen nothing but success with two Super Bowl victories in three appearances, six seasons of at least 10 wins, and being a top contender in the AFC for the majority of those seasons.

Yeah, Steelers fans were used to winning, but does that mean fans should simply stop supporting a team that might finish 8-8? Think about some of the other NFL franchises that would literally kill to be as consistent as the Steelers and would take and 8-8 season as a success story. The Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, and Buffalo Bills all come to mind. Those franchises and fan bases would love to see the success the Steelers have seen and see an 8-8 record as a down year.

As a Steelers fan, I was appalled at the lack of attendance on Sunday night, and fans can’t blame it on the weather. If the Steelers had won their previous two games that stadium would have been packed to the gills. No, Steelers fans are proving that they are as wishy washy as the next fan base and with plenty of bandwagon jumpers to boot.

Can you criticize the team? By all means, fire away. No one is safe in my opinion, but can you turn your back on the team? Well, to me that is blasphemy to the highest degree.

This can be true for fans of any team in any sport. Through thick and thin you stand by your team. Feast or famine, good times and bad — you get the picture.

However, Steelers fans are proving that the once proud fan base is nothing more than a group of rabid fans and plenty of fair-weather fans that will fly south once things turn bad. This is a sad truth.

Jeff Hartman covers the Pittsburgh Steelers for RantSports.com and also contributes for the Penguins and Pirates. Follow him on Twitter @BnGBlitz and add him on Google+