This Tribune Review article from April 2004 is such a treat to read because it would be impossible for a sports writer to be more wrong:
Steelers shift their approach while rebuilding
In the days leading up to Saturday and in the minutes immediately following the No. 11 overall selection, Bill Cowher kept insisting the Steelers didn’t expect to be drafting this high very often.
But in the wake of taking Ben Roethlisberger in the first round, you have to wonder if picking in the vicinity of the top 10 isn’t about to become habit forming.
Same time next year, fellas?
The Steelers used to declare each season that their goal was to “win the championship.” But while they’ll still offer lip service along those lines this season, it’s clear they’re in the midst of a significant philosophical shift.
The emphasis now appears to be on winning “a championship” at some point, and if the 2004 season has to be sacrificed to an extent to get one, so be it.***
Roethlisberger, from Miami (Ohio) and second-round pick Ricardo Colclough, from Tusculum College, are upside guys who won’t have much of an immediate impact provided they make any at all as rookies.
You’d expect more from No. 11 overall.
Then again, the Steelers should have expected more than they got from Troy Polamalu at No. 16 overall a season ago.
They also haven’t been to a Super Bowl since the 1995 campaign.
The Steelers went 15-1 in the regular season last year, starting several months after this was penned. You know what happened this year and this week. And because no Super Bowl celebration is complete without pictures of grinning nose tackles in bath robes, I present you with this:
This post was made partially because I just wanted to spend another day thinking about the Steelers, partially because I thought the picture of Hampton was funny, and partially to piss off PPGAZ, who whines in every Steelers thread.