Steelers Face Irrelevance In Pittsburgh

Steelers_BigBen_2013The Steelers will be out of sight until October 13. Given the rest of the sports landscape in Pittsburgh, they’ll also be out of mind.

After the first 0-4 start since 1968, the year before Chuck Noll became the team’s head coach (the franchise has had only two others since then), the Steelers face the rare reality of being irrelevant in their home city.

In recent years, the Pirates had been the local oddity. With the Steelers and Penguins consistently contending, folks in Pittsburgh tolerated the long-struggling Pirates, often viewing their games as simply part of the ambiance at one of the best stadiums in any sport.