I haven't been paying much attention to football lately, but when I have, I've been thinking about the history of the Steelers since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970, and when you categorize each season, then it really begins to illustrate just how successful the team has been during this period of time, and how fortunate we are as fans of the team. Allow me to illustrate...

Super Bowl championships: 6
1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, 2008.

AFC championships: 8
1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1995, 2005, 2008, 2010.

AFC finalists: 15
1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010.

Division championships: 21
1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010.

Playoff berths: 25
1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010.

Seasons with winning records: 30
1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

Seasons without winning records: 11
1970, 1971, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2006.

How many people can say that they cheer for a team that's been more likely to be a conference finalist than to finish with a record of .500 or worse since the AFL/NFL merger? The Steelers have made it at least as far as the AFC Championship Game 15 times, but have finished with a record of .500 or worse only 11 times. In other words, they've been one of the four best teams in the NFL more often than they've been average or mediocre.

This is exactly why I tell people that 10-6 is our 8-8, because the bar has been set so high since 1970. The Steelers have been dominant enough during this period of time that even in spite of them being a total laughingstock prior to 1970, only the Packers, Bears and Giants have more impressive bodies of work when you examine the entire history of the league. That's incredible.