When the fourth quarter of the AFC wild-card game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers began last Saturday, NBC came out of the commercial and played the beginning of “Ah! Leah!” by Donnie Iris.
Since Iris is from the Pittsburgh area, it was meant as a salute to the city. But it turned out to be a commentary on the Steelers’ dire situation.
“We both know we’re never going to make it.”
The Steelers were down 20-9 at the time, but they rallied. They always do when they lose these wild-card games. But their late run wasn’t enough to overcome three bad quarters of football against the Jaguars in 2007 or the Broncos in 2011, and it wasn’t enough to climb out of the hole they dug for themselves against the Ravens.
So now our Terrible Towels are stored in the sock drawer until September, and we have to watch yet another Ravens-Patriots playoff game.
“Here we go again,” as Donnie Iris would say.
It’s the fourth time in the last six years that the Ravens and Patriots have met in the playoffs. Each time, the Steelers have either been eliminated from the playoffs or missed the playoffs entirely.
At least if the Steelers were still playing, we could look forward to getting a crack at the team that wins this game. Instead, we have to stomach the fact that one of the Steelers’ two main antagonists of the 21st century will move a step closer to another championship.