Steelers Super, But Packers Are All-Time Best

Not to rain on Pittsburgh’s parade (hey, we all love a parade), but to claim the Steelers are the best team in NFL history is a bit over the top.

Granted, the Steelers have now win six Super Bowls, more than any other franchise — the Cowboys and the 49ers have each won five. So if you want to give Pittsburgh the nod as the best team in the Super Bowl era, well who’s to argue. No disputing the fact that they are a model franchise, classy and competitive.

DSCN2434 But the best all-time? Not. That’s like claiming the team that has won the most World Series since baseball adopted its playoff format in 1969 is the best ever. (That team happens to be the Yankees with six (now seven) championships, but they won 20 more before 1969).

The Steelers were formed in 1933, and were NFL doormats for more than 40 years, never winning so much as a conference championship. Five years after shifting to the AFC Central in 1970, the Steelers won their first Super Bowl.

You can’t ignore history.

Packers Have Most Titles
So who is the best? Counting three Super Bowls, the Green Bay Packers have won nine total NFL titles since the league’s first championship game in 1933. In fact, if you go back to the formation of the NFL in 1920, the  Packers have actually won 12 titles.

Green Bay is the only NFL team to win three straight championships (1929-31) and (1965-67), the latter including the first two Super Bowls.

The Chicago Bears also supersede the Steelers with nine NFL titles, including Super Bowl XX. And the New York Giants have six championships, including three Super Bowls.

The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers rank behind the Steelers with five Super Bowl wins apiece

Another team that’s sometimes forgotten in the haze of football history is the Cleveland Browns. The Browns won four straight championships in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) before that league was disbanded in 1950. The Browns then proceeded to make six straight appearances in the NFL championship game, winning in 1950, 1954 and 1955.

Cleveland won another championship in 1964, but has been to the Super Bowl.

Cleaning out the Notebook
Among the dozen or more “experts” in the booth for Super Bowl XLIII, it’s hard to believe NBC would include Matt Millen. Yes, the same Matt Millen, the general manager who set the Detroit Lions back years. Heck, I wouldn’t trust this guy to pick my fantasy football team.

Jennifer Hudson’s emotional rendition of the Star Spangled Banner was moving, best since Whitney Houston at Super Bowl XXV.

DSCN2429 Lots of fans, even football fanatics, were looking forward to the halftime show as much as the game. Bruce Springsteen didn’t disappoint. He never does. That’s why he’s the Boss.

Finally, why didn’t the refs review Kurt Warner’s last play? Fumble or incomplete pass? Close call. But at the very least the play deserved review.

According to the NFL head of officials, the play was reviewed and upheld. For what, 20 seconds?

Rules state that if Warner’s arm is moving in a forward motion with the ball still in his hand when it comes out, the play should be ruled an incomplete pass, not a fumble.

Oh, and one more thing.

After the play, the Steelers were called for a personal foul, so if the play had been reversed, and with the 15-yard penalty yardage marked off, the Cardinals would have had the ball on the Pittsburgh 30 with about seven seconds remaining.

Certainly time enough for a miracle.


6 Comments on “Steelers Super, But Packers Are All-Time Best”

  1. Dave Leigh says:

    The officiating in the NFL is getting more like the NBA, that is the refs only call them when they want to.

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  3. Carl says:

    I recently had a conversation with an Eagles fan who hated the Steelers and he sheepishly admitted that he really just hates the Steelers because they are so good. Consistently good. They also have the most Lombardi Trophies. Most likely, they have the most fans. One thing they also have is polarity. It’s love or hate when it comes to the Steelers. I can clearly see that you hate them, so I will pose this question to you: How does it feel to hate? Does that make you feel better? Does that rage inside you that you feel towards the Steelers seem to subside when you do your best to slander them? When your fanboys and fellow haters give you an “atta-boy!” do you feel vindicated? Try celebrating the new era of football. Embrace it. Rub the beam. Rub it…

    • sportslifer says:

      Thanks for your note. I don’t hate the Steelers. They have a great tradition. But we’re talking about history here. The Steelers joined the NFL in 1933, and went 40 years before winning their first championship, a Super Bowl, in 1975. Granted they’ve won more Super Bowls (6) than anyone else. But the Packers have won 12 NFL championships.

      • Brittany says:

        I agree to that… Steelers may be good but were going to damn near kick some Steelers ass and win this 2011 Superbowl as you know it!! Go Packers!!!

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