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No fair-weather fans

By Darcy L. Fargo

Darcy Fargo

October 11, 2023

Our beloved Pittsburgh Steelers are awful. They’re in dead last place in the NFL in offensive production. If you can’t score, you can’t win. The Steelers aren’t doing much winning.

The Steelers played so badly in their Sept. 30 game, my son, Jake, and I shut it off around halftime. It was embarrassing.

While there are lots of factors that go into making our team stink up the stadium every Sunday, Monday or Thursday they play, Jake and I agree, as do most analysts, that the bulk of the problem is play calling/coaching. There’s plenty of talent on the team, but the players aren’t being put in a position to gain yards, get touchdowns and win games.

The entire Steeler Nation, the team’s fanbase, is calling for a particular member of the coaching staff to be fired. He’s still calling plays.

No matter how bad it gets, no matter how many games they lose, and even when the team doesn’t make changes we’d like to see, Jake and I will remain loyal, though frustrated, fans. They could win every remaining game this season (and they may if things don’t turn around), and we still won’t jump ship and go cheer for the Bills or Giants or Jets. We love our team. We’re loyal to our team.

Most sports fans I know are the same way. We stick with our teams through good and bad.

Yet how many of us have thought or said, “if the Church/my parish does _____, I’m going elsewhere.”

The Church on earth isn’t perfect. Our parishes aren’t perfect. Our priests aren’t perfect. We, the Body of Christ, aren’t perfect.

But the Church should be more important than our favorite sports team. We should love her even more and be even more loyal to her.

We stick with our teams through good and bad.

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