NEW CASTLE —
As they so often say, you always want your destiny to be controlled by a kicker named Succop.
Succop. That’s half-right.
Move over Francisco Cabrera, there’s another public enemy No. 1 in Pittsburgh, at least No. 1a.
When Succop missed wide right, the Steelers and Steelers Nation gasped. When Daniel threw incomplete on fourth down late in overtime with San Diego winning 27-24, the Steelers and Steelers Nation groaned.
But to be honest, the Steelers are who we thought they were.
A mediocre team that doesn’t deserve to be playing next week.
While it is true that winning in Cincinnati next week would have been possible, similar to the 2005 postseason when they upset the host Bengals in the wild card round, the following week the Steelers would have drawn mighty Peyton Manning in Denver, where they would have likely seen this mini-Cinderella turn back into a pumpkin.
Y’know, much like during the 2005 postseason, when the sixth-seeded Steelers were crushed by Peyton Manning’s top-seeded Colts in Indianapolis in the division round.
Wait a minute ...
Come to think of it, now is not the time to lament where the Steelers failed this season. Now is the time to vent what might have been.
Go ahead and blame Succop for everything. That guy just cost the Steelers a chance of duplicating their impossible run to victory in Super Bowl XL, right down to the details of a wild card game in Cincinnati and upsetting top-seeded Manning the next weekend.
Better yet, wait until next season, when the Chiefs come to town.
You think Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber was treated roughly by the Steelers a few weeks back? How would you like to be Succop running down the field on the opening kickoff of that game next season?
In the stands there will be plenty of booze backing up plenty of boos times infinity plus another infinity.
Perhaps Succop will miss a field goal to cost the Chiefs a win in the playoffs.
That would be Totes McGotes.
(Steve Treu covers the Steelers for The News.)