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Ranking the worst moments in Steelers post-strike history

With a little extra time these days, it falls upon us to create a little content from thin air.

We present PFT Live’s daily ranking of the worst moment in each team’s history since the last work stoppage in 1987.  Florio started with the Steelers, and his top three most painful moments are below.

I disagreed strongly with him only ranking the 2001 AFC Championship loss to the Patriots third on the list, so I called in during the show’s fourth segment to voice my displeasure.

That mistake notwithstanding, Florio’s list is below.

To catch any segment from Monday’s show, including Cris Collinsworth’s two segments, head to the PFT Live homepage or download the show on iTunes.

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31 Responses to “Ranking the worst moments in Steelers post-strike history”
  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 23, 2011 5:07 PM

    Add Hines Ward’s loss tonight.

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 23, 2011 5:08 PM

    Man we need football. Yall are just reaching for stories.

  3. siggy00 says: May 23, 2011 5:12 PM

    Losing to that Chargers team was the first moment ever. Period. End of argument.

    Then I would say The Kordell Era.

    Then losing 51-0 to the Browns on opening day in 1989.

  4. willycents says: May 23, 2011 5:25 PM

    Interesting Mike, your point about the owners being present for the mediation. Do you think there is no such thing as conference calls?(welcome to the 21st century) Secondly, why do the owners not get the same time frame to vote on a settlement that you give the players? Let the negotiators get a proposed settlement, then submit it to the owners/players to be voted on the same day at the same hour. That would seem to me to be the most reasonable and fair method to both sides. Of course, if you are in favor of the players, that scenario will be unacceptable to you.

  5. billionsvsmillions says: May 23, 2011 5:28 PM

    * Solace

  6. woods546 says: May 23, 2011 5:36 PM

    It should have been Raiders vs. Steelers in the 2001 AFC Championship game. The week prior was one of the worst moments in Raiders AND NFL officiating history.

  7. schemefactory says: May 23, 2011 5:37 PM

    how about when their quarterback raped those women? that’s pretty bad.

  8. citizenstrange says: May 23, 2011 5:37 PM

    I guess for me it was after going 15-1 (undefeated with Roethlisberger) during the regular season and getting past the Jets in the first round of the playoffs (in retrospect that lucky win should have been a warning sign) to get BLOWN OUT BY HALFTIME by the Patriots is my worst memory.

    Luckily the SB win the next year helped ease it A LOT but that was a bad, bad loss.

  9. Deb says: May 23, 2011 5:43 PM

    Pulled up the video for today’s PFT live and gasped in horror at Mike’s Lugosi-like pallor. Feel better soon!!!

    Almost included the 88 season on my list. And I would have gone with the ’94 championship loss rather than the ’04 except the full magnitude of the ’94 loss didn’t hit me until much later. Believe it or not, I consoled myself over the 2001 loss to New England with the idea that it was meant to be for the red, white & blue Patriots to win following 9/11. Think I was just afraid bin Laden would hit the Super Bowl and didn’t want my Steelers anywhere near it.

    But SBXXX stands as my worst. We were big underdogs but could have pulled the upset if not for those two INTs. And the Steelers had some gutsy moments that day: Cowher calling the surprise onside kick–more than a decade before Sean Payton. The kick being recovered by Deon Figures, a player wounded in a drive-by shooting during the off-season. If that bullet had struck a few inches in another direction, he wouldn’t have been there to recover the kick. Rod Woodson being the first player to come back from a torn ACL to play in the same season–and beating Michael Irvin on a pass play. Have a photo of that play hanging beside my desk.

    But mostly I think it’s because the Steelers stole my heart at the tail end of the 70s, and no matter how bad we were in the 80s, I couldn’t fathom the Steelers losing a Super Bowl. I always remembered the voice of NFL films telling me the Steelers found a way to win when the whole world was watching. It was like finding out there’s no Santa Claus.

  10. miketomlinssteelers10 says: May 23, 2011 5:51 PM

    schemefactory says:May 23, 2011 5:37 PM

    how about when their quarterback raped those women? that’s pretty bad.

    it’s not even funny anymore.
    go get new material because you’re not funny at all. that’s pretty sad.

  11. billionsvsmillions says: May 23, 2011 5:52 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool says:
    May 23, 2011 5:07 PM
    Add Hines Ward’s loss tonight.

    Enjoy watching Hines tonight as you did watching the Pack run through your Bears in route to another Super Bowl and Title.

  12. footballisking says: May 23, 2011 6:20 PM

    #1 is not even a question it has to be o’donell forgetting to throw to the guys in steeler jerseys instead he gave brown 2 christmas presents with no steeler in that area code( I know the spelling is wrong but when a guy blows a game that bad he is not worth my time to google for correct spelling)

  13. TheWizard says: May 23, 2011 6:42 PM

    It should have been Raiders vs. Steelers in the 2001 AFC Championship game. The week prior was one of the worst moments in Raiders AND NFL officiating history.

    Ben Dreith Karma

  14. august1969 says: May 23, 2011 7:03 PM

    how about when Kordell got pulled over with the gay prostitute?

  15. Earl Westlake says: May 23, 2011 7:58 PM

    How about 1989′s season opening 51-0 loss to Cleveland in Bud Carson’s debut as Browns coach!

    Meh, then again, having a QB that may be a serial rapist IS pretty bad…

  16. schemefactory says: May 23, 2011 8:22 PM

    yeah, i’m pretty sure it’s only the squealers fans who forget that their qb is a double raper. i’m not sayin, i’m just sayin.

  17. istateyourname says: May 23, 2011 8:35 PM

    1. Rape I
    2. Rape II
    3. Bin Laden Worshippers
    4. Dead Steroid Addicts from the 70′s

  18. dickroy says: May 23, 2011 8:41 PM

    My biggest disapointment was this years loss to the Packers. Maybe it was because it was so recent. I have been a Steeler fan since 1969, just before the great teams of the 70′s. Then after the first two Superbowl wins in 74′ & 75, I started to bleed Black and Gold!

  19. lostsok says: May 23, 2011 8:51 PM

    Sorry, guys. Love this site, but this is idea sounded a lot better over the beers you were probably having when you thought it up.

  20. kilo0986 says: May 23, 2011 9:03 PM

    Commence the scraping of the bottom of the barrel!

  21. Canyonero says: May 23, 2011 9:23 PM

    Wow those rape jokes are fresh as ever, huh? Keep ‘em coming guys.

    My vote is Super Bowl XXX. Was delirious the Steelers got back to the big game, and against the Cowboys, no less — I lived in New Mexico at the time & there was obnoxious Cowboy fans everywhere. Winning that woulda been amazing.

    It was a brutal loss. We taped the game & I was never able to watch it, even years later when I thought I had “gotten over it”. It’s the single most haunting loss ever.

    Ordinarily, I wouldn’t pick a Super Bowl loss because –hey face it, you still went to the Super Bowl. But XXX just hurt so bad.

  22. billionsvsmillions says: May 23, 2011 9:27 PM

    istateyourname says:
    May 23, 2011 8:35 PM
    1. Rape I
    2. Rape II
    3. Bin Laden Worshippers
    4. Dead Steroid Addicts from the 70′s

    Accusation #1 = jealous bitc*
    Accusation #2 = DTF ( enough said )
    Bin Laden Comments that are terrible to speak of ( yet his right to say such ) I’ll give you this one.
    Dead Steroid Addicts from the 70′s… do you live in a rock dim-bulb? Steroids are still alive and well along with all teams in any sport.
    Morons like you istate, keep me coming to this site, please continue. Thank you.

  23. joe6606 says: May 23, 2011 9:56 PM

    1994 afc championship game was clearly #1 worst. We were a 9 pt favorite at home. Should have dominated them, and would have led to an awesome SB with the 49ers.

    I strongly disagree with SB XXX as # 2. We were heavy, heavy underdogs in that game. Yes, Odonnell blew a game that we could have won, with 2 terrible picks,

    but how can you rank that game worse than 2001 AFC championship, where we were heavy favorites against the Pats, a team that shouldnt have “tucked” themselves into the game in the 1st place?a game in which despite knocking out Brady, we lost on a punt return for a TD (that was a rekick after a 64 yd bomb was called back by a dubious penalty) and a blocked FG returned for a TD

  24. paulieorkid says: May 23, 2011 10:55 PM

    This may not have been an all time worst, but it was a notably miserable moment for yours truly.

    Scenario: the ’96 rookie draft and we’re picking second to last in the first round by reason of O’Donnell ridiculous Super Bowl meltdown in the desert – and we had already fleeced the Rams for Bettis.

    Well, guess what – our (or at least my prayers were [seemingly] answered): Mike Alstott falls and is just sitting there. Sitting there. How perfect it was.

    So what do we do?

    We bypass the Alstott gift to instead take some top-heavy raw offensive tackle out of North Carolina A & T by the name of Jamain Stephens.

    Stephens never did squat … at all – a true first round bust.

    Just think of the Blitzburgh teams of the mid-90′s with a one two punch of Bettis and Alstott pounding the crap out of the rest of the NFL. Now that would’ve been somethin’!

  25. whatswiththehate says: May 23, 2011 11:07 PM

    Don’t know what DWTS you were watching but Hines did quite well tonight. Let’s go Hines…Black and Yellow.

  26. axespray says: May 23, 2011 11:29 PM

    “& there was obnoxious Cowboy fans everywhere. ”

    imagine being their playoff whipping boy during the Aikmen dynasty.

  27. istateyourname says: May 23, 2011 11:50 PM

    Accusation #1 = jealous bitc*
    Accusation #2 = DTF ( enough said )
    Bin Laden Comments that are terrible to speak of ( yet his right to say such ) I’ll give you this one.
    Dead Steroid Addicts from the 70′s… do you live in a rock dim-bulb? Steroids are still alive and well along with all teams in any sport.
    Morons like you istate, keep me coming to this site, please continue. Thank you.

    Sorry Bill, you’re right. I live in a rock. How did you know? My neighbors, they’re really stupid, they live under their rock. Looks like it hurts.

  28. raiderinpa says: May 24, 2011 8:20 AM

    Forget post-strike, how about the entire existence of these lamos?

  29. raiderinpa says: May 24, 2011 8:26 AM

    Deb says: I couldn’t fathom the Steelers losing a Super Bowl
    _________________
    Yeah, and I couldnt fathom they would call a non-touchdown a touchdown. Ref: The Immaculate DE-ception… Get over it, your Queer-lers are NOT unstoppable!!

  30. billionsvsmillions says: May 24, 2011 3:46 PM

    raiderinpa says:
    May 24, 2011 8:26 AM
    Deb says: I couldn’t fathom the Steelers losing a Super Bowl
    _________________
    Yeah, and I couldnt fathom they would call a non-touchdown a touchdown. Ref: The Immaculate DE-ception… Get over it, your Queer-lers are NOT unstoppable

    As if a Raider fan has much to back up bashing another team. Al Davis is really a die hard Steeler fan that keeps your team in the dumps. LONG LIVE AL!

  31. gregjennings85 says: May 25, 2011 4:36 PM

    Super Bowl 45, anyone?

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