TV5's Sam Merrill Smarting Over Steelers Defeat 2-08-2011 - WNEM TV 5

TV5's Sam Merrill Smarting Over Steelers Defeat 2-08-2011

The Mourning After ...
When you spend your formative years growing up in Pittsburgh, certain things are a given: you will describe slick roads as 'slippy' ... wrap your baseball card collection in 'gum bands'... and at the end of the day come home to your 'haus.'
In addition to linguistic quirks, you also develop a deep and lifelong bond with the Steelers. Or 'Stillers', if you will.
Monday, my 50th birthday, should have been a bad day for me.
The day before, my Steelers lost the Super Bowl to the Packers. In years past, that would've been enough to trigger a full-blown Seven Stages of Grief crisis. But this one made hardly a dent. Don't get me wrong - I like it MUCH better when they win. But I handled Sunday's setback with an equanimity that honestly surprised me.
Maybe it's because they had a nice year, an unexpectedly long playoff run, and just ran into a good team with a hot QB. (that's 'hot' as in playing well, not the other kind) But I suspect the real reason is because I'm going to be a father in April. And because last week my wife and I got the scare of our lives when it appeared my son was planning to make his arrival way too early.
Three days in the hospital later, everything's fine. My wife is healthy, my son is strong and now that I can finally breathe for the first time in a week, all I want to do is take care of them both.
So Monday, a day that in years past would have been a dark one, was instead filled with the kind of joy, gratitude and relief you don't often feel. And it's kind of cool that when they win their next Super Bowl, and they will, the son that scared his dad half to death this year will be there to witness it with me.
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