As happy as I am that LaMarr Woodley graces the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated (SO MUCH BETTER THAN A PRO BOWL SPOT!), that "Steel Curtain II" subhead pisses me off good and proper. Why is it every time the Steelers have had a top-5 defense the last two decades, some cheesedick wants to try to give them a Steel Curtain-derivative nickname? Oh yeah, the SI Cover jinx I can do without also.
I remember in 1994 it was "The Steel Trap" or somesuch garbage. It seems like every few years there's some other attempt at a new nicknamed defense in Pittsburgh. Just stop. Please. Seriously, I love this year's defense, but it's not the Steel Curtain. Even if they win Super Bowl and hold the defensive Triple Crown, they're not the Steel Curtain. And they're not Steel Curtain II, 'cause that's fucking lame.
Maybe they'll be worthy of some catchy moniker. Maybe not. Allow it to present itself. Until them, stop with the forced annoying puns. Or James Harrison will separate you from your spinal cord.