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Marc 02-04-2009 08:40 PM

Are the Steelers now America's team?
 
Six Super Bowl titles. They are calling themselves "Sixburg": http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playof...ory?id=3881434

The Steelers have been consistently good, and have six titles: Super Bowls IX, X, XIII, XIV, XL, and XLIII.

The Green Bay Packers have won 12 league championships (more than any other team in the NFL), including 9 NFL Championships prior to the Super Bowl era, and 3 Super Bowl victories.

Meanwhile, you have the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have played in more Super Bowls than any other NFL team (8). The Cowboys have won 5 Super Bowls, which leaves them tied for second with San Francisco.

So which franchise is truly America's team?

buckeyefan78 02-04-2009 08:47 PM

It's still Dallas if we go post-merger.

Since the merger...

Division Titles...

Pittsburgh - 19
Dallas - 16

Conference Titles...

Pittsburgh - 7
Dallas - 8

Super Bowl Titles...

Pittsburgh - 6
Dallas - 5

Super Bowl Record of teams that were in/currently reside in each team's division:

Pittsburgh: 1-4 (Ravens)
Dallas: 6-4 (Washington 3, NY Giants 3)

That's the key. Dallas has played in the toughest division in the NFL since the merger while Pittsburgh has played in the weakest...save the NFC Central/now North.

Plus at least 3 of Pittsburgh's titles are heavily tainted by absolutely horrendous officiating. If you benefited in the game that actually got the instant replay ball rolling ( 1979 AFC CG ) then you have to take some kind of hit in a convo like this.

doublee 02-05-2009 10:44 AM

Okay, but does the number of championships really make a team "America's Team"? Dallas sells the most swag and always gets its games in the prime viewing times that to me is what makes them "America's Team".

I don't know that Green Bay and Pittsburgh have as expansive a fan base as the Cowboys do.

suedon1970 02-06-2009 11:19 AM

I would still have to say Dallas too for the reason Doublee just mentioned. They are extremely popular in the U.S. plus they have a huge following in Mexico and other countries.....maybe they could be considered the "world's team"?

Anthony 02-07-2009 04:30 AM

Right now, with our economy being in the shape it's in, I'd say it is the Detroit Lions who are America's Team!

buckeyefan78 02-09-2009 08:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doublee (Post 294133)
Okay, but does the number of championships really make a team "America's Team"? Dallas sells the most swag and always gets its games in the prime viewing times that to me is what makes them "America's Team".

I don't know that Green Bay and Pittsburgh have as expansive a fan base as the Cowboys do.

It's subjective based off stuff I don't dig on - style. If you base it off success on the field from the merger on it's Dallas with Pittsburgh 2nd.

But if you are simply talking about the greatest pro football franchises ever (in existence today) including the AFL, AAFC and whatever else then it's...

1. Green Bay Packers
2. Cleveland Browns
3. Dallas Cowboys
4. NY Giants
5. Chicago Bears
6. Oakland Raiders
7. Indianapolis Colts
8. Pittsburgh Steelers
9. New England Patriots
10. Washington Redskins


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