Not a full-fledged history, Good, Bad, and Ugly is a seties of short tidbits from Pittsburgh Steeler history that will provide interesting reading for any fan of this team that stands alone atop the royalty of the NFL with six Super Bowl victories (including the sixth since this book was published).
These short vignettes in a compact size make this book perfect bathroom reading material. Don't laugh--I know you do it if you are enough of a reader to check out book reviews on Lunch. There you will find
Some bad. The Steelers have had their share of bad teams, players, coaches, and ugly situations in their career, and Fulks does not brush over them. The sad stories of Mike Webster's post-career financial and health decline and the steroid-driven madness of the 80s and 90s are included here. Sadly, while all teams and players participated in that unregulated early era of performance enhancers, the Steelers were among the earliest, and the cost among retired Steeler offensive linemen has been particularliy high.
Plenty of ugly. Even since the franchise hired Chuck Noll in 1969 and began its 50-year run of success, the Steelers have often won and lost ugly. The Immaculate Reception that announced the Steelers arrival on the playoff stage in 1972 is perhaps the most famous win-ugly play in NFL history.
But mostly good Always in any discussion of the Steelers, Art Rooney and the Rooney family that have followed in his honored footsteps must be first, foremost, and always front and center. Art, Sr.'s tenacious leadership kept the franchise going through the tough early years of depression and war (even with the necessity-driven mergers during WW II) through mostly thin years. Even when coaches made poor decisions on the field and in the draft room (cutting future Hall of famers Johnny Unitus and Len Dawson) Art backed them up. But when he had the chance to turn things around, he pulled the trigger on a young assistant coach named Chuck Noll, who brought two decades of stability and four championships to the city, followed by Bill Cowhers long tenure, and another Super Bowl. Longer after Papa Rooney was gone, the family continued their quality leadership by pushing for the Rooney Rule requiring teams to interview African-American candidates for coaching positions, and proving it wasn't just lip service by hiring young Mike Tomlin for the next long coaching run of continued excellence and Super Bowl wins.
With (#6 already in the books in 2008, the Steelers reign of royalty continues. One of the pre-game show talking heads this year phrased it this way: Because of the quality, consistency and stability of the Steeler organization, they start every season with a baseline of 8 wins, and go up or down from there based on their play on the field. No other team, they said, is even close. This book will give you lots of little reasons why.
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This book is about the players, games, and moments that have made the Pittsburgh Steelers organization what it is today. The Steel Curtain. Noll and Cowher. Big Ben. Terry Bradshaw. The Immaculate Reception. Five Super Bowl championships. The stories behind all these players, coaches, and memorable moments come alive on the pages of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Pittsburgh Steelers. More than just a tribute to success, this book offers the warts-and-all tales from the insider's viewpoint that real fans want. As they relive these memories, Steelers fans--young and old, bandwagon jumpers and Pittsburgh natives--will be reminded why they're proud to be a part of Steeler Nation.