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Redskins or Steelers – Which Team has the Better Franchise?

When the Washington Redskins host the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday, it will won’t just be another meaningless pre-season game. It will be another meaningless preseason game featuring two of the most storied franchises in the NFL. Most fans will swear that their team is the greatest of all time. OK, Texans fans and Cardinals fans probably don’t. But, if you stuck the fans of the Packers, Redskins, Steelers, Cowboys and 49ers in one room and started this discussion, heads would probably roll.

Note: I neglected to write Patriots in that sentence because 1) I hate the Patriots, 2) they were a joke of a franchise until 2001, and 3) I hate the Patriots.

Not to sound like a session of NOW on ESPN – which I detest – but which franchise is better: the Redskins or the Steelers?

Super Bowls: The Steelers have five and the Redskins have three. It should be noted that Joe Gibbs won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks and running backs, and that’s impressive. But, it’s not as impressive as two back to back championships in the 1970s. Edge Steelers.

Hall of Famers: The Redskins have 21 players, coaches and administrators in enshrined at Canton, which is fifth all time. The Steelers, for all their glory, only have 19. It should be noted that the Bears have the most all time with 26. Edge Redskins.

Team nickname: According to, this is the story behind the Redskins name: George Preston Marshall acquired an NFL franchise in 1932 and named it the Boston Braves after the city’s Major League Baseball team. However, after a financially devastating and poorly attended season in 1932, Marshall abandoned the Braves name in favor of the Redskins. The Redskins name was retained when the team was moved to Washington in 1937. According to the same website, this is the story of the Steelers’ name: The original 1933 team was named the Pirates after the city’s major league baseball team. In 1940, Owner Art Rooney Sr. changed the team name to Steelers to more properly represent the city’s dominant steel industry.

Let’s face it, the word Redskin is a racial slur, and it should have been changed a long, long time ago. The word Steelers represents an industry that helped make America the power it was during the 20th Century. Edge – by a landslide – Steelers.

Fans: The Redskins have sold out every home game since 1967. That’s impressive. Steelers fans take over opposing teams’ stadiums and rub road victories in everyone’s faces. Super Bowl XL was practically a home game. So many Pittsburghers have been displaced throughout the country because of a lack of jobs after the fall of the Steel Industry that Steelers fans call themselves Steelers Nation. Edge – push.

Hometowns: Washington D.C. is our nation’s capitol and is home to corrupt lobbyists and politicians. Washington D.C. residents elected Marion Barry – a man arrested with a prostitute and crack – twice. Pittsburgh is a blue collar city and was recently named the most livable city in the country. Edge Pittsburgh.

Star safeties: Troy Polamalu is the highest paid safety in the league. His athletic ability has allowed Dick LeBeau to get creative with defensive schemes. His hair is slowly making him a Pittsburgh icon – this generation’s Jack Lambert. Sean Taylor is nicknamed Meast (half man, half beast). The hit he put on a punter in the pro bowl last season speaks for itself. He is a walking highlight reel. His weekly tackles alone could make up an ESPN session of Jacked Up. But, he got ejected from a 2005 playoff game for spitting in an opposing players face, and Polamalu prays in between every play. Edge Polamalu.

Owners: The Rooney’s are the first family of Pittsburgh. Dan Rooney helped impliment a rule that forces teams to interview at least two head coaching candidates who are minorities. It’s called the Rooney Rule. Andrew Snyder is friends with Tom Cruise and pays way too much money for coordinators and free agents, like former Steeler Antwaan Randle-El. Edge Steelers.

Current team: Neither team made the playoffs last season. The Steelers still have a strong nucleus after winning the 2005 Super Bowl as 6th seeds, which had never been done before, while the Redskins haven’t won a Super Bowl since the first Bush was president. Edge Steelers.

Well, there you have it: the Pittsburgh Steelers are a better sports franchise than the Washington Redskins. Keep selling out RFK Skins fans, when the Steelers come to town, you’ll see what a real team looks like.

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One Response to “Redskins or Steelers – Which Team has the Better Franchise?”

  1. Nelson says:

    Why dont you make out with Cordell Stewart in the park? Go Skins!!!

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