Sunday will mark the Steelers' 47th playoff game in the last 36 years.
The world continues to become more and more what-have-you-done-for-me-lately, so if the Steelers happen to lose to the San Diego Chargers in their divisional round playoff game, many fans and media members will be screaming for significant changes in the offseason.
That's just part of the game.
But Steelers fans should at least be very thankful - 47 NFL playoff games in 36 years is incredible. And that's not mentioning 13 conference championship games and six Super Bowls.
The Steelers making the playoffs has become so normal that many fans probably just take it for granted.
But look around the rest of the league, and one can see how fortunate Steelers fans are.
Teams such as the Lions, Browns, Saints, Jets, Chiefs and Cardinals have all been in the league these last 36 years, and none of them has played in a Super Bowl during that time frame.
In fact, if you add up those six teams' playoff records since 1972, they are a combined 18-48. The Steelers are 28-18. You could add in the Bengals and Falcons and have eight teams combined for just one more playoff win (29) than the Steelers (28).
Those eight teams are also a combined 3-9 in conference championship games and 0-3 in Super Bowls since 1972. The Steelers are 6-7 and 5-1.
One doesn't just have to look at the NFL's weakest teams. The defending Super Bowl champion and proud franchise New York Giants have played in only 26 playoff games since 1972 and only four conference championships.
One could argue that the Steelers' playoff statistics are weighted heavily from their 1970s Super Bowl runs, but they've made the playoffs in 12 of the last 17 seasons. The Raiders, a dominant team in the 1970s and early 1980s, have earned a playoff spot just three times in the last 15 years.
So sit back and enjoy Sunday's game and savor the moment, even if the Steelers come out on the short end. And save a thought for those fans in Detroit, Cleveland and Kansas City.
Top defensive player
James Harrison's selection as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year is a great example to younger players to stay motivated despite setbacks.
After one game during the Steelers' 15-1 2004 season, Harrison was sitting alone by his locker for several minutes just looking around the room at the media crowding around stars like Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward and Joey Porter.
Harrison no longer has that luxury.
Here We Go!
Make sure you grab a copy of Saturday's Mirror for a special eight-page ''Here We Go!'' Steelers playoff preview section.
Included will be features, commentary, facts and figures, Steelers-Chargers series history and Steelers past playoff thumbnails.
Buck Frank can be reached at 946-7461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.