Would you rather be the Patriots or the Steelers?
The New England Patriots will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers on Thursday night. The Patriots are in the midst of a 2-10 season while the Steelers find themselves 7-5 on the season. On Wednesday’s Felger and Mazz the guys gave their thoughts on whether they’d rather be the Patriots or the Steelers using an example of where the two teams sit today.
Who would you rather be?
(Note: The examples being used are not an exact match for the Patriots and Steelers, just a similar match)
Felger: Try and follow this, okay? In a 10 year period team A wins two titles, but they only have four playoff seasons in those 10 years and one of those years hey bottom out. Team B wins one title in 10 years, but they make the playoffs eight times and they never bottom out. They never have a bottom five season. Okay, so over a 10 year period, you’re going to win one less Super Bowl, but you’re going to make the playoffs eight times to the other teams four times, who has won two Super Bowls. Who would you rather be?
Jim Murray: I always want the title so I’m taking Team A.
Mazz: I’ll tell you, after living through what the Red Sox have done, I’ll take the consistency.
Felger: I’m taking Team B. And I know like so I know Paul is going to come in here, and others throw this at me, “well, Felger, you said the only thing that matters is championships. The only thing that matters is championships, Felger. You said the only thing that matters is titles”. And so, like, people throw that at me. So I must have said thatr and I must have said it strongly over the years because I keep getting that keeps getting thrown in my face. But I feel that’s being bastardized. That’s not quite what I meant. And if I did, then I’ve changed my mind. But I don’t think that’s what I meant. What I mean by “the only thing that matters is championships”, is when I’m talking about Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning, or Tom Brady versus Aaron Rodgers. That’s when I say that. So I don’t care, Aaron, how many MVP’s you have, you tool bag. You’ve won only one championship. Or Dan Marino. Like this I say about Dan Marino all the time. I don’t care about your air yards, you never won. I’ll take the guy that has won over the guy that hasn’t won. So I say that all the time when it comes to an individual player, certainly a quarterback.
Felger: As a fan of a team, over a ten year period, I contend for eight years but only win one versus a team, let’s just say the 90s Cowboys who went on some sort of brilliant four year or 3 or 4 year run but then the rest of that the other 6 or 7 years did nothing, I’d sort of rather be the team that every year, every week I have a team, I have a game. I don’t know. I’ll leave one championship on the board to be in it every single year in that sport especially. How does it feel not to have a football team? Not to have games to watch? It’s like the worst. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
Mazz: Yeah, to not have a season when they’re really bad, let alone having a stretch of them, and I’m not saying the Patriots are totally there yet, but some teams do it that way, it’s brutal. .
Felger: To never bottom out means something to me. When you bottom out, when you go to 1 or 2 wins and you end up in the top 2 or 3 of the draft, you suck. You’re embarrassing and your organization stinks. The teams that get down there are bad organizations. Bad.