Just look at these damn numbers.
Via my buddy Steve Lepore at SB Nation, Thursday’s Steelers-Panthers game, the worst of all of the worst preseason games, drew some monster television ratings in Pittsburgh.
Some of the more frightening numbers: A 21.3 rating for the Steelers game nearly tripled an 8.3 for the competing Pirates game, which is just disturbing considering the Bucs are in a pennant race.
It doesn’t really surprise me that much that more people watched the Steelers. For one, the Steelers were on a local CBS station while the Pirates were on cable, and Pittsburgh is and always will be more of a Steelers town than a Pirates town, but that big of a gap? Landry Jones was playing the entire game at quarterback. Nobody of any significance saw the field and even the players that did play probably couldn’t wait for it to end.