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Big Ben says Steelers are 'World's Team', whatever that means

Does Roethslisberger know that the rest of the world doesn't care about the NFL?

Al Messerschmidt

The Steelers and the Cowboys were once part of one of the most bitter rivalries in NFL history, as the two teams battled for supremacy, and created legions of fans around the country, in the 1970's.

However, in the 2000's, Dallas just hasn't been good enough to have many rivalries outside of the NFC East, since any real rivalry requires high-stakes playoff games to be kept alive.

That hasn't stopped media members from trying to add some stakes into Sunday's game between the two teams, a virtual playoff elimination match between, let's be honest, some fairly underwhelming squads.

On Wednesday, Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger made a *very minor* splash with these comments:

Pittsburgh is one of the few NFL franchises to have a national fan base as deep as the Cowboys, and I expect Jerry World to have a ton of Terrible Towels in it on Sunday.

Nevertheless, the idea that any NFL team could be a "worldwide" team is fairly laughable. The world, despite what Roger Goodell may try to tell you, could not care less about America's new pasttime.

As a warm-blooded American, I couldn't care less about what the world thinks of the NFL, but that doesn't mean I'm going to let Big Ben get away with spreading falsehoods to try and downplay America's Team.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.