I told the writer form the P-G that I still follow the Steelers AND the Pirates online at PG.com every day, admitting that at this point following the Bucs form China was downright depraved. “Would you describe it as being more like the attraction to watching a train wreck, or like a drug addiction?” he asked.

After brief contemplation, I told him it was closer to the addiction. The team, after all, is on the verge of its 15th consecutive losing season, which would be an all time record FOR ANY SPORT. And it all began one fateful night in October, 1992, as I sat perched on the edge of my couch on 27th Street and watched a nightmare unfold. It was my darkest moment as a sports fan, by a large, large margin. I was thinking about it again after that conversation and then saw this, from Bill Simmons, on ESPN.com:

The most agonizing baseball moment since Bill Buckner’s gaffe was Francisco Cabrera’s series-winning single for Atlanta that killed Pittsburgh in the 1992 playoffs. Not only did the Pirates blow a ninth-inning lead, not only did Cabrera, a no-name, deliver the final blow, not only did comically slow Sid Bream somehow beat a Barry Bonds throw home, not only was it the Pirates’ third straight October defeat … but Bonds signed with the Giants a couple of months later, banishing the Pirates to small-market hell. They haven’t been heard from since. The franchise was effectively murdered by one play.

It’s a perfect summation.

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