#10 DOUG DRABEK (P) PIRATES
Boy, if any of these traitors made a smart move in getting out of Dodge, it was this guy. After single-handedly costing the Steelers a victory against the Cowboys in Superbowl XXX, O'Donnell was offered a boatload of cash, for some reason, by the New York J-E-T-S JETS, JETS, JETS. O'Donnell was an abject failure in Gotham and no one lost much sleep over this. In retrospect, he saved Pittsburgh fans a lot of booing over the next few years.
#5 MARIAN HOSSA (RW) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
#3 JIM BALSILLIE (EX-OWNER) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Surprise, surprise! This guy came about a hair's width away from acquiring the Pittsburgh Penguins when, during Mario's darkest hour in Pittsburgh, he decided to sell the franchise because of his frustration over the lack of a new arena deal. Make no mistake about it, this vulture was anxiously awaiting the first opportunity to move the team to Canada when the NHL wisely intervened. People can call the NHL a garage league all they want, but they had the foresight not to allow anything to happen to the Pittsburgh market, easily one of the top three in hockey. Yeah, I'd consider this guy a major traitor and maybe we should put up a statue to Gary Bettman in front of the new Consol Energy Arena!
#1 WILLIAM LAIRD COWHER (COACH) PGH STEELERS
Wow. This guy has really gone off the deep end. In his latter years as Steeler Coach the once whispers became a constant drumbeat that Cowher had become completely "full of himself." So much so that the Rooneys didn't put up a gigantic push to retain him as coach. Many were surprised, but I wasn't one of them. Cowher had run his course with this team and I just considered ourselves fortunate that we finally did get that SuperBowl after so many AFC Championship losses and even our first SuperBowl defeat.
Bill Cowher, after leaving his job, decided to leave his native Pittsburgh as well, planning instead on moving into this $2.5 million mansion. Apparently Pittsburgh was a good enough place to earn his salary, but not a good enough place to spend it!
ABOVE: Casa De Cowher in Raleigh. Where a successful coach can live surrounded by truly quality folks.
Yes Bill Cowher became a most successful coach because of the unwavering faith of the Rooneys who stuck by him even after some poor seasons. Cowher, for his part, became synonymous with Steeler football, his square jaw, his scowling, his yelling at players and occasionally spraying saliva on them. He was a coach that the fans here could truly relate to because he was one of them! Which makes his recent Benedict Arnold act in Carolina even more difficult to swallow. Think about it: He traded his years of past popularity here and future icon status in order to sound a hurricane siren at a hockey
ABOVE: Expect to see more than a few of these at Mellon Arena in the days ahead!
ABOVE: Is this photoshopper suggesting that Mr. Bill is now the "stupid" as referenced on the young, drunken lady's shirt? This just goes to show how far Bill Cowher has sunk on the respect chart in Pittsburgh. Hopefully, cranking that siren was worth the blow that his reputation has taken in these parts!