On Sunday of this week I watched the Cincinnati Bengals vs the Pittsburgh Steelers football game. I am a big Bengal fan who lives in northern Illinois and has to put up with the Packers vs the Bears deal. We do not get a lot of Bengal football games in the central Midwest and I was excited that the television worked and I could watch the game.
Well the Bengals lost tragically and I went to bed dejected.
When I was younger I was not only a Bengal fan but just a football fan in general. I love the Terry Bradshaw Steelers. Franco Harris is still one of my favorite players ever. But something happened in my life and I now despise the Steelers.
We had a good friend, Jim Miller, in Dayton, Ohio while we lived there. He was an all- around clown. Always with the best jokes, cartoons, and wonderful magic tricks. We lost touch with his family after we moved to northern Illinois. Years later his now ex-wife called us with unbelievably sad news. Jim and she were divorced and he was a stand-up comic who traveled the country doing comedy and magic. I could see it!
Jim was doing a show in Pittsburgh and during his show he made a derogatory remark about the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two guys accosted him in the bathroom after his act and beat him to death. Over a football team, they beat him to death! We were just devastated.
I have not looked at football the same ever since. I love my Bengals team but could never hurt someone for making fun of them. I make fun of them. It is a game. It is a football team. Someone’s life is not worth it.
That is the reason I detest the Steeler football team. My friend is gone and it was a horrendous act that took his life. I’m sure he would have come up with a joke about it but I can not.
R.I.P. Jim Miller You were loved.