The worst picture of 2008 was taken when Dan Rooney handed Barack Obama a sacred Steelers jersey. Anyone who thought John McCain would win Pennsylvania and surrounding states immediately knew it was over. That is how much influence the Rooney family has in the area.
Now Mr. Rooney has given Mr. Obama the game ball from the AFC Championship game ("Two Rooneys Deliver Game Ball to Obama," Jan. 21 Sports). Another disgrace! That belongs at Heinz Field in the Great Hall where all of the true fans can enjoy it.
Mr. Rooney is entitled to his own political opinions, but since he is such a public figure I feel he needs to keep those opinions to himself. He is making a great portion of this proud Steelers Nation upset. Many fans hold strong to rituals during the playoffs. This year, I say wear anything, eat anything, go anywhere and sit in any chair available ... if the Steelers don't bring home the six-pack there will be one and only one person to blame -- Dan Rooney. Karma. It's gonna bite you sooner or later.
Holly Springs, N.C.
The writer is a native of Bellevue.