While regular season games are great...and perhaps a little better, they're not without their faults. The crowds are always huge, meaning longer security lines, snack lines, and congestion moving to and from the seating. It's great to be a part of a engaged crowd if the team is cruising to victory, but if they sputter early or the game is boring, you can find yourself surrounded by a lot of cranky people (this happens in baseball and hockey too but with so many games to play, the crowd is usually a bit more polite with bad games). As a result, the regular season games are great...so long as the team wins and you're around a good group of people. Otherwise, you might wish the crowd was smaller or you had saved your money and stayed home.
With preseason...it's just the opposite. There's no stakes...which means no huge celebrations, but no stress if they lose. The crowds are light, the seats are plentiful, and you can grab plenty of snacks without missing a beat. It's all the best of "being there" despite the lack of real "football".
But when you think about it, going to a game (of any sport) and sitting a watching a game aren't always the same thing. After all, the view is better at home, the snacks are cheaper, and you can sit by way more of your friends. If you really want to sit and follow every detail, sitting on your couch might not be the worst idea. But being there is more about atmosphere, the process, and unique perks of showing up. And when it comes to games that don't matter, Being There is way better than missing entirely.
So here's to another great season for the Steelers. Hopefully it'll stretch until at least February this time around.