The problems troubling the National Football League are not unique to football alone.
The bounty case and collective bargaining disputes dominating NFL news will in no way slow the sport's popularity. When the Steelers start camp later this month, the Pirates — winning record and all — will be placed safely on the back burner.
Speaking of Major League Baseball, has there ever been a sport whose star athletes have been more thoroughly embarrassed? Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens are only a few stars whose reputations have been tarnished by alleged steroid use. That scandal, which still lingers, didn't leave MLB without fans. Take for instance how even the possibility of a winning record has raised thousands of forgotten Pirates fans from the dead.
But Pittsburgh sports fans know the Steelers are far more popular, not only in the Steel City, but nationwide.
Football fandom includes the young, the old, men, women and people in other countries.
Yes, bad news is "bad for business." But no metaphor can put to reason the amount and type of bad news it would take to cripple this increasingly popular sport.
(City Editor Rick Kazmer can be reached at email@example.com. Read his blog, "The Kazmer Report," at dailyamerican.com. Smartphone users can access his blog by scanning the QR code at left.)