The last time I walked out of a Steelers bar in Manhattan in the darkness of night, it was in the dead of winter after the Steelers lost Super Bowl XLV to the Packers.
Now, the football season is young again. The Steelers are 5-2 after Sunday's 32-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals and have a full head of steam going into the brutal Patriots-Ravens leg of their schedule.
Now, instead of the barren winter, the darkness and slight chill outside Reservoir signal the anticipation of autumn. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are all in front of us.
And Patriots Week is here.