The Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers (6-7) aren’t quite feeling the Christmas spirit. Facing the Green Bay Packers (9-4) Sunday, the team has let in-fighting boil over into the press, and Ben Roethlisberger has exchanged barbs with former teammate Jerome Bettis.

It isn’t pretty.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

The Steelers held their annual Christmas party last night, and they still did not receive the gift they most cherish.

One victory.

"It’s very important," receiver Hines Ward said. "I’m sick of losing. Losing’s not fun. My day does not go right when we don’t win. It’s hard to wake up and do anything."

Their previous victory came Nov. 9; their most recent victory at home came Oct. 25. Anyone who had seen only the Steelers’ past five games would think they were the Detroit Lions, St. Louis Rams or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

If the Steelers lose to Green Bay at Heinz Field Sunday, it would tie their longest losing streak in 40 years. For many, it already is the longest skid they have ever experienced.

"Not in high school, not here and I don’t think so in college, no," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "For me, you get upset, you get disappointed about it because I hate losing. I hate losing more than anything. The more I pout, the more I sulk, doesn’t mean we get to go back in time and win that game.

Oh, the pain.

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