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19ward86
08-30-2006, 02:04 PM
i know this gets old but i need some advice, ignorance doesnt work. i am 15 and ive was raised by a single mother, not really a sporty home. once she got married his buddy used to invite us over on gameday about 6 years ago and i watched, not really paying attention but i watched. i started to pay attention and learn maddox stewart hines and so forth. i will admit that the last 2 yrs i pay more attention since they are doing well but ive still been a fan for a while, i dont see anything wrong with it since fans get more interested when a team is doing better. i dont consider myself a bandwagoner bcause i havent switched teams, ive stayed faithful. all my high school teachers are either bengals or browns fans since im in ohio.i know some others have the same issue.do you guys consider me a bandwagon? all that matters is that i like them now and it is not changing!

Lyn
08-30-2006, 02:16 PM
i know this gets old but i need some advice, ignorance doesnt work. i am 15 and ive was raised by a single mother, not really a sporty home. once she got married his buddy used to invite us over on gameday about 6 years ago and i watched, not really paying attention but i watched. i started to pay attention and learn maddox stewart hines and so forth. i will admit that the last 2 yrs i pay more attention since they are doing well but ive still been a fan for a while, i dont see anything wrong with it since fans get more interested when a team is doing better. i dont consider myself a bandwagoner bcause i havent switched teams, ive stayed faithful. all my high school teachers are either bengals or browns fans since im in ohio.i know some others have the same issue.do you guys consider me a bandwagon? all that matters is that i like them now and it is not changing!

You are absolutely not a bandwagoner. Many fans love the Steelers and watch them very closely every week. They do not "join" Steeler groups, Steeler message boards or Steeler clubs. They know what they know which is they like the Steelers and that is all anyone needs to know. When the Steelers are winning some of the lurking fans will come out and start joining Steeler related groups, clubs, message boards. Like you joined here that is a good thing you will get more information right here on the Steelers than you may want LOL Respect the fact that your teachers and other kids may like a different team, that is okay different is not wrong, it is just different. maybe some day they will see the light at the end of the tunnel. LOL:) Just know you are backing the best team in professional football:)

stlrtruck
08-30-2006, 02:34 PM
I look at a bandwagoner this way:

If an opposing team's fan comes up to you and starts drilling you about your team and you stand tall regardless of what is said about the Steelers organization, players, or fans then you're not a bandwagoner.

If you turn on a dime, saying things like, "Well, I'm not really a fan" then your a bandwagoner.

From your post, it sounds to me that you endured your time while watching Kordell and Maddox. I'd say your not a bandwagoner.

floodcitygirl
08-30-2006, 02:42 PM
Hey 19Ward86! Don't you worry about what anybody else says. You know in your heart the team that you support. Just relax and enjoy yourself here. Contribute what you can and learn from the terrific posters. It's going to be an exciting season! :bouncy:

PisnNapalm
08-30-2006, 02:48 PM
Here's some required viewing for any Steeler fan.

http://www.amazon.com/NFL-Films-Pittsburgh/dp/B0009NSCSU/sr=1-3/qid=1156966070/ref=sr_1_3/104-0347371-5122371?ie=UTF8&s=dvd

There will be a quiz next week. :smile:

Honestly I don't know if you'd qualify as a band wagon jumper or not. Where did you grow up? Where are your parents from? etc...

I realize that we weren't all born breathing black and gold air in Pittsburgh, but it begs the question:: When does a person truly become a fan of a particular team?

I grew up just outside of Pittsburgh. Everyone in my family were huge fans. I'm a huge fan and I've taught my kids to be fans. I live near Philly now and I'm surrounded by Eagles fans.

I have to say that I'm obsessed with Steelers football. All year long I am. Right now I'm wearing my SB Champs shirt and my favorite Steelers hat. I rewatched my SB Champs DVD again today while folding laundry. I ordered my "Road to Super Bowl XL" DVD set last night.

I did some thinking....


Here's some criteria I think you need to have to be a fan.

1. Have you made an emotional investment in the team? I fell to the floor and almost cried when Jerome fumbled. Then I jumped for joy when Ben made "The Tackle". I nearly hit the roof when Vanderjagt missed the field goal.

2. Have you made a financial investment in the team? I'm not rich, but I've shelled out alot of money over the years on Steelers gear. Every year at Christmas all my family know that I'll be very happy getting anything with a Steelers logo on it. One year I got 3 identical shirts. I wore them all out in 2 years.

3. Do you proudly display your favorite team's gear? I almost never leave the house without my gear on. Heck I even go to church wearing my Steelers polo shirts and during the season I've been known to wear my jersey to church as well. I get lots of looks from the Eagles fans in their jersey's too. LOL!


Can anyone think of other things that should be added?

BlackNGold203
08-30-2006, 02:49 PM
gotta give a pass to anyone who endured Kordell...

no bandwagoner....

PisnNapalm
08-30-2006, 02:54 PM
I look at a bandwagoner this way:

If an opposing team's fan comes up to you and starts drilling you about your team and you stand tall regardless of what is said about the Steelers organization, players, or fans then you're not a bandwagoner.

If you turn on a dime, saying things like, "Well, I'm not really a fan" then your a bandwagoner.



That's a good one.

Here's something that happened to me at work. When the Eagles were going to the Super Bowl 2 years ago my supervisor said everyone could wear their Eagles shirts to work for the week leading up to the SB. She knows that I hate wearing the company shirt. She even offered up an Eagles shirt for me to wear instead of the company uniform shirt.

I told her that I would probably die if that Eagels shirt touched my body. Then I slipped on my uniform shirt over top my Steelers shirt and went to work.

This past year though, the friday before SB XL, I mysteriously misplaced all of my uniform shirts and worked the day in my Ben Roethlisberger jersey. She gave me some grief, but not much. She couldn't not after the previous year. LOL! :bouncy: :bouncy:

nicesteel4life
08-30-2006, 03:06 PM
Nope Not a Bandwagoner at all!
You didn't put on that green shit, your good! Actually you Got Black N Gold running through your veins....Welcome aboard!

stlrtruck
08-30-2006, 03:24 PM
Yeah...I've got one...

Did you cry when they imploded Three Rivers Stadium?

19ward86
08-30-2006, 03:43 PM
i felt a tear, i stood up the whole colts game jumping up and down. and about passed out when jerome fumbled.

HometownGal
08-30-2006, 03:56 PM
i will admit that the last 2 yrs i pay more attention since they are doing well but ive still been a fan for a while, i dont consider myself a bandwagoner bcause i havent switched teams, ive stayed faithful. do you guys consider me a bandwagon? all that matters is that i like them now and it is not changing!

Young man - I think you answered your own question above! :smile:

floodcitygirl
08-30-2006, 04:04 PM
Where do you live near Cincy 19Ward86? I live near Kings Island. There are a couple of other posters on here that live around the area too. :smile:

19ward86
08-30-2006, 04:06 PM
i say cincy but a little north near dayton, not in the ghetto but in vandalia. very few steelers fans.

clevestinks
08-30-2006, 06:12 PM
A few ket things here.

You started watching and cheering for the Black and Gold six years ago? Then you were nine!
You live close to cinci and you still cheer the Steelers!
You endured the Kordell Stewart later years and never turned colors.

My friend you Bleed Black & Gold! I was raised in a Steelers football loving family, so my experience were from day one. But for the most part at nine years old you root for players anymore, all kids want the latest great players jersey, the team does not matter.

Please do not insult yourself by even considering the thought that you may be a fair weather fan.

You have made many friends here already, just by sharing your story. ts in your blood now, consider your self fortunate. If you every need anything give me a holler.

Rep points to you.

19ward86
08-30-2006, 06:56 PM
thanks man good to have you there

SteelerFanInCA
08-31-2006, 10:06 AM
Anyone who has lived through the Kordell and Maddox years is not a bandwagoner.

End of conversation. :smile:

Da Question
08-31-2006, 11:59 AM
Damn Maddox and Kordell Years were hard :dang:

I'd have to say the bubby brister years were pretty ruff too.:dang:

I say your not a bandwagoner as long as you stick with your team win or lose. Where i live there isnt a football team in the nfl so people down here change teams like they change underwear. every superbowl winner produces more team favorites down here (definition of a bandwagoner).
Living in cincy and cheering for pitt. No band wagoner there :smile:

Midnightwriter07
08-31-2006, 12:18 PM
No Steelers fan is a bandwagoner to me .. i invite people all the time to watch games with me, i give them Steelers ornaments at Christmas, i constantly try to make them become " bandwagoners" and is all fine with me. The more love for the black n gold the better i say. I mean to think how many new fans the Steelers have had over the past few years since we went 15-1 and then winningthe SuperBowl is crazy.. You see it by the sales of the terrible towels each year ... the new babies born with Steelers shirts on... i love it and encourage as many new fans as possible rooting for the black n gold. Not everyone has had generations of family members that were Steeler fans and it has taken some time for them to find thier way in life =).

BIGBENFASTWILLIE
08-31-2006, 12:33 PM
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floodcitygirl
08-31-2006, 12:43 PM
No Steelers fan is a bandwagoner to me .. i invite people all the time to watch games with me, i give them Steelers ornaments at Christmas, i constantly try to make them become " bandwagoners" and is all fine with me. The more love for the black n gold the better i say. I mean to think how many new fans the Steelers have had over the past few years since we went 15-1 and then winningthe SuperBowl is crazy.. You see it by the sales of the terrible towels each year ... the new babies born with Steelers shirts on... i love it and encourage as many new fans as possible rooting for the black n gold. Not everyone has had generations of family members that were Steeler fans and it has taken some time for them to find thier way in life =).Great attitude IMO Midnight!!! Proselytize!!! Bring them to the light!!! :jammin:

19ward86
08-31-2006, 02:13 PM
thanks guys, i didnt know i would attract this much attention when i wrote this but seems like everyone knows whats going on.

wadester47
08-31-2006, 02:32 PM
No,
you are not a bandy' But in responce our band wagon will be overly full this year being the champs and all . I really encourage it , the more black and gold i see the less of other teams i have to see.

good luck to ya!

Haiku_Dirtt
08-31-2006, 02:50 PM
i know this gets old but i need some advice, ignorance doesnt work. i am 15 and ive was raised by a single mother, not really a sporty home. once she got married his buddy used to invite us over on gameday about 6 years ago and i watched, not really paying attention but i watched. i started to pay attention and learn maddox stewart hines and so forth. i will admit that the last 2 yrs i pay more attention since they are doing well but ive still been a fan for a while, i dont see anything wrong with it since fans get more interested when a team is doing better. i dont consider myself a bandwagoner bcause i havent switched teams, ive stayed faithful. all my high school teachers are either bengals or browns fans since im in ohio.i know some others have the same issue.do you guys consider me a bandwagon? all that matters is that i like them now and it is not changing!

Once a TRUE Steeler fan ALWAYS a Steeler Fan.

My advice to you about your teachers in Ohio :poke: Just don't let them jerk you on your grades.

Elvis
08-31-2006, 05:01 PM
I agree with pretty much everyone in welcoming you into the Steelers family.... I honestly cant stand some one that just changes teams every year... After the Rams won their Super Bowl... I saw alot of Rams murchandise... now I dont see any it... used to back in my school days.. a good friend of mine "Todd" was such a big Cowboys fan... I saw him a while back and he had on a Patriots hat... I asked him... when did you change teams?... he said... oh... well.. when Jimmy Johnson left the Pokes wasnt the same so I made a change... I asked him now that the Steelers have won their first Super Bowl in some 2 decades.. are you gonna start pullin' for us? He just giggled and said ... nah...
Welcome to the Wagon "Little Man".... your alright..
God Bless Ya....
Elvis
I feel kind of sorry for you living in Bungal and Brownie territory though....

melroseplace
09-02-2006, 11:31 PM
if anyone ever accuses me of being a bandwagoner I'll pull out my Stewart jersey haha...sadly that was the first one I ever owned. just found it the other day and decided to hang onto it

just a note about Steelers fans in general (a little off the topic, I know...sorry!) I was at the Pittsburgh Mills mall today and seriously over half the people I saw were wearing Steelers gear. including myself in a Big Ben tshirt :tt: made me proud to be a fan and super pumped for Thursday!!