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Old 09-22-2006, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default What's the big deal about Steeler football?

Being a Steeler fan means so much more than football.
>>
>>It means being from a corner of the world unlike any other.
>>
>>It means being from a place where the people are so tough-minded that
>>they
>>have survived the Homestead strikes, the Johnstown flood and most
>>recently the
>>Etna floods.
>>
>>These people have the DNA of hard work, in mills and mines, without the
>>necessity of complaint.
>>
>>They live simply, with no frills.
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>>They don't have movie stars or fancy cars.
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>>Instead, they have simple traditions like kielbasa and Kennywood.
>>
>>They live in distinctive neighborhoods like Polish Hill and the Hill
>>District and all of the surrounding counties.
>>
>>These people are genuine.
>>
>>They don't have chic Internet cafes and cappuccinos, but they have The
>>Original Hot Dog joint, Eat n' Park and Iron City Beer.
>>
>>People from Pittsburgh don't have sunny beaches or fancy boats, but the
>>rivers roll gently, connecting the small towns of people whose histories
>>have
>>been built on strength and humility.
>>
>>People from Pittsburgh don't have the biggest shopping malls or the best
>>nightclubs, but they'll take Friday night high school football and
>>Steeler
>>Sunday over anything.
>>
>>Steeler football means so much more than you think.
>>
>>It symbolizes a diaspora of generations who had the best childhood they
>>could imagine.
>>
>>They ran free without a care or concern in the valleys of those Allegheny
>>Mountains.
>>
>>Their blue-collar world was easy ... there was no one to tell them that
>>they
>>lacked material things.
>>
>>There was no one to tell them that they needed more.
>>
>>As the steel mills closed and the jobs disappeared, some of these people
>>had
>>to leave.
>>
>>While the world benefits because they spread their Pittsburgh values,
>>they
>>long for their home where things were simpler and more pure.
>>
>>They teach their kids about Jack Lambert and Joe Greene in hopes of
>>departing not just the knowledge, but the feeling that they represented.
>>
>>They are everywhere, those Terrible Towels.
>>
>>They wave, not just for the team, but for the hearts they left behind.
>>
>>They wave in living rooms in Fort Lauderdale and in the bars D.C.
>>
>>They wave all the way to the Seattle Superdome!
>>
>>They wave for the Rooney family, whose values mirror our own - loyalty,
>>grit, and humility.
>>
>>They wave for football players like Jerome Bettis and Hines Ward, whose
>>unselfishness and toughness have allowed sports to be about the game and
>>the
>>team.
>>
>>Make no mistake that Steeler football is not just about football.
>>
>>I could not be prouder to be from the Pittsburgh area than I am right
>>now!!
>>
>>Even if you no longer live in the area, you have South Western
>>Pennsylvania
>>in your blood no matter where you go.
>>
>>And deep down in your heart of hearts, you can still hear the Super Bowls
>>of
>>times past, the excitement in everyone's voices especially our fathers,
>>cousins, and anyone else who gathered around the TV on Football Sundays!!
>>
>>Make no mistake, its just as exciting right now if not more!!
>>
>>It's not just about rivalries and who is better than the other, it's
>>about
>>family, tradition and roots!
>>
>>It's more than football, but its football at its finest!!
>>
>>If you now live in Colorado, Ohio, Indiana , Chicago, Florida, Iowa,
>>Texas .
>>be proud of where you were born and who your FIRST favorite football team
>>was!!
>>
>>Go Steelers!!!!!
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Old 09-22-2006, 01:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: What's the big deal about Steeler football?

If you have to ask, then you wouldn`t understand!
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Old 09-22-2006, 01:26 PM   #3
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Just thought it might help explain to others what it really means.
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Old 09-22-2006, 01:31 PM   #4
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...and for us displaced fans:

Who dont get to see every game because of local teams...
Who are willing to pay outrageous prices at various stadiums around the nation to see OUR team!!
Who raise their kids to sport the Black and Gold...who teach their kids the Steeler history and tradition...who tell them about Men of Steel ...with names like Lambert, Blount, and Harris.
Who search frantically for Steeler Jerseys, gear, and memorabilia, in markets that carry little of their favorite team
Who are always looked at with raised eybrow by the local teams fans ,who think us to be bandwagon jumpers.

To all of you who fall into this category....

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Old 09-22-2006, 01:42 PM   #5
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Its not a game its more akin to a religion.
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Old 09-22-2006, 01:45 PM   #6
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That is absolutely awesome!!
may I copy that and send it to my two steelers buddies?

thanks again you made my friday!!
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Old 09-22-2006, 02:02 PM   #7
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Well stated!! I also agree that if you have to ask you'll never understand!!
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Old 09-22-2006, 02:30 PM   #8
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no wonder i dont see many threads from u.
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Old 09-22-2006, 03:35 PM   #9
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Quote:
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...and for us displaced fans:

Who dont get to see every game because of local teams...
Who are willing to pay outrageous prices at various stadiums around the nation to see OUR team!!
Who raise their kids to sport the Black and Gold...who teach their kids the Steeler history and tradition...who tell them about Men of Steel ...with names like Lambert, Blount, and Harris.
Who search frantically for Steeler Jerseys, gear, and memorabilia, in markets that carry little of their favorite team
Who are always looked at with raised eybrow by the local teams fans ,who think us to be bandwagon jumpers.

To all of you who fall into this category....
Thank you because I am one of those displaced fans that live near Fort Lauderdale. There are a bunch of steeler fans here thankfully.
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Old 09-22-2006, 05:31 PM   #10
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Default Re: What's the big deal about Steeler football?

As you may know I live near Philly. Both of my children on every Friday during football season dress in their Steelers gear for school. :) They do it totally on their own.
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