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Old 10-23-2006, 05:41 PM   #1
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Hello everybody!

I've been reading the board for a loooong time now, registered sometime later and finally thought it would be time to start posting.

The reason why I didn't post earlier is simple: I didn't want to jinx the steelers and be the one responsible for stopping their awesome playoff run. Well, now that this is over and they seem pretty jinxed already i think it is worth the risk and also i firmly believe that in this dark hour fans should show their support and stand together.

So - as the title of this posting already says, i am a big football fan from Austria. I love the game, i really watch every football game i can find no matter who plays. However, nothing beats the rush i feel when a steelers game starts, last year during the playoffs (especially the colts game after jeromes fumble) my heart was racing - it must have cost me some years.

Speaking of Jerome: He is the singular reason for my love for the game. You have to know that in Austria no sports is as popular as skiing, followed by soccer. Most people don't know that there is a difference between American Football and rugby and you would be hard pressed to find 1 out of 20 people that have heard the term "first down" once in their live. So, when I was a teenager (must have been 13 or 14 years old) a sports magazine was given away for free in front of my school. Inside, there was an article about a rookie running back - Jerome Bettis. The writer talked about him rushing for yard after yard, pounding defenders, scoring touchdowns - and i was hooked. I wanted to do that!

2 years after that i started playing for small Austrian football team (yes, such a thing exists! ;) ). I played almost every position except lineman. However, after 3 years I stopped playing since my team moved to another town and i just couldn't afford driving 90 minutes 2 or 3 times a week.

A long time passed and i didn't think about football all that much. In Austria you can't watch football on regular TV and i didn't know any sports bars where you could watch games. Then a friend of mine watched the superbowl, recorded it and showed me the tape. I was hooked again but i needed a team that i could support. So i asked: "Where's Jerome Bettis playing?" He was playing for the Rams back then, so every monday i would call my friend and ask for the results of the rams game. Up to this day i like the rams.
The year after that, Jerome was traded to the Steelers, so i became interested in them and i started following their results. By that time i had seen only one NFL game - the one recorded super bowl.

This went on for 2 years and then i finally found a sports bar that showed 2 random games every weekend and naturally i was supporting the steelers. Pretty soon my support become more and more enthusiastic and by now i am a die hard fanatic! The first season that i really followed end to end (including reading all kinds of articles on nfl.com, steelers.com, ...) was Ben's rookie season that ended with the game against the patriots in Heinz field (not my favorite ending...).

Last season was great for me. I was in the sports bar every weekend, watching every game they showed and supporting the steelers fanatically. I was pretty sure that it was going to be Jerome's last season and desperatelly wanted him to win a big one. Of course i also wanted it for the others, Ben, Troy (my favorite player now), Joey, Alan, James, Heath, Hines, and so on.... but with Jerome it was something special, since I actually had followed his whole career. On christmas eve, when the steelers played the browns, the greatest christmas gift was the 41-0 shutdown. I think you can imagine how my heart pounded during every single playoff game and how desperate i was when Jerome fumbled that ball on the Colt's goalline.

Ironically, as soon as it became clear that the Steelers would play in the superbowl, the company i work for told me that i had to go to Berlin (in germany) on the morning after superbowl. Since the superbowl ends after 5 am in Austria i wouldn't get any sleep at all and would have to show up in a new office at a new project after a long long night.
Of course that didn't stop me from watching the game and damned if i'm not glad i made that decision!

So, thats my story. I am a 24 year old graduate in information technology, born in Vienna, Austria, currently living and working in Berlin, Germany and i firmly believe that great things lie in the steelers' future, this season and the following ones.

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Old 10-23-2006, 05:47 PM   #2
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Oh, and what i forgot to say:

It's not a steeler nation, it's a STEELER WORLD!
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:49 PM   #3
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Wow a Steelers fan from Austria. I once dated a girl from Germany. She had no clue about American Football. But she learned quickly when dating me. She still follows the Steelers till this day.
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Old 10-29-2006, 10:20 AM   #4
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An exciting welcome from the USA to you...It is very exciting to have people all across the world who can recognize who the best team in the NFL is.....

Seriously....I hope you enjoy this site because everyone is great here...Lot of cool and witty people to talk with....

However, it does suck that you aren't really able to catch the games overseas...That really must stink when you have such a passion for the sport.
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Old 10-29-2006, 10:46 AM   #5
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Hello everybody!

I've been reading the board for a loooong time now, registered sometime later and finally thought it would be time to start posting.

The reason why I didn't post earlier is simple: I didn't want to jinx the steelers and be the one responsible for stopping their awesome playoff run. Well, now that this is over and they seem pretty jinxed already i think it is worth the risk and also i firmly believe that in this dark hour fans should show their support and stand together.

So - as the title of this posting already says, i am a big football fan from Austria. I love the game, i really watch every football game i can find no matter who plays. However, nothing beats the rush i feel when a steelers game starts, last year during the playoffs (especially the colts game after jeromes fumble) my heart was racing - it must have cost me some years.

Speaking of Jerome: He is the singular reason for my love for the game. You have to know that in Austria no sports is as popular as skiing, followed by soccer. Most people don't know that there is a difference between American Football and rugby and you would be hard pressed to find 1 out of 20 people that have heard the term "first down" once in their live. So, when I was a teenager (must have been 13 or 14 years old) a sports magazine was given away for free in front of my school. Inside, there was an article about a rookie running back - Jerome Bettis. The writer talked about him rushing for yard after yard, pounding defenders, scoring touchdowns - and i was hooked. I wanted to do that!

2 years after that i started playing for small Austrian football team (yes, such a thing exists! ;) ). I played almost every position except lineman. However, after 3 years I stopped playing since my team moved to another town and i just couldn't afford driving 90 minutes 2 or 3 times a week.

A long time passed and i didn't think about football all that much. In Austria you can't watch football on regular TV and i didn't know any sports bars where you could watch games. Then a friend of mine watched the superbowl, recorded it and showed me the tape. I was hooked again but i needed a team that i could support. So i asked: "Where's Jerome Bettis playing?" He was playing for the Rams back then, so every monday i would call my friend and ask for the results of the rams game. Up to this day i like the rams.
The year after that, Jerome was traded to the Steelers, so i became interested in them and i started following their results. By that time i had seen only one NFL game - the one recorded super bowl.

This went on for 2 years and then i finally found a sports bar that showed 2 random games every weekend and naturally i was supporting the steelers. Pretty soon my support become more and more enthusiastic and by now i am a die hard fanatic! The first season that i really followed end to end (including reading all kinds of articles on nfl.com, steelers.com, ...) was Ben's rookie season that ended with the game against the patriots in Heinz field (not my favorite ending...).

Last season was great for me. I was in the sports bar every weekend, watching every game they showed and supporting the steelers fanatically. I was pretty sure that it was going to be Jerome's last season and desperatelly wanted him to win a big one. Of course i also wanted it for the others, Ben, Troy (my favorite player now), Joey, Alan, James, Heath, Hines, and so on.... but with Jerome it was something special, since I actually had followed his whole career. On christmas eve, when the steelers played the browns, the greatest christmas gift was the 41-0 shutdown. I think you can imagine how my heart pounded during every single playoff game and how desperate i was when Jerome fumbled that ball on the Colt's goalline.

Ironically, as soon as it became clear that the Steelers would play in the superbowl, the company i work for told me that i had to go to Berlin (in germany) on the morning after superbowl. Since the superbowl ends after 5 am in Austria i wouldn't get any sleep at all and would have to show up in a new office at a new project after a long long night.
Of course that didn't stop me from watching the game and damned if i'm not glad i made that decision!

So, thats my story. I am a 24 year old graduate in information technology, born in Vienna, Austria, currently living and working in Berlin, Germany and i firmly believe that great things lie in the steelers' future, this season and the following ones.


Folks...as far as I am concerned this is the post of the year!!!...thank you Mots...and welcome to the board....You made my day!!!!
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Old 10-29-2006, 11:01 AM   #6
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WOW! A most impressive entrance, Mots, and an enthusiastic WELCOME!!!!! So glad you can join us!

Question.....do you have people to watch the games with when you are able to catch them?
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Welcome to the board!! Impressive introduction !! (they do have beers in Austria right,lol)
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Wow!! What a great story!!! Welcome to SF........please post often!! The Steeler Nation is truly a global phenomenon!
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Hmmmmm Austria. Nice to see we even have fans around the world to. USA is Steeler Nation, Every where else is Steeler world.
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Welcome! Great to hear how you became part of the Steeler Nation (World)!
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