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A City and Its Team

WHY PITTSBURGH AND THE STEELERS GO HAND IN HAND

“The Steelers don’t need a mascot. Their fans are their mascot.” –Steve Sabol, NFL Films

legend himself). The Steelers are a part of my upbringing and part of so many childhood memories. My dad would pace the family room carpet and say, “You kids watch this because you’ll never see it again”, referring to their decade of dominance. To this day, they are one of the things that ties me back to where I’m from. Not far from our home in Laguna Niguel, there’s a Steelers bar. I find one in almost every city I travel to. In a world where we so often move from our hometowns, these places are a way for transplants everywhere to come together and share their pride. While the Steelers may be a rare breed in terms of feverish, citywide devotion, I think NFL fans in general are an enthusiastic bunch. When we lived in Philly, I was so impressed by the devotion of the then long-suffering Eagles fans. We were there before their recent Super Bowl success when crushing playoff defeat was a regular occurrence. Despite the regular heartache, the fans kept coming back without the slightest sense of hopelessness. They were incredibly loyal fans, and I loved ‘em for it. The same goes for Chargers fans, who remain loyal in the face of relocation and disappointment. My wife grew up in Dallas, and I don’t even want to get started on that. And, hey, L.A. We got the Rams back! They looked tight all season. Oh, okay. They choked in the Big Game, but they got there, didn’t they? There’s just something about football that brings people together. The bro- ken-up nature of the game, where each play is a new slate, creates a ton of drama. You never know when the next big play is going to come. When you’re watching with a group of fans and everyone celebrates or agonizes in unison, it’s a shared experience unlike any other. I love that deep post route ball thrown per- fectly and caught on stride with seamless defensive coverage. It’s just awesome! I know what I’ll be doing for the next several Sundays; how about you? Who’s your team? Shoot me an email and tell me why. Whoever they are, I hope they have a great season — except when they play the Steelers.

As many of you know, I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. When I tell people where I’m from, I know they’re going to ask me that one question. This question comes in many forms, but my favorite version is just two words long, “Steelers fan?” And honestly, even though I’ve been asked this question countless times throughout my life, I never get tired of answering it. I am a Steelers fan, but it goes so much deeper than that. The Steelers are an obvious and automatic part of Pittsburgh culture. If you’ve never been to Pittsburgh during football season, it’s hard to describe the city’s all-encompassing love for its team. It’s the topic of every conversation during the fall, supplanting the weather as the easiest subject to discuss. My sisters, who are not football fans, are hardwired to ask what the score is if they see the Steelers on TV. On any Sunday during the season, people everywhere are wearing black and gold. Some have on jerseys, and others have on T-shirts, while a few dress up the colors for a more high-fashion look. I’m not kidding. It’s everywhere, even the airports. Probably the best way to put it is to say the Steelers are part of the air we breathe. I’m no different. I’ve been a Steelers fan for almost as long as I’ve been anything. I grew up in the era of Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, the Steel Curtain, and Emperor Chaz Noll (nick named by local sports broadcaster Myron Cope, a local “On any Sunday during the season, people everywhere are wearing black and gold. Some have on jerseys, and others have on T-shirts, while a few dress up the colors for a more high-fashion look. I’m not kidding. It’s everywhere, even the airports.”

-Charles Dzama

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