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SILVER AND GOLD MY DIEHARD FANDOMOF A TEAMYOUMIGHT NOT EXPECT
With football season starting up, I’m proud to live in black-and-gold Steeler country. But what many of you don’t know is that ever since I was a kid growing up in the area, my heart has always been elsewhere. I am an Oakland Raiders fan. I have been my entire life. It started when I was probably 4 years old. My uncle was a huge Raiders fan, and we watched a lot of games together. This, of course, was in the ’70s, when the Raiders/Steelers rivalry was alive and well. Football is the perfect game for people to bond over, and that’s what my uncle and I did. We’d watch the great players of the era, including head coach John Madden, fierce line duo Art Shell and Gene Upshaw, Ken Stabler, Fred Biletnikoff, and others. We went to games when we could. I even met Al Davis once. It didn’t catch on for all of us kids. My brother was more susceptible to the environment. Growing up in northern West Virginia, we were only an hour from Pittsburgh and still very much in black-and-gold territory. So what is it like to wear black and silver in a sea of black and gold? I’m not abrasive about it. I’d probably get killed if I was. Plus, I still love the Penguins and the Pirates. It would have been easy to adopt the Steelers after I moved closer to “the mothership” to build a practice and start a family here, but thanks to my uncle indoctrinating me early, my Raiders love runs too deep.
I don’t show up to events sporting Raiders gear. But I do occasionally tease people about the Immaculate Reception, telling them it was illegal. Dan, my assistant, and I get into debates about it. It’s more fun than anything else. When my patients find out about my Raiders loyalty,
they’re usually shocked. This is Pittsburgh! From September through December (January, if we’re lucky,) it’s all they talk about on the news, the radio, and around town. I do get a few playful jabs about it, especially from those patients who are old enough to remember the rivalry. Like I said, it would have been easier to be a Steelers fan. Not only are we in the right territory, but the Steelers consistently put a good product out on the field. They have six Super Bowl rings. But my Raiders fandom became a part of me at a young age, and I can’t shake it. Ultimately, there are always things about us that might not fit in with our environment, but I think we can all find joy if we stay true to who we really are. I sure do. And I will this fall, especially if the Raiders compete; it looks like they might.
MICHELE SEELING BURTON DODICK RITA EARNHARTH
Enjoy the season,
– George Hess
ME AND MY BROTHER AS KIDS
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