Whenever someone finds out I'm from Pittsburgh one of the first things out of their mouth is: "so, are you a Steelers fan?" I laugh and always say: "of course I am, if you aren't a Steelers fan they kick you out of the town!" And though I laugh, I really think that may actually be true.
Pittsburgh is a town that lives and dies with its football team. We celebrate the victories and mourn the defeats. As I heard one broadcaster say this week after the Superbowl win: "if the Steelers would have lost the people of Pittsburgh wouldn't have spoken for three days." I would say at least a week.
Now, I am a part of the Steeler Nation - that vast following of Stillers fans that grew up in Pittsburgh or have ties to the Steel City and are now scattered all across the country. We are no longer residents of the town with the great football team... but we still cheer the Pittsburgh Steelers! And often times even louder... so we're sure the fans of all those other teams can hear us! Our bond is the black and gold and it just makes it so much sweeter to walk into a Steeler bar in any far-reaching corner of the Earth.
By the way, I believe there is still a terrible towel in a tiny Irish bar in the Gracia section of Barcelona, Spain and I sure hope it made an appearance this past weekend!
Anyway, back to Steeler Nation. Those famous terrible towels twirling in the air from Tampa all the way back to the victory parade down the Boulevard of the Allies says it all. So I will celebrate this Sixth Super Bowl win along with my fellow fans and happily rejoice in those Stillers bringing home their second title in 4 seasons. Now if only we can get the Pirates and the Pengiuns on the championship bandwagon... hey, a girl can dream!
All I know is it's a good thing I don't have to mourn a Super Bowl loss. After all, it would have been hard to read the news if I wasn't talking for a week!