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OMG go steelers, pt. 2 (05 Feb 2006 at 16:01)
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It's an extra-large Superbowl! I don't normally get excited about sports, nor do many of the people I know, but cripes, when all of the people around you are united by this charming town pride, it is impossible to resist.

Some of my friends live out of the country and might not really understand what I'm talking about. The short story: The Superbowl is the largest sporting event in the US. Bigger than Olympic figure skating. People scream and beat each other up over it like the World Cup. Of course, it is ultimately pointless—nothing happens if your city wins, other than everybody goes rioting in the South Side or equivalent (which happens if you lose too, it's just like a happy riot instead of an angry riot). Here's the deal particularly this year: the Pittsburgh Steelers used to be a dominant team in the 1970s, winning four superbowls in that era. We haven't won since then. This year we won a series of upset games to win the league championships from last place, the first time this has ever happened (?). Pittsburgh, which is still sort of searching for its new identity after having grown out of the Iron smelting era, suddenly has something to be excited about again: Superbowl victory!! Moderately inappropriate or surprising Steelers/Pittsburgh pride sightings:
  • The city buses flash like61C Downtown via Oakland
    Go steelers!
  • I saw on the news a sign in front of a church that said:THINGS TO DO:
    1. GO TO CHURCH
    2. PRAY FOR STEELERS
  • The car horn, which I have always maintained should be replaced with two sound effects: one that shouts "Emergency! Emergency!" and the other that shouts "I'm an asshole!" now has a new meaning: "OMG go steelers!!" Honking can be heard at any time in any part of the city.
  • Everybody has these Steelers flags attached to their cars, so that the entire town is like a weird funeral procession that's not going anywhere in particular, but it is a bit like the traffic signals have correspondingly evaporated, and they do have police stationed around to cordon off particularly riotous areas of town
  • Like speaking of which, we went down to the Strip District yesterday, which is Steelers merchandise city, and there are kids everywhere with football heads and an old man who could probably barely walk under the burden of all his buttons and jerseys, and a man playing the "Here we Go" song on his flute—flute!—and everyone is just walking in the streets or dancing in the rain like a national holiday
  • Did I mention that the Superbowl itself is in Detroit, not even in Pittsburgh?
  • Our zoo's baby elephant loves the Steelers (icon hint: the "terrible towel" is a piece of merchandise invented by Myron Cope, famousest radio announcer for the Steelers, which fans wave at games or like, out the windows of cars just in case you forgot that we're going to the superbowl, or is placed in the windows of jewelry stores and coffee shops and boutiques in Shadyside as a sort of insurance against the Steelers rioting mafia, who maybe will like smash your window or boycott your establishment if you do not openly declare your sports team alignment)
  • If you throw a rock at a tank in Iraq your rock might be deflected by this terrible towel
  • Tom posted about his blog on it! wtf?
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Kirima (19.145.203.62.cust.bluewin.ch) – 02.05.06 19:13:28

Rötlisberger! :-) Yeah! :-)

I like this.



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Tom 7 (pool-70-20-66-206.pitt.east.verizon.net) – 02.06.06 00:16:56
We're winners! Pictures from the riots in Squill tomorrow, when I get to a CF card reader.
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jcreed (pool-70-20-98-140.pitt.east.verizon.net) – 02.06.06 01:01:25
The construction/traffic information signs on the highway continuously display "Go Steelers!!!" and nothing else.
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jetfuel (dhcp-228.omnigroup.com) – 02.06.06 02:21:32
We totally lost the Super Bowl and now everyone in Seattle will be pissed for weeks. >:O
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Max (mheath.stu.wesleyan.edu) – 02.06.06 12:59:23
Congrats! How about a song (or two) to commemorate Pittsburgh not only just going to, but actually winning the 'bowl?
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 02.06.06 14:35:51
jcreed: it is truly the only thing one needed to know when driving in pittsburgh last night. That, and, either roll down your windows and wave your towels, or roll up your windows and raise your batmobile invincible shield defense system.

jetfuel: Uh, sorry about that, but somebody's gotta lose if somebody is gonna win!

max: Better get over this sore throat first, urgh...
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Sophia (c-24-218-58-208.hsd1.ma.comcast.net) – 02.08.06 10:41:32
Oy, it is still annoying me how comments from 2 days ago mostly show up listed as "yesterday" when I check radar in the morning...
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Tom 7 (lolo.wv.cc.cmu.edu) – 02.08.06 13:33:56
I can't really make it work the way you want, because midnight happens at different times around the world. Also, I don't really know when people go to sleep. But I can make it at least round up so that 40-something hours does show up as two days, which I will do.
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Sophia (c-24-218-58-208.hsd1.ma.comcast.net) – 02.09.06 10:12:03
Well I think it would be reasonable to just base it on the timezone of your server. I mean, that's where the time displayed for each posting comes from, regardless of the poster's timezone, right? That's how I've always seen any sort of online forum work.
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