Notes From a Casual Fan
Hello Steeler Nation. Just wanted to give you some insight from Alabama and tell you what I think is an interesting story.
I was born and raised here, but my father grew up in Lewistown in central PA. I grew up hearing about Penn State, more than anything else. Apparently, college football rules the central area of the state, and he didn’t really direct me at all on Pro Football. I went out for pee-wee football in 1982, and came home with a yellow number 75 jersey. My dad asked me what team I was on, and when I said the Steelers, he said "Hey! What’s up, Mean Joe?" I was hooked on the Steelers after that…at least for a little while.
Like most of the people of the South, my interest turned towards college football. I actually became an Auburn fan because of how all the Alabama fans treated my Penn State supporting father. I casually rooted for the South’s only team, the Atlanta Falcons (no, Florida doesn’t count), and when my favorite player, Bo Jackson went to the Raiders, so did my allegiance.
I’ve always had a special relationship with Pittsburgh. In all the sports that matter to me, my 1st time watching a professional baseball, football, and hockey game was an Atlanta team vs. a Pittsburgh one. It was never really on purpose, it just worked out that way.
Now, I will always root for the red and black over the black and gold, and I will always argue that the "Immaculate Deception" hit the ground, but I love the Steelers anyway. When my teams lose to the Steelers, it doesn’t hurt as much. I love the way the organization is ran, I love the style of play you guys use, and the fan base is amazing. Added to all this is the fact that my best friend is from Pittsburgh. Maybe God is trying to tell me something.
This is by far the best blog on SB Nation. I love the rhetoric, the old stories, and how much you guys hate the other damnnable teams in your division. Keep up the good work guys.