First of all, allow me to make and introduction. I've been following this blog religiously for about a year and half, but this is my first post. So hello to all of you. I really enjoy this site and its contributors. I'm a 21 year old college student in the New York area hoping to one day make it in the sports media world.I can't wait to participate more on this website now that I've finally got my feet wet and made my first post.
Though I've been a die hard Steelers fan since I began to seriously follow football ten years ago, this Sunday will be my first time seeing them live. Growing up in CT, coupled with the excessive cost of tickets, has meant few chances to see them. However when I looked on the schedule and saw they were playing the Giants in New Jersey, just a few weeks before my birthday, I new I needed tickets. Luckily my father got them, and so we will be attending.
What makes this unique is that my father, and the rest of my family, are all Giants fans. I'm sure some of you are wondering how a kid from CT, with parents from the Bronx and Queens, can possibly have become a Steelers fan? Well it all starts one fall afternoon when I was in the third grade. Playing football on my friends front lawn with the kids in the neighborhood, I was usually picked first. I was a big kid, but I was fast as hell too. My size and speed meant kids couldn't take me down, even though they were older than me. And I swear I'll remember this conversation for the rest of my life: My friends older brother: "Wow, we couldn't take you down, you're just like the Bus!" Me: " Whose the Bus?" I was then told all about Jerome Bettis. I told my father about it who laughed and that year for my birthday I got a Jerome Bettis jersey which doesn't fit me anymore, but I hung up in my bed room. I still didn't really follow football closely until about three years after that, but I have stuck with the Steelers since and will for the rest of my life. If not for that one little conversation, I'd probably be a Giants fan today. I'm a Yankees and Rangers fan like my family, but while my family watches the Giants, I'll be in the other room watching the Steelers. In the years since I've become a diehard, reading books and article and watching movies about Steelers history. Discovering Behind the Steel Curtain has been more than a pleasant surprise as I've been able to supplement my knowledge of the game, as well see if some of my own opinions are shared by others.
Anyway, that's my story. I actually have one question for anyone who read my post. I see the growing number of stories about fan violence at stadiums. This Sunday I plan on wearing my Jerome Bettis jersey, and terrible towel. I will cheer when the Steelers are doing well, and shut up otherwise. Have any of you had bad/good experiences in NY at games? Our seats are real good, right behind one of the goal posts luckily enough. Depending on what people say I may just wear a sweatshirt and keep my fanhood contained. So thanks for reading and I look forward to posting here more regularly.