This... is...Jeopardy! Well, BTSC Steeler Jeopardy. Once again, I put my black-and-gold mind to work and came up with 5 Steelers “answers” from one specific Steelers category. You will be charged with trying to guess the responses in the comment section below.
Remember to always phase your response in the form of a question, and if you don’t know it, you can simply skip it. Keep track and share your scores. A word of warning though, the correct responses are right after each individual wager in blue. Consider this something fun to pass the time until the real news starts!!
Todays Category: Fan Club Frenzy
Question: What is Lambert’s Lunatics?
Jack Lambert might be one of the most popular Steelers of all time. He was bad ass before anybody even began to use the term. In fact, Jack Lambert would make Chuck Norris look under his bed at night in fear of No. 58. That’s why this fan club formed for the player that personified the image of the great teams of the 70s. The fan page for the Lunatics on Facebook has over 10,000 followers.
Question: What is the Psycho Ward?
I always got a kick out of the fan signs that honored Hines Ward at Heinz Field. The “Hines 86” ketchup bottle sign was cool. However, the best was the play on his name and a sanitarium. The way he personified toughness as an offensive skill player was magnificent.
Question: What is Franco’s Italian Army
Because of Franco Harris having some Italian heritage, East Liberty business owners Tony Stagno and Al Vento formed a fan group honoring the Steeler rookie in 1972. These guys were everywhere with wine, Italian delicacies and wearing army helmets. Myron Cope got into the action when the Steelers were playing a game in California and practicing in Palm Springs. The Steeler broadcaster arrange to have the legendary Italian performer Frank Sinatra show up to practice to be inducted into the Italian Army. Chuck Noll actually allowed practice to be interrupted as Franco posed with Sinatra, Vento and Stagno, as “Old Blue Eyes” was inducted as a One-Star General. Afterwards, Franco received a postcard that was signed from Colonel Francis Sinatra. Not bad for a rookie.
Question: What is Gerela’s Gorillas.
The fan club became well known when a fan named Bob Bubanic wore a gorilla suit to a game in homage to the soccer-style kicker and it snowballed from there. Renting the suit for $60 each time, the club held a raffle to buy the suit for $250. The Gorillas still exist with a Facebook fan page with over 1,000 followers. Gerela kicked for the Steelers from 1971-1978.
Question: What is the Banaszak Bunch?
The blue-collar Banaszak was a fan-favorite when he signed as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Michigan because he identified with the lunch-pail crowd. The sign his followers toted was so big the Steelers told them to take it down, but they continued to hang it up by sneaking it in. Banaszak played for seven years from 1975-1981.
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