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After a recent visit to Pittsburgh I was once again reminded that the Steeler Nation is a truly vibrant and lively community that encompasses a large chunk of the world that does NOT live in Pittsburgh.
I happen to sit through the miserable conditions of the Monday night game on November 12th, 2012 at Heinz field. I can deal with dry and cold or warm and wet but cold, wet and windy was pretty darn uncomfortable. The Steelers beat Kansas City but it wasn’t pretty but hey, a W is a W.
The next day driving back to eastern Pennsylvania I ran into two guys from Jersey wearing Steelers gear. Noting my hat, they asked if I had been to the game. We commiserated over the lousy weather and expressed concern for Roethlisberger. Another gentleman stopped to ask if we had been at the game and wondered what the heck happened.
At another rest stop, the guy pumping gas on the other side of my pump spoke to me. Again, I had on my Steeler hat, he had on Steeler sweat pants, hat and jersey. He hailed from Long Island and asked if I had heard anything about Roethlisberger. We chatted for a minute and then we were on our way.
This is just the most recent of my encounters with other members of my Steeler Nation. Where ever we are, there are citizens of the Steeler Nation. On a golf course in Florida, another twosome noticed my Steeler head covers and suddenly we were buddies. I walked into a pizzeria in Hilton Head and was overwhelmed with Steeler memorabilia. Roaming Disneyland prior to a Superbowl, I was greeted with shouts of “one for the thumb” by other passing Steeler Nation citizens, noting I was wearing the gear.
It is fascinating that people of such diversity can greet each other with such enthusiasm based on their love of a sports team. Go Steeler Nation!!