- October 7, 2009
- filed under Awesome Burghers, Mayor Ravenstahl, Mike Tomlin, Penguins, Pirates, Sidney Crosby, Steelers
Remember when I wrote this in my first G-20 post?
Our city is regularly showcased on the national stage through sporting events, conferences, etc. We rank high on just about any list you can come up with that rates various aspects of city awesomeness, and yet still, we have a self-esteem issue as a city. “Hi, I’m from Pittsburgh! I know what you’re thinking …”
Proving me right, Pittsburgh was rated the Best Sports City by Sporting News today for several reasons including the Lombardi, Lord Stanley, and [eyeroll] Lukey Steelerstahl.
Over here—where an elected official changed his name temporarily to “Steelerstahl,” just so, y’know, there was no question of which team he supported when Baltimore came to town for an NFL playoff beatdown in January—you’ve got two titles, basketball tournament teams aplenty, and a bowl-bound and Backyard Brawl-winning football team.
And sitting over here in the corner wearing tar, feathers, spit, and a dunce cap are the Buccos of Suckitude.
But let’s not taint this post talking about that pile of trash.
Quite possibly the best part of the post over at Sporting News are the comments readers are posting. Some of my faves:
- With the Pirates in town??? Are you kidding!!
- Just because PIT intentionally tanked it two years in a row to get Crosby and Malkin, and just because you love to hype them TSN, doesn’t make PIT the #1 sports city in America.
- I’ll give the Steelers their due but the Pens had to be the worse Cup-winner in years. The Wings totally choked and they STILL alomost beat the Pens! I’ll bet that the Pens don’t even make the playoffs this year! Then it is pathetic that this writer would even mention the U of Pitt. football! (what the F!) Playing a bunch of lame teams in the Big East??? Yeah..right! Now I remember why I don’t subscribe to this mag.!
Here’s why we’re The Best Sports City … it’s because we wear our jerseys year-round and not only that, we wear them to work and to church and to weddings and no one thinks twice about it. We’re fans who love our sports teams like they’re our family, or in the case of the Pirates, like our bastard love child that no one talks about, but instead just throws money at hoping he’ll eventually make something of himself. We’re a football town with a hockey problem or maybe a hockey town with a football problem or maybe a hockey town and a football town with a really really scary baseball problem. We sell out every game, we know every player, we show up a quarter of a million strong for every championship parade, and it doesn’t matter where we move to or where we’ve moved here from, we’ll stay Pittsburgh sports fans until we die and even then, bury us in our Malkin jersey, put a Terrible Towel in our fist, and go ahead, slip a Pirates ball cap in there somewhere just so long as its not visible when the casket is open, and play Renegade as we’re lowered into the ground.
Also, suck it loser cities. We are better than you.