Being born in Pittsburgh, means you have no choice but to be a Steelers fan. Not that you would choose differently if given a choice. Six Super Bowl wins speak for themselves (the most of any team in the league if you're counting). Pittsburgh is often called "A drinking town with a football problem" and that pretty much sums it up. We bleed black and gold. Pittsburgh is also home to the Pitt Panthers, who have 9 National Championships (much more than Penn State's 2). It's also known as the city of champions and we don't take losing very well. I can't even begin to count the number of times Andy has walked out at half time saying the game was over, when we come back and win (mainly in our last Super Bowl victory season). We are coming off a tough year with a Super Bowl loss, but we can't be too upset, seeing how hard it is to even get there.
This is going to be an interesting year for Pitt football. This is the first year for a new coach since my sophomore year, which was 6 years ago. I was happy with the coach they fired last year, although there were times when I would have made better coaching decisions than he did. We watch every game all weekend and I swear the commentators have my house bugged because they repeat everything I say (opinion and otherwise), literally 30 seconds after I do. Maybe if I was a former cheerleader like Erin Andrews, I would have had a shot at a career in sports. We fired our coach before the bowl game and hired a new one. Unfortunately, days before our bowl game (he wasn't coaching it anyway), the coach we hired was involved in a domestic dispute that had him arrested. This threw us back into a state of chaos. Right after our bowl game, we hired a new coach. He wasn't the first choice, but everyone in the world of sports is saying he's one of the best coaches in college ball and turned around his last team, Tulsa, from one of the worst teams to winning 10 or 11 games each season he was there. I was still uncertain about him until I read an article about him and he's serious about no-huddle, high speed offense and expects our offense to snap the ball every 15 seconds. That's hardly any time to breathe for both sides, so we might just have the element of surprise and wear down the defense. He was also an assistant at WVU for a period of time, so that might help us when we play them. I can't wait to watch the first game on Saturday night and I wish I could be there. It's going to be wild!
4 Days old
Tonight marks the beginning of the college football season and next Thursday will start professional football. The Pens lost during the Stanley Cup playoffs in late April, so we've been in a sports drought even since then. It's time for some yelling and screaming. Brady was also born in Pittsburgh, so he's obviously a big fan (not that we don't help). He's been well equipped with the right sports paraphernalia since the day he was born. He was born two week after a Super Bowl, so it worked out that his first ever Super Bowl was this past one in which the Steelers played. That's quite monumental since I was almost 10 and Andy was almost 13 when we first got to see the Steelers play in a Super Bowl and it was a loss. We had to wait another 10 years to see them go again and this time win the one for the thumb, which they'd been working on for 30 years.
The Steelers hat came to be in August of last year. We were buying Brady a Steelers jersey and he grabbed a hat off the rack. We tried to take it off of him to put back, but he wouldn't have it so I bought it. He didn't mind hats at that time, but later it was impossible. He has recently taken a liking to it again and wants to wear it all the time.
Charlie Bear was purchased for Brady by my mom last September and he was named Charlie because Brady's middle name is Charles and we like to call him Brady Charlie. He has always worn his Steelers hoodie and I refused to pack him during our last move since it was the middle of playoffs and I felt it would be bad luck. Brady loves him and can identify him out of his pile of stuffed animals when we ask for him by name.