The Super Bowl was a week ago, and James Harrison is still out of breath after his record-setting 100-yard interception return.

OK, not really.

It’s just Kenan Thompson spoofing the big fella on “Saturday Night Live” — and it’s pretty funny.

Steelers fans can check out the video here.

 

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Just like we figured, the link we posted yesterday to Martin Cizmar’s trash-talking article drew a lot of angry feedback from Steelers fans.

And upon further review, it appears our man Martin is a Cleveland Browns fan. So, there you go.

(Thanks to blog readers Vicky and Scott for pointing that out.)

Here is a sample of some of your feedback to our last blog, “Phoenix Paper Trashes Steeler Fan Base.” All responses are copied and pasted from actual e-mails.
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The article in the Phoenix Paper talking about Steeler fans, our city and Myron Cope is an absolute disgrace!! Myron Cope was a great, great man and to read what they said about him and our Steelers is beyond belief!! They got theirs!!
– Andrea Bandzuh

Its not worth it to be upset over this bashing of our fan base because we know the truth…and we know what team has the best fans around . Not many teams can boast they have a Steeler bar in every city….and we know what team has how many superbowl wins??? count them Arizona….SIX!!!!
– cindy

I can think of six shining examples of why we should not find it necessary to respond to such obvious envy.
– Rick Reed

I was born in Pittsburgh, but I currently live in Charlotte North Carolina, and even there do a huge number Steeler fans walk the streets. This article was ovviously written by someone who does not understand the history of our city or the pride in our team. Win or lose Steeler fans proudly wear their Black and Gold, and even during a less successful season, tickets to games are near impossible to come by. This is something that a city like Phoenix wouldn’t understand. Do they stand by their team through thick and thin? Will they have sold out games when they start to lose again? My guess is no, they won’t, because they do not have the loyalty to their city or their team like Steeler fans do. They do not have a fan base spread across the country, and they probably never will because they will never feel the loyalty that Steeler fans feel towards their city and their team. The truth is that we get pumped up on gameday, and that black and gold is worn 365 days a year, not just when there is gameday, and that every single one of us wears the pride of our city where ever we go. In the Steel City, football isn’t just a game and excellence doesn’t happen by luck, it’s a tradition, and that’s something that a fairweather city like Phoenix will never understand.
– Kaylee

This is ridiculous! I do NOT enjoy being called WHITE TRASH! I have lived in western pennsylvania my entire life and NEVER have I once lived in a trailer court. My Mom lives in Arizona and she is a steeler fan as well. Steeler nation definatly is even the whole way out there! They don’t know us and they don’t know who we are. Steeler nation is going to have an uprise once everybody gets ahold of this article! And I’m doing my best, I just printed it so I can take it home and show it to the rest of my family, which by the way are also Steeler fans.
– Briana Hill

Phoenix is fortunate to have such a strong Pittsburgh connection and possibly the reason they even made it to the Superbowl.
1. Coach Wisenhunt
2. Coach Grimm
3. Steve Breaston (who graduated with my daughter from Woodland Hills)
4. My daughter from Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, now deployed to Southeast Asia.
We support the troops and our Steelers
– Laraine C Kozlowski

Born in Pittsburgh, grew up in Jersey, living in NC now, been a Steeler faithful all my life. This article is what comes from a franchise and a city that has nothing to talk about. They came in 9-7 and played some great playoff football. Give them their due there. But the Steeler Nation comes from all walks of life, from blue collar to white collar, men, women, boys, girls. If this guy thinks Steeler Nation is only youtube, he needs to open his eyes to the world, we come from all nations, all races, all creeds. Articles like this do nothing but fire up Steeler Nation even more!!!
CONGRATS STEELERS!!
– Tim

During all the pre-Super Bowl hype, most Steelers fans probably missed this article out of Phoenix.

If you haven’t read it yet, you should. It’s a pretty vicious assault on Steeler Nation.

We’re sure Pittsburgh fans will have plenty to say about it. You can share your comments with our sports department by using the feedback box on the top right side of this page.

By the way, here’s our official response to the article:

 

 

 

 

 

(They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, you know.)

A few Myron Cope fans forwarded this e-mail to us over the past week.

(And by “a few,” I mean, like about 100.)

So, as Pittsburgh heads into Super Bowl weekend, we figured we’d post it here for everyone to see. Enjoy!
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‘Twas the night before the Super Bowl, when along the gulf shore,
Steelers fans were praying for “just one more;”

The players were nestled all snug in the sack,
With visions of the first NFL Six-Pack;

Coach Tomlin was young, but wise for his years,
So I drifted off to sleep without any fears;

When at the stadium there arose some strange chatter,
The Cardinals feared, what was the matter;

We heard “Okel Dokel”, we heard “Double Yoi,”
We jumped from our beds, our hearts jumped for joy;

He stood at the fifty with a grin ear to ear,
Steelers fans everywhere started to cheer;

Then in an instant to our surprise,
This little old man had tears in his eyes;

He went to the booth and there took his chair,
While Terrible Towels waved in the air;

Then over the airwaves came his shrill voice,
The Steelers Nation began to rejoice;

He said, “I am back, but you know I can’t stay,
I just had to see my Steelers play;

From my home up above, I have a great view,
But I wanted to celebrate here with you;

So bring on the Birds, we’ll send them a flyin’,
On the way back to Phoenix, they will be cryin’;

Ben, Hines, Troy, Jeff and all of the rest,
No matter the outcome, to me you’re the best;”

The airwaves went silent, the stadium still,
Was this just a dream, it seemed so real;

In our team we have faith, in our team we have hope,
But the game’s not the same without Myron Cope;

Written by:
A.K. Young
01-23-09
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For more rhyming fun, check out our page of poems submitted by Steelers fans.

Here We Go – The New Song

January 29, 2009

You’ve been asking for it, so here it is:

The 2008-09 version of Roger Wood’s classic “Here We Go” Steelers fight song, with all the updated lyrics.

Because players come and go, the song is updated every year … but the most famous line always remains the same:

“Pittsburgh’s goin’ to the Suuuuuuper Boooowl.”

(UPDATE: Thanks to the people who e-mailed us to say that the song is available for purchase at Amazon.com. It’s also on a CD at steelersfightsong.com.)

Keep The Cardinals Ringless

January 28, 2009

How sweet is this … a Steelers remix of Kanye West’s “Heartless.”

 

 

 

It’s available for download through B94’s Web site. Just right-click on this link and choose “save target as.”

Super Bowl spoofs can usually get way cheesy, but Steelers fans are doing a really good job with it this year.

We have a page full of links to the best songs. Give them a listen when you have some time to waste at work or school.

When Will They Learn?

January 27, 2009

Super Bowl week just wouldn’t be right without a good controversy to grumble about, and there’s a hot one developing for Pittsburgh fans…

 

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon is disrespecting the Terrible Towel!

 

(Apparently, he didn’t read the open letter to Keith Bulluck. Scroll down a couple of posts to check that out.)

 

A new video on the Internet shows Gordon handing a yellow towel to the Cardinals’ mascot, a big red bird named Big Red. (So creative.)

The big fella wipes his armpit with the cloth and throws it to the ground and stomps on it — just like Bulluck and LenDale White did in the final moments of the Tennessee Titans’ blowout win over the Steelers last month.

 

And Gordon takes the towel and sneezes into it, like Jevon Kearse did in that same Titans-Steelers game.

 

The footage was shot Monday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, during a rally to send the Arizona Cardinals off to Super Bowl XLIII against the Steelers.

 

(You can watch the video here.)

 

So… we were going to be nice to the Cards because they have all those local ties to Pittsburgh on their roster. But they can forget about that now.

 

Remember: You don’t mess with Myron Cope. It’s a painful lesson, Mayor Gordon, but you’ll learn. Just ask the Titans. (Or Bill Hillgrove.)

Shave For The Steelers

January 26, 2009

Check out how this young fan is showing off his Steeler pride before the big game in Tampa.

Add a little bit of color, and maybe this could become a quick trend.

Tampa is no stranger to sports do’s. Remember these “rayhawk” cuts when the Rays went to the World Series in October?

(Let’s hope our Steeler fan doesn’t get in trouble at school … like this kid did.)

Share your pictures that show Steeler pride here. We’re looking for party pics, decorations, haircuts, makeup and whatever else ya got.

See what happens when you mess with Myron?

Thanks to a viewer for forwarding this e-mail to us.

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Mr. Bulluck,

First off, I would like to congratulate you on your regular season victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 16, a game in which you totaled a jaw dropping ten solo tackles! Yoi! A game which secured home field advantage for your team throughout the playoffs. Well done. At the end of that game, however, you were seen on the sidelines stomping on a “Terrible Towel”. Gasp!


I have to admit, as a lifelong Steelers fan, it really hurt my feelings. To see someone stomping on that unmistakable symbol of Steeler pride, it put me out, irked me, but most of all it made me sad. A symbol is a powerful thing you know, it stands for so much more than Steelers vs. Titans in week 16, it is a symbol all hard fought wins and losses, an enduring symbol of our 19 division championships, our seven conference championships, our five Super Bowl victories. Wow, that’s nice to reflect on really. Did you know the tradition of the Terrible Towel is over thirty years old, two years older than you as a matter of fact?


I like the Titan towel that some Tennessee fan made up last month. I mean its powder blue, but it’s cute. So, now that it’s like, two months old, all of your fans across Knoxville and whatever other cities there are in Tennessee can look at it and reflect on all it stands for. All of which it is a symbol. Hmmmnnnnnn. Losing to the Ravens at home? That’s not very pleasant is it? No, certainly not. Let’s pretend it has been around for the history of the Titans, just for pretend, see? Reflect with me Keith, o.k., three division titles and a conference championship, and one almost, really really close to a Super bowl victory. That’s not so great to dwell on, let’s throw in the Tennessee Oilers years too. On second thought there weren’t any playoff appearances for the Tennessee Oilers, that must be why the name change? Hell, let’s throw in some memories from Houston just for kicks, the glory days, two AFL championships (it’s kinda like a Super bowl win for teams that have never won the big one, just ask a Browns fan) and back to back AFC title losses to the Steelers.


I’m sorry, I digress, let me get to the real reason for my letter, I was wondering if you happened to keep the aforementioned towel? If you don’t want it, I would love to have it. Truly, I’d be thrilled to have it, mud, snot, cleat marks and all. You see Mr. Bulluck, I would like to use it when I go to Tampa on Feb 1st to cheer the Pittsburgh Steelers at Super Bowl XLIII.

And Keith, you can come too of course, but don’t forget, you’ll need a ticket, just like me.

Thank you for your time, of which you have quiet a lot nowadays,
(Name withheld by editors)

In Loving Memory of Myron Sidney Kopelman, January 23, 1929 – February 27, 2008 : )

A few people e-mailed this rockin’ video to us today. It’s a sweet Pat Benatar cover with Steelers lyrics instead of the original words.

Quick comparison…

Old: “Heart breaker … dream maker… love taker, don’t you mess around with me!”

New: “Raven haters… ring takers … shame makers, don’t you mess with Steeler D!”

Upon further investigation, we learned that they call themselves The Pop Rocks. There are six of them … they’re from Harmony, Pa. … oh yeah, and THEY’RE ONLY 12 YEARS OLD! (What the ?)

Here’s my favorite comment on their YouTube page: “You little goons rock some world.” True dat.

 

Some members of the Baltimore media are throwing down SERIOUS smack on Pittsburgh this week.

No regional treasure is off limits… from the “picksburgh” accent, to Primanti grub, to Iron City beer, and even the sacred Terrible Towel.

Here’s some of the best of the worst…

  • Tony Giro, Baltimore Examiner columnist: Pittsburghers store Primanti Brothers’ french fries in their flavor savers for the winters along the confluence. Nothing reminds me that I have a friend in Pennsylvania like spotting a 300-pound guy eating a sausage while stuffed in a Mazda truck with a Steelers’ license plate driving down I-95. Yes, nobody is watching — go ahead and use your face as a napkin.”
  • Kevin Cowherd, Baltimore Sun: Think the Inner Harbor is overhyped? How about the Duquesne Incline in the ‘Burgh? Two 1870s-vintage cable cars creaking ominously as you travel 400 feet off the ground at a 30-degree incline with the wind whistling? And they make you pay to get on it!
  • More from Giro: “I like these ‘Terrible Towels.’ Its bright yellow screams “I am woman –hear me roar!” But the look on Steelers fans’ faces when you rip it out of their hands and stomp on it like LenDale White is a gift that keeps giving. They also are quite useful at a tailgate since they burn really, really well.”
  • I guess some people just never learn. (Anyone seen the Titans lately?)

    Please, allow Bill Hillgrove to explain. And when you’re done with that, feel free to bomb the Sun’s Web poll.

    What’s Up, Steeler Nation?

    Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, but I figured you didn’t need any expert analysis after the Steelers played the Bengals! Here are some random thoughts on the Black And Gold as they prepare for Sunday’s showdown with the Dallas Cowboys.

    – James Harrison continues to amaze! Apparently his back was barking pretty loud at halftime of the Patriots game, but he gutted it out and was a force on the second half with the two sacks and two forced fumbles. What a warrior!
    – Great to see Lawrence Timmons make a big play. ( Although he should have scored on that interception!) There’s a guy at my gym who’s been badgering me for about a year now saying LT is a bust and the Steelers should never have drafted him. ( He’s also the one who says Byron Leftwich should be the starting quarterback, so….) Remember, they were saying the same thing about Troy Polamalu after his rookie season.

    – The more I think about it, Mike Tomlin should get serious consideration for Coach Of The Year. Think about it: A brutal schedule, numerous injuries and yet the Steelers are a virtual lock to make the playoffs. Good stuff.

    – You want to have some fun this weekend? Hit Carson Street on the South Side Saturday night! Steeler Fan and Cowboy Fan should be in full throat and trash talk should be flowing. The two fan bases don’t like each other and neither one will back down! I love it!

    Talk to you after the Cowboys game, as we get you set for World War III (AKA: Steelers at the Ravens!)

     

     

     

    The players I’ve been talking to lately tell me the Steelers’ offense is fine. They point to the Chargers game where Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 300 yards, Hines Ward caught 124 yards worth of passes and Willie Parker rushed for 115 yards.

    All that is good, and the Steelers did win the game, but: the fact remains they didn’t score a touchdown. And for a second straight game, the Steelers failed to punch it in when they had goal-to-go inside the 1-yard line.

    I’ve been covering the Steelers for the better part of nine years, and whenever they had a goal-to-go situation, I naturally assumed they were going to put six points on the board. That hasn’t been the case lately.

    The Steelers have an All-World defense, but sooner or later, an opposing offense will figure them out. The offense needs to get on board or this team’s playoff run will be short.

    The Steelers are a team full of proud veterans and to a man, no one thinks their recent stretch of bad luck with injuries is a major concern. But, I happen to think differently.

    The Steelers have lost their valuable backup running back and their veteran right guard for the season. They also have several other key players injured and missing significant time.

    The one player they can’t afford to lose, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, has an injured shoulder that may be getting worse as time goes on. And trust me, opposing teams know Big Ben is not 100 percent!

    In the NFL, injuries are the one thing you can’t prepare for. Sure, you have backup players, and coaches are always telling them to be ready because they are one snap away from being a starter. But, with the NFL being the “ultimate parity league” and a tough schedule ahead, I’m afraid these injuries may be too much for the Steelers to handle.

    Thankfully, they have several veteran leaders who can help the younger players along. But, if this season winds up with the Steelers making a long playoff run, I think many folks would be pleasantly surprised.

    Steelers fans are no doubt fuming about their favorite team’s performance against the Philadelphia Eagles. The offense was downright offensive in the 15-6 loss as the the offensive line allowed nine sacks and and the unit could only must two field goals. What I found a bit troublesome in talking to the players afterward is that they all insisted the Eagles didn’t do anything in their pass rush that they weren’t prepared for, but two offensive linemen told me there were communication problems. Which begs the question: HOW? After a spring full of OTA’s, a summer full of training camp, four preseason games, and three regular season games, how can there be communication problems? Lest we forget, the NFL is a copycat league. The Steelers’ future opponents are probably breaking down film of the Eagles game as we speak, and unless an until the the offense is doing a better job of pass protection, expect to see a lot more pressure, and plenty more sacks.