Paying My Penance - GO STEELERS!!!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine NH and Maine Broker

Steelers Flag

OK, so I'm not really a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, but, BUT I am keeping my end of a bet that I lost.  This was my penance - to write a glowing post on how awesome the Steelers are and how they should win the Super Bowl.

The only thing, about the only thing, i know about the Steelers is that their colors are black and yellow.  Who would choose those colors anyway??  Alright, I know, I got off course on that remark,  Oh, and one other thing I know, the mayor of Pittsburgh changed his name from Ravenstahl to 'Steelerstahl' - I'd say he's a FAN, huh?

Steelers Teddy Bear
Back to the Steelers....I will admit that I sought help from fellow Twitter buds, and oh boy did they come through!  Pictures, videos, folklore, facts, songs, and more.  And I want to thank them for their help, for without that, this post would be pretty bleak.  I'd have to resort to true and total fakery.

Who did I lose this bet to, and what was the bet???  Mr. Idaho, George Tallabas and I made a bet that whichever of our teams made it the furthest in the playoffs would have to write a glowing post on the other's team.  Well, I'm a New England Patriots fan, and George is obviously a Picksburg (hmm) Steelers fan, and guess who lost.....  ;-(

For you George!!!

Pittsburght Steelers Fans on a Float

I've been told that the "Steelers fans are the best in the world".  None other than our very own Carnac sent that missive to me.  Linda Davisis a big Steelers fan herself, even though she lives in New England, where the PATRIOTS are.

Mr. Focus on Fredrick Maryland, Bob Carney, was very kind and helped me out with some great Pittsburgh lore, explaining just what the big deal is with Steeler football.

"Being a Steeler fanmeans so much more than football. It means being from a corner of the world unlike any other. It means being from a place where the people are so tough-minded that they have survived the Homestead strikes, the Johnstown flood and most recently the Etna Floods. These people have the DNA of hard work, in mills and mines, without the necessity of complaint. They live simply, with no frills. They don't have movie stars or fancy cars."

Steeler Football
More on being a Steeler fan -

"Steeler football means so much more than you think. It symbolizes a Diaspora of generations who had the best childhood they could imagine. They ran free without a care or concern in the valleys of those Allegheny Mountains. Their blue-collar world was easy ... there was no one to tell them that they lacked material things. There was no one to tell them that they needed more.

As the steel mills closed and the jobs disappeared, some of these people had to leave. While the world benefits because they spread their Pittsburgh values, they long for their home where things were simpler and more pure. They teach their kids about Jack Lambert, Lynn Swann, Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Jack Ham, L.C. Greenwood, Joe Greene, and Myron Copein hopes of imparting not just the knowledge, but the feeling that they represented.

They are everywhere, those Terrible Towels. They wave, not just for the team, but for the hearts they left behind. They wave in living rooms in Fort Lauderdale and in the bars of Washington, D.C. They wave all the way to the Seattle Superdome! They wave for the Rooney family, whose values mirror our own - loyalty, grit, and humility. They wave for football players like Jerome Bettis and Hines Ward, whose unselfishness and toughness have allowed sports to be about the game and the team.

 Here's a great Steeler Polka song I was sent - click on the Steelers Monkey below to open up the song:

                                Steelers Monkey


George, I hope your Steelers win, since my Patriots fell by the wayside some time ago!

Here's a few trinkets I found for you on a website where they were marked down for clearance:

Steelers Toothbrush  Steelers Tape Measure  Steelers Hammer

             Steelers Mailbox                Steelers Shower Curtain 

This just in - a Steeler Jeep ran over a raven.......   from another fellow Patriot's fan, Jay McGillicuddy!
                                 Steeler Jeep ran over a raven



Love ya George!!   ;-)

                                   Ann Cummings NH REALTOR

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Comments (42)

Sonny Kwan
Quantum Group Commercial - Residential - Lease Seattle, WA - Mercer Island, WA

That was an awesome game today, I'm glad there are still some hardcore steeler fans here

Jan 18, 2009 06:42 PM
Josh Holt
RE/MAX Coast To Coast~ Dedicated to You! - Berwick, ME
Southern Maine and NH Real Estate - Your Source of Info on the Berwicks

Too Funny. Do you have to say three Hail Mary's now? That picture Jay sent you is priceless. Gross, but priceless. In all honesty though, you better never have to do one of these for the Yankees. I will kill you.

Jan 18, 2009 11:26 PM
Arizona Real Estate Associate Broker
MR Realty - Mesa, AZ

Now it's time to show the world who this post should be about

Go ARIZONA Cardinals!!!!   Any bets out there now?  Go Cardinals!!   Fun post guys!

Jan 19, 2009 03:23 AM
Monika McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Hampstead, NH
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area

Maybe next year we'll be lucky and the Patriots will be heading to Super Bowl!

Jan 19, 2009 01:07 PM
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Hi Ann,  I am George's broker and have the office right next to him in Idaho.... My son & I are Patriots Fans too!  Thanks for rewarding George with this Penance!  I'm proud of you for keeping your word! George now has his yellow towel hanging on the office door, which I'm just about ready to write a new policy about, but we'll let him gloat until the Cardinals beat those Steelers...  ;) Smiles!

Jan 19, 2009 01:20 PM
Tracy Santrock
Santrock Realty Group Inc. , - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Broker


I can only imagine how difficult this was for you..  I'm also certain George is oh so proud of your glowing post.  Maybe the Patriots next year.  I'm a Panthers fan and we didn't exactly live up to our expectations!

Take care Ann,


Jan 19, 2009 02:15 PM
Bob Carney
Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales - Mc Henry, MD
Licensed MD/PA Real Estate Agent

Outstanding Ann.  Love the easter eggs as well. 

Jan 19, 2009 10:55 PM
Linda Davis
RE/MAX Home Team - Gales Ferry, CT

I couldn't stop by here until the game was over and my team was heading to the Super Bowl.  Awesome post! 

P.S.  Only in Pittsburgh do they decorate a tree for their football team.  That's my sister Diane leading the charge.

Jan 20, 2009 08:07 AM
Gena Riede
Riede Real Estate, Lic. 01310792 - Sacramento, CA
Real Estate Broker - Sacramento CA Real Estate (916) 417-2699

Ann, I would have had a much more difficult time writing this so I commend you and what great easter eggs.  All I can say, is better you than me!!

Jan 21, 2009 02:50 AM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Steelers? Nah. Can't root for them. OK... this post comes to you from Cardinals country... you don't expect me to let this post go without a comment, do you? :-)


Jan 21, 2009 04:45 AM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Well gosh, I didn't realize so many new comments had come in on this post!!  Thanks everyone for reading and for commenting!

George - you are welcome, however I warn you I won't lose next time I make this kind of bet!! ;-)

Sonny - there are most assuredly some Steeler fans around, like George!

Josh - I don't think I could ever write that particular post, although my dad is a huge Yankees fan and Bear was also a hard-core Yankees fan.

Candace - you and George will have to duke it out over this Super Bowl!

Monika - yep, next year will be the Patriots again for sure!!  Then we'll see who'll be writing a 'penance' post then....

Well Don - we've got some great Patriots' fans here and we'll all be rooting them on in next year's Super Bowl.  Too funny - an office policy about yellow towels - I'd be wanting one of those, too, if I were in the office next to him!  ;-)

Tracy - it wasn't easy, that's for sure.  I had to solicit help from friends, otherwise, not sure what on earth would have shown up in this post.  Patriots next year!  Your Panthers do have nice colors for their uniforms...  ;-)

@gotbob - I'm glad you enjoyed those little hidden goodies!  I had fun doing those, not sure Mr. Steelers even saw them though.  Thanks for your help with this post!

@LindaDavis - thanks for letting me use that picture, and Steelers having their own decorated trees shows truefan support.  Congrats on your team making it to the Super Bowl!

Gena - this post was hard for me to do and I drug my feet doing it, too.  I should have had it up before the playoffs even started, but I just didn't have the spark to do it.  But a bet is a bet, and so here it is, just for George.  Glad you liked those hidden little goodies!

Chuck - good luck with your Cardinals, and may you never have to write a post like this!  ;-)

Thanks for the comments!

Jan 21, 2009 10:29 AM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

It should be a very fun game... we all know what the Steelers will bring... the question for me is this: Which Cardinals team will show up?

Jan 22, 2009 03:04 AM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Chuck - and that will be THE question that day, for sure! 


Jan 25, 2009 03:35 AM
Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

Great post. I hope the Steelers win. The family that owns it deserves history.

Jan 26, 2009 03:02 AM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Terry - if there are that many pulling for the Steelers, then I hope they get the win they want.  I'll watch the game but it won't be as interesting to me since I'm neutral on both teams playing.


Jan 26, 2009 06:05 AM
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Hi Ann,

not sure who I want to win...really wanted the Giants to go again but hey it's hard to win one let alone two in a row.

Jan 28, 2009 11:27 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

I just found this and am pretty darned impressed with the work that went into could have just written a simple little glowing Post as your penance...but no you have a great one here :)  Oh, and I loved the Raven Picture...and your hidden tags are great. Funny !

Jan 30, 2009 09:11 AM
Linda Bourgault
lulugraphix-creative photography & fine art - Flower Mound, TX

Hi Ann—Just now finding your stupendous post... I want you on my team whether we win or not! I'm with Kathy on the raven pic and the eggs. Will be talking to you soon I'm sure. Have a great weekend!

Mar 14, 2009 10:29 AM
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Kathy and Linda - I had a lot of fun with this post, even though I would rather it have been George writing about the Patriots instead of me having to write about his Steelers.  The eggs - those were the most fun of all, and I think a lot of people completely missed seeing them...  ;-(

Thanks to both of your for finding this and leaving comments!

Mar 24, 2009 02:33 AM

Where did youu find that Steelers bear ? I have been looking for one , but all the other ones are ugly !

Feb 10, 2011 03:10 AM