You’re in Steelers Country!

Steelers - You're in Steelers Country - Two Worlds Treasures

American loves football but Pittsburghers love their Steelers more than anything in the world. Ok! Maybe it’s too exaggerated. Of course someone loves their spouse, children, parents, or family first. But let’s take a look.

1. The first time I flew to Pittsburgh, I saw this statue of a football player standing next to Gen. Washington in the airport. Yes, Gen. Washington the founding father, the first President. “Who is that?” I asked my husband in shock. “Oh, that’s Franco Harris. He made…” explained my husband while I buried in my thought: if this is in my country (note: Indonesia), this is a big NO; to put a sport player no matter how legendary he was/is equally with the founding father. I can picture demonstrations around the country. “Only in Pittsburgh!” added my husband who still saw a trace of disbelief on my face.

2. You will see “You’re in Steelers Country” signs almost at every corner in the city; from the airport to downtown to Strip District to the malls to places of interests; and of course around their stadium and people’s yards. It’s everywhere!

3. I think 1 in 5 people in the city are wearing Steelers t-shirt, polo, hat, or other attributes, from babies to elderly people. Even when you sit in a plane inbound/outbound Pittsburgh, you will see someone with their Steelers attribute. I remember one day when we were waiting for our luggage at DFW airport, I heard a girl whispered to her mother while looking at a boy with a Steelers t-shirt, “He’s a Steelers fan.” Yes, you’re right, girl! We were in the same plane from Pittsburgh. There’s also a guy at our church who wore his Steelers t-shirt every single Sunday during football season. He also liked to show pictures of the players from his cell phone to my husband.

4. At every Christmas Party with my husband’s extended family, Steelers stuffs were always a hit during Chinese Gift Exchange game. I’m pretty sure it went the same at other houses.

5. What else… hmm… like my sister-in-law said, “We treat them (the players) like God.” Win or lose.

 

Steelers - You're in Steelers Country - Pittsburgh Intl. Airport - Two Worlds Treasures
Here’s our son with Franco Harris and Pres. Washington at Pittsburgh International Airport.

 

We went to Denver last summer and I don’t recall seeing anyone with Broncos t-shirt even when we strolled along 16th Street Mall. And they just won a 2016 Super Bowl! Also here in Dallas when Cowboys just had their best season (at least that’s what I thought). I still rarely see people with their Cowboys t-shirt unless on the day they played. No wonder Steelers don’t need cheerleaders. Their fans’ rooting are more than enough!

 

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  1. Stacey says:

    That’s funny! We do put a lot of emphasis on professional athletes. It’s similar in Kansas City, but you’re either in Chiefs’ Country or Royals’ Country there. We live about three hours from Kansas City, and we still see a lot of red or blue!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      I know. I personally think it’s too much. But people got entertained by it.

  2. Tara says:

    It’s crazy when you put it that way! Denver ramps up at the beginning of football season, but really only wear colors on game day!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      So my findings were right. I could only shake my head.

  3. yeah I live in NY, not everyone is walking around in Giants or Jets stuff, but I guess this is unique thing to Pittsburgh. Sorry I dont know much else about football!
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    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      And it’s not only for the people who live in Pittsburgh. Also for ones who live outside the city. Hah!

  4. Julz says:

    I know nothing about American football!! I mean I hear about a team here or there, but it looks really special in Pittsburg. In Europe we have the same for our football teams (soccer) that is huge! Every country have a few teams and people are fanatics (at least that’s how I see it). I don’t really understand why people get so hyper about a sport.

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Don’t worry! I’ve been living in the US for 14 years and I still don’t understand the game (I think because my husband doesn’t care about it). I’m from Indonesia, so I still know soccer better than football. Yeah, I don’t really understand either why people get so hyper about a sport. Hey, maybe sport fans have the same question, too to travelers. Why do people so crazy about traveling? Haha..

  5. Jimmy says:

    Hey! I’ve been to that airport and yeah I agree it’s a little ridiculous that they’re so obsessed with their team. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a football fan (NY Giants are my team being I’m originally from New York City) however I don’t think sports teams or players should be the main highlight of any city. We too live in the Dallas area, and I don’t see as much Cowboys stuff as I thought I would around here. We lived in Seattle for a while, and they LOVE their Seahawks up there as well. A little too much, haha. But I agree with your initial reaction to the statue of the player next to our nations first president – a little inappropriate I would say.

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      Like my husband said, “Only in Pittsburgh”. But I think he’s the only one in town that doesn’t care about football.

  6. It’s funny because it’s true! Steelers fans are definitely committed to their team. That’s wild that they have a statue of Franco Harris right beside a statue of George Washington! What a fun post to read!

    1. Umiko Buhl says:

      It shows how different it is people from one state to the other state.

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