I grew up in the 70s. I learned early on that if you’re a Pittsburgher you like football. It doesn’t matter who you are, come Sunday you better be in front of your television cheering on the Black and Gold.
I was born the year the Steelers won their first Super Bowl and was alive and cheering for all the rest (ok maybe I wasn’t cheering in ‘75 and ‘78). I do, however, remember the 1979 game against the Rams. I was just 4 years old but I knew it was exciting and I experienced my first “real” super bowl victory.
Now granted there were the years of Bubby Brister and Cliff Stoudt (I once got his autograph) but I never stopped cheering on my beloved Steelers. No fair weather fan here!
I would wait until 2005 to see the Steelers win a Super Bowl as an adult but the wait was well worth it. The Steelers had received the one for the thumb.
2008 brought one of the most exciting, nail biting, make-me-want-to-vomit game of my life. There was a slew of my family gathered to watch the big game and it was intense!!! Victory against the Cardinals never felt so sweet.
Later that year the Penguins would go on to win the Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh had become the City of Champions. Nicholas thought Super Bowls and Stanley Cups were the norm. I’ll admit, I can get used to it!
Stairway to Seven!