Pittsburgh Fans and the Sports Bog
(Reminder: chatting at 11. Submit your questions here.)
Melissa Finney took her 11-year old son Carter to the Pens-Caps game on Sunday. Melissa likes the Penguins. Carter favors the Caps. They had a "no-trash-talk" rule, but that didn't cover three-dimensional objects. Hence, this poster, which Carter proudly displayed. "Mother and son, rival teams," Melissa told me with a laugh.
See, that's great. That's why we eagerly anticipate the arrival of any Pittsburgh professional sports team--or even the Pirates--in D.C.
And say what you want about Pittsburgh fans, but you have to admire their devotion. For all the accusations of Western Pennsylvania bangwagonism, their people did a pretty nice job filling up FedEx this fall, and while the numbers may have been down this year, there were still plenty of Pittsburghers in Verizon Center on Sunday.
This is a good thing, because it seems to elicit a certain level of interesting behavior from the locals. Passion is interesting, right? Fans from different parts of the country, coming together to playfully express mutual dislike? That's the stuff of blogs. Also, Penguins fans dress differently while going to hockey games than to the locals, as evidenced below. Camo? Football jerseys? Bandanas? That's different, and different is also good.
Well, some Pens fans appeared not to have appreciated my admiration for this sort of regional passion, the type that leads fans to make signs, create shirts, and employ borderline distasteful language in a afternoon stew of happy hockey hostility.
"Your lack of creativity is only surpassed by your poor choice of subjects," one obvious admirer e-mailed me. "It is really a shame that the Post actually lets you on-line. Try picking up your game and doing some insightful and well written stuff. Just a tip, but based in your track record I am doubtful."
And deservedly so. Another was more direct: "Hi, I canceled my subscription to the Washington Post today becuase of Daniel Stienberg's lousy article about Crosby," he or she wrote me. My next paystub will no doubt be 50 cents lighter.
Like I've said before, if D.C. residents showed an interest in their sports teams to the same per-capita degree that Pittsburghers do, I'd probably be a bigger hit 'round here. Six of the top 10 most-read stories on the Tribune-Review site right now are Pittsburgh sports-related. That's tremendous.
Seriously, Western Pennsylvanians, I love you, and what you bring out among my people. Like this guy named Justin, pictured below, who ought to cost The Washington Post at least three or four subscriptions by himself. So let's be friends. Deal?
Posted by: Zornado | February 24, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: capsfansince74 | February 24, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: poguesmahone | February 24, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: cj658 | February 24, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: hockey23 | February 24, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: hockey23 | February 24, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: trolly_time | February 24, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: MKadyman | February 25, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: skinzfan4 | February 25, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: jvdc | February 25, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: hockey23 | February 25, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.