Here We Go Steelers (2005 Version) – Unknown
Steelers Polka – Jimmy Psihoulis
Rock N’ Roll Steelers- Billy Nordozi (older)
Pittsburgh’s Headed To The Superbowl (older) – High Powered Home Boys
It’s Time To Watch The Steelers- Fried Dirt (GREAT SONG!!!)
Black N’ Gold- Concrete (HIP HOP SONG)
Big Nasty D- Ruff Chemistry (HIP HOP) (Older)
All The Way- The TailGators
Steelers Boogie- The Smick Brothers
We’ve Got Roethlisberger And It Sure Is Nice- David O’Block (Cheeseburger In Paradise Parody)
Detroit Steel City- Bill Stanky
Steelers Anthem- Manic D (HIP HOP…Sounds like Chino XL is a Steelers fan..haha. Pretty good for a novelty song)
Steelers Are Taking Over WYDU
We are going to take a little detour today. I know this is a “Hip Hop and Audio Blog” and rarely am I going to go off the beaten path, but I did warn that I would use this blog for my own rants and raves from time to time and this happens to be one of those times. I realize I might be alienating some of our overseas fanbase (LOL @ us having a “fanbase”) but the Super Bowl happens to be a big ordeal here in the U.S. and this year it’s an even bigger event for me. Anyone that happens to know me, knows that I’m one of the biggest Pittsburgh Steeler fans outside of Pittsburgh. I have been since I was six years old. I haven’t missed a game this season and I’ve only missed three in the last three years (I’m talking on TV of course).
The Steelers were founded in 1933 by Art Rooney, who’s family still owns the team today. They were orginally called the Pittsburgh Pirates before changing the name in 1940 to the Steelers to celebrate the blue-collar tradition of the city of Pittsburgh and to also give the team a new identity after spending the first seven years without a winning record. It would be 1942 when the Steelers would post their first winning record. From the teams inception in 1933 until 1971, the Steelers would only muster up 10 winning seasons. All that changed starting in 1972. That’s the season that THE greatest dynasty that the NFL has ever seen began.
The Decade Of Dominance
Starting that fateful 72′ season, the Steelers would DOMINATE the 70′s. Six consecutive AFC Central titles, Eight playoff apperances, and FOUR Super Bowl victories. They would be characterized by rough, physical football. They had a defense that was nearly unstoppable that was known simply as the “Steel Curtain”. During the pinnacle of the Steel Curtain in 1976, they would go on a nine game stretch in which only two teams would score more than seven points against them including four shutouts. The offense wasn’t to shabby either. They could run over opponents with Franco Harris or Rocky Bleier, or they could pass on teams with Terry Bradshaw throwing to the dynamic duo of Lynn Swan and John Stallworth. The 70′s Steelers would produce nine players (Bradshaw, Mel Blount, Mean Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Harris, Jack Lambert, Stallworth, Swann, and Mike Webster) and coach Chuck Noll that would later go on to be inducted into the NFL Hall Of Fame. The Steelers would win Super Bowl IX in 74′, Super Bowl X in 75′, Super Bowl XIII in 78′, and super bowl XIV in 79′. It would be this last and final Super Bowl victory for the Steelers that would have me jumping on the bandwagon.
A Steeler Fan Is Born
I was only six years old. I didn’t know any better. I saw the black and gold colors and thought that they looked pretty cool. Growing up, both my mom and dad were sports fans so it was always in our household. The funny thing was that some earlier pictures of me are of me decked out in Rams coats and hats. I’m not really sure what it meant, more than likely hand me downs at some point in time. Back to love at first sigh
t. I don’t really remember much about that Super Bowl other than my mom telling me the L.A. Rams (as they were known at that time) were going to win. Being the defiant six year old that I was and being enamoured by the team colors, I told my mom I disagreed. Somehow a wager of fifty cents came down (the only time you’ll see 50 cent mentioned in this blog). Well the rest is history as they say. I guess I figured any team that could win me money must be worth keeping around. During my young impressionable years, I was swayed with temptation to jump ship to other teams. I remember being bought a Rams jersey again in those early years. My Dad being a big Denver Broncos fan also tried to get me to jump ship a few times as well. But alas, through all of it, my love for the Steelers continued to grow.
The Medicore 80′s
The 80′s were a tough time for us Steelers fans. Names like Mark Malone, Cliff Stoudt, and Walter Ambercrombie would lead medicore Steelers teams through the decade. They would play in the 84′ AFC Championship against the Maimi Dolphins only to lose in a blow-out, 45-28. This would be the first of many times the Steelers would end the season with being me disappointed, sad, and pretty much pissed off. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those fans who constantly degrades his teams and is never happy. On the contrary in fact. I’ve been fully behind them through thick and thin and rarely question their direction. But to say I’m passionate about the Steelers is an understatement. Anyone who has had the pleasure (or more like displeasure) of watching a game with me, can atest to just how wrapped up I get into the games. Don’t call me during a game. I’m likely not going to answer unless you are a fellow Steelers fan. If they lose? Give me a few hours at least to cool down. I scream, I yell, I curse, I throw things. If its going good though, I’m a great person to be around. Being a Steelers fan since the 70′s though has had many disappointments.
The Coach Cowher Era and My Crazed Steelers Antics
The 80′s ended with the Steelers losing in the playoffs to the Denver Broncos in 1989. I remember my dad rubbing in that loss pretty good. The 90′s started off with the Steelers missing out on the playoffs both in 90′ and 91′. Coach Noll called it a career at the end of the 91′ season which lead to one of the most recognizable chins in all of football to be named head coach. Imediately Bill Cowher would start a relationship with Steelers fans that would have the greatest of times (He is the winingest coach in the NFL since 1992) and the worse of times (1-4 in AFC Championships before this year). Right out the gate, Coach Cowher lead the Steelers to the playoffs only to lose to the Buffalo Bills at Three Rivers stadium. I remember being deviasted, and not wanting to talk to anyone for a week. The playoff misery would get worse. In 1994, the Steelers would dominate the AFC and capture homefield advantage, a first of many times for Coach Cowher. And like many times to come, the Steelers lost an AFC championship game at home. I can still see Alfred Pununu of the Chargers streaking up the middle while I screamed “NO!” while everything around me was in slow motion. I didn’t talk to anyone (including my then girlfriend) the rest of the day.
Neil O’ Donnell: Super Bowl XXX MVP
The next year, I remember being very excited about the upcoming season. The bad thing was I was going to school fulltime and working a 20 hours on the weekend including Sunday’s. It wasn’t to bad because this was before Direct TV and the NFL package so you had to hope that they were shown in your area that week. The Steelers ended the regular season with a 11-5 record. I was basically in a frenzy. Their first playoff game was against Buffalo. I remember calling in sick to work, getting up early and pretended to be going to work at the usual time because my parents would not approve of me missing a day of work for a football game. I arrived at the bar I was going to be watching game at 7 a.m. and slept in my car until they opened up. The Steelers kicked some major ass that day with Kordell Stewart doing one of his best Slash impersonations. They would end up playing the Indianapolis Colts who the week before upset the top seed in the playoffs to give the Steelers the homefield advantage. Again, I was supposed to work. Which, I did. For awhile. I was being laid off in a week, so during my lunch break, I found a conference room that wasn’t in use and proceeded to sit down and watch the second half of the game. There were three of us. I was the only Steeler fan. The game was a tight one. The game basically came down to a last second “hail mary” toss in the end zone by Colts QB Jim Harbaugh that appperaed to be caught by a WR laying on his back in the end zone. I was shocked. I was dumbfounded. The annoucers on TV weren’t sure what was going on either. My “friends” were laughing hysterically at what they thought was me about to go in to a meltdown of size that hadn’t been seen since Chernoybl. I threw myself on the floor. Then another friend started saying he didn’t catch it. I interupted my mounting tantrum to see the Steelers jumping around. I lost it. I ran out on the floor where I was supposed to have been back at work some hours ago screaming “They WON, THEY WON!”
Super Bowl XXX was the first “real” Super Bowl for me, since I really didn’t remember XIV. I wish I didn’t remember XXX. It wasn’t as bad as the media said it was going to be. The Steelers put up a valiant fight. Honestly if it wasn’t for rightful Super Bowl MVP Neil O’ Donnell (who else was more instrumental in the Cowboys winning it?) the Steelers had a chance. But thanks to two O’ Donnell INT’s the Steelers would go home 27-17 losers. Since everyone and their dog said the Steelers had no shot before the game, this game wasn’t as bad for me as some of the AFC championships they have lost. But a Steelers loss is a Steelers loss and the fact that it was to the Cowboys, a team that I dispise as much as I love the Stelers, it still had a sting to it.
Every year it seemed so much promise is there and ever year, we blow it in the playoffs. In 97′, after a 11-5 season, we lose to the Patriots (An oncurring theme to our playoff loses) and I would beat the hell out of a beer cooler at the bar I worked at. AFC Championship in Pittsburgh in 98′ against a Denver Bronco team that we had bea
ten soundly only a month before. The result is Denver winning its first of two Super Bowls and me once again beating the crap out the beer cooler. After some medicore years with Kordell Stewart and the incredible Mike Tomczak at the helm we come back in 2001 to host the Patriots in the AFC Championship game. It’s the Patriots, we know what happens there. I on the other hand take my frustrations out on a unfunctional (at least it was when I got done with it) phone booth in front of the bar I watched it at. Same story, same verse in in 2004. The Patriots stomp us, in what was probably the most painful defeat in all my years as a Steeler fan. The older and “more mature” me doesn’t break anything, I just proceed to drink away the pain and go to class the next morning with a monstarous hangover.
The Year We Get One For The Thumb
Being a Steelers fan is kind of like being in a specialized clique. You see a Steelers fan somewhere and you automatically are drawn to each other. You talk to each other, give pounds and move on. But it’s being part of that Steelers Fraternity that is a great thing. I never fully understood that Fraternity until I finally got to go to my first Steelers game in person. It just happen to be that first game was this years AFC championship. I’m living in Denver, trying to finish up my degree. I’m broke college student (still) trying to make it on an interns wage. Not an easy thing. The fact that the AFC championship game was in Denver was pretty cool but I figured my apartment that is some 10 miles or so south of Invesco Field was as close as I was going to get to the game. Not so fast. My best friend, who happens to be a life long Broncos fan came through (I skipped over alot of our antics of the previous Denver/Pitt AFC championship game that happened while him and I were roomates) . I always thought my first Steelers game would be in Pittsburgh itself. My dad had promised me that when I graduated from college that he would send me to Pittsburgh for a Steelers game. The fact that I wound up at the AFC championship game that the Steelers were playing is still almost dream like. The fact that they won it was even better. My friend and I couldn’t get tickets together, so we wound up sitting apart from each other. I ended up sitting with four other Steeler fans. At the beginning of the game we were strangers. At the end of the game we were jumping up and down hugging one another and singing “Heeeeeey I got a Feeeeeeelin’, Pittsburgh’s going to the Super Bowl!!!!!!” I took pictures with Steeler fans from all over. It didn’t matter what walk of life you were, what color, what nationality, if you were sporting Steelers colors you hugged one another and took pictures with each other. It’s was definately one of the highlites of my life. So you see, if you happen to stick your head out your window come Super Bowl Sunday and you hear screaming….it’s just us crazy ass Steeler fans celebrating that one that one for the thumb!!!!
If you made it this far, you were really bored, plan on stalking me in the near future, or a true Steeler fan, so here is some more songs for all the trouble.
Go Steelers- Two Hot (If you ever wanted to know what Enya and Richard Marx would sound like singing about the Pittsburgh Steelers, this song is for you!!!)
Smack Em’ Like A Bitch- PME (Words can’t even describe this…it’s uhhh…hip hop I just hope they are not serious, but it’s funny as hell)
Steeler Nation- Scott Paulsen
Broncback Mountain- Scott Paulsen
One For The Thumb- Scott Paulsen
All This Way This Year
We’re From The Burgh
Steelers Polka II (old school)
Here We Go 2006 (playoff edition, its in some funky format but it’s all I could find)
Paint It Black (remake of classic rock song)
Pittsburgh’s Headed To the Super Bowl (I think I already posted it, but here it is again)