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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Superbowl: Rust Belt vs. the Sun Belt

Not that I really think that because rust implies old and decrepit. But may it is new vs. old in more ways than the history of the teams. Steeler fans worldwide (and they are everywhere) will gather with other faithful to watch the game in a mixture of excitement and anxiety. After the hard knocks over the past 30 years with the demise of the steel industry and exodus of many natives, we suffer from a bit of an inferiority complex.

Though we may leave in body, our hearts are still in Pittsburgh with our families and with our teams. A stranger who is a Steelers or Penguins can quickly become a friend. We may not be the most sophisticated folks, but Pittsburghers (current and former) are amoung the friendliest people you'll ever meet.

Just as our team reinvents itself while remaining true to its values and itegrity, so does the city as it changes to become a center of health, education and high tech.

So, as I leave to watch the game with 10-15 other hometown, Steeler fanatics, knowing it's a scene repeated in many places...I'm thinking...Steelers are the "new" black - and we all know black never goes out of style. GO STEELERS!

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