|My Sunday Best|
It's quite easy for people to find our house when coming over for the first time. We're the one's with a Steelers banner hanging in the front yard. We understandably stirred up some interest with our neighbors when we put it up and it's definitely been a conversation piece. Although The Chargers aren't remotely on par with The Steelers we still have some die-hard fans here. My parents for one have been season ticket holders for over 45 years. They even flew to Miami for that joke of a Super Bowl. My brother Stephen drives down from Redlands (a couple of hours away) to enjoy the season tickets next to my parents which he bought from their best friends when they became available.
Until we put up the banner we hadn't heard much from our neighbors. The street is wide and quiet and though folks had waved and smiled as they drove by no one had actually introduced themselves yet. Something about hanging that banner tipped the scales and one by one they started making their way over to say something. Comments ranged from "what's with the banner?", to "that's my son's favorite team", to my personal favorite from my next door neighbor's father-in-law, "the Steelers made me a lot of money in the 70's!"
Inevitably Bennett or I would explain why we had the banner up in the first place. Our Daddio was from Pittsburgh, he had died in November, and we all bleed black and gold. Anyone who had even the slightest problem with it would have quieted down after that I'm thinking. I married in to this passion for the Steelers and it's a great legacy from Phil that I share with my Pittsburgh friends. It's hard to explain to people who haven't experienced it - being a part of Steel Nation. But it is everywhere. The kids and I see Steelers bumper stickers, license plate holders, T shirts, paraphernalia of every kind down here.
To be fair, tomorrow I'll be wearing my #14 Dan Fouts jersey when The Chargers take on The Raiders (boo hiss), having been raised watching the Titans Kellen Winslow, Charlie Joiner and John Jefferson in the era of Air Coryell. However, when the Chargers have six Super Bowl rings that's when I'll hang their banner in front of my house.