Monday, February 06, 2006

What no Steigerwalds?

All Steelers all the time have become our local news watch words since the AFC Championship Game. So after the Steeler victory (we had a great time in Regent Square last night, more on that later), as we prepare to move on to life after football, I thought it might be fun to look back...way back.

On January 20, 1980, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Los Angeles Rams to win their 4th Super Bowl in 6 years, and Pittsburgh celebrated by partying in the streets. In a lot of ways it was the same as last night...but different.

KDKA has a video archive of it's newscast, and it's a fun browse. You'll see partying in the streets, Harold Hayes in his Franco Harris jersey, Patrice King Brown and Wayne Van Dine, and live video from Market Square -- but no Steigerwalds. The true gems, however, are at the end after the weather -- so fast forward.

First, if you thought my post about the Seahawks pep rally in Pittsburgh was original, you should see the Jaws parody of Rams fans on the Allegheny being chased in a canoe by Jaws' cousin "The Terrible Shark" while Steeler fans on the shore cheer while holding tasteful signs with slogans like "Ram this LA" and "Wham Bam Thank You Rams."

Second, if you've come to my blog looking for Steeler songs, you'll want to listen to the song that concluded the newscast. It'll make you want to pull out your leisure suit and hit the dance floor. It's amazing to me that the Polka survived and this didn't. Imagine an up-tempo, end of disco-era melody based on sounds that probably can only be made electronically -- and these lyrics (note the liberal and prominent use of the terms "2" and "Super"):

"Here's 2 our Super Bowl Steeler Team,
Here's 2 a Pittsburgher's dream.

Let's win it 1 more year,
Let's keep that trophy here,
Right here for Super XIV.

Here's 2 the best.
Put to the test.

Four years of steel,
This one's for real,
Here's to our Super Bowl Team
We're from the home of the Super Steelers!

To see the video, go to KDKA.com. Click on video. Click on the search tab. Enter XIV into the search box. Click "Watch our Super Bowl XIV Newscast (1/20/80). Fast forward...these gems take place in roughly the last 2 minutes. From "the home of the Super Steelers," enjoy!

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