Friday, September 08, 2006

Out here in Steeler Nation...Houston, TX


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Thursday Spetember 7 rolled around and I find myself on the road in Houston, TX doing voice overs for Computer Based Spend Management Training. (If Sully's Stuff ever launches a pod cast, you will learn that he's no Don Pardo). That means I had to get out of my hotel room into Steeler Nation to see the kick off. I suspect that scenes like this played out in Steelers Bars accross the country:

I went to SRO in NW Houston and arrived around 7 PM (Houston is in the Central time zone), and found a few fans already gathering and a poker tournament kicking off. Is there anything more ironic than a cue ball bald man in a Troy Polamalu jersey?

As we got closer to game time, the crowd really began to build, mostly with Steelers fans. There was the Steeler family, a husband, wife and 2 boys, that arrived wearing black jerseys that proceeded to spread out their Steelers table cloth and decorate their personal space.

Pittsburgh looked great -- LOVED the spotlights along the bridges and rivers, can't wait to get home tomorrow.

Jersey's on the scene included several Polamalus and Roethlisbergers, 1 Joey Porter, 1 Willie Parker (which also happened to be the only white Steelers jersey, a Jerome Bettis and a drumroll please....Kordell Stewart. My Kevin Greene jersey was hung in my closet at home. I almost forgot the one lonely Dolphin fan in the Zach Thomas (of the Parma Texas Thomas') jersey.

The most colorful fan was a woman that sat in front of me and smoked Art Rooney's cigar for the entire first half, and 46 seconds into the 2nd quarter when the Steelers scored their first Touchdown, the first chant of Here We Go Steelers erupted.

The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Steeler Country.

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