Pittsburgh Steelers http://wesa.fm en Study: Pittsburgh Steelers Fans Take a Loss the Hardest http://wesa.fm/post/study-pittsburgh-steelers-fans-take-loss-hardest <p>According to a recent study done by Emory University, Steelers fans take losses harder than any other fan base in the NFL.</p><p>Manish Tripathi, assistant professor of Marketing at Emory University focused the <a href="https://blogs.emory.edu/sportsmarketing/nfl/best-fans-in-the-nfl/">research on fans</a>' emotional responses and found out why it's more than just a game to Steelers faithful.</p><p>He says he used instantaneous social networking strategies to gauge the mood of fans after winning or losing.</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:37:13 +0000 Katherine Blackley 21462 at http://wesa.fm Study: Pittsburgh Steelers Fans Take a Loss the Hardest Gary Pomerantz Novel on Friendship Among the Super Steelers http://wesa.fm/post/gary-pomerantz-novel-friendship-among-super-steelers <p>Mean Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris played major roles in the 1970's Steelers dynasty. On assignment for the Washington Post, in 1981, <a href="http://www.garympomerantz.com/">Gary Pomerantz</a> interviewed them to see if the dynasty was in decline.</p><p>Years later Pomerantz interviewed these players and others to see how football had formed their bonds of friendship on and off the field. What he discovered is chronicled in his new book,&nbsp;<em>Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now</em>. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:32:55 +0000 Nick Frost 18908 at http://wesa.fm Gary Pomerantz Novel on Friendship Among the Super Steelers The Death of a Steelers Legend http://wesa.fm/post/death-steelers-legend <p>The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel_Curtain"><em>Steel Curtain</em></a> was considered the key to the Steelers success in the 1970s and on Sunday the third of the four legendary defensive lineman died. <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/30/227784232/l-c-greenwood-part-of-pittsburghs-steel-curtain-dies">LC “Hollywood Bags” Greenwood</a> died at the age of 67. The cause of death was kidney failure, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:15:49 +0000 Nick Frost 17379 at http://wesa.fm The Death of a Steelers Legend Steelers, Authority Try to Settle Heinz Field Beef http://wesa.fm/post/steelers-authority-try-settle-heinz-field-beef <p>The Pittsburgh Steelers and the taxpayer-funded city-county Sports and Exhibition Authority say they're going to try to settle a dispute over who must pay most of the estimated $30 million cost to add 3,000 seats to Heinz Field.</p><p>An Allegheny County judge in June rejected the teams' claim that the authority must pay most of the money, but agreed to hold a trial on the matter Dec. 4.</p><p>But now, both sides say they'll try to work out a deal before then after both sides met with the judge Thursday.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:42:41 +0000 The Associated Press 16495 at http://wesa.fm Steelers Fall to Titans; Pouncy, Foote out for Season http://wesa.fm/post/steelers-fall-titans-pouncy-foote-out-season <p>The Tennessee Titans opened the season in reverse. The Pittsburgh Steelers, however, appear to be the ones backing up.</p><p>Chris Johnson ran for 70 clock-chewing yards and the Titans overcame an embarrassing early flub to shut down the Steelers 16-9 on Sunday.</p><p>Jackie Battle ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Rob Bironas kicked three field goals for the Titans. Tennessee's revamped defense did the rest.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 22:12:23 +0000 The Associated Press 16180 at http://wesa.fm Steelers Fall to Titans; Pouncy, Foote out for Season The Steeler Way: What It Takes to Be a Star in This Town http://wesa.fm/post/steeler-way-what-it-takes-be-star-town <p>The Pittsburgh Steelers are notorious for their intense local and national fans, their endless arsenal of black and gold apparel, and their acclaimed six Super Bowl Championships.</p><p>Fans may not know, however, that the players are expected to behave under a standard referred to as “The Steeler Way.”</p><p>“If you’re a Steeler and you stay out of trouble, you’re a star in this town. That will stay with you,” says journalist Ben Schmitt, who recently wrote about the concept for <a href="http://www.pittsburghquarterly.com/index.php/Sports/the-steeler-way.html">Pittsburgh Quarterly</a>. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:46:29 +0000 Katie Blackley 16055 at http://wesa.fm The Steeler Way: What It Takes to Be a Star in This Town Black & Gold Devotion and the Steeler Fan Diaspora http://wesa.fm/post/black-gold-devotion-and-steeler-fan-diaspora <p>For Steelers fans living outside the city, it isn’t hard to find a nearby <a href="http://www.steelerbars.com/">Steelers bar</a>. But with more than 700 in the United States, Pittsburgh devotees can connect across the country to cheer on the iconic football franchise.</p><p>This diaspora of fans grew out of the economic decline of the 1970s and '80s when many Pittsburghers had to leave the city to find jobs.</p><p>But as PRX reporter <a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/90102-steeler-nation/floating_piece">Lauren Ober</a> observes, “You can leave Pittsburgh, but the black and gold never leaves you.”</p><p><strong>Black and Gold Religion </strong></p><p>From wrapping newborns in Terrible Towels to black and gold wedding cakes, Steelers fans are notorious for their <a href="http://themarginaliareview.com/archives/3631">passionate devotion</a>. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:26:02 +0000 Katie Blackley 16051 at http://wesa.fm Black & Gold Devotion and the Steeler Fan Diaspora Traveling with the Steelers http://wesa.fm/post/traveling-steelers <p>For devoted fans who follow the Pittsburgh Steelers when they're on the road, travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests some places to check out while cheering on the black and gold.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.ottopizzeria.com">Otto Pizzeria</a> in NYC, to the <a href="http://www.h-dmuseum.com">Harley Davidson Museum</a> in Wisconsin, and Boston’s <a href="http://www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail/">Freedom Trail</a>, there are some great sights to take in outside the stadiums. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:10:44 +0000 Katie Blackley 16050 at http://wesa.fm Traveling with the Steelers Station Square Honors Pittsburgh Sports History With Fountain Show http://wesa.fm/post/station-square-honors-pittsburgh-sports-history-fountain-show <p>Water and oil might not mix — but what about water, music, colored lights and sports?</p><p>Station Square unveiled a new water fountain show Thursday that honors Pittsburgh’s rich sports history.</p><p>The nearly 11-minute show features hundreds of multi-colored jets choreographed to spray water 40 feet into the air.</p><p>With water dancing to the beat of songs like “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osborne and Queen’s “We are the Champions,” the performance incorporates sound clips of historic sports moments from the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates throughout the years.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 19:58:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 14938 at http://wesa.fm Station Square Honors Pittsburgh Sports History With Fountain Show