Being born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA I have been almost trained since birth to like the Steelers. Even back in elementary school, the bus numbered 36 had signs taped in the windows honoring Jerome Bettis aka The Bus, DO YOU GET IT? BUS NUMBER 36 AND THE BUS. SPORTS! To be honest, the sports in this town are like a religion. Growing up going to church on Sundays with my family, priests have actually rushed through the end of mass by saying “Okay, well the Steelers are playing at 1, so mass has ended go in peace, and let’s go Steelers!”
Pittsburgh is a sports town with fans all over the world. Seriously, there are Steelers bars in Europe. I went to one in Scottsdale, AZ. It’s a god damn epidemic. Sure you are also expected to love the Pirates and Pens as well, especially if the Pirates have a winning streak (I worked at a screen printing shop, Commonwealth Press, when the Zoltan shit took off and the shirts flew off the shelves. I was also in the newspaper. Whatevs, nbd.) The year the Penguins won the Stanley Cup and the Steelers won the Super Bowl, I thought for sure everyone was just going to start ripping their shirts off in excitement and run around the streets screaming with joy and lighting things on fire. The latter happened, not surprisingly.
I am not the biggest sports fan. My first memory of hockey was in 4th grade when we had a “celebrity reader” come into our class, don’t ask me who it was because I have no idea, but he had something to do with the Pens and he went around the room asking us who our favorite player was. I panicked and just said “uh..Jaromir Jagr.” because that is what the boy I liked had said. I understand football and enjoy going to games and it’s especially fun when we are close to the Super Bowl. Side note: we were taught the Steelers Polka as children and anytime I hear the Pennsylvania Polka (especially in the movie Groundhog Day) I end up singing it with the players from the 90′s. Life.
All of this rambling and memories of actually being in fear of other humans just because our town’s sports teams won the big cheese of games and they were happy, has brought me to this. Every year Brett Keisel shaves his beard to earn money for the Children’s Hospital here. The same one who has window washer who dress up like super heroes. This is the 5th year for his event, Shear Da Beard, and this year he earned over $67,000!
I don’t really care what your favorite team is or if you hate the Steelers. Save your sports preferences for someone who gives a shit. Or if you think shaving your beard makes you “a woman”. PS, that is super offensive. We can vote now and drive cars so, 1920 called, it said stfu. This is amazing and this man is amazing.
It’s nice to read stories like this in the news when everything in the world is going to shit and every other plane from an Asian airline is disappearing into the god damn Bermuda Triangle and vanishing. More men need to have hearts like Brett. Hell, more PEOPLE need to have hearts like him.
In the words of Ellen, “be kind to one another”.
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