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Steelers win - Shout OH-IO

February 2, 2009 - Michael Palmer
It is a proud day to be an Ohioan. While the people of Pittsburgh are celebrating an exciting victory in Super Bowl XLIII, I am celebrating because the Buckeye connection ruled the day.

The game changing play had to be the 100 yard interception return of James Harrison. Want a Cinderella story? Here’s a player that was cut twice by the Steelers and once by the Ravens before getting a shot at being a starter. Best of all, he’s a native of our Buckeye state. Born in Akron, Ohio and graduating from Coventry high school and Kent State, he now holds the record for the longest run in Super Bowl history - and he did it as a linebacker.

The winning touchdown was tossed by our own Ben Roethlisberger. Born in Lima , Ohio and the quarterback for Findlay HS and Miami of Ohio, he now has two Super Bowl championships.

You might argue that Santonio Holmes is a native of Florida, but if you yell O-H he will shout back I-O. He proudly states in each pre-game player introduction video that he perfected his wide receiver skills at THE Ohio State University. Also - Did you notice that after the amazing toe tapping reception for the game winning touchdown Santonio did the LeBron James powder ritual for his end zone celebration?

The game itself, this year it was indeed Super! It was exciting and I am sure even those who watch just for the commercials could not help getting wrapped up in the drama of the fourth quarter. And speaking of the commercials….well, there were a couple chucklers - but overall I would rate this year’s crop as sub par. I had my 3-D glasses, but was not impressed.

It was a great football game and most of all, it was a chance for all of us to forget the economy and unemployment rates here in the valley and just hang out with friends and yell at our television sets. It just doesn’t get much better than that.


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