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New America's Team?
November 22, 2009 - Seth Staskey
It's widely regarded that the Dallas Cowboys are America's Team when it comes to professional football.
And rightfully so because of the nation-wide following the Cowboys have. The reasons for that description are plentiful, but I am starting to believe that they may have to start to share that with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Let me preface and I say I am not a Steelers' fan. I do, however, respect their organization and the way they operate and do business. But, if you watch their games, which you almost have to in our area due to the NFL regional coverage rules, you realize that their fans are out in force everywhere.
People say their fans travel well. That makes sense to an extent, but I don't know how many people actually flew to Kansas City from Pittsburgh International or made the several-hour drive. I believe there are just Steelers' fans everywhere and it's not hard to figure out why.
The Steelers have a national following. They're on television nationally a lot; they succeed in the playoffs and their approach to the game with a workmanlike attitude never wavers. People can identify with that and then you've got the 'Terrible Towel', which you see waiving at every game.
I've been to NFL games where the Steelers aren't playing and you always see a small taste of the other team. Like, I was in Indianapolis for a game and their were several fans with the opposing team shirts on, but nothing like going to a Steelers' game on the road. Steelers' fans in other cities seem to garble up all of the remaining tickets and take the crowd over.
As much as I may not like to admit it, I think the Pittsburgh Steelers are becoming the new America's Team.
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