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Who am I fooling? Panthers are my only team, now. So long Steelers.


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#1 top dawg

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 12:56 PM

I have been a Steelers fan for over 30 years, but I think that I am going to do away with the black and gold for good now. My mom still has my 12 year old school pic where I was proudly wearing my Steelers sweat suit. Other than my handsome face, that Steelers logo is the perfect expression of pride and beauty in that photo.

Like many a kid (and grown men), I was charmed by the NFL, and looked forward to Sundays. I reveled in watching Bradshaw, Harris, Bleier, Swann, Stallworth, Ham, Lambert, Greene, and the rest of the Steelers who have arguably become the closest thing to football immortality as you will ever see. But the 70s and 80s have been gone for quite some time, and though I faithfully hung on through the Cliff Stoudts and the like---all the way up until the more recent champions---my heart is no longer with the Steelers. My allegiance is to the Carolina Panthers (and really has been since before they ever took the field at Ericsson Stadium). I am a true Panthers fan, regardless of my support of the pre-Panthers Steelers.

I don't know at what point I came to this realization. I don't know the time that the light-bulb popped on. It would be easy for me to attribute my feelings to the misguided actions of Big Ben or Santonio Holmes, but that would be a lie. I don't know if there was some poignant moment, or that there was some catalyst that led to this epiphany. Somewhere along the way---whether it was recent, or back in 1993---I was baptized in teal and black. No, I didn't go down in the pool, watch the water turn into a spiral of black and gold, and arise in different shades of teal and black. More than likely I was baptized by the fires of watching men like Sam Mills, Steve Beuerlein, Ricky Proehl, Muhsin Muhammad, Kevin Greene, Reggie White, He Hate Me, Fred Lane, Stephen Davis, Julius Peppers, Tim Biakabatuka, Steve Smith, Jon Beason, Jonathan Stewart, Deangelo Williams, Jake Delhomme (yes, Jake Delhomme), and countless others take the field and give it their best shot over time.

Yes, I still have a few Pittsburgh caps, and a nice leather GIII Steelers jacket, but to wear them now really would feel foreign and odd to me. I will probably give the caps to my sister who is a staunch Steelers supporter (and is good friends with Ike Taylor's sister), and sell my jacket to the highest bidder. Other than my memories of past Steelers glory, there will only be the "old-timey", satin Steelers jacket that I gave to my 12-year-old son to remind me that I was once a Steelers fan. And even that jacket will probably go into mothballs fairly soon because my son looks like he's going to be too big for it soon enough (because his pediatrician says, "He's going to be a big man.").

Even though my son says that I have finally capitulated to two of my brothers-in-law clowning me about having two teams, I know that my putting down the Steelers really has 100 percent to do with my heart. Indeed, this has been a long time coming. Yes, my son still says he's going to wear that jacket because he likes Big Ben (and, no I haven't enlightened his innocent mind about Ben's off field issues, and I won't). But I know my son enough to know that as far as the NFL, he will go the way that I point him. Even now, his heart is with the Panthers, and I "coincidentally" have an even "cooler" Panthers jacket that I will give him this year. Like myself, he is destined to be an ardent Panthers fan for the rest of his life.

Edited by top dawg, 17 April 2010 - 02:05 AM.


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Posted 16 April 2010 - 01:03 PM

do you live in the carolinas or pennsylvania or neither?

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 01:06 PM

Damn, dude...you're old.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 01:07 PM

Very good sir. That an awesome decision! Our cheerleaders are hotter anyway haha

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 01:09 PM

middle aged isn't old. why would you just blurt something out like that? lol. that's like one of those people who have that disorder where they can't control what they blurt out. what's that disorder called?

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 01:10 PM

do you live in the carolinas or pennsylvania or neither?


I was born in Raleigh, and most of my family is here. But, I have lived all over the place, including the North Hills area in Pittsburgh, PA (which is a very charming city, with a small town atmosphere IMHO). I moved back to North Carolina in 1992, and have been here since. I lived in Philly, also, back in the day.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 01:11 PM

middle aged isn't old. why would you just blurt something out like that? lol. that's like one of those people who have that disorder where they can't control what they blurt out. what's that disorder called?


Huddlitis.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 01:12 PM

Damn, dude...you're old.


I wouldn't exactly call 42 old, especially with the shape that I am in.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 01:12 PM

There is no way I'm reading this. I'm going to come back and read this again on Monday.
WOOOOW

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 04:17 PM

I'm 38, did the same thing with the Skins - grew up a Skins fan but one day I decided to retire my Skins fanhood and devote all my loyalty to my home team.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 04:34 PM

I'm 38, did the same thing with the Skins - grew up a Skins fan but one day I decided to retire my Skins fanhood and devote all my loyalty to my home team.


Same here, but the day I heard it announced on the evening news that we had been awarded the franchise it was bye bye Skins. I've been a big Yankees fan since I was a kid too and if we ever got a MLB in here in NC I would switch my loyalty in a minute.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 06:05 PM

Congrats man....the Steelers have one of the biggest and classiest fan bases on the planet....night and day between a Steeler and Cowpuke fan!

I never really had a 'favorite' NFL team growing up....I just enjoyed the sport but when Charlotte was given this franchise it was like a beam of light hitting the ground!!

Go Panthers!

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 07:34 PM

middle aged isn't old. why would you just blurt something out like that? lol. that's like one of those people who have that disorder where they can't control what they blurt out. what's that disorder called?


Your mother gets fuged by horses!

Oops, did it again. Yeah, I need to know this disorder's name so I can take the medicine for it.

I assume you meant why did I call him old? This is a message board. People crack on other people all the time. Are you new to the world?

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 09:50 PM

I kind of feel myself letting go of my decades long Steeler love. too. Not quite ready to become a Panther only guy yet, but close!

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 11:32 PM

I kind of feel myself letting go of my decades long Steeler love. too. Not quite ready to become a Panther only guy yet, but close!


Step into the light, Steel Panther...

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