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Steeler Friday


I love Pittsburgh.  It’s a big city with a small town atmosphere and on Steeler Friday it couldn’t be more evident.

What is Steeler Friday?

The best way I can describe it is like having one High School football team for the major metropolitan area. An entire city gets behind the black and gold as if the players were their own children.  The Steelers legacy is easy to see on any random day, but Steeler Friday is one big pep rally throughout Western Pennsylvania. If you think I’m exaggerating then please visit our city before we play the Ravens.

Anytime the Steelers have a big game, including all playoff games cars, buildings, people and pets magically turn black and gold.  It’s common practice for business that normally dress professionally, I’m talking suit and ties here, to dawn jerseys, hoodies, t-shirts, hats, and pins showcasing their support. I’m not exaggerating when I say that just about everyone in the entire city participates. It’s a site to see.

Benefits of Steeler Friday

Their are many benefits on this cultural holiday

  • Traffic dramatically improves
  • Somehow the parkway flows, the tunnels open up
  • Instead of the token flip of the bird after a honk, you get a wave or a thumbs up
  • People at work are much friendlier
  • Tasks after 2pm get pushed to Monday
  • General work life is a little more casual
  • Every conversation turns into predictions for the upcoming game
  • Often times work ends early

My Contribution

In honor of our big game I decided to make a flash viz.  Go Steelers!