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KCChiefsFan88
11-23-2009, 02:54 AM
Trying to find something positive about yesterday apparently...

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09327/1015653-66.stm

Steelers Nation invades Arrowhead Stadium
Monday, November 23, 2009
By Robert Dvorchak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Consider the weekend events arranged by the Kansas City Steelers Fan Club at its headquarters at Johnny's Bar in Overland Park, Kan.

In an earlier time, Overland Park was the starting point of three great routes west -- the Santa Fe, Oregon and California trails. Over the weekend, it seemed like all roads led back to Johnny's because of the Steelers fans who came from far and wide to encourage their team against the Chiefs.

"It's like being back home in Pittsburgh," said Bob Hite, a fan club member who is general manager of the local Doubletree Hotel. "No other team has a fan base like the Steelers."

Indeed. The Chiefs play in a stadium called Arrowhead, and highway signs refer to places in Missouri and Kansas. But it sure had the look and feel of Heinz Field West yesterday, at least it did before the Steelers lost a 27-24 shocker in overtime.

That's part of the mystique of the Steelers. The fan base openly unfurls its towels and battle flags to rename whatever enemy territory with a simple proclamation: You're In Steelers Country.

When the TV cameras find Terrible Towels in an opponent's stadium, announcers marvel that Pittsburgh fans travel well. They do, but that's only part of the story.

John Supp of the South Hills organized a trip for 27 people to attend the Kansas City game.

"It's a chance to go places and be with friends. This is the 14th city I've seen," he said. "People are galvanized by the Steelers. On the way out, we were talking about the tough economic times, and how everyone's working harder these days.

"The Steelers are recession-proof. If you still have two nickels to rub together, you're coming on this trip. If you have to give up everything else, you're coming on this trip. People have a lot of pride in their city. We're not a bunch of transients. It's a tight town. Are we going to be unhappy if they lose? Yes. But will we support them no matter what? Hell, yes."

On the other hand, the nation's heartland is home to a number of transplanted Pittsburghers. But of the 270 or so members of the Kansas City Steelers Fan Club, only about 70 have ties to Western Pennsylvania. The others, like club president Ed Kovac, grew up watching the Steelers and adopted them as their own.

"I have a picture of me when I was 4 years old dressed in Steelers stuff," he laughed. "I don't consider myself a convert. I've been a fan all my life."

Through the local fan club, a party was arranged on Saturday, complete with pierogies and Iron City beer. Four busloads of amped-up fans made the trek from Johnny's to Arrowhead.

With the Steelers in town, the weekend felt like part Thanksgiving, part Christmas and part reunion, particularly for the Leo Gaertner family.

Two brothers came up from Austin, Texas, to hook up with another brother and their dad, Leo, a West View native who lives in Cooke City, Mont., on the edge of Yellowstone National Park. In their group was Bill Anderson of Wichita, Kan., who was attending his first NFL game.

"My wife and I go to Yellowstone to watch wolves, and we got to know Leo Gaertner. Before you know it, he had us at the Steeler bar in Montana, so here I am," Mr. Anderson said.

Observing predators in packs requires a different mind-set than viewing football, and it was the Steelers who had a bite taken out of them yesterday.

A victory celebration had already been planned, but the stunning loss took the joy out of the afternoon. Still, those who came through the doors at Johnny's included fans from Arkansas, California, South Dakota, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas and across the Rio Grande from Monterrey, Mexico.

"It's amazing to me. These fans sort of come out of nowhere," said Amber Barnes, general manager at Johnny's.

Jerry Plantz, a local journalist and South Side native, marveled at the number of people who have no formal ties to Pittsburgh but who follow the Steelers.

"For some of them, the only thing they know of Pittsburgh is the view from the blimp. It's amazing. They're die-hards, too," he said. "There are pockets of fans all over the place. The fan club has outgrown a couple of places so far. I guess we'll have to get a convention hall next."

Kansas City was an attractive destination for a number of reasons, not the least of which was availability of tickets. The Chiefs don't sell enough season tickets to sell out, but they do recognize the law of supply and demand. Anyone who wanted a ticket to the Steelers game also had to buy a $100 ticket to the Seahawks-Chiefs pre-season game.

Other tickets could be bought easily on-line or through scalpers. There were almost as many empty red seats at Arrowhead as there were red-clad Chiefs fans.

For their part, the players find a measure of comfort in knowing that they will have visible and vocal support, no matter where they play.

"It makes you feel like you have home field advantage on the road," said defensive lineman Chris Hoke.

"One of the reasons we're so lucky to be playing for the Steelers is that no matter where we are on the road, we feel the love from Steeler Nation," added defensive end Brett Keisel. "I can't tell you how many road games we played when our fans are more into the game than [home team] fans."

The loyalty of the fans in black and gold brought a smile to nose tackle Casey Hampton's face.

"You get spoiled by it," he said. "A few years back, we were playing in Dallas and I was taken to the locker room after I got hurt. I heard this eruption, and I figured Dallas had done something. But what happened was, Kimo [von Oelhoffen] had picked up a fumble. I thought it was their fans going crazy."

The buses ferrying fans from Johnny's to the game and back was a microcosm of the black and gold fan base.

Marilyn Turner, who moved to the Kansas City area from Canonsburg, maintains her roots to home through the Steelers.

"Even if you leave there, you still consider it home. There's so much pride in being from there," she said. "Pittsburgh defines who we are -- the work ethic, the importance of family."

Becky Robinson, a Charleroi native, came to Kansas City by way of Fort Worth, Texas, where she runs the local fan club.

"We tried to get tickets to a Heinz Field game, which is impossible. So we drove the 81/2 hours to get here," she said. "To me, the Steelers are like family. We eat, we drink, we watch football and the stadium is like a big living room. Rooting for the Steelers isn't a hobby. It's a lifestyle. It's ingrained."

One of the more garish vehicles in the stadium parking lots yesterday belonged to Darrell Earnhart of Fayetteville, Ark., who became a Steelers fan after meeting his fiancee, Erie native Wendy Palmer. In a sea of red, his jeep was a bold yellow adorned with hypocycloids and Steelers flags.

"People ask me why I root for Pittsburgh if I live in Arkansas," he said. "I always ask them, 'Why not be a fan of the greatest team on earth?' "

mikey23545
11-23-2009, 03:47 AM
Steelers Nation invades Arrowhead Stadium

and slinks out with their assholes on fire....

big nasty kcnut
11-23-2009, 04:04 AM
Steelers Nation invades Arrowhead Stadium and got the bomb dropped on them.

InChiefsHell
11-23-2009, 05:31 AM
I really hope the Chiefs can turn this shit around, so we can get back to Arrowhead being a Chiefs Only venue. Fucking terrible towels everywhere I heard. I was working and couldn't watch, but I have a friend who is a Steelers fan who got on a party bus down there. Said the place felt like Pittsburgh. But he did say that the Chiefs fans who were there were loud as hell, so there's that.

We need to take back Arrowhead dammit. Come on Haley, turn this shit boat around!!

LaChapelle
11-23-2009, 06:43 AM
She may have meant
Dives at Arrowhead

Dartgod
11-23-2009, 06:56 AM
I thought Steeler fans were educated football fans and then I witnessed them cheering loudly when the Steelers had the ball and quiet when we were on offense.

:shake:

dumbasses...

Fish
11-23-2009, 07:51 AM
I thought Steeler fans were educated football fans and then I witnessed them cheering loudly when the Steelers had the ball and quiet when we were on offense.

:shake:

dumbasses...

No shit. I saw this all game long.

I did meet quite a few very cool Steeler fans though. Gotta give some of them credit, they were good folks.

Goldmember
11-23-2009, 07:56 AM
I thought Steeler fans were educated football fans and then I witnessed them cheering loudly when the Steelers had the ball and quiet when we were on offense.

:shake:

dumbasses...

You have to remember, when a team wins six super bowls, there are going to be a lot of bandwagon fans that just want to associate themselves with a winner, no matter their connection to Pittsburgh. Some of those people don't know how they're supposed to act.

CaliforniaChief
11-23-2009, 07:56 AM
I appreciate their devotion to their team.

But I'm even more proud of the Chiefs fans who went and rose to the occasion, especially in the late 4th and overtime. You guys rock!!!

To the Chiefs fans who sold tickets to Steelers fans knowingly, screw you.

Warrior5
11-23-2009, 08:03 AM
I really hope the Chiefs can turn this shit around, so we can get back to Arrowhead being a Chiefs Only venue. ****ing terrible towels everywhere I heard. I was working and couldn't watch, but I have a friend who is a Steelers fan who got on a party bus down there. Said the place felt like Pittsburgh. But he did say that the Chiefs fans who were there were loud as hell, so there's that.

We need to take back Arrowhead dammit. Come on Haley, turn this shit boat around!!

Your friend was accurate. While tailgating I kept thinking I should've worn my white Chiefs away jersey because there were so many Steeler fans in the parking lot. When I got up to my seat, I actually took about 15 minutes to estimate the ratio of Chief:Steeler fans... conservatively, it was 1:1. Hats off to Steeler nation for representing so well. That's what being a consistent winner does for a fan base. Alas, I remember when SD looked like Arrowhead West...

I'll also confirm what your friend said about the noise: even with the huge number of empty seat and the huge number of terrible towels, Arrowhead got LOUD. When the Chiefs showed in the 4th quarter that they weren't going to give up, Arrowhead got "headache" loud when the Steelers had the ball. Not nearly 116 decibels, but proudly loud, and I think the Chiefs D fed off that a little.

I am tired, voiceless, and happy today.

philfree
11-23-2009, 08:08 AM
Yu'all caome back now, yu'hear! LOL Fuck them!


PhilFree:arrow:

Jack
11-23-2009, 08:09 AM
Perhaps Haley will shape this team after all. Anyone catch his comments about the Steeler organization and the innuendo of wanting to be like them. His Steeler connection is defined now, having to fetch footballs for them in his youth. This isn't all bad and I do not fear he wants it to be the KC "Steelers".

His fervor for the game and his passion for winning are only matched by Cowher. Gotta love it.

CaliforniaChief
11-23-2009, 08:09 AM
Yu'all caome back now, yu'hear! LOL **** them!


PhilFree:arrow:

ROFL

Rooster
11-23-2009, 08:10 AM
I thought Steeler fans were educated football fans and then I witnessed them cheering loudly when the Steelers had the ball and quiet when we were on offense.

:shake:

dumbasses...

Well the KC scoreboard would say "Get Loud Steelers Fans" when they had the ball and they would. They are at the very least a coachable bunch of fans. :D:D

I can not confirm or deny if that is true or not. :evil:

Demonpenz
11-23-2009, 08:14 AM
I am just glad I was able to unload my tix to steeler fans. got some coin for christmas season.

Goldmember
11-23-2009, 08:16 AM
I'll also confirm what your friend said about the noise: even with the huge number of empty seat and the huge number of terrible towels, Arrowhead got LOUD. When the Chiefs showed in the 4th quarter that they weren't going to give up, Arrowhead got "headache" loud when the Steelers had the ball. Not nearly 116 decibels, but proudly loud, and I think the Chiefs D fed off that a little.

I am tired, voiceless, and happy today.

The announcers on TV also mentioned, "it's getting loud in here"
Glad to hear that the faithful few were getting it on

Frazod
11-23-2009, 08:20 AM
$tealer$ Nation can choke on a truckload of cocks. Screw them and their stupid towels. 4321

KCtotheSB
11-23-2009, 08:23 AM
$tealer$ Nation can choke on a truckload of cocks. Screw them and their stupid towels. 4321

This.

As much as I love the Penguins, I equally hate the goddamn Steelers. Hines Ward can laugh and giggle his way back to Pittsburgh with this loss mushroom stamped to his bigass forehead.

DaFace
11-23-2009, 08:26 AM
While I respect the team for "traveling so well," it's not hard to remain a rabid fanbase of a team that goes to the Super Bowl once every 5 years.

gblowfish
11-23-2009, 08:29 AM
The three trails west started in Independence, not Overland Park.
Pinheads...

Goldmember
11-23-2009, 08:46 AM
While I respect the team for "traveling so well," it's not hard to remain a rabid fanbase of a team that goes to the Super Bowl once every 5 years.

That's why I admire Chiefs, Browns, Cubs etc. fans so much for their dedication to their perennial non-championship teams (or been so long it's become folklore). Those are the true die-hard fans. It's easy to be a fan of a perennial winner.

PunkinDrublic
11-23-2009, 08:50 AM
You have to remember, when a team wins six super bowls, there are going to be a lot of bandwagon fans that just want to associate themselves with a winner, no matter their connection to Pittsburgh. Some of those people don't know how they're supposed to act.

Exactly. I'm so sick of hearing how loyal their fan base is. All they're doing is gloming onto a winner. On the other hand if I lived in a rust belt shithole like Pittsburgh I'd want to leave as often as possible too.
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Simply Red
11-23-2009, 08:51 AM
$tealer$ Nation can choke on a truckload of cocks. Screw them and their stupid towels. 4321

this, basically.

Chiefs 2 teh SUPERBOWL!

beach tribe
11-23-2009, 08:57 AM
I really hope the Chiefs can turn this shit around, so we can get back to Arrowhead being a Chiefs Only venue. ****ing terrible towels everywhere I heard. I was working and couldn't watch, but I have a friend who is a Steelers fan who got on a party bus down there. Said the place felt like Pittsburgh. But he did say that the Chiefs fans who were there were loud as hell, so there's that.

We need to take back Arrowhead dammit. Come on Haley, turn this shit boat around!!

There were a lot of Steelers fans there, but they were NOT as loud as the KC fans from what I could tell.

Rain Man
11-23-2009, 09:23 AM
If the Steelers fans invaded Arrowhead, it appears that they made it all the way to Stalingrad.

ChiefsCountry
11-23-2009, 09:40 AM
All the Steeler fans I met were pretty cool yesterday. Really had no problem with any of them, also I know that team wins alot but the majority aren't the bandwagon ie Cowboys type.

notorious
11-23-2009, 10:30 AM
If the Steelers fans invaded Arrowhead, it appears that they made it all the way to Stalingrad.

From what I recall from the History and Military channel, it didn't turn out to well for the invaders..........

DumbHillbillies
11-23-2009, 10:34 AM
You have to remember, when a team wins six super bowls, there are going to be a lot of bandwagon fans that just want to associate themselves with a winner, no matter their connection to Pittsburgh. Some of those people don't know how they're supposed to act.

These are my thoughts exactly, a lot of fareweather fans will leech on to a team that has a tradition of winning. If the steelers ever go through a real drought you will see steeler nation dwindle down.

SNR
11-23-2009, 10:37 AM
"It's like being back home in Pittsburgh," said Bob Hite, a fan club member who is general manager of the local Doubletree Hotel. "No other team has a fan base like the Steelers."Actually, the Green Bay Packers have the most fans of any NFL team worldwide.

This is an actual fact, btw.

sportsman1
11-23-2009, 11:38 AM
I saw the damn terrible towels on tv, and wanted to vomit. Beating them was all the sweeter. We have got to turn it around quickly. Arrowhead is Home to the greatest tailgating, and loudest fans. Knock this shit off.

KcKing
11-23-2009, 12:48 PM
I thought Steeler fans were educated football fans and then I witnessed them cheering loudly when the Steelers had the ball and quiet when we were on offense.

:shake:

dumbasses...

A lot of the ones in sec 113 were completely drunk and were yelling when we yelled just to try and be louder than the Chief fans in that section... They thought it was a cheering contest or something. We yelled on Defense, and made fun of them quietly while on offense. Haha
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Goldmember
11-23-2009, 01:20 PM
A lot of the ones in sec 113 were completely drunk and were yelling when we yelled just to try and be louder than the Chief fans in that section... They thought it was a cheering contest or something. We yelled on Defense, and made fun of them quietly while on offense. Haha
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"Hey, they're cheering when OUR offense is on the field. We can't let them do that, only WE can cheer for our offense! Let's out-cheer them"

Mr. Laz
11-23-2009, 01:29 PM
take their money and send them home with their tails between their legs.

:clap:

cdirty
11-23-2009, 01:36 PM
Yu'all caome back now, yu'hear! LOL **** them!


PhilFree:arrow:

lol.

I know this girl who is Steeler fan. She made the trip up to KC from wichita for her first ever NFL game. Turned out not so good for her :)

PunkinDrublic
11-23-2009, 01:40 PM
People ask me why I root for Pittsburgh if I live in Arkansas," he said. "I always ask them, 'Why not be a fan of the greatest team on earth?' "

This sums up Steeler fans from outside western PA. Frontrunning douchebags.

DBOSHO
11-23-2009, 01:41 PM
This is a little off topic, but i got my thread making privelages taken away for no reason.

does anyone know if/where you can get replacement names for your jersey?

i bought a replica Greg wesley jersey for $12 today, and i just wanna buy charles' name somewhere? help?

HermanHater
11-23-2009, 01:45 PM
People ask me why I root for Pittsburgh if I live in Arkansas," he said. "I always ask them, 'Why not be a fan of the greatest team on earth?' "

This sums up Steeler fans from outside western PA. Frontrunning douchebags.

This. Which is why I cant stand the team, that and that douche Hines Ward

Frazod
11-23-2009, 01:48 PM
People ask me why I root for Pittsburgh if I live in Arkansas," he said. "I always ask them, 'Why not be a fan of the greatest team on earth?' "

This sums up Steeler fans from outside western PA. Frontrunning douchebags.

All he needs now is a Yankmees cap to complete the total dickbag ensemble. I actually saw one of these idiots over the weekend.

PunkinDrublic
11-23-2009, 01:49 PM
This. Which is why I cant stand the team, that and that douche Hines Ward

To be fair the article said his wife was from PA but what kind of man are you if your wife is choosing what team for you to root for.

Coach
11-23-2009, 01:50 PM
Sorry Squeeler fans. You ain't getting them keys to Arrowhead.

http://nicedeb.files.wordpress.com/2008/04/key_success.jpg

Warrior5
11-23-2009, 01:53 PM
A lot of the ones in sec 113 were completely drunk and were yelling when we yelled just to try and be louder than the Chief fans in that section... They thought it was a cheering contest or something. We yelled on Defense, and made fun of them quietly while on offense. Haha
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Not just another 12th Man, but a thinking 12th man. Well done sir.

chiefsmobile
11-23-2009, 10:41 PM
Its nice to see your steeler nation take there crying towels with them
and its to bad so many chiefs season ticket holders would rather make
money off steeler fans instead of supporting there team it was worth it
to see all that black n gold crying