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YOU KNOW the Pittsburgh Steelers are in the Super Bowl when hundreds of fans attend a Downtown rally -- which they did Thursday in the closed block between the county courthouse and the City-County Building. The event was sponsored by the city and Allegheny County and featured bands, cheerleaders and speeches -- and lots of enthusiasm in shades of black and gold.


YOU KNOW the Steelers are in the Super Bowl when public officials make arrangements to be at the big game. While some receive tickets from the team in a deal not generally available to members of the public, it's OK with us if they pay for the tickets and accommodations themselves. After all, what's a grand occasion for Pittsburgh without some official representation? Gov. Ed Rendell will attend, as will County Executive Dan Onorato and his wife, Shelly. Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will use campaign funds to attend with two bodyguards (two of the mayor's brothers are going to the game and will pay for their own tickets). Of course, what the Super Bowl has to do with the mayor's campaign is not entirely clear, but we won't kick that political Football around right now.

YOU KNOW the Steelers are in the Super Bowl when city police plan for what happens after the game -- with luck, peaceful demonstrations of joy, not outbreaks of mass suicide. A full contingent of some 400 officers will be ready and will start closing intersections across the city at the start of the fourth quarter, just in case things get out of hand.

YOU KNOW the Steelers are in the Super Bowl when Port Authority buses and trolleys electronically flash "Go Steelers" in between announcing their destinations on their message boards.

YOU KNOW the Steelers are in the Super Bowl when Eat'n Park restaurants close their doors at 3 p.m. to give employees a chance to watch the game. The locally based chain of eateries hardly ever closes -- the restaurants are open all year with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas and an early closing for Easter. For the Super Bowl, let's hope a touchdown feast is on the menu for Eat'n Park staff and the rest of us.

YOU KNOW the Steelers are in the Super Bowl when coach Mike Tomlin is named the Motorola Coach of the Year. Fans voted for Coach Tomlin on the NFL Web site and they chose well. In only his second year as head coach, he is a major reason why the Steelers are in Tampa.

AFTER ALL THIS, you will know the Steelers are in the Super Bowl if you try to call someone's house after 6:25 p.m. when the game is scheduled to start. Please, a bit of consideration. The Steelers are in the Super Bowl -- go, Steelers!



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: January 31, 2009

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