Those of us who live in Pittsburgh can take justifiable pride and joy in this great city of ours and its accomplishments down through the years! Our home town has been known as the steel capital of the world, the industrial heart of America, and America’s most livable city. Sports fans have always taken their share of the pride in our city being known as “The City of Champions”.
For generations, sports and the city of Pittsburgh have always been closely interwoven…both professional; and collegiate. In the earlier days, it was the Pittsburgh Pirate baseball franchise that took center stage with its winning ways boasting such great stars as Honus Wagner and Cy Young down through the years to the era of Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell.
The Pittsburgh professional football birthright was not without its threatened miscarriage. Founded in 1933 by its patron Art Rooney, he watched his club struggle through its first seven seasons with just 22 wins and five different head coaches. The franchise finally gained championship status during the coaching eras of Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher, and now Mike Tomlin.
During the same era, the National Hockey League Penguins gave the city another champion with Mario Lemieux and now Sidney Crosby. No wonder we are called “The City of Champions”.
Now, once again, the city is caught up in a frenzy with the Steelers – for the seventh time – headed to the Super Bowl. With its record over the years, the Steelers have earned the reputation as one of the world’s greatest franchises in all of organized team sports!
Come Sunday’s Super Bowl, the Steelers will be facing the Green Bay Packers, another team with a great legacy. Since the days of Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi, the packers have been a team to reckon with. Thus, this really should be a battle royal with two superior, historic sports franchises.
We, as Pittsburghers, can take great pride in the Steelers. Interesting enough, over the years, the Steelers have earned fan support all around the country; probably justifying taking over the title “America’s Team” from the Dallas Cowboys.
We want to add our congratulations to the Steeler team, the coaching staff, the support staff, and the Rooney family.
So, as the Super Bowl approaches Sunday, we’re left virtually speechless in anticipation…
Well almost…Go Steelers!
Robert W. Dickey
President KQV Newsradio
Broadcast: February 3, 4, 5 2011
State Rep. Dom Costa from Stanton Heights, is introducing a bill that would create a state receivership to work in tandem with the state Public Utility Commission overseeing improvements at Pittsburg's troubled water and sewer authority. Like Act 47 they would approve budgets, set priorities and decide capital improvements to the system. However IMG Consultants, hired by the city to review PWSA, said that calls for state oversight is premature and could complicate financial maneuvers, with some residents preferring it be handled by local officials rather than under state supervision as was the case in Flint Michigan.
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