still your pal wrote:
For example, I live in another state from my parents and brothers, and I don't see them as much as I would like. But we're all Steeler fans.
This is another point I forgot. along these same lines. people who move out of the area or have family from the area of a pro sports team espcially one that is succesful like the steelers it's a way to keep a bond with the region. Imagine say swissvale who lives in butt fuck new hamphsire.. he can not stay connected with the local daily things that go on(don't get me wrong you can see all kinds of stuff on the internet but its not the same as living here) but he doesn't live here and can't go to his favorite pizza shop or see a concert at the new AE pavillion or get brunch at station square or see sally wiggin on the new every night. The one thing he can do is watch the steelers every sunday and keep connected with the region in that way.. pound his chest at work when the steelers win.. hide under the deask when Brady hand pittsburgh another beat down.. No one cares where lives what happends on a friday night in Pittsburghor what was on the news but what everyone can see is what happens on sunday when the steelers play.
It's a emotional attachment espcially to stay connected to the region in whatever form or fashion you wish to make it and that's ok. Helps you keep a bond with people other wise you don't see much and with out the steelers you would have one less reason to talk to them.
I can agree with this to a degree, the Steelers are also an excuse to take a road trip home to hang with some of my peeps. Going to 1,2 or 3 games a year as I do, I also look forward to that because of the social aspects. It's truly better to watch the game on my 52" TV in the basement and drink beer that I bought for $20/case, but the fun of going also includes hanging with people I don't always hang with and talking old times and new times and the game is a vehicle for that too.
Careful now or someone will think it's more than just entertainment to you.