Week VI: Watching the Dallas Game in the South Side

October 18th, 2004

Week VI: Watching the Dallas Game in the South Side

One of the reasons we love football is because we played in our youth, at a time when our bodies can withstand the physical abuse. Whether it is school-organized sport, a pickup game with friends, or a Turkey Bowl, at some point you will feel pain playing football. When you are young the pain lasts only seconds. As you get older it lasts days or weeks. Then there is the pain of losing. After a heartbreaking loss, you start every game with the fear of feeling that pain and disappointment all over again. Winning lessens pain, and justifies it. But what really unites us is the shared pain. We have loyalty for the people who shared the hard times. Our friends know our suffering, and can share in our successes. And this is as true in life as it is in football.

I spent Week 6 in Pittsburgh’s South Side. Before the Steelers game started I met a group of young men playing football at the 12th Street park. To see youth defy gravity reminds me why I loved playing football, it’s just fun. I later went to Cupka’s to watch the first half of the game. A neighborhood bar, among old friends is perhaps the best way to see a game. Men who played football together in their youth can continue to share the same friendships throughout life. And a few beers and pizza are an added bonus. For the second half I went to Jack’s on East Carson Street. The mix of fans there was much more diverse but the goal was the same. It’s nice to share the win. And when the Steelers win it’s good for Pittsburgh. The world has a favorable view of us and more people get together to watch and celebrate at their local establishments. The only people who resent the Steelers fans right now are the Cowboys fans. It is a testament to Steelers fans everywhere that we can make away games feel like home games just by showing up in force.

Final Outcome: Steelers defeat Dallas Cowboys 24 – 20
Steelers 5-1

Week VI: Watching the Dallas Game in the South Side

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