Steelers Stories

Steelers Stories

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by John Luciew
     
 
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You won't find any staid player statistics, by-the-numbers game summaries or tedious team histories here. This Steelers book teems with the passion and pride Pittsburgh has for its football team. It’s told through a multitude of intimate fan portraits that put a face on Steelers Nation.

Journalist John Luciew, a

Overview

NEWLY UPDATED FOR THE 2015 SEASON!
You won't find any staid player statistics, by-the-numbers game summaries or tedious team histories here. This Steelers book teems with the passion and pride Pittsburgh has for its football team. It’s told through a multitude of intimate fan portraits that put a face on Steelers Nation.

Journalist John Luciew, a life-long Steelers fan and twenty-year season ticket holder, takes to the streets of Pittsburgh’s Strip District and scales the heights of Heinz Field’s 700-level nose-bleed section to uncover the personal connections that have forged an unbreakable bond between town and team.

You'll visit a university art exhibit that explores Pittsburgh’s football obsession in all its glory. How do Steelers fans entwine themselves with the team? This exhibit archives the ways. There are colossal collages of Steelers tattoos, a Troy Polamalu-groomed poodle, a scale model of Heinz Field that overtakes a fan’s basement and an exact replica of a black-and-gold Steelers’ man-cave.

Luciew makes the rounds with Pittsburgh historians who recount the Steel City’s manufacturing fall and its football ascension. Laid off steel workers who could no longer wear their hardhats to work donned them instead for football games. And an army of migrating Pittsburghers fanned out across the country looking for work and gave birth to Steelers Nation in the process. Today, there's a coast-to-coast collection of Steelers’ fan clubs and bars that all point to Pittsburgh as its Mecca.

UPMC psychologists recount how humans harbor a natural drive to connect with something larger then themselves. In Pittsburgh, that human need is in overdrive, resulting in an epidemic outbreak of Steelers mania. Newborns are swaddled in Terrible Towels in Pittsburgh maternity wards. Football party hosts insist upon strict seating charts so as not to alter anything from one game to the next, lest they jinx the team. Children grow up forever equating Steelers football with food, fun, family and a burning desire to be great.

One proud product of Pittsburgh’s African-American neighborhoods and its rough-and-tumble public schools recounts how the pursuit of excellence embodied by the Steelers helped elevate his own goals. This Pittsburgher now commands the lofty heights of high finance from atop a PNC banking tower. His story shows how the team that borrowed its name from Pittsburgh’s old economy helped fuel the pride and effort necessary for Pittsburgh to forge its own renaissance.

And while the steel mills might have closed; the furnace fires all but extinguished; the ingots all grown cold, they still mass-produce one thing in Pittsburgh -- Steelers fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012161314
Publisher:
Capital City Books
Publication date:
02/05/2011
Series:
Tales of the Team, the Town and the Towel-Waving Fans Who Love Them Both , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
334,394
File size:
53 KB

Meet the Author

Journalist John Luciew is the author of numerous ripped-from-the-headlines fictional thrillers that mix politics, corporate power and pulse-pounding suspense, including: KILL THE STORY, ZERO TOLERANCE, SECRETS OF THE DEAD, FATAL DEAD LINES, CORPORATE CUNNING, and coming soon, LAST CASE. His non-fiction titles include the true-crime account, SUSPECT/VICTIM, and the real-life medical thriller, “CATASTROPHIC.”

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Steelers Stories 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YEAH GO BROWN THEY WON TO THE BILLS LAST NIGHt theyre 3-2 beat thst steelers 0-4 haha u guys suck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GO STEELERS!!!! YEAH, STEELERS!!!! UH, RAVENS? BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ALWAYS LOVED THE STELLERS AND I WILL KEEP LIKEING THE STELLRS thy didnt make to the superbowl this but they tried and they did very well last year and part of this year i give them creidt! I RECOMED THIS BOOK GOOOOOOOOOOO STTTTTTTELLLLERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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If you are a steelers fan you will like this book.Go steelers!!! And the book is so cool.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Steelers are great, the book is ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago