Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sports and Politics in Pittsburgh

Upon reading the following article on Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl's temporary name change to "Steelerstahl," I couldn't not post a link to it. While perhaps not as extreme as officially changing your name to Chad Ocho Cinco or Stylez G. White, Ravenstahl's removing the "Raven" from his name in preparation for Pittsburgh's upcoming AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens is another noteworthy move by a politician to tap into the sports ethos of the populous he governs (in this case, the rabid fans of the Steel City). My question is: Why not just remove the "Raven" and simply go by "Stahl" instead of being redundant (Steelerstahl)?

Here is the ESPN story.

3 comments:

Corry Cropper said...

He should ban the use of Raven (or anything like it) everywhere in Pittsburgh. Revise all Harry Potter books and rename the Hogwarts house "Steelerclaw"; Wild dance parties with ecstasy should now be called "steels"; cowards will now be referred to as being "csteeler"; Someone who is really hungry should be called "steelerous"; etc....

Robert J. Hudson said...

Yeah, I think you should propose that to him. Also, mentally insane people would be "stark steeler mad"; 8th grade English classes would read Edgar Allan Poe's classic poem "The Steeler"; all Italian restaurants in the greater Pittsburgh area would serve folded stuffed pasta called "steelerolis"; Olivia Kendall from the Cosby Show would be credited as "Steeler-Symone"; "Wes C. Steeler" would continue his legacy with Scream 7...

Robert J. Hudson said...

...and I would bring a bottle of "Steelerswood" Sonoma Valley wine to all Pittsburgh dinner parties (if only to offset the taste of the Pabst Blue Ribbon)!