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Expect a lot of Steelers fans in Denver Sunday

Posted on: January 5, 2012 7:25 pm
Pittsburgh's Terrible-towel-waving faithful will be well represented this weekend in Denver. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

When it comes to fans infiltrating an opposing team's stadium, no one packs them in like Steelers' faithful. Depending on your allegiances, the Terrible-Towel waving black and gold spectacle is either a testament to just how important football is to the region or reminiscent of the pervasive nature of the cockroach.

(It's not completely accurate to say Steelers fans travel well. That's partly true, but they're also everywhere. Many of them have roots in western Pennsylvania but their families left the area in the '70s and '80s after the steel mills closed and unemployment rose. Either way, if there's a football game, they're showing up.)

So come Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET, expect Sports Authority Field to be littered with Steelers fans and Terrible Towels. Never mind that this is the Broncos' first postseason appearance since 2005 (the Steelers knocked them out of the AFC Championship game that year), or that Tebowmania is still alive. As of Thursday morning, there were 3,900 seats available on StubHub and 5,700 ready for purchase on Ticketexchange. Even if those tickets remain unsold, history suggests that it's fair to expect Steelers fans to number in the tens of thousands.

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers will go up against Tim Tebow and the Broncos on Sunday in this AFC wild-card matchup. Join's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz as they preview this upcoming game. Watch the game on CBS at 4:30 PM ET.

"I'm amazed at how many season ticket holders got tickets and don't want to go," ticket broker Candy Lewis told Tammy Vigil of Colorado's KWGN 2.

In fact, according to Lewis, a lot of season ticket-holders are selling their seats. Which means they could end up in the hands of eager Steelers fans. That's exactly what happened during that AFC Championship game following the 2005 season.

"It was terrible in a way because we lost. But mainly because more than half the stadium were Steelers fans," Lewis said.

In a speech Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis annually delievered to Bengals fans, Denver head coach John Fox is imploring season ticket holders to show up Sunday.

"I would encourage all fans to keep their seats, so to speak, and not sell to Pittsburgh fan, so our stadium remains as active and loud as its been and more blue and orange, rather than yellow and gold," Fox said Monday.

For hobbled Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the sight never gets old.

“I think it kind of blows most people away,” he said. “When you’re on the road and you have guys on other teams that aren’t used to seeing that, and all of a sudden they see the Steeler fans come in and their like, ‘Holy cow, what’s going on?’ It’s a pretty neat feeling.”

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin added: “I’m continually surprised and awed by that, particularly when we’re out west. We’ve got world championship-caliber fans, and that’s why we work so hard to produce results on the field for them.”

Part of the problem? Maybe Tebowmania isn't quite so much alive as on life support. After winning six in a row and getting the Broncos to 8-5, Denver backed into the playoffs after three uninspiring losses. The last, a 7-3 effort against the Chiefs that saw the Broncos punt three times for each point they scored, was the last straw for some fans.

“That game was one step above watching paint dry,” said longtime season holder Todd Tenenbaum (via the Associated Press). “To watch the running back and quarterback bump into each other to see who can get up the middle first is just boring. I’d rather stay home and watch ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ with my kids.”

And that, folks, is how you end up with a stadium filled with Steelers fans. (In related news: we're guessing this won't help.)

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Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:27 pm

Expect a lot of Steelers fans in Denver Sunday

Well, If there truly IS a God, and he's a football fan, the Donkeys WILL find a way to beat the Squeelers.....

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2012 6:40 pm

Expect a lot of Steelers fans in Denver Sunday

     The Donkeys do not deserve to be in the playoffs, period.  Denver fans know this and know Pittsburgh will roll over them.  Winning the division the way Denver did is just pathetic; the team playing the best football in the AFC West at season's end was San Diego.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:36 pm

Expect a lot of Steelers fans in Denver Sunday

ok, whew, i was like WTF did i say that was elitist, haha Embarassed  im just a proudn Steeler fan, and actually enjoy meeting people from all over the US who we see at away games...

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 3:14 pm

Expect a lot of Steelers fans in Denver Sunday

Not at all!  I was replying to the earlier post by

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 2:42 pm

Expect a lot of Steelers fans in Denver Sunday

 - i hope you are not replying to my statement.  i was merely explaining a lot of the misconceptions of "bandwagon" fans and fans in general.  living in Pgh its a lot easier to be inside the "pipeline" of all Steeler info thats all i meant by that as well.  no disrespect to any out of town Steeler fans, in fact i have a ton of respect for those that wear black and gold outside of Pgh.  not sure what was elitist about it either, i never said our fans are better than any other fans, in fact, i was almost equaling out the fanbases stating that most fan bases probably have the same % of idiot jerk fans as any others...i hope this clears that up if that was replying to what i said.   

Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:52 pm

Expect a lot of Steelers fans in Denver Sunday

I feel like I'm only giving you credit for making a horrible statement by posting, but I had to speak up on this one.  Who, exactly, said you HAD to live in Pennsylvania to be a TRUE Steelers fan?  I grew up in Arkansas, hating the Cowboys, and have been a Steelers fan since 1973, that's when I was old enough to know what football was.  I wore my jerseys and waved my terrible towel every sunday even when Steve Bono, Todd Blackledge, Bubby Brister, and Mark Malone were steering our team to less than stellar finishes.  So you really should drop the "elitist" attitude that's giving us true fans a bad name.  You're only providing ammunition for the other fans to call us rude and arrogant.  Yes, we have a great team, yes we are successful, yes we have 6 Super Bowl wins, and yes, we have REAL fans all over the world, and yes, we respect your team if you've earned it.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:23 pm

Expect a lot of Steelers fans in Denver Sunday

i always feel the need to jump in as i have lived in Pgh my entire life.  i am 37 now and was alive in the 70's for those teams, buyt too young to comprehend much of what was going on sice i was born in 1974.  so my first memories are from the 1980's Steelers, not a great way to start off following a team.  they struggled and were bad at times, but still had a 20 year season ticket waiting list as they do now, im down to within a few years and have been on the list since 1997. 

this is what we have always done here on Sunday, its like a lot of other places too, you revolve your weekend/sunday plans around the Steeler game and each game is an event.  that is the same in a lot of other cities, but the 1970's success combined with the success the last decade or so has made the fan base even stronger.  as with all successful teams, there are bandwagoners.  how else do you explain the sudden #1 jersey sales of Aaron Rodgers.  The key is keeping those fans around for a lifetime, which the best franchises always do with continued success...and you cant really blame yonger kids for how old they are when they start to follow any team, they cant determine when they are born...

as for the  traveling, the Steeler fans, while a lot might not live in Pgh anymore, they still travel to games.  my wife and i went to the SF game through a travel agency that has been doing Steeler trips for over 20 years and had a blast in SF and there had to be close to 10k Steeler fans there, maybe more.  but the day we got there and up unti lthe game we met Steeler fans from EVERYWHERE that also traveled to visit the city and went to the game.  some from Hawaii, Ohio, Chicago, Texas, LA, a lot from SF, Louisiana, Florida, year we are hopingthey have trips to NY for the Giants, it seems to be the only way she gets me to travel, haha.  we went to New Orleans last year. 

I can say too that every city has their fair share of awful/annoying fans...New Orleans was not bad at all, but SF the fans there were quite a bit more annoying, i saw some fights break out, but it was all in all not too much more than just heckling...but every game for every team has their share of drunk annoying jerky fans...probably no more of a percentage of Steeler fans than any other team on any other given Sunday when some of the fans drink too much...

ill finish with this - Go Steelers!  im pretty sure Denver wont be too tough, the next game will be the hardest i think, no matter who they play if they take care of business against the Broncos

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:08 pm

Expect a lot of Steelers fans in Denver Sunday

tdshammrock - you have completely misunderstood my post.  I have been a steelers fan since i can remember. 1970 to be exact. I remember where i was when the emmaculate reception occurred.  I remember when they were 1-13, 2-12.  I was born and raise for 32 yrs 25 miles outside of Pittsburgh.  Don't be hostile or start sounding foolish.  GO STEELERS it T-Bone time

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:09 am

Expect a lot of Steelers fans in Denver Sunday

As a former resident of Cincinnati, I can tell you that the gold towels, and those who wield them, make me sick. I have never encountered a more obnoxious, arrogant, abrasive group....and not just because yes, their team has enjoyed a lot of success over the years. Yes, it's a good team, albeit a bunch of cheap shot artists like Hines Ward and Harrison, and accused rapists....The fans just have NO class whatsoever.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:56 am
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