Forget birthright citizenship. In Pittsburgh they have birthright-Steelers-fandom

January 30th, 2011

One of the more interesting aspects of living in Western, Pennsylvania is experiencing the full force of Steelers country. I am always amazed at how hard core these Yinzers are about their Stilers (a little Pittsburghese there). And it seems that this fandom is instilled from birth.

They start ’em young up in Pittsburgh.

A hospital in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. is wrapping each newborn in a Terrible Towel as part of a celebration of the Steelers playing in Super Bowl XLV.

St. Clair Hospital started the tradition when the Steelers last made it to the Super Bowl in 2008 and decided to continue this year. “They’re born Steelers fans here in Pittsburgh,” said Sharon Johnson, a clinical supervisor at the hospital.

It’s a cute idea and I’m sure all those Terrible Towels will be hanging proudly in those family’s houses for years to come

I suppose Section One of the Pittsburgh Constitution would go something like this: “All persons born or naturalized in the western half of Pennsylvania , and subject to the  terrible towels thereof,  are fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and of the stadium wherein they reside.”