As one sports writer once put it, “The Cowboys may be America’s team, but the Steelers are G-d’s team.” If, as that chart in high school used to say, you only learn 10% of what you read, make sure you read this sentence over and over again, “The Cowboys may be America’s team, but the Steelers are G-d’s team.” Let me make it perfectly clear, it’s not just a game it is a lifestyle. It is a belief. It is hope. It is the birthing ground of legends. It is Fandom and I dare you to contradict me when telling you that the energy emanating from Pittsburgh is the apex of it all. Pittsburgh is the Jerusalem of Fandom.
Live blogging is all the rage when watching the game on that slick flat panel hi-def beauty while someones mom is making finger food upstairs. Little fans hide behind mind numbingly uncreative web names proclaiming their teams supremacy all the while libeling your teams good name. This is an unlivable situation. That’s why I created the Watchitoo show “Fandom aka The Tauntosphere”. Note: When I say “Tauntosphere” I’m not talking about the Lone Ranger’s sidekick, I’m talking about the 12th man! Don’t know what that means? Well, take a seat and let the true fans get to work.
Unlike other sites out there, Watchitoo allows me to showcase my moves when #92 lays the smack down or #86 takes it to the house. Instead of typing those euphoric moments out while sitting in my underwear on my nacho cheese stained couch, I’m painted head to toe in brilliant black and gold, twirling that towel like I was sitting in Heinz. And guess what, so is Graham, so is my dad, so is everyone else on “Fandom aka The Tauntosphere” except Bob, that Bengals fan that was talking up a storm. No, Bob’s just sitting there watching the Terrible Towel swing pretending not to care. He does. That’s what Fandom is all about, running your mouth and backing it up or running your mouth and complaining about bad calls or cheating.
Check out my show called “Fandom AKA The Tauntosphere”
We all know the best part of being a fan is sitting in the stadium and living the moment, cheering on the team, and dancing around while “accidentally” spilling stale beer on that Patriots fan who thought he’d brave the elements on your day at your turf. Watchitoo is the next best thing, because you’re still watching the game, you’re sharing the experience with your friends, and you’re taunting the misdirected fans of another team. Oh, and when that annoying commercial comes on, you know the one that’s played 200 times in twenty minutes, you mute the TV and play the string of team videos compiled on the show. Nothing can be better than watching Myron Cope’s tribute to the Steelers or that epic James Harrison power bomb of that drunken Browns fan than watching with your friends… except maybe with a Browns fan or two. Haha, if there was such a thing.
Sports are the epic staging grounds of hometown pride, but fans leave town for a job somewhere else. Tickets are expensive. Going to the bar is expensive. That doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to practice your taunting in a meaningful manner. Get painted, get food, turn on the television, grab your computer, log on to Watchitoo, and try your best to out stage me and my boys this game day. I’d say good luck, but you’ll need a prayer.