Steeler Fans Overwhelm The Big Easy

It started on the plane. A Steeler Monkey–but not one on their backs! This is Rich Lubic, who reminded me he had been at a Steelers pep rally at a Steeler bar in Jacksonville, Florida, back in 2006, when NFL films shot “Steeler Nation.” And he reminded me they all sang Happy Birthday to me.

Fast forward four years, and we are in New Orleans, at the Super Dome. John Meyer and I have never been here, but Guy Junker had. None of us had ever experienced The Crescent City during Halloween, and the trek down Bourbon Street was delightful madness, punctuated by costumed Steeler fans, like these nurses from Allegheny General Hospital,

and a host of characters like these

and these

and these (Guy and John)

Not a great  photo, but try taking a cell phone picture with throngs bumping into you.

After we did some work inside the amazing Super Dome, I headed out to a jazz spot with DVE’s Randy Baumann, Ryan Camuso, and their buddies.

We listened to the most amazing trombone band, at Tipitina’s. Several years ago, Randy arranged a benefit in Pittsburgh for the Tipitina Foundation, to raise money for the musicians devastated by Katrina. He brought in 50 thousand dollars. The foundation supports the musical culture of this gem of a city, and helps put musical instruments into the public schools here. It is hard to believe, looking at the regions’s remarkable recovery, that Katrina almost destroyed this resilient city. There are still scars, though. Still work to be done. Reminders were on display at the Katrina Exhibit that opened this week-end at the Louisiana State Museum. One can understand how the Saints’ Super Bowl win was a galvanizing lift for the city. Too bad the Steelers are not going to help in that department Sunday night!

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