Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cowboys Will Be Chipped Ham for Burgh's `Stillers'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cowboys Will Be Chipped Ham for Burgh's `Stillers'

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The winner of Super Bowl 30 should be Pittsburgh over Dallas.

That's should as in will, and should as in deserves to be.

The football rationale shrieks for itself. Pittsburgh is four for four in Super Bowls, including two for two vs. Dallas. The Stillers, as we native Pittsburghers call them, should win again for reasons beyond precedent.

Dallas claims to have America's team. The Stillers are Pittsburgh's team, which is better because they and their town reflect a heritage that made this country great.

Dallas, being in Texas, is populated by Texans, a species that speaks loudly and obnoxiously for itself.

People in Dallas sound related to the same "Hey, how y'all doin" car dealer clan.

Pittsburghers are an ethnic ensemble, lured ages ago by the harsh equality of the mills. They speak a rich dialect known as Pittsburghese. Instead of "youse," Pittsburghers say "you'ns," pronounced "yunz." The local delicacy is chipped ham, a thin-sliced cold cut. We "duntun" for downtown and "Wooshington" for our nation's capital.

The Burgh, as it's known to friends and family, is a true shot-and-a-beer town. The beer is home-brewed Iron City, called Iron but pronounced Arn.

But the Burgh is where Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine. Dallas' miracle serum is taco sauce.

Dallas is the Texas School Book Depository and J.R.'s South Fork ranch. The Burgh is the Golden Triangle, an urban-renewal jewel.

Dallas is slick backroom politics.

The Burgh is Joey Diven, unofficial mayor of Oakland, a neighborhood near duntun where he reigned as the world's greatest streetfighter. As Roy McHugh, the Burgh's master scribe, wrote, "The only weights he ever lifted for body-building purposes were bottles of Iron City beer."

Except for the Edgar Thomson works in Braddock and the coke plant in Clairton, the Stillers' namesake mills are closed. America's trend toward corporate greed - personified by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones - hit the Burgh below the rust belt.

The team, like its town, has a family tree of character and characters.

Art Rooney, the team's late patriarch, was the son of a saloonkeeper and a devoted horseplayer.

He formed the team in 1933 and in the next 40 years qualified for one playoff game. …

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