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Here We Go - Ground the Jets!!

On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers host the New York Jets in Heinz Field in what will be Pittsburgh’s fifth AFC Championship game in 10 years. And, in case you haven’t heard, a Steelers win would send the team to the Super Bowl in Dallas, being played on February 6th!

Perhaps you joined the festivities at noon today at the County Courthouse as Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh hosted its “Ground the Jets Rally” around the Terrible Tree in the courtyard. Even if you haven’t – today is “Black & Gold Day” and everyone is encouraged to show their support for the Steelers by donning black and gold. I know my office staff did. How about you?

Do It for Myron!

Sunday’s game is on Myron Cope’s birthday – so make those Terrible Towels fly high!!

Big Games = Big Bucks

The fans aren’t the only ones who benefit from the Steelers’ season. According to a recent Post-Gazette article, the total economic impact from the Steelers-Jets game could be more than $19.2 million. The figure takes into account spending on hotels, tickets, parking, food, beverages, souvenirs and other ancillary spending. A spokeswoman for the Steelers said Sunday’s game will provide another $600,000 in amusement tax and ticket surcharge revenue.

Don’t Have Tickets?

If you don’t have tickets to the big game, there are still plenty of events going on in and around the area to take advantage of…

The Heinz Regional History Center is offering buy-one-get-one-free admission to the History Center and Sports Museum in honor of the Steelers march to the AFC Championship Game. Just mention the special phrase “Ground the Jets” now through Monday, January 24th to take advantage of this deal!

The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University looks at Steelers fans and their love for the team in a show entitled, Whatever It Takes: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions. The show runs through January 30th.

Stage AE has an entire weekend of Steelers-themed events for fans. On Friday, doors open at 5 p.m. for a live broadcast by WDVE and DJ Sean McDowell until 7 p.m. Then live music by Gene The Werewolf, Tres Lads, and The Clarks finish off the night. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster for $20.

On Saturday, Stage AE is host to a free Championship warm-up party. The doors open at 5 p.m. with a special playoff broadcast until 7 p.m. by the 96.1 Kiss Morning Freak Show with Mikey and Big Bob. Steelers alumni will also be on hand to sign autographs and talk Steelers football and Pittsburgh native DJ J-Spin will play fan favorites and Steelers songs throughout the night.

KDKA-TV is also airing a live special Championship Preview Show from 7-8 p.m., featuring Bob Pompeani, Edmund Nelson, and former Steelers Punter Josh Miller. Coors Light Steelers Saturday Night on Pittsburgh’s CW with Bob Pompeani, Edmund Nelson, and Ellis Cannon will also be live at Stage AE from 9-10 p.m.

Wrapping up Saturday night at 10 p.m. will be live comedy from the WDVE Morning Show’s Jim Krenn and Pittsburgh native Billy Gardell from the No. 1 new CBS comedy series “Mike and Molly.”

Sunday’s pregame festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with the Official Steelers Tailgate party at Stage AE featuring DJ Nugget.

For more information on the happenings throughout Steelers Nation, take a look at the VisitPittsburgh site which has a running list of events in the region.

Not in Pittsburgh?

There are over 1,800 Steelers bars and fan clubs across the globe in every state, every Canadian province and 27 countries around the world. For a list of sites, visit the Post-Gazette’s Steeler Nation.

AND Make sure that you stay on top of everything related to the game through the Steelers’ official website.

The Future Looks Bright

The Tribune-Review reported today that the future looks bright for the Stillers – if you believe a Pittsburgh psychic, a Chicago nun and the Magic 8 Ball.

I don’t know about you, but I’m putting my faith in the team itself.

Here We Go, Steelers! Here We Go!

Offices of State Senator Wayne D. Fontana