I’m having a hard time dealing with this. I’ve been a Steelers fan since 1987, when I was six. The Steelers are one of the most respected sports franchises in the history of sports. I’m proud of the fact that there are no Steelers cheerleaders anymore (there was a squad in the early 1960s that no one remembers). My skin crawled a little earlier this year, when Art Rooney II announced the contest to name a mascot for this 75th anniversary season. I said to myself: “Well, it’s only for one season. I can handle it.”
Then they announced yesterday that the name of the mascot is Steely McBeam. I had never been ashamed to be a Steelers fan until that moment. I hit rock bottom a few minutes ago while watching Pardon the Interruption on ESPN. Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon tore the Steelers apart.
“Steelers fans should be ashamed,” Kornheiser said. “This is pathetic,” Wilbon said of the mascot’s name. Then he compared the Steelers to the Yankees and the Celtics as a storied franchise.
Steelers Nation is a national joke right now because of this. I’m outraged. If they had named the mascot Joe Magerac, I would’ve been slightly pleased, maybe even happy. Joe Magerac is the mythical steel worker who is alongside Paul Bunyan in American lore. The myth states that Magerac’s arms were so strong that he poured steel out of them, sort of like Troy Polamalu, who is by far the best safety in the NFL – 10 times better than that Redskins thug, Sean Taylor.
But, I digress, this is a sad, sad day for Steelers Nation. Steelers fans must unite and boycot this insult. This mascot goes against everything Steelers Nation stands for.