Steelers fans

February 6th, 2011 at 3:32 pm by under Super Bowl XLV

A Packers fan and a Steelers fan exchange some friendly barbs at a Packers party

We haven’t come in direct contact with too many Steelers fans this week. (Of course, we haven’t been looking for them either.)

But what we’ve seen is they’re a lot like Packers fans. They’re passionate, they travel well and they’re very respectful. Most of the interaction between Steelers and Packers fans I’ve seen has been good-natured and friendly.

This morning, we stopped a small group of Packers fans and had them stand in place so we could shoot live video of them. While they were waiting, a group of Steelers fans stopped and joined them. After our live picture was finished, the fans shook hands and wished each other a good game.

When you think about it, you realize there are a lot of similarities between the two teams and fan bases (besides the yellow pants). Both teams play in blue-collar towns with hard-working people. Both teams have been around since the early days of the NFL. And both lead the NFL in one category of championships: the Packers have the most NFL championships overall at 12; the Steelers have the most Super Bowl championships at six.

It should be a good game.

Finally, GOOD weather news! And a family visit.

February 5th, 2011 at 6:52 pm by under Super Bowl XLV

After all my posts about bad weather, I figured I’d better say something about today’s weather. It was very pleasant by the afternoon, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s.

The crowd at a Packers pep rally at J. Gilligan's Bar and Grill in Arlington

It made for a festive atmosphere at J. Gilligan’s, a bar/restaurant not far from Rangers Ballpark and Cowboys Stadium. The bar hosted a pep rally for Packers fans which featured speeches by Gov. Scott Walker and Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. A few hundred fans showed up, and they are definitely ready to roll! It should be a fun atmosphere at the game tomorrow.

On a more personal note, I was able to visit with some Texas family. My uncle Tom Zielinski and his son Zach, who live near Dallas, stopped out to the party. It was good to catch up with them and take a little break from work.

Game day is almost here and the excitement is definitely building!

My cousin Zach and my uncle Tom stopped by the pep rally.