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11-04-2008, 06:13 AM
The Steeler Nation was out in force in DC last night. We've seen it many times before but lastnight was more and louder than most.

By Les Carpenter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 4, 2008; Page A01

Two hundred seventy-one consecutive times, Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell heaved a football across NFL fields, never once to have it land in the arms of an opposing player. It was an unprecedented feat in Washington Redskins history, a record built through careful decision-making, precision and a little luck.

Then, in the third quarter of the Redskins' showcase game this year, Campbell's first interception came. It arrived on a soft pass tossed high to running back Clinton Portis in which the ball bounced off Portis's hand, then landed in the arms of a Pittsburgh Steelers player named Deshea Townsend.

And when it happened, a great roar filled FedEx Field, and three levels of stands rising to the sky were filled with the twirling golden rags called Terrible Towels that have become a talisman to Pittsburgh Steelers fans.

It would be that kind of a night for the Redskins in their 23-6 loss to the Steelers: Their quarterback's prodigious streak had come to an inglorious end and their home stadium had ceased to be exclusively their home.

"Man, was that weird or what? All I saw were terrible towels in the stands," said Redskins defensive end Demetric Evans. "Even when we were on offense and it's supposed to be quiet, all you could hear was the Steelers fans cheering."

The interception and the defeat were both bound to happen. Campbell had had enough passes that were nearly intercepted that it was only a matter of time before one was. And the Redskins had struggled to survive so many games against inferior teams this fall, it would make sense that they would fall hard to a team that is considered among the toughest on their schedule.

But the migration of thousands of Steelers fans to the stadium in Landover was something of a shock.

As was the player who came to beat the Redskins on Monday night.

Fifteen years ago, Steelers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich was another kid growing up in a red brick home at East Capitol Street and 56th Place in Southeast Washington, dreaming of someday playing for his hometown football team. On the streets every day, he and his friends played a rudimentary game of football they called "Contact."

And then, in his sixth season in the NFL, his career in tatters after the Jacksonville Jaguars and the rest of the NFL had decided he couldn't play anymore, Leftwich replaced Pittsburgh's injured star quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, at halftime and sent the Steelers on two marches through the night that delivered Pittsburgh's victory.

The play that probably broke Washington the most was a 50-yard pass that Leftwich tossed high into the air and that was caught by receiver Nate Washington deep in Redskins territory. That led to a touchdown that put Pittsburgh up 16-6 in the third quarter, and from then on the game seemed out of reach.

After that play, the Redskins seemed unable to do anything. Even a Campbell touchdown in the fourth quarter that cut the lead to 23-12 was called back when replays determined that Campbell had actually been tackled on the 1-yard line. The next play, a fourth-down pass to the end zone, was knocked down. The Redskins would never come close again.

Then again, it never felt like their night. Hours before the game, as the stadium glowed a pearly white in the inky sky, mobs of Steelers fans descended upon FedEx Field, first in the hundreds, then the thousands. One woman walking to the stadium from the Metro chirped into her cellphone, "I'm on the way to the Steelers game!"

"We heard them tonight," said Steelers linebacker James Farrior.

Redskins players expressed shock at the number of Pittsburgh fans who seemed to have taken over their stadium. "They had good seats too," running back Shaun Alexander said, his eyes wide with wonder. HaHaHa...does he think we're cheap bastards?

"It was especially surprising given what it meant," Alexander continued. "It was 'Monday Night Football.' If we had won we'd be 7-2. Do you realize that? Seven and two. Not many people in this room have been 7-2 before."

Washington even came onto the field in special all burgundy uniforms. But instead of the surprised rumble from the crowd that such a move usually produces, the Redskins players' arrival on their home field was met with boos from the Steelers fans who had poured in as soon as the gates opened. You gotta love that!

By the end the game, it really felt like a Pittsburgh home game. The Redskins fans had retreated to the parking lot, leaving only those in the Steelers black and gold jerseys who taunted the departing Washington contingent, waggling their terrible towels into the mild November night.

So pitiful were the last minutes of this night that it's hard to remember that the Redskins actually led this game. In fact, they appeared to control it for the first quarter as two Steelers mistakes -- a botched onside kickoff and an interception -- gave Washington the ball deep inside Pittsburgh territory. But even with those gifts, the Redskins were unable to fully capitalize. Twice they kicked field goals to build a 6-0 lead.

Nevertheless, it felt like a tentative lead, especially as the Pittsburgh roar echoed through the stands. And when Roethlisberger dove into the end zone for a touchdown just before halftime to give the Steelers a 10-6 lead, there was a sense the night had fallen away from Washington. When the second half started, Roethlisberger was on the bench, his right shoulder reportedly injured. Leftwich appeared and soon everything was over for the Redskins.

Then, when the game was finished, the chants of the Steelers fans reverberated over the empty stadium.

"Here we go Steelers, here we go!"

Into the night.

If that article doesn't make you proud nothing will!

11-04-2008, 07:57 AM
amen brother

11-04-2008, 08:05 AM
They sure are pissed about it:


11-04-2008, 08:50 AM
They sure are pissed about it:


:lol: Funny reading..

Now Scott Van Pelt is dogging Redskins fans on SportsCenter.

We are officially the laughingstock of the NFL.

Now there goes Stuart Scott...

Ummm..no that honor goes to the Bungals!

11-04-2008, 09:19 AM
Steeler fans you all made me very proud last night....Great showing!!

11-04-2008, 09:21 AM
It was an awesome sight!

11-04-2008, 09:30 AM
Like I already stated in the Gameday thread I was at the game last night and I've never seen a "Stadium Take-Over" of likes that Steeler fans did to the Redskins at Fed-Ex Field.

In my rough guess of a total attendance of 92,000 last night there were between 35,000-40,000 Steeler fans.
It was Amazing!!:tt02::tt02:

Redskins fans were in a true state of shock and horror to see there home get invaded and over-run.:tt02::tt02:

11-04-2008, 09:35 AM
Steeler fans you all made me very proud last night....Great showing!!

Could not have put it better myself, Latrobe! I hope we are strong at the Titans game in December as well! I plan to be there!!


11-04-2008, 09:55 AM
Wow!!!!!!!! I had no idea we had so many fans there!!!!!!! Goes to prove once again that we have the best fans in the entire NFL.

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11-04-2008, 02:10 PM

11-04-2008, 03:11 PM
Last night was one of my best experiences to date at an away game - phenomenal Steeler Fans in DC - taking over the stadium! The Redskin fan next to me moaned and complained that the Steeler fans were too loud for the Redskin offense - and I laughed all the way! How great is it to be playing an "Away" game, and the Steeler D motions for Steeler fans to turn up the noise, AND IT HAPPENS!!! So proud to be part of this fantastic Steeler nation and the pride keeps growing. I stayed until the final second of the 4th quarter just so I could keep waving my towel and adding to the chant: HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO!!!!!

11-04-2008, 04:45 PM
Like I already stated in the Gameday thread I was at the game last night and I've never seen a "Stadium Take-Over" of likes that Steeler fans did to the Redskins at Fed-Ex Field.

In my rough guess of a total attendance of 92,000 last night there were between 35,000-40,000 Steeler fans.
It was Amazing!!:tt02::tt02:

Redskins fans were in a true state of shock and horror to see there home get invaded and over-run.:tt02::tt02:

It just doesn't get any better than that man, I bet you had a blast!! Just watching on TV you hear as many boos and cheers from black n gold faithful as you could for the Skins.

11-04-2008, 08:21 PM
During MNF, Redskins Offense Had to Use Silent Count ... in FedEx Field

As the Redskins faced a fourth-and-goal from the Steelers one-yard line during last night's game, I remember seeing Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison (http://nfl.fanhouse.com/tag/JamesHarrison/) standing in the end zone imploring the crowd to make noise. It's a common site across NFL stadiums; defensive players exhorting fans to yell, scream, and get crazy to make it tough for the quarterback to communicate with the rest of the offense prior to the snap.

Except the Steelers were the visiting team.

The Monday Night Football crew mentioned the spectacle throughout the telecast (when they weren't mesmerized by spurious statistics (http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2008/11/04/redskins-lost-so-obama-will-be-president/); hey, Mr. Tony, don't sleep with your shoes on (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Correlation_does_not_imply_causation#Examples)!) and it was hard to miss: FedEx Field was full of terrible towel-waving Steelers fans. In fact, things got so bad that the Redskins offense had to go to the silent count. Via WaPo Redskins Insider (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/redskinsinsider/2008/11/steelers_fans_forced_silent_co.html) Jason La Canfora:
"We had to go silent at least a couple of times," one veteran player said. "It was loud down there, especially on third down. I never seen anything like that, at home, with 90,000 people there. It seemed like they had more fans than we did. That was sad. They had guys like Troy [Polamalu] raising his arms on third down and all these people are yelling and screaming for the Steelers. It was pretty sad, man." Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg was also on the case (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2008/11/steelers_fans_forced_skins_int.html):
"Uh huh," said Pete Kendall, who said that [going silent count at home] had happened to him elsewhere but admitted he was a tad surprised last night. "I mean, that's not the reputation or the expectation I had of the fans here," he said, "but who am I to begrudge somebody from making a profit by selling their tickets? I'm playing for money, and they're watching, and it's their right to do what they want with their tickets." Fair point, Pete, although it has to be a tad disconcerting nonetheless. It's not like the Redskins are the Lions or the Bengals; they have a long, storied history and a wide-ranging fan base. And while Steelers supporters are known to gobble up tickets to away games, this is the first time I've ever heard of the home team having to use the silent count because of it.

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11-04-2008, 08:30 PM
Holy crap.......that is amazing that when our guys told the fans to get louder they did. No wonder the Skins fans were so pissed.

11-04-2008, 09:41 PM
From the Redskins board:

I think I got lost last night..... After 10 years of having season tix I thought I knew how to get to FedEx field..... Somehow I ended up at Hienz field.....

A new rule should be instituted for the Dallas game.... no entry with out presenting your ticket ID cards.....

ON A POSITIVE NOTE.... although I was completly sourrounded by Steeler fans they were all cool and didn't act like complete A-holes..... just excited fans

Even though many of their fans said it made them sick, embarassed ect...there were several who pointed out that the Seeler fans were cool. :yellowthumb: Unlike the Eagles fans that they have to deal with every year!

Here's some comments from the Skins players.


We talked about it on the bench. :lol::lol: The fans got into their heads!

11-04-2008, 11:57 PM
The Pittsburgh Sports Fan Phenomenen and Why We're Seemingly Everywhere (http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2008/11/04/the-pittsburgh-sports-fan-phenomenen-and-why-were-seemingly-eve/)

Posted Nov 4th 2008 5:15PM by Adam Gretz (http://www.fanhouse.com/bloggers/adam-gretz/) (author feed (http://www.fanhouse.com/bloggers/adam-gretz/rss.xml))
Filed under: Steelers (http://nfl.fanhouse.com/team/pittsburgh-steelers/), NFL Fans (http://nfl.fanhouse.com/team/nfl-fans/)
There were a number of big stories to emerge during Monday's night's Pittsburgh Steelers win over the Washington Redskins. One of them appears to be the overwhelming contingent of Steelers fans that took over FedEx Field, forcing the host Redskins to actually use a silent count in their house.

The opening discussion on the post-game Sportscenter wasn't the play of the Steelers defense, or even the job Byron Leftwich (http://nfl.fanhouse.com/tag/ByronLeftwich/) did coming off the bench in relief of of Ben Roethlisberger (http://nfl.fanhouse.com/tag/BenRoethlisberger/). Instead, it was the two hosts looking at each other, jaws agape, discussing the thousands of Pittsburgh fans that made FedEx Field seem like Heinz Field East.

Ryan Wilson wrote about it this morning (http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2008/11/04/during-mnf-redskins-offense-had-to-use-silent-count-in-fede/), and points out a piece by Dan Steinberg at the D.C. Sports bog on this very topic (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2008/11/steelers_fans_forced_skins_int.html).
My original guess was 15 percent, but I was mocked for going too low. Was it 20 percent? Was it 25 percent? Some writers guessed as high as 30, and the Washington Times went with 33 percent, although I still say that's way too high. Your guess on the percentage? And as long as I'm asking questions, why does this happen? Why does it happen with Penguins games? Do Pittsburgh fans have more money? More passion? Fewer outside interests? Fewer job responsibilities?Continue Reading The Pittsburgh Sports Fan Phenomenen and Why We're Seemingly Everywhere (http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2008/11/04/the-pittsburgh-sports-fan-phenomenen-and-why-were-seemingly-eve/#cont)

11-05-2008, 12:41 AM
The Steeler Nation represents where ever we go, the best fans n the N.F.L period:yellowthumb::tt02::imho:

11-05-2008, 01:54 AM
We're everywhere because a shiatload of us left the Pittsburgh area between 1975 and 1995, got married, had kids, and raised them to be Pittsburgh sports fans too. That's the simple explanation.

I told somebody after Super Bowl XL that if Steeler fans were HIV, the rest of the United States acquired us early in the 1980s, and now the whole country has full-blown AIDS. As morbid as the comparison is, it is surprisingly accurate considering a) the mass exodus from the Pittsburgh area began around the time AIDS was discovered, and b) when we get married, we convert our spouses to Steeler fandom and replicate, much the same way HIV causes white blood cells to manufacture more viruses. :reddevil:

11-05-2008, 11:30 AM
I was at the game and the folks that I travel with come from Cali. The tailgating was pretty good and it looked like there was a bunch of Steelers fans outside. When I got inside I was blown away with the amount of Black and Gold. The Redskins fans was shocked to say the least. It was a great trip !!!!!!!!!!!!