It's a "Blitz for Six
The Steeler Nation has spoken, dubbing the Steelers' chase for an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl ring "Blitz for Six" in a Tribune-Review online poll.
Chris Todd, 35, a Bethel Park native now living in Greenfield, Wis., was the first of several fans to submit the winning slogan and wins a pair of tickets to the Dec. 7 game between the Steelers and Browns.
"Sweet," he said after learning his catchphrase was chosen by readers. "I've been a part of the Steeler Nation since I was a kid. My dad's a season ticket holder. ... It's pretty neat to be recognized as part of it."
Todd's slogan far outpaced other contenders, receiving 34.5 percent of the thousands of votes cast.
The distant nine, with the first person to suggest the slogans and the percentage of votes received, were:
"Sixburgh," by Ryan Blair, 35, of Irwin, with 13.9 percent
"Don't stop there, the other hand's bare," from Steve Sokol, 38, of Harmar, with 13.1 percent
"Going for a six pack," by Pete Camarda, 49, of Shaler, with 11.9 percent
"Quest for Sixcess," by Jason Ruffing, of West Palm Beach, Fla., with 8.0 percent
"A band for the other hand," from Joe Lamatrice, 29, North Side, with 7.4 percent
"Fixed on 6," from Phil Hobbins, 22, of Greensburg, with 5.4 percent
"Six appeal," by Phil Smith, of Upper St. Clair, with 2.9 percent
"Chase for seis," from Sam "Steeler Sam" Sachs, 38, of Portland, Ore., with 2.3 percent
"Playing for the bling of a sixth ring," also from Ruffing, with .6 percent
Seven Trib employees picked the top 10 from more than 100 reader-submitted suggestions, ranging from the creative to the simple to the nonsensical. One fan submitted a poem, another, a song.
"6 in '06" was suggested repeatedly. While it's a great one if the Steelers win this season, fans chanted, sang and begged the last slogan -- "One for the thumb -- for 26 long years.