Big Lead Sports Bar

2/03/2009

"ALL WE DID WAS SMASH FACES"



That's the quote from Ryan Clark, which I would call the early favorite as the highlight of the SB43 parade/rally today in Sixburgh. They certainly did smash many a face this season.

The parade was emceed by James Farrior, and featured a lot of guys yelling into the microphone, Ben wearing a hat right out of Fargo, and William Gay reminding Barack Obama that the new President is getting some visitors soon. And Charlie Batch somehow snuck Pitt's DeJuan Blair in the parade on Anthony Madison's truck, which sounded like fun.

Reader Jon Lavia was kind enough to send over a recap and a bunch of really fantastic photos, so sit back and listen to an authentic, first-person parade experience:

"It was a pretty great experience. I left my office around 10:30 to go down and wait and luckily co-workers had a spot saved because and the humanity was starting to get overwhelming by then. The crowd was really into it the entire time and Sheldon Ingram was really playing us up pretty well. At one point, he even put on a Steelers helmet. On the other hand, Sonni Abbata looked lost. She was dressed as if we were in Antarctica and was missing chances to interview players and as a result was running around like a chicken with her head cut off.
The wait was a little long, but turned out to be worth it. The players were great, really pumped and getting the crowd fired up. You should have seen the parking garage on Stanwix, absolute madhouse! Coach T was out of the car and whooping it up when he got to us and he set the tone. The players were no different. Much like the entire playoff run, they didnt disappoint. Nate Washington deserves a shout out for getting out of the truck with a sling on his shoulder and shaking hands with the fans along with Carey "-1 yard" Davis.
The only drag was the parents with little kids who didn't get there in time and then were trying to push their way up to the front. But that is the deal with any parade."


Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Send your news, tips, and links to Mondesishouse@gmail.com.

9 comments:

Unemployed Asshole said...

I know he was just excited and having a good time, but I was a little bit embarassed for William Gay.

Andrew Johnston said...

Now that is what Sixburgh is all about. Fans interacting, players walking on the streets and everyone having a good time. I attended the Phillies parade (for the "I was there" appeal) and it was terrible. I was a hundred yards away. The players rode only on large, flatbed trucks and waved.

I should have moved to Pittsburgh...

AJ said...

Was it just me, or did those guys all seem a little bit tipsy?

AME said...

What happened with Willie Gay?

BurressWithButterflyWings said...

@ AJ


I thought Farrior seemed like he might been a little sauced, and I am pretty sure Bill Hilgrove was a little toasty as always.

Unemployed Asshole said...

Willie Gay was channelling unfunny 6 year old Lil Jon references... Yelling and screaming... basically attention whoring. I wasn't a fan.

Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl said...

William Gay was fine by me. He at least kept his shirt on, which is more than can be said for Casey Hampton and McFadden. The former was not a pretty sight.

Broke But Still Drinking said...

I had a fraternity brother utter those same words, but he was arrested.

nipsy3215 said...

Note to parents with children under the age of 6. DON'T BRING THEM! Kids don't care about the Steelers as much as you do, no matter how much you want to force it on them. Even though you're making them get there three hours early and stand in 20 degree weather, they're unwilling and they will show you by whining and crying the whole time. The Terrible Towel isn't made to wipe tears away. If you're a decent enough parent to not make them stand there for 3 hours and get there at a more reasonable time, then they won't be able to see anything from a distance anyways.