The Dynamic Duo of Steel City

 

As a Pittsburgh girl, I’ve had the terrible towel waved in my face and a jersey on my back since i can remember. But who are the two that made the biggest impressions for my many years of fan-girling? Easily Big Ben and AB. Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback, and Antonio Brown, wide receiver. Their chemistry on the field is something a girl who knows only the basics of football can recognize immediately.

Mike & Mike

Mike & Mike, an ESPN radio show, is one of many outlets that has taken an interest in Ben and Antonio. They broadcast all things sports several times a day, so when they chose the topic of Roethlisberger’s relationship with Brown, the quarterback had nothing but positive things to say about his partner.

Instagram

Hugs. #TouchdownTuesday

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The verified Instagram of the steelers doesn’t care if it’s football season or not – they continue to show the bond of their star teammates year round. Using their hashtag as a clue, its reasonable to believe the wide receiver and quarterback embraced after what was probably another scoring pass from Roethlisberger to Brown.

The Steelers aren’t the only Instagram account showing love. Brown posted a video of the two celebrating a touchdown that led to victory over the Baltimore Ravens.  His caption speaks for me.

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Their chemistry on the field might have something to do with their friendship off the field. Roethlisberger and Brown are all smiles attending events with each other.

Twitter

The star wide receiver stays up to date with the latest trends on Twitter. On National Best Friend Day, he posted a collage of photos with his buddy Ben. The two are undeniably the best duo in the NFL and show their constant support for each other whenever the chance is given. Brown’s “Best Friend Day” tweet was something that a Steelers girl like me thrives off of.

 

The Dynamic Duo of Steel City is a newsletter by Emily Finton containing links to the social media accounts that refer, or are of Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. These references are used to show the relationship between the players on and off the field.

Buffalo Wild Wings: A necessity for sports fans living away from home

Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings iconic logo.

Upon moving to Ohio four years ago, I found myself wondering the streets of Athens trying to see what this new town I would be call my home for the next five years had to offer. I found it to be a quant college town that bares a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of a bigger city like Pittsburgh, where I grew up.

While wondering, I quickly found many places and buildings alike that would be critical to my success during my time spent in Athens while attending Ohio University. There was one place though, that I found early in my travels that would be far more important than all the rest, despite having nothing to with academics.

That place was the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant located on W. Union St. As a Pittsburgh native who proudly embraces the stereotype which assumes any Pittsburgher to a sports-crazed maniac when it comes to his or her hometown teams, Buffalo Wilds Wings was paramount in allowing me to maintain my reputation as a sports-crazed Pittsburgher, not to mention it gave me a little taste of home every Sunday.

As a fan of Pittsburgh sports, there really is no worse place to live than Ohio, surrounded by rival fans everywhere you look. Whether they are Cleveland fans or Cincinnati fans is irrelevant, they will hate all this Pittsburgh no matter what. This is something I have leaned over and over again throughout the past four years, where the last two of which I have I have spent with roommates who are die-hard Cleveland sports fans.

Due to my rather unfortunate living arrangement where the ratio of Cleveland fans to Pittsburgh sits at two to one, I often lose the battle over the TV remote and subsequently what game should be put on in the living room. An ironic and sad turn of events considering the living room TV is my TV, not my roommates.

Luckily for me, just a short walk from my Court Street apartment is Buffalo Wild Wings. The place where the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates are always on, and for a few hours every week it’s like I never left my beloved city where we bleed black and gold.

How are OU Students Watching Professional Sports?

As an upperclassman living off-campus who can’t afford over-priced cable packages, my boyfriend and I found ourselves at Buffalo Wild Wings on Union St. watching game three of the MLB World Series. Not to mention, beer and wings are always welcome while enjoying America’s favorite pastime. Now as the NFL season is in full-swing and basketball season approaches, students everywhere are getting creative when it comes to finding ways to watch their favorite teams.

Online streaming has become a very popular way for students and people everywhere to access professional sporting events. For students whose ride-or-die teams are out of the homestretch of Athens, OH, streaming services especially come in handy. Depending on the service students choose to use, some even have the option to stream on their smartphones at any location.

I watch (the game) on my phone and scare my roommates,” said passionate Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Kelsie Malloy. 

635748128968195773-NFLSundayTicket.TV-UDirecTV has created a promotion package that makes it easier for college students away from home to watch their home teams play. This promotion is called NFLSundayTicket.TV U and offers a discounted subscription for students to watch a full season of games via any streaming device of their choosing. The subscription requires students to be attending  a four-year university and confirms student enrollment by finding potential subscribers under student record. So, there’s no way anyone can pose for a student discount.

Although streaming is convenient, most quality services cost a fee of some sort. That doesn’t stop some students from finding the game.

“I download live stream links along with multiple computer viruses,” said Allyson Clifton, Ohio University junior and Cincinnati Bengals fan.

So it’s important to be careful when trying to (illegally) stream a game online.

The off-campus residents who actually pay for cable are few and far between. However, those who do have it for the main purpose of watching sports. These passionate fans bite the bullet of pricy cable packages out of love for their teams, although they’re still not happy about the bill that arrives in the mail box.

“I do watch them at home,” said Cleveland Browns fan Ben Rottersman, “the fact that I have to bundle to get what I want is outrageous.”

Some students say that a football game isn’t complete without a bar full of fellow fans surrounding them. Others disagree and think that groups of drunk football fans are too extreme and overwhelming.

Photo Cred: Cleveland.com
Photo Cred: Cleveland.com

Although Rottersman watches most football games in the comfort of his living room sofa, he still joins other Browns fans at Cat’s Eye Saloon on Court St. every Sunday. “It’s an official Browns backer bar, part of the Browns organization,” he said.

Even though she’s also a Browns fan, Allison Danielle said the bars are always too crowded. “I watch ESPN on my computer,” she said.

Most people who do go Uptown to watch football, find a bar and stick to it. Many of the bars are known for being representative of a certain NFL team. So when game day nears, be sure not to stumble into the wrong bar with the wrong name and number on your back.