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10RW: You Should Root For Pittsburgh

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Another Super Bowl blog posting?

Sorry, but on the Friday before Super Bowl Sunday my typing fingers or my mind won’t let me concentrate on anything else besides the Pittsburgh Steelers.

(left: Don’t know who to root for in the Super Bowl yet? Let me sell you on Pittsburgh.)

Spend anytime in this fine city and you’ll quickly learn why we’re all like this. It might be the only city in America where jocks, grandmothers, hipsters, young kids, old men, couch potatoes, yoga enthusiasts, Catholics, Protestants, and any other oddball character you can throw in there come together for a common good–to cheer on the Pittsburgh Steelers to victory.

Here are 10 Reasons Why you should be rooting for Pittsburgh on Sunday:

#10. Steeler Nation
You think I’m nuts for being obsessed with the Steelers? I’m not alone. Steeler fans come in all different shapes and sizes. Here are a few other well-known members of Steelers Nation: Snoop Dogg, Adam Sandler, Christina Aguilera, Hank Williams, Jr., Dennis Miller, Michael Keaton, Brett Michaels, Patrick Monahan (My Morning Jacket), Anti-Flag, and word on the street is that Brad Pitt is also a Steelers die-hard.

#9. Wayne Coyne
The Flaming Lips frontman may not have grown up in Pittsburgh, but he was born there!

#8. Awesome Players=Awesome Commercials
How great is this David Fincher-directed Troy Polamalu commercial?

#7. NIN
Trent Reznor may have moved to Cleveland to pursue a career in music, but he grew up in Mercer, PA, a town just north of Pittsburgh. During NIN’s “Downward Spiral Tour,” Reznor said to the crowd, “This is the closest I’ll have to a hometown show.”

#6. The Terrible Towel
In the 70’s the quirky and off-kilter Steelers’ announcer, Myron Cope, instructed everyone to bring yellow dish-towels to games (he wanted to choose an item everyone owned), wave them over the heads, and cheer the Steelers on to victory. Years later, you can’t got to a sporting event–or sometimes a music event–without people waving some sort of towel over their head.

#5. TV On The Radio
That’s right Brooklyn, TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone grew up and met in Pittsburgh.

#4. Andy Warhol
Yep, he’s from Pittsburgh too!

#3. Brings Republicans and Democrats Together
Rush Limbaugh recently said he hoped President Barack Obama’s financial plan fails, but I bet’cha any money he doesn’t want the President’s Super Bowl pick to fail–the Pittsburgh Steelers! Limbaugh, who at one time worked in Pittsburgh, is a big fan of the team, and just yesterday, President Obama went on the record and told news cameras that besides the Chicago Bears, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the football team closest to his heart. (Talk about “change,” I never thought I’d hear a President side with a team in the Super Bowl!)

#2. Fred Rogers
Mr. Rogers neighborhood is in–Pittsburgh!

#1. Blueprint For World Peace
As mentioned above, if a football team can get jocks, grandmothers, hipsters, young kids, old men, couch potatoes, yoga enthusiasts, Catholics, and Protestants to break bread (and nachos) together on a Sunday afternoon, anything is possible.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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