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January 14, 2009

Pittsburgh mayor changes name

There are only a few things I think are truly sacred. My faith, my family, Easy Cheese (of course) and the sanctity of a strange last name. That's why I'm up in arms over the decision by Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl to ceremonially change his name to Luke Steelerstahl until after the AFC Championship game on Sunday.

I bet J.J. Putz would feel the same way if he ever decided to pronounce his own surname correctly. Distancing yourself from your heritage is, in my mind, a sign of poor character, so I'm shocked that a politician would choose to turn his back on his family to make political points with a bunch of grimy football fans.

When I say "grimy," I'm referring to Steelers fans, not football fans in general. Pittsburgh is a tough, gritty town, and the reason the football fans there wear black jerseys is so they won't show the dirt.

Mayor Ravenstahl issued a proclamation temporarily changing his name after he was taken to task by a local radio station for having Raven in it. I think Pittsburgh should just consider itself lucky that its mayor doesn't have more important personal issues to worry about.

Haven't heard what the two mayors are going to wager on Sunday's game, so all I can do is speculate. If the Ravens win, Ravenstahl would probably send some of those weird sandwiches with the french fries in them. If the Steelers win, I'm guessing we'll just give him something from Best Buy.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 5:02 PM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Just football
        

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So his new name is pronounced "Stealers stall". Sounds good to me.

Oh snap, Peter.

Looks like you're working on the "A" game to get ready for Roch's Roast.

You know football lacks substance when Blog entries like this are put out.

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Pete's reply: Or it could be that I just wanted to write about something light instead of the next Single-A reserve catcher coming through the organization.

This is happening for Steelers fans. It reminds me of a quote.

"Those who wish to appear wise (or witty) among fools, among the wise seem foolish."

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Pete's reply: As Sideshow Bob might say, "Guilty, as charged."

Stahl means steel in German. So his name is now "Steelers Steel?"

well at least we understand why the city of pittsburg needs help now...

Best Buy... *snicker* Nice burn, Peter.

Bringing out the guns towards the Pittsburgh fans, too. I guess you need some Pennsylvania fans to pick on ever since you made up with the Eagles fans.

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Pete's reply: Hey, if the Ravens and Eagles make the big game, the truce is off.

It's a 'Burgh thing. Baltimore wouldn't understand. GO STEELERS!

I was thinking of changing my last name to Schmuck, figuring that it would make me a chick magnet. Or maybe the flowered shirts would do it.

Love the wager comment! Hilarious!

Keep it up, Pete. Nothing wrong with levity in a world like this one.

Pete-

You're right, someone's got to find more pressing big city issues to keep Mayor Ravenstahl's agenda filled. Hey, I think if you put him in touch with Mayor Dixon, she may be willing to unload a few "projects" on him to keep him busy for a good while...

He should change his name to Luke Loserstahl.

BTW, I thought Mr. Angelos was public enemy #1 in Baltimore, but maybe Psycho Ward gets the nod for this week at least.

Go Ravens!

And Baltimore's mayor was indicted.... not sure how that is better

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