Cleveland Browns Humor 2012: 6 Items Found in a Young Steelers Fan's Lunchbox

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Cleveland Browns Humor 2012: 6 Items Found in a Young Steelers Fan's Lunchbox
Steelers fans: the NFL's classiest.

"You know you're a Steelers fan when you let your 12-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table...in front of her kids."- a northeast Ohio blessing

We know them all too well. Whether you're stuck in Chicago, New York or Houston, in whatever corner of the country you land, even in God's country—Ohio itself, there they are.

Towel waving, chromosomally-challenged, moustache-sporting Pittsburgh Steelers fans. They've migrated from their caves in Appalachia—going forth and multiplying to the detriment of sports bars from Seattle to Miami.

Ask anyone alive before 1971, and they'll inform you they never made acquaintance with a Steelers fan in the first 40 years of the franchise's history. That's because the Steelers appeared just one time in their first 40 years of history in the playoffs and if you've ever been to a Pirates game, you know full-well that's how Pittsburgh rolls.

Simultaneous to Red Sox fans managing to surpass Yankee fans in the 2000s as their sport's most detestable, Steelers fans amazingly overtook Dallas Cowboy fans to achieve a similarly ubiquitous reaction of revulsion across the United States.

Victims of their own success, enthusiasm and quite frankly their persistent troglodytism, Roethlisberger-jersey-donning Steeler fans almost learned to count to seven in 2010-11 when the Green Bay Packers—the franchise myopic Steeler fans portend as their equal in terms of prestige—outlasted Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.

It also doesn't help that Steeler fans are perhaps the NFL's best-traveled. Then again, if your house was on wheels, wouldn't you follow your team everywhere?

So what makes this one-of-a-kind NFL fanbase what it is? Ask any Steeler fan outside of western Pennsylvania how they got that way: they'll hand you your Big Mac, Diet Coke and large fries and invariably respond, "Moy marm wuz a Stillers fan."

Upon close physical examination of a sampling of Steelers fans, one finds it difficult to disagree with the theory that Steelers-fandom afflicts through hereditary patterns, but particularly throughout the development stages. Simply put: it's nature and nurture, when it comes to the black and gold disease.

Which begs the question: what are they feeding their kids out in Steeler country?

You can follow me on Twitter: @StepanekButton 

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