The rumor was that someone at Carnegie Mellon University had done a Pittsburgh Steelers opera. Turns out, not quite, but a CMU associate professor of voice will do a prep rally of sorts when Douglas Ahlstedt gets his students together to sing new words to the the "Toreador" chorus of Bizet's "Carmen" in the CMU Fine Arts building at noon.
To those reading this post from outside Steelers country, you will just have to realize that things are different in Pittsburgh about football. There's no divide, posed or real, in this city between the jocks and artists. We are all (or nearly all) Steelers fans. It sounds wierd, but it's actually not.
Here's Ahlstedt's lyrics:
"Hail Big Ben, Heinz Ward, James Farrier, Troy Polamalu and Casey Hampton;
Cardinals will stumble, then they will fumble, facing the awesome power of our Terrible Towel!
Jeff Reed's kicks, Fast Willy's running tricks - the Steelers' perfect mix will lead to victory.
Offense or Defense, we make no pretense, Pittsburgh Steelers now will win their sixth Super Bowl!
We're off to Tampa with our song of old, Pittsburgh Steelers, the Black and Gold.
Hail to our coaches Tomlin and LeBeau, bringing tides of woe ---- to Arizona, we'll have a Steeler victory!"