There are two common complaints from Steelers fans about the official Super Bowl gear down here in Tampa: the prices, and the fact that it looks like Seattle Seahawks stuff.
Even worse: the temperatures dropped so low last night that fans drinking outdoors in Ybor City and Channelside had to buy up blue and green sweatshirts galore, just to stay warm. (The faux Seahawks fans still outnumbered Cardinals fans, it seemed.)
Leather varsity jackets cost up to $500; pleather ones are $130. White T-shirts are $28; kid's tees $20; white polo shirts $75; women's golf sweaters $100; poly pullovers $80; Super Bowl baby onesies $35; shot glasses $8; Super Bowl jerseys $75; and the aforementioned sweatshirts $65.
It's hard not feeling sad for Cardinals fans down here, as they hopelessly outnumbered -- the bars, sensing this, are all-Steelers-all-the-time. One of the biggest in Ybor, the Coyote Ugly, played a constant reel of "Here We Go," the Steelers polka and even "Renegade." Street vendors sold overpriced (and illegitimate?) Terrible Towels and even homeless guys were singing "Here We Go" during pleas for pocket change.
So, should the Cardinals win tonight, the Cards fans will have a lot to crow about (even if you can't hear them). One of their T-shirts shirts down here says "Beat Pittsburgh" on the front and on the back, "They Didn't Believe Either" above an X-ed out Atlanta, Carolina and Philadelphia. "Yes We Can!" it says beneath, perhaps forgetting that the phrase's author, Barack Obama, is a Steelers fan.
Besides, those shirts will never be cooler than the "Yes We Can" Mike Tomlin shirts. Cards fans just can't win.