If you were trying to explain the concept of a home Steelers game to an unintiated visitor from this or another country, or perhaps to an extraterrestrial being, the events of October 30, 2011 would be your exhibit A.
The atmosphere at Heinz Field yesterday was simply outstanding. The crowd was at full throat and as intense, loud and hostile for a home regular season game perhaps since the last time the Steelers beat the Patriots here in 2004. It felt like a playoff game.
The tailgating was terrific too, and it seemed like there were an exceptionally large number of parties (in terms of volume) -- and some exceptionally large parties at that (in terms of attendance). The 4:15 kickoff gave everyone ample time to get in, uh, game shape, and Tom Brady found out that concept works both ways.
Been a few weeks since we've done stadium scenes, so in honor of Halloween and in recognition of the droves of people who tailgated and attended yesterday's game wearing some truly inspired costumes, here's a heaping helping of fan shots from in and around Heinz Field on what turned out to be quite a fun day to be a Steelers fan.
Captain Jack Sparrow-malu.
Ron Burgundy, reporting live from Heinz Field.
Wonder Woman n'at.
As if there was any doubt.
He pity da fools from New England.
Why so serious? There are girls dancing on a car behind you!
Where's Waldo? Probably not at work today given the dent he made in that Jager bottle.
A group of firefighters (& Spidey) from Wayne Gretzky's hometown of Brantford, Ontario.
The gentleman on the left was here for the Gotham Rogues game.
Zubaz. Snakeskin boots. Perm. Headband. Mirrored shades. 'Stache. Actual costume? Or the pimpin'est man alive?
Terrible Turtles ...
... Terrible Towels ...
... Terrible bras, and ...
... Terrible costumes.
Nice of Jordan Staal to drop by.
The cast of The Town. Or the Depahhhhhhhted.
Knights In Steelers' Service?
Nice Scooby snack.
Spygate: Never forget.
Mrs. Brady a Heath Miller fan?
Hir wee gae, Stellers, hir wee gae!
A nice Aaron Smith salute.
Even the Towel got into the Halloween act.
Black & gold jailbirds + British judicial wigs ... Not sure I get it, but whatever.