Hubby and I went mostly for Gridiron Glory, which is where we began our tour. Unfortunately, even though only a certain number of tickets are sold for that exhibit per time slot, it was crazy crowded with people, making it difficult to see everything (I so wanted to check out the instant replay booth, but did not feel like waiting in a four-person-deep line). Regardless, the exhibit was pretty cool. I learned a few things, most of which I forget because, as has been clearly documented, my memory is like a sieve. I liked that you could touch footballs, wear shoulder pads, see how big some football players arms were, and relive many great moments. Not surprisingly, I found the Steeler-related memorabilia and anecdotes the most interesting. And, also not surprisingly, my eyes might have teared up a bit when I saw some Super Bowl highlights in the one section. I am really moved by seeing how excited and emotional the players get when they win. I think I might have even smiled when I saw a photo of Tom Brady grinning after one of his victories (nuts, I know). Watching the replay of the Immaculate Reception might have had the same effect on me had it not been replayed over and over and over again on local TV (maybe as an advertisement for this exhibit?).
Following are some photos of things that most resonated with me.
|Franco Harris's Pro Football Hall of Fame jacket|
|An early-era football (which I think would be much easier to throw)|
|Terry Bradshaw's uniform from Super Bowl XIV|
|Troy Polamalu replica locker|
|Football from Steelers 6th Super Bowl victory|
|Hines Ward's 10,000-yard reception jersey|
|Super Bowl IX commemorative ball|
|The Immaculate Reception ball|
|Program from the Immaculate Reception game|
|Pretty obvious to the football fan, particularly a member of Steeler Nation (apparently these babies will be at the Center for only a week; glad we went when we did)|
The History Center is also home to the Western Pennsylvania Sport Museum, which was also really cool. In addition to the sports you would expect (baseball, football, hockey), there were also local artifacts and stories about swimming, jump rope, track and field, wrestling, and golf, to name a few. Among the various interactive areas, I rolled a bocce ball, hit a golf ball, and tried to do the long jump, all with limited success, but still fun.
There were a ton of statistics and stories in the baseball section, which would surely impress those still on the Pirates bandwagon as well as those of us who have fond memories of Pittsburgh's being a baseball town and "We Are Family."
|Players carrying JoePa after PSU won the Sugar Bowl in 1983|
Of course, I had to take in all the Steeler-related things in this area as well, though I was dismayed to learn the Steelers had the first cheerleaders, the Steelerettes. Fortunately the team wised up. Regardless, there were a lot of great nuggets in that section.
|You can put your finger underneath one of the SB rings.|
|Not sure what this car was about, but kind of cool|
|Just call me Tom Barrasso!|
I definitely recommend spending a day at the History Center. Just make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes on!
I will leave you with a sports-related picture of a Dwight White quote, which sums up the Burgh and its people pretty well, even more than 30 years after he said it.
Happy Thanksgiving weekend!