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Motown Moving to Steelers Beat
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 3rd, 2006 | Robert Dvorchak

Posted on 02/03/2006 6:17:06 PM PST by mcg2000

DETROIT -- He is immortalized for his role in the most celebrated single play in Steelers history and remembered fondly for the sartorial splendor of having goldfish swim around in the water-filled soles of his platform shoes.

John "Frenchy" Fuqua, Detroit resident and bon vivant, couldn't be happier that his former team landed a berth in Super Bowl XL in his hometown, a home he shares with running back Jerome Bettis. But, he says, this moment belongs to a new generation of Steelers and a new generation of fans.

That is the quintessential Frenchman -- flamboyant and flashy, as bold as the team's color scheme, reveling in the moment of the super convergence that led the Steelers to a Super Bowl in Motown. But it also should be noted that he spent yesterday afternoon with former teammates Franco Harris and Lynn Swann at Detroit's Children's Hospital before heading to a private party with old friends.

"Number one, there's no doubt in my mind Pittsburgh's going to win. It's all set up. It's storybook. It's perfect. All we have to do is wait," he gushed.

Secondly, the Steelers have the home-field advantage because all of Detroit -- bitterly disappointed by the woefully prolonged state of the Lions -- has embraced the team, the fans and the city as their own.

"Pittsburgh's at home, or they might as well be," Fuqua said. "We don't have a team here. We pull for Pittsburgh. Just about everyone in Detroit is on board, mainly because of Bettis. All the bars, the clubs, this place has just exploded. They couldn't have planned a better place than Detroit."

"It was just like being in Pittsburgh," Fuqua said.

(Excerpt) Read more at post-gazette.com ...


TOPICS: US: Michigan; US: Ohio; US: Pennsylvania; US: Washington; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: detroit; nfl; seahawks; steelers; superbowl

1 posted on 02/03/2006 6:17:07 PM PST by mcg2000
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To: mcg2000
"Pittsburgh's at home, or they might as well be," Fuqua said. "We don't have a team here.

That's gonna leave a mark!

2 posted on 02/03/2006 6:20:17 PM PST by bikepacker67
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To: bikepacker67

The Lions have won ONE playoff game in my lifetime.


3 posted on 02/03/2006 6:23:11 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("What does a guy have to do to get fired around here?" - Darryl Rogers, former Lions Coach)
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To: mcg2000

Here we go Steelers, here we go!


4 posted on 02/03/2006 6:24:53 PM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: mcg2000

"John "Frenchy" Fuqua, Detroit resident and bon vivant"

LOL, that's perfect!


Paging Jay Nordlinger.....


5 posted on 02/03/2006 6:29:48 PM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: mcg2000
Here's a Washingtonian who hopes the Seahawks get their beaks ripped off!

Go Steelers!

6 posted on 02/03/2006 6:34:04 PM PST by nightdriver
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To: mcg2000

Frenchy Fuqua

The Immaculate Reception.

7 posted on 02/03/2006 6:44:37 PM PST by dancusa (Appeasement, high taxes and regulation collects in the diapers of bed wetting liberals.)
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To: mcg2000
That is the quintessential Frenchman -- flamboyant and flashy,...

Try smelly and sullen...

8 posted on 02/03/2006 6:52:42 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan

rotfl!!


9 posted on 02/03/2006 6:54:59 PM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad against The Red Cross.)
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To: mcg2000
I really don't give a flip who wins, but have been surprised that the Seattle fans are nowhere to be seen in Detroit. Brian Kilmeade from Fox News has reported that the lack of Seattle fans has been noticed all week but with festivities really cranking up today, it was very strange to notice their lack of support.

He said that Detroit may as well be Pittsburg since it's so full of Seeler fans. What's going on?

10 posted on 02/03/2006 6:59:57 PM PST by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: demkicker

1 - Geography.

2 - Northwest football fans have jobs.


11 posted on 02/03/2006 7:04:34 PM PST by M1911A1
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To: demkicker; beyond the sea

What's going on? Super Steeler Sunday coming up, that what. Didn't you know?


12 posted on 02/03/2006 7:05:36 PM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: demkicker
He said that Detroit may as well be Pittsburg since it's so full of Seeler fans. What's going on?

My guess is that Seahawk fans are smart enough not to spend any additional time in Detroit.

13 posted on 02/03/2006 7:06:11 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: mcg2000
Super Bowel's in Motown this year? Who knew?!


14 posted on 02/03/2006 7:07:07 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Last Dakotan; M1911A1
My guess is that Seahawk fans are smart enough not to spend any additional time in Detroit.

Now I feel like an idiot for not recognizing the obvious, LOL!

15 posted on 02/03/2006 7:09:15 PM PST by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: M1911A1
"2 - Northwest football fans have jobs. "

I'll help you with your typo:

2- Northwest football fans are liberal snobs.

There. Fixed it.

16 posted on 02/03/2006 7:09:18 PM PST by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American (Keep the adults in charge of Congress.)
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To: M1911A1
Northwest football fans have jobs poodles.

Steeler fans eat poodles for breakfast.

17 posted on 02/03/2006 7:14:26 PM PST by Babu
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To: M1911A1

sarcasm aside ... if the location were in Miami, SoCal, New Orleans or Tampa -> Seahawk fans would have made the trip.

The climate isn't exactly attractive ... imop


18 posted on 02/03/2006 7:31:59 PM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad against The Red Cross.)
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To: mcg2000

Here's hoping the team representing the Peoples Republic of Washington gets its butt kicked.


19 posted on 02/03/2006 7:49:28 PM PST by BW2221
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To: Last Dakotan
[ My guess is that Seahawk fans are smart enough not to spend any additional time in Detroit ]

LoL...

20 posted on 02/03/2006 7:55:25 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
Not true. If the 'Hawks were the darlings of Seattle libs, then Seattle would be awash in Green and Blue, and that just isn't the case.

The Seattle Seahawks are really a regional team (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska).

Note, I didn't infer that Steeler fans don't have jobs, but it takes a lot less effort to get from PA to MI than from WA. Most of the locals in Detroit are going to be pro-Steeler (who can blame them with the hapless Lions?) and the 'Hawk fans won't show until Saturday/Sunday.

That said, it is going to be a Steeler crowd on Sunday, by about a three-to-one margin I would guess. Pittsburgh has a much deeper football tradition, and geography ensures it.

The game will be close, and might turn on injuries or the bounce of that devilishly shaped ball they play with. If the 'Hawks win, of course I'm happy, but if the Steelers win, they will have shown themselves to be the best and there is little shame in being beaten by the best.

Looking forward to a good game. We are all Americans first, and while it is fun to put that aside for a game, I'm mainly hoping that nothing happens to remind us that it is only a game. Here's to no serious injuries, no terror attacks and a great time on Sunday.
21 posted on 02/03/2006 8:22:59 PM PST by M1911A1
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To: demkicker

The Detroit support for the Steelers may be attributable to the fact that both Detroit and Pittsburgh are Rust Belt cities with a history of heavy industry. Both cities are struggling financially. The cultural challenges are much more similar than between Detroit and Seattle.


22 posted on 02/03/2006 8:28:56 PM PST by jude24 ("Thy law is written on the hearts of men, which iniquity itself effaces not." - St. Augustine)
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To: mcg2000

I saw that sign a few weeks ago concerning the Lions.

"Rebuilding since 1957."

Hysterical.


23 posted on 02/03/2006 8:32:01 PM PST by Radix (Welcome home 3 ID!)
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To: mcg2000

"It's like I told Jerome. Forget about the dynasty and the '70s. This is your dynasty. You should make it yours. I also told him to forget about retiring. Remember, when we win Super Bowls, we do them two at a time."


24 posted on 02/04/2006 12:47:58 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: beyond the sea

If somehow the Steelers win big, Bettis will be back.


25 posted on 02/04/2006 12:51:19 AM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: demkicker; Petronski; mcg2000; Supernatural; Last Dakotan; TheClintons-STILLAnti-American; Babu; ...
I really don't give a flip who wins, but have been surprised that the Seattle fans are nowhere to be seen in Detroit. Brian Kilmeade from Fox News has reported that the lack of Seattle fans has been noticed all week but with festivities really cranking up today, it was very strange to notice their lack of support.

I heard on the news that so few people from Washington/Seattle are using their allotment of tickets to the game, that they have returned a great number to the NFL.

Amazing.

26 posted on 02/04/2006 12:57:52 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: M1911A1
"The game will be close, and might turn on injuries or the bounce of that devilishly shaped ball they play with. If the 'Hawks win, of course I'm happy, but if the Steelers win, they will have shown themselves to be the best and there is little shame in being beaten by the best."

"Looking forward to a good game. We are all Americans first, and while it is fun to put that aside for a game, I'm mainly hoping that nothing happens to remind us that it is only a game. Here's to no serious injuries, no terror attacks and a great time on Sunday." ----

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Excellent perspective (imo).

27 posted on 02/04/2006 12:59:20 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: Petronski
That's what I'm thinking too.

By the way, I just heard (I guess it's true) on the news that ABC, in a desire to avoid a raunchy halftime scene, is putting a 5 SECOND DELAY on the ENTIRE game on Sunday. What will that do to guys like me who listen to Tunch and Hillgrove? Do you think the radio will also have a 5 second delay? If not, I might have to listen to the TV guys.

Why didn't they just have the delay for the halftime? This is way-over reacting, imo!

28 posted on 02/04/2006 1:03:52 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: beyond the sea; Petronski; BW2221; M1911A1; dancusa

Only about 32 more hours to kickoff.

A five second delay on a live broadcast is not unusual and I understand it was more or less the norm 20 or so years ago. What I don't understand is why they stopped using it. It will screw up things if you are trying to watch the game on TV but listed to announcers on the radio.

The thing that concerns me the most about the Seahawks is that they have a very good offensive line, especially the left side. They have the NFL's No. 1 rusher. If they get the running game going it will open up the passing game for them. If they get their passing game going, it will open up their running game.

Steelers "D" has to shut them down completely and play like they did in the three playoff games. The same pressure is on the Seahawks "D".

I'm looking for a fine game. Steelers were about perfect in the last playoff game. Hardly any penalties, I don't remember anyone dropping a pass, even the interception by the linebacker was excellent. They will have to play perfect football again, but they have proven that they can.


29 posted on 02/04/2006 7:32:13 AM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: Supernatural
A five second delay on a live broadcast is not unusual and I understand it was more or less the norm 20 or so years ago. What I don't understand is why they stopped using it. It will screw up things if you are trying to watch the game on TV but listed to announcers on the radio.

Isn't it possible that the radio will be delayed the same amount of time so that there is no major problem?

30 posted on 02/04/2006 9:04:09 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: beyond the sea

Boy, you really want to listen to Tunch and Hillgrove, don't you. LOL


31 posted on 02/04/2006 9:19:40 AM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: Supernatural; Petronski
On Drudge moments ago...........

"The Janet Jackson ripple effect (or should that be "rip" effect) has finally come around to the game that started it all. Sunday's Super Bowl will be on a five-second tape delay pregame, postgame and halftime."

I guess they are NOT delaying the time when the game is being played.

GOOD!

32 posted on 02/04/2006 9:33:20 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: beyond the sea

Sure made your day! I'm very happy for you.

ESPN was playing clips of Hillgrove sreaming out, "Touchdown, Steelers" over and over again on some Steeler highlights during Super Bowl pregame hype shows.

Mike Ditka says the Steelers are a team of destiny now and will win the game. Swannee was on last night picking the Steelers.

FOX Sports Network had the Top Ten linebackers of all time on last night (their picks). Jack Ham was # 10 and Jack Splat was No. 4. Kevin Green was # 9, Singletary was on it as was Ray Nitchke (spelling). Butkus was #2 and Lawrence Taylor was #1.


33 posted on 02/04/2006 9:40:08 AM PST by Supernatural (All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie! bob dylan)
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To: M1911A1
"Looking forward to a good game. We are all Americans first, and while it is fun to put that aside for a game, I'm mainly hoping that nothing happens to remind us that it is only a game. Here's to no serious injuries, no terror attacks and a great time on Sunday. "

Amen to that.

As soon as the game ends its back to real life.

Just a diversion from the burdens of reality, nothing more.

34 posted on 02/04/2006 12:52:26 PM PST by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American (Keep the adults in charge of Congress.)
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