PSR ANYTIME. ANYWHERE. Introducing the Pittsburgh Sports Report eMagazine. Click to read and watch the best sports coverage in the region.
Tuesday September 1 2015
Leave this field empty.

A Black n Gold Dad’s Role

PSR Logo
Raising a Black n Gold Girl is no easy process, and you Dad’s out there shouldn’t underestimate your role or influence in it. As I reflect on what made me a Black n Gold Girl, I have to give most of the credit to my Dad.

He instilled a love of football in us girls at a very early age, teaching my sisters and me the rules of the game by making a competition out of properly calling penalties. The first one to correctly call the foul—with the appropriate hand signal—would win. This was serious business, and it’s a game that lives on as I watch as my sisters pass this same tradition onto their kids.


The other thing that stands out was my Dad's ability to recall the most random player facts. He could go deep into statistical references on every man on the roster and speak for hours accurately on each. He too always seemed to be on point when it came to who the Steelers would draft each and every year. It was truly impressive – the man would have been a fantasy football ace.


I lost my Dad in 2004, the year that Steelers turned things around and  went 15-1, going on to finally attain that elusive “One for the Thumb” the following season. We joked lovingly that Dad had helped with some divine intervention during that amazing run!


Not a game day goes by when I don’t miss him... but I still feel him watching the games with me.


When I think about what the Black n Gold Girls represents, how we have started and how we have grown, I can't help but think that my Dad had a hand in our success. I love football because of my Dad. I have a successful business because my Dad instilled in me a passion for Pittsburgh sports.


Dad, if you are reading this and you have daughters, I truly hope that those girls will be able to say one day: “I love football because it reminds me of all of the precious time I spent with my Dad watching games.”


Happy Father’s Day!

Share
The Steelers started the offseason by signing franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a significant contact extension. A day before training camp opened, they capped the offseason by extending the contract of general manger Kevin Colbert.
Editor's DeskFeature One
There is a dynamic duo on the Pittsburgh sports scene, but they’re not playing at PNC Park. They play high school football in Pittsburgh’s City League. Brothers Timothy and James Jackson of Allderdice Dragons may be two of the most dangerous weapons in western Pennsylvania this fall.
Feature TwoHSCOGOS2014Top Story
Todd Haley is entering his fourth season as the Steelers' offensive coordinator. After a bumpy start to his tenure in Pittsburgh, Haley directed one of the most explosive offenses in team history in 2014.
Feature ThreePure Steel
Time moves faster in the NFL. Players seem to age more rapidly and rosters turn over more quickly than in any other sport. Nowhere else is this more evident than the Steelers defense, where nine of 2011’s opening day starters are no longer with the team.
Feature FourPure Steel
PSR VIDEO
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 1 Steelers TV Channel
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 2Xfinity HS FootballHigh School TV Channel
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 3PSR Video PiratesPirates TV Channel
Pitt football’s forgettable Paul Chryst era ended at 19-20 when the Madison native returned to Wisconsin to coach the Badgers, leaving the program in the same state of mediocrity in which he found it.
Custom 1Pitt Football
On the heels of a dismal 4-8 season in 2013—and seated firmly upon the hotseat—head coach Dana Holgorsen was able to steer the West Virginia football program back in the right direction in 2014.
Custom 2WVU
In western Pennsylvania, football is the sport that the natives follow most closely, and with two major programs, Pitt and Penn State, most of the attention is divided among the two of them.
Custom 3Small Colleges
Stepping into Beaver Stadium sporting traditional, nameless navy blue and white jerseys, Penn State football intends to chase a championship under second-year head coach James Franklin.
Custom 4Penn State