By Melissa Lohr
At any time of the year, the apparel of the city of Pittsburgh can be described as a sea of Steeler jerseys and Pitt gear. If you want to stand out at the next hometown sporting event you attend, check out these unique Pittsburgh sport-inspired t-shirts.
During the Pirates’ short-lived success in July, a hand signal called the “Power of Zoltan,” which is the letter “Z” formed by connecting the thumbs and is a reference from the film Dude, Where’s My Car, captured the enthusiasm of the city. Made popular by center fielder Andrew McCutchen who used it as a sign of victory, flashing the sign swept the culture of Pittsburgh and quickly made its way to the t-shirt section of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ official website.
4. Stairway to Seven
Steeler fans across the nation were holding their collective breath during the February 2011 Super Bowl showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers, hoping for “The Black and Gold” to score a record seventh Super Bowl victory. Although the record remained untouched that night [The Packers beating the Steelers 31-25], Steeler fans continue to wear their hopes for championship glory on their chests in a line of very popular “Stairway to Seven” t-shirts.
3. My Name Evgeni and I Make Many Goal
The Pittsburgh Penguins are known for many things: Mario Lemieux, The “Two-Headed Monster,” three Stanley Cup victories, and players who don’t always have a strong grasp on the English language. In 2009, the broken English of one such player, center and alternate captain Evgeni Malkin, inspired a widely popular t-shirt craze around the city. The shirts are still available in a variety of colors with a graphic of a smiling Evgeni on the front.
2. Fear The Beard
At the end of the 2010 NFL season, Pittsburgh Steeler fans began to take notice of defensive end Brett Keisel for more than his on-field talents. Keisel’s “rally beard” spawned a fan following, prompting a Facebook page, Twitter account, and song by local radio DJs Jim Krenn and Randy Baumann. Affectionately named “Da Beard,” a line of t-shirts warning opponents to “Fear Da Beard” made its way into shops across the city and are still available.
1. On Ice or Grass, We’ll Kick Your A**
A favorite among Pittsburgh sports fans, this cheeky t-shirt has been an a permanent part of Pittsburgh’s wardrobe for almost three years. The shirt pays homage to the achievements of the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins on each of their respective playing fields. The shirts are available in a variety of designs, colors, and sizes both online and in Pittsburgh stores.