The Incredible Inclines – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Learning is it’s own exceeding great reward.”

William Hazlitt

If you ever have the chance to visit Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania I would recommend that you stay in one of the hotels on the south bank of the Monongahela River located in a place called “Station Square”. The views of the incredible Pittsburgh skyline rising up above the brown Monongahela river with its bridges and barges is amazing to say the least. There are all kinds of shops, stores and restaurants in Station Square and a clean, convenient subway / trolley (known locally as the “T”) that provides easy access to the bustling downtown area know as the Golden triangle.

Although there are many reasons to visit Pittsburgh as a tourist such as professional baseball and football, the Pirates and Steelers respectively there are also many historical gems you can find if you look for them. Most people know about Fort Pitt, and the Carnegie Museum on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh but my favorite attractions are two relics of an era gone by, across the Monongahela River from the skyscrapers on Mount Washington.

These two anomalies are the Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines. Back in the mid and late 1800s there were scores of German immigrants living on Mount Washington who would make the trek down the bluff each day to work in the mills, rail yards and coal barges of the Steel City. If you look at Mount Washington today from Station Square, you will understand how these immigrants got tired of this daily slog and proposed the construction of several “inclines” like they had back in Germany so that they could easily get up and down the mountain.

Originally there were as many as 17 of these Inclines or “Funiculars” which is their technical name meaning inclined plane or cliff railway. The two remaining inclines are owned and operated by the Port Authority of Allegheny County. The inclines are rustic looking conveyances that look somewhat like a skiing tram on the outside and an old trolley car on the inside. Both of the remaining inclines have their own station buildings at the bottom and top of Mount Washington. Each station has two cars and two sets of tracks which are side by side.

These pairs of trolley like cars are connected by a cable and as one car moves up, the other car on the adjacent track moves down. The ascending and descending cars counter balance each other. Riding these inclines for me was as unique an experience as riding the strange elevator to the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

Of the two inclines, the Monongahela incline is the most accessible as it is an easy walk from Station Square. This incline is the oldest and steepest incline in the USA as it was built in 1870. It is 635 feet long, travels at 6 miles per hour along a 35 degree incline and can hold 23 passengers per car. As this historic piece of engineering climbs the track, the views of the city get better and better with each foot of elevation gained.

While you have to drive a few miles west on East Carson Street, in my opinion, the Duquesne Incline offers the best views of the city. The views of the city from the top of this incline are absolutely stunning.

From the top of the Duquesne incline I recommend a short walk west down Grandview Ave to “Point of View” park. Here there is a bronze statue commemorating the meeting near this place between George Washington and Seneca leader Guyasuta. The real attraction here however is the most amazing view of Pittsburgh’s incredible skyline and the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers where at the “Point” they merge and together become the mighty Ohio.

Standing at this place From left to right you will see the USS Requin submarine at the Carnegie Science Center, Heinz Field – home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the yellow “Three Sisters” bridges and many others on the Allegheny river, the fountain shooting high in the sky at the very point of the Golden Triangle, gleaming skyscrapers such as PPG Place, BNY Mellon Center and the black US Steel Tower, Coal barges oozing up and down the rivers along with all kinds of other water craft, and the shops of Station Square and the historic old Smithfield Street bridge which connects downtown to station square by spanning the Monongahela river.

Of all the places I have traveled to, few vistas can compare to the one described above. As the lights come on in Pittsburgh and the sun sets, it is that much more incredible.

Everyone Can Enjoy a Pittsburgh Themed Gift Basket

Located within the Keystone State, Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh was once the city known for its steel industry and today is renowned for its sports fans. Whether you know someone from Pittsburgh or not, you probably have deeper Pittsburgh connections than you realize. A hub for Pierogies, Heinz ketchup, and the Steelers, Pittsburgh blends the best parts of the culture and history of Pennsylvania. When you are looking for a gift that offers the best features of the city, consider a Pittsburgh themed basket. You can celebrate a person’s love of the city, encourage their obsession Steelers, welcome them on a recent move to the city, or express your disappointment about an upcoming move away from the city through a mixture of Pittsburgh relevant gift baskets.

Football Fans

Pittsburgh is known across the country for its die hard football fans. For those who are Steelers fans or perhaps interested in becoming football fans, a basket loaded with black and gold goodies can be the perfect way to cheer on the team on a Sunday afternoon. Use your Steelers playing cards to play poker or just enjoy a black and gold smiley cookie as you watch! These snacks and gifts will make an afternoon of football pleasure all the more enjoyable.

Black and gold does not have to be limited solely to football though. All the city’s major athletic teams sport the black and gold colors within their logos. Use the Steel City colors in your basket on coffee mugs, note cards, and snacks. From chocolate pizzelles to caramel corn, you can have tasty treats for watching a movie on a rainy afternoon or for tanning in the sun on a day at Moraine State Park.

Moving Away from Pittsburgh

To let your friends or family who are moving know that you will miss them, send them a Pittsburgh themed basket to make the transition a little easier. Something as simple as a recipe from Isaly’s can remind them of home. Isaly’s is a family owned store popular in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Since the 1930s, Isaly’s continues to remain a staple supplier of meats and cheeses for the region. Nothing reminds you of your Pittsburgh home like a basket with a recipe from Isaly’s for a home cooked meal, Heinz ketchup, and an Iron City beer to go with it.

Moving To Pittsburgh

For those who are eager to become familiar with the traditions of Pittsburgh, you will find that delicious, ethnic food is a part of all of them. The Hispanic and Italian cultures are deeply embedded in these traditions. Sure, the staple foods for Pittsburghers are pierogies and ketchup, but Reyna Foods in the Strip District provides the tortilla chips and salsa that Pittsburghers crave. Welcome a new neighbor by getting them a taste of Latin American food to enhance their first experience of Pittsburgh.

Italian food is also a little better when it’s from Pittsburgh. Nothing beats a dinner of pasta and vodka sauce with perhaps a little salami to accompany it. Pittsburghers love their Italian food, there is even a section of the city designated as Little Italy, and so a basket of Italian necessities can be a great start for a new home in Pittsburgh. There are varied cultures living in Pittsburgh brought in by the universities, medical centers, and technology companies, so the food there reflects that diversity.

When you want your loved ones to know you are thinking of them, you can send them gifts that include all the treats of a Pittsburgh local bakery. You can purchase a basket online filled with pastries, cookies, cinnamon bread, and chocolate covered pretzels and have it delivered in Pittsburgh or anywhere in the country. The new or long-time Pittsburgher in your life will love the gourmet treats in a custom designed basket. Let’s face it, a day with caramel corn is always better than a day without it.

Basket Affair offers a wide selection of unique, made to order basket designs that are perfect for all occasions. Whether you are interested in sending a Pittsburgh themed basket, a gift for a new baby, or an elegant wedding present, Basket Affair has gourmet baskets to choose from, all of which can be delivered anywhere in the country.

Best places to get Pittsburgh Steelers gear for football season

With an impressive victory over the Houston Texans on Monday night after scoring 24 points in under three minutes, the Pittsburgh Steelers have progressed to having four wins and three losses.

Since the offensive line is beginning the look solid and the defense is, according to Snoop Dogg, “click clackin’” , a sense of hope for the AFC North team has again been established. With what may be a promising road for the Pittsburgh team, fans from all over the world are hoping for a playoff spot. There is no better time than to stock up on stellar Pittsburgh gear for the 2014 to 2015 football season.

Whether you love Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, Le’Veon Bell or the team as a whole, there is a multitude of retail shops and online stores where you can buy unique Steelers gear and stand out from any crowd.

 

  • Steelers Sideline Store
    The official Pittsburgh Steelers shop has five different locations throughout Pennsylvania, including the Grove City Outlets, Pittsburgh Mil

    The official Pittsburgh Steelers shop has five different locations throughout Pennsylvania, including the Grove City Outlets, Pittsburgh Mills Mall, South Hills Village Mall and Westmoreland Mall. The best location to shop, however, is the Steelers Sideline Store located at Heinz Field.

    Located at Gate B of the home of the Steelers, the shop offers an array of Pittsburgh-themed merchandise, including women’s apparel, automobile accessories, replica jerseys, newborns’ and children’s apparel, Super Bowl memorabilia, home goods and tailgating products.

    Shop t-shirts, mugs, flags, hats, magnets, gloves, jerseys, pants, jackets, sweaters and more, all conveniently in the heart of Pittsburgh, right inside the stadium itself.

    The store phone number is 412-697-7728 and the store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The store is closed on Sundays and game days.

  • FansEdge, Inc.
    The FansEdge, Inc., website sells a multitude of unique Steelers-themed items, including watches, clocks, leggings, bathing suits and mercha

    The FansEdge, Inc., website sells a multitude of unique Steelers-themed items, including watches, clocks, leggings, bathing suits and merchandise for pets. Conveniently, the shop offers free shipping for orders that are more than $49 (so you’d really only need one or two items to be eligible). The shop also offers special sales and deals, so people with all kinds of budgets can shop until they drop.

    Find folders and bumper stickers for as low as $1.49, ornaments for $3.95, charm logo necklaces for $8.95, autographed footballs for $400 and jackets for $130. The shop carries nearly 4,000 Pittsburgh Steelers products, so you can find something for everyone.

  • Kohl’s
    When you walk into a Kohl's store, you'll find apparel, accessories, shoes, home goods and even small appliances. What many people may not k

    When you walk into a Kohl’s store, you’ll find apparel, accessories, shoes, home goods and even small appliances. What many people may not know, however, is that the Kohl’s website offers a wide variety of football fan merchandise, including beverage tumblers, baby onesies, slippers, jewelry and more, for as low as $3.

    The best part about buying football merchandise (or anything, really) is that if you open a Kohl’s charge card, you’ll receive coupons for 15, 20 and 30 percent off, while can be piled on to items that are already on sale (and there are always items on sale). The store will also run promotions in which you’ll receive Kohl’s cash for a certain amount of money spent (so you can go back and use your Kohl’s cash to get that Steelers beanie you wanted).

  • Zazzle Inc.
    Zazzle Inc. is an online retailer that sells unique merchandise and paraphernalia that can't be found anywhere else. With more than 619,000

    Zazzle Inc. is an online retailer that sells unique merchandise and paraphernalia that can’t be found anywhere else. With more than 619,000 designers, 98 makers, 551 brands and millions of customers across 17 sites, the company sells creative customized products. You’ll find one-of-a-kind Steelers merchandise. Find postcards, magnets, phone cases, unique t-shirts and even dry-erase boards.

    Shop t-shirts that read, “Steel City,” “I perspire Steel City fire,” “Sixburgh,” and, “Got Six?” Find baby shirts that read, “I poop black and gold,” and, “Steeler girl for life.”

    Visit the Zazzle website to shop creative and unique Pittsburgh Steelers gear so that you can stand out at the next football gathering and tailgating party.

  • Black Loves Yellow
    Sellers on Etsy are known for offering unique handmade or hand-crafted goods of all kinds. A shop in particular, called Black Loves Yellow,

    Black Loves Yellow

    Sellers on Etsy are known for offering unique handmade or hand-crafted goods of all kinds. A shop in particular, called Black Loves Yellow, offers unique hand-crafted Steelers apparel for girls and women.

    Opened in June 2011, the five-star-rated online seller has sold more than 40 items, and offers one-of-a-kind pieces. Each item is individually crafted with dedication. Find unique hand-painted and tye-dyed Steelers t-shirts and a unique studded upcycled Steelers sweatshirt for only $46. The company only ships within the United States and is based in Boca Raton, Florida.

 

Sports – The Perfect Business

Name an industry that gets free advertising every day in every newspaper around the country? Still thinking? Here is another hint – they have web sites, radio shows, TV shows and entire cable channels dedicated to talking about them and their product? Give Up? The answer is sports.

What an incredible industry. Every morning Jerry Jones’ team has articles written about it. Free color pictures on the front page promoting his brand. Radio shows talking solely about his product for hours on end.

More than 30 million people play fantasy sports. The average player in fantasy sports spends about $110 a year on their fantasy teams, and that is mainly to have “bragging rights”. Some of us can remember back in the 1990’s when people played “rotisserie leagues”. Today ESPN, Yahoo, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sportsline and others have very sophisticated online systems to manage leagues and get you information about your team, players and league standings.

They make a fortune on these sites from advertising because they know they have a market of 18 – 50 year old males earning over $50,000 a year and who spend more than two hours a week playing these games, reading the ads, and messaging their friends about the sports articles. Why are fantasy sports games so popular -because we love sports and the fantasy games feed the love.

In 2004, the CBS and Fox networks spent a combined $8 billion to broadcast NFL games for six years. In 1999 CBS spent $6 billion for the rights to broadcast the NCAA basketball tournament for 11 years. In 2006 Fox and TBS signed a combined $3 billion deal with MLB to broadcast a few games a week plus the post season. In 2001, the NBA signed a six year $3.4 Billion deal with Time Warner. Why are billions of dollars being spent to broadcast sporting events? Because we love sports they are making money on filling that love.

You get the idea. Sports are part of our lives. We have an insatiable appetite for sports. We emotionally connect to players and teams. They are our role models. Entire cities shut down when a championship game is being played or for the victory parade. Corporations invest millions and billions of dollars in sports related media because they can get a return on that investment.

Sports Marketing – Tiger Woods, Lebron James, Michael Jordan and countless others are not only great talents, but they are the stars of carefully crafted marketing plans. These marketing plans are geared towards raising their profile, creating interest in the fan base and expanding that fan base. This does not happen just because Tiger is a good guy. This happens because there are millions of dollars to be made. Thousands of hours are invested into these marketing plans – creating the images, the right words, the right message and the right media outlet.

There is a greater point here – the business of sports has successfully tapped into our emotions and our lives in a way no other business has.

Marketing 101 – When we have read the countless books on selling and marketing, we learned the best way to sell to a person is to tap into that person’s emotions. The ability to create and emotional attachment from the buyer to your product is priceless. Everyone remember the tire ad where the baby was sitting inside the tire giggling and looking cute. You’re not buying white-walled radials – you are buying protection for your children. No price is too steep for that.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could create this type of emotion that for a furniture store? Imagine radio shows talking about trundle beds, recliner sofas and nesting tables. Well it’s hard to get excited about china cabinets the same way we do about football – and we never will. The only things that tap into our minds like sports is politics and religion. Those will too quickly become controversial for the entrepreneur.

Back to selling and our emotions. The greater the emotional attachment people have to a product, the better for us. But not all of us are not going to be as successful at tapping into Joe Public’s emotion-meter with our business idea like the NFL or tire manufacturers. They have a big head start and deeper pockets than the rest of us.

What is an entrepreneur to do? How can you get people loving your product as much as the Pittsburgh Steelers?

Sorry to put it this way, but you probably won’t. But on the bright side, if you can’t beat them join them.

Sell Sports – Sports related businesses have a big plus going for them. You are already tapping into an emotional vibe that is deep-rooted and long-living. No need to try and build that positive feeling. ESPN has taken care of that for us. All you need to do is find some avenues in sports-related business to take advantage of this fervor.

Most of us do not have 700 million sitting around to buy the next NFL franchise coming up for sale. We need to reach for some lower hanging fruit. Let’s consider a couple of business models that allow you to take advantage of the sports machine that have less barriers to entry.

Sports Tickets – The secondary sports ticket market is a $10 billion a year business. Many people reading this are going to say “ticket scalping”. To them we say you are buying a limited supply of a product and reselling it on the open market to the highest bidder. Exactly how different is this from buying and selling houses? If we had the same moral indignation for ticket resellers and we do house flippers, Carlton Sheets would be flipping burgers.

Not every ticket has a worthy resale value. We need to separate the wheat from the chaffe. We also need to know where to sell our wheat, metaphorically speaking. There are several places that offer a quality education on how to venture into this market. They will educate any novice or intermediate on the secondary ticket market and keep them from making costly mistakes as well as make profitable deals. Look for something that not only gives you a “how-to” manual, but also provides you with information on a moving-forward basis. Ticket sale dates and presale codes are valuable items. The cost of the course is usually recovered in a few transactions.

End Exhibitionism in the National Football League

Once again, the most wonderful time of the year has arrived for fans of the National Football League. The NFL’s exhibition games, euphemistically named “pre-season”, have commenced with the annual kickoff at the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Fans know that their teams’ weekly contests and all the days pre-game speculation and post-game dissection are just around the corner. The sensation for football aficionados resembles that of children when the Christmas merchandise appears in stores. Unfortunately, the anticipation has been needlessly extended just like the retail outlets do by decorating immediately after Labor Day instead of after Thanksgiving Day.

Honestly, does anyone still cling to the antiquated notion that professional football players need four meaningless games in order to prepare themselves for the regular season slate of sixteen? Teams engage in mini-camps throughout the off-season. Plus, players voluntarily participate in drills with teammates during the spring and summer before the official opening of training camps. The days when most, if not all, players showed up to training camp in mid-summer noticeably overweight, stiff or, in any other way, indifferent of any football related matter since their teams’ final game of the previous season have gone the way of the phonograph and black/white televisions.

Granted, most fans enjoy watching the first and possibly the second exhibition games. Those two provide an opportunity to view rookies selected in the draft and new additions to the team acquired via free agency or off-season trades. Few fans have access to the scrimmages conducted during training camp so the first exhibition game remains the initial viewing of the newcomers in their new uniforms. However, the novelty soon dissipates in the knowledge that any outstanding performances must be weighed against the half-hearted level of effort of veterans in the games and the irrelevancy of the final scores. The only drama for those fans who watch the final two exhibition games lies in the holding of their collective breath in hope that none of the starting players of his/her teams sustain any injuries preventing them from playing the the games that actually count in the standings.

Therefore, this writer proposes the elimination of the last two exhibition games. Undoubtedly, the owners and others who benefit financially from the staging of these meaningless contests will object. After all, NFL teams charge hefty prices for tickets to these glorified scrimmages which season-ticket holders cannot avoid since these exhibition games are included in their season ticket packages. Those who make their living based on attendance at the games such as vendors, employees at parking lots and others would hate to see two of their ten opportunities for sales to vanish. Obviously, some recompense must be offered to assuage the pain of withdrawal.

The solution will prevent the loss of revenue by those with a stake in upholding the number of games played at an NFL venue yet give the fans more of what they deserve: games that count in the standings. The final two exhibition games should be replaced with two more regular season non-conference games. Just as college football teams typically play two or more non-conference opponents at the start of a season, the NFL would benefit by such a structure of scheduling. The number of games a team would host would not change so there would be no loss of revenue. Fans would not feel cheated by paying to see as many inconsequential games as they do currently.

To further bolster the appeal of these two additional non-conference games, each team would have a list of annual opponents that would spark much interest among the fans to see the teams play every season despite not being in the same conference. Several match-ups of teams in the same state or otherwise within close proximity to each other stand out as obviously interesting contests. The high level of anticipation would exist regardless of the records of the teams entering the contests. Opponents in the same media markets such the Jets and the Giants in addition to the Raiders and the Forty-Niners would provide an outlet for the antipathy between both sets of fans on the field during a relevant game of the regular season. Intrastate matches such the Cowboys versus the Texans, the Buccaneers versus the Dolphins, the Redskins versus the Ravens, the Eagles versus the Steelers and the Rams versus the Chiefs certainly hold more allure in a regular season game even though these teams often play their in-state counterpart in exhibition contests. Even annual meetings between teams of states bordering each other like the Colts versus the Bears, the Lions versus the Browns, the Chargers versus the Cardinals and the Falcons versus the Jaguars could develop into heated rivalries with a traditional early season date against each other.

An extra financial benefit of scheduling these games with teams within a close distance of each other should appeal to owners as well as fans. The shorter distance between the city of visiting team and the home team’s stadium will reduce travel costs. For some of these proposed annual contests, the visiting team could easily take buses to their opponent’s stadium. A person does not need a Ph.D. in economics or management to realize the tremendous savings in the substitution of one or two short bus trips for several dozen adults instead of flying across timezones for a handful of trivial exhibition games. Also, visiting fans will be more likely to attend games if they can drive to the opponents’ stadium and return home the day of the game.

So when will Commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners of NFL franchises adjust to the current situation and abolish some of its needless games in favor of some that will draw much more attention from the fans? Hopefully, the change will occur sooner than the decades that passed before the NFL acknowledged the utility of the two-point conversion and implemented it.

Analysis Of NFL AFC East Teams For People Interested In Sports Betting

If you are interested at all in Sports Betting you will want to understand what’s going on in the AFC East.

Does Coach Bill Belichick have any more rabbits to pull out of his hat? After half a decade of being the perennial favorite to win the Super Bowl, and winning three of them, the New England Patriots enter the 2006 as a seemingly average looking team. The naysayers will point to the loss of defensive coordinator, Eric Mangini, to a head coaching job for the Jets, and also the heart and soul of the stalwart defense, Willie McGinnist (LB) to Cleveland in free agency. The faithful will point – as they always do – to the brilliant game planning of Belichick and “Mr. Clutch”, Tom Brady (QB). Though the Patriots went 10-6, Brady had his best regular season as a pro, and Belichick was constantly juggling an injured roster, anything but a Lombardi Trophy is viewed as a disappointment in Foxboro. Running back Corey Dillon will be on the hot seat this season as Father Time and rookie Laurence Maroney will be looking to cut into his playing time. Also, did the Pats make a mistake in letting Adam Vinatieri (PK) leave as a free agent? The odds makers say, “No”, as they make New England a 7-1 favorite to return to the top of the mountain.

You can cut the excitement and anticipation in Miami with a knife. It appears that second-year head coach, Nick Saban, is one step closer to returning the Miami Dolphins to prominence in the NFL, and atop the Eastern division. Gone are Sam Madison, the Ricky Williams and David Boston soap operas and offensive coordinator, Scott Linehan. However, hope springs with the addition of Duante Culpepper (QB) and a slew of solid free agents. Culpepper claims he is fully recovered from major knee surgery that sidelined him for the bulk of last season. Additionally, a breakout season could be in store for Ronnie Brown (RB). Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor still anchor one of the League’s best defenses; however, the secondary has been completely revamped. Vegas books aren’t totally convinced about the resurgence of the Fins, as they are only 15-1 shots to win it all.

Where have you gone Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith and Andre Rison? About the only thing for Buffalo Bills (2005: 5-11) fans to be thankful about is that they aren’t Jets fans. Bills ownership decided to tear it all down this off-season to build it back up again, beginning with new head coach Dick Jauron (formerly of Chicago). The Bills brought in four new offensive linemen, two wide receivers (Peerless Price and Andre’ Davis) and a third quarterback, Craig Nall, to compete with J.P. Losman and Kelly Holcomb for what may be a year-long tryout for 2007. Willis McGahee (RB) seems to be the only bright spot on offense. On the defensive side of the ball, it doesn’t get much better. The signing of Larry Triplett (DT) and a healthy Takeo Spikes should keep them floating, but for the most part; the entire team will likely be treading water this season. The Bills are a long, 50-1 in Vegas.

That leads us to the New York Jets, and the only thing that Jets fans have to be thankful for is that the Knicks’ Isaiah Thomas is not their GM. After a dismal 4-12 season in 2005, few teams needed to make impact moves more badly than the Jets, and few teams did a worse job in acquiring key players than the Jets. The problems with the Jets seem to begin and end at the quarterback position with the uncertainty of the health and true talent of Chad Pennington. First-year head coach Eric Mangini at least made the decision to try to keep Pennington upright by drafting “next big thing” offensive tackle, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold. The team lost All Pro John Abraham at defensive end, and replaced him with former Pittsburgh Steeler, Kimo von Oelhoffen. For those with a taste for long shot bets, you can find the Jets listed at 75-1.

NFL Jerseys – A Perfect Gift on Any Occasion

Everyone is confused about what they should gift their loved ones, friends and relatives on many occasions like Christmas, New Year, birthdays and even on some special occasions. Most people have good knowledge of what they should gift their children, parents and best friends. But when it comes to cousins, uncles and aunts niece and nephews everyone begins to think seriously as they are confused about what they can gift them. So NFL jersey is one of the best gifting idea one can present to anyone they love. These jerseys are available in all sizes and colors. Further, these jerseys are stylish and fashionable.

NFL jerseys are also a wonderful Christmas gift as they are available in many varieties. These football jerseys do not discriminate against a person’s age, gender and even their clothing size. Infants, new born babies and premature babies can wear these jerseys as tiny and teensy NFL jerseys are easily available in any authorized store. These jerseys are not only available in teensy sizes but are also available in XL sizes for people who are fat and obese. Pet lovers too can purchase jerseys for their cats or dogs as it is hard to believe that these jerseys are also available in the size that can fit for your pet.

Sports apparels can be easily purchased from an authorized dealer or by shopping online. You can find numerous websites that offer these jerseys. Also you can find jerseys of famous football players and teams like Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and various other football teams. Therefore, these sports apparel jerseys can be worn by infants, teenagers, men and women and even pets.

NFL jerseys are also considered as a perfect gifting idea for any season in a year. During summers, one can easily roll the sleeves of their jerseys or even fold it up so that fresh air can pass throughout their torso and around their arms. Consequently, during winters these NFL jerseys can be paired with a turtleneck or even a sweater to support their team spirit and thus keeping the wearer warm.

Nowadays, replicas of these jerseys are easily found in the market so one should be cautious while purchasing a NFL jersey. Therefore, you should ensure that you are buying an authentic and an official jersey. As authentic jerseys are made of highest quality clothing material and by purchasing genuine jerseys it also denotes our personal identity. Finally, football jerseys are a best gift for any occasion and season.

Five Most Sought Steelers Jerseys

There is unexplainable craze among the fans across America for Pittsburgh Steelers. The scintillating performance in the two seasons proved quite vital to bring back the team in the foreland. And the increase of fan base improved the Steelers Jerseys demand in the market. All of sudden the demand of the jerseys shot to unexpected statistics. And the retail stores that sold the jerseys ran out of stock! Consequently people started hitting the online stores for the jerseys. If you are a Steelers fan and hunting for a jersey for you to wear it to show our loyalty to the team, buy a popular jersey rather than any Steelers Jersey.

The jerseys of NFL teams are quite compatible with general wear. For instance take the example of the style and designs of Steelers jerseys actually make them look authentic and unique. They go along with jeans, casual trousers and other wears like three quarters or even with camouflage cargos. There are reputed online stores that have line of such Steelers. You can find the most sought after jerseys of black and yellow and also other jerseys worn by the team in different season. Sit within your comfy zone in your abode and hit the internet to find online stores that sell Steelers sports wear. Here are the five most popular Steelers Jerseys.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: The leader of the team who made a rocking come back in the second season that showed his increased maturity and he indeed had one of the best seasons of NFL quarterback. He is been to the big dance before and knows how to win. His ability to change the game with extraordinary style and technique has paved the path of success for him. Manufacturers launched Steelers Jerseys of this player that come with his name and number imprint on it.

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu: Another popular player and popular jersey name. He is the most recognizable player of the team. In the years people have witnessed his talent and his role in the team. He often changes the game and plays in such decisive manner that the opposition finds no place to beat them. The replica jerseys of Polamalu are available at the online stores at perfect price range.

Steelers OLB James Harrison: The best defensive player of the team has a favorite fan base following. His jerseys are also quite popular among the fans.

Steelers WR Mike Wallace and Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons: Wallace has tremendous speed and the ability to stretch the field and Timmons is the outstanding linebreaker. The two players have terrific technique of game and their jerseys are equally popular like other Steelers Jerseys

Pittsburgh Steelers Throwback Helmets

Have you been noticing the new yellow football helmets that the Pittsburgh Steelers have been wearing in some of their games this year? These are “Throwback Helmets” from the 1962 NFL Season. The NFL allows teams to wear uniforms that are not their current colors and logos in 4 home games, and 2 away games per year, as a break from their traditional “Black and Gold uniforms, the Pittsburgh Steelers are celebrating their proud past with this style of throwback uniform. The helmet is yellow, and has the older “Steel” trademark with the 3 colored diamonds and the word “Steel” instead of the team name Steelers. The 3 colored diamonds represent the famouse 3 rivers that Pittsburgh in famous for, in fact, their old stadium was named “Three Rivers Stadium”

The Steelers entered the league in 1933, and suffered through many losing seasons. They never won anything, until 1972 when they finally won the AFC Central and started one of the greatest dynasties in sports. The Steelers were the team of the seventies in the NFL, winning their division 10 consecutive years, and winning the Super Bowl 4 times. They became the first team to win back to back Super Bowls, and they did it twice in the 70’s.

Riddell manufacturers several lines of football helmets, and there are 3 different styles of these Pittsburgh Steelers throwback helmets available to consumers. The Riddell mini throwback helmet, the full size replica helmet, and the authentic Pro Line helmet, all of these helmets are available at NFL Pro Shops and team stores all over the internet.

The Pittsburgh Steelers Inflatable Bubba – Great Review For a Great Buy

Are you looking for the Pittsburgh Steelers Inflatable Bubba? If that’s the case read through this article first, within it you will discover a sensible review of this product.

Get pumped for game day with an Inflatable Image of the Pittsburgh Steelers team in your front yard. The Pittsburgh Steelers Inflatable Bubba is lightweight and straightforward to set up, it is safe to use and look fantastic on your lawn.

The Pittsburgh Steelers Inflatable Bubba is lightweight and durable

Indeed the Pittsburgh Steelers Bubba is made from a very lightweight long-lasting material. This way you can be assured that your lawn decoration will last for many years to come, able as it is to endure all type of climatic conditions without any problem. Yes It is definitely strong no doubt about that, I have seen it endure rain and even snow lately. The weight of the 3 inches snow sitting on him appeared to be obviously a burden, but nevertheless he stood robust as ever.

What I personally really like about this inflatable, is actually the fact that it is made of a very lightweight material, so when I wish to move it from one venue to another, it is so easy to do so stress-free anytime and as many times as need to.

The Pittsburgh Steelers Inflatable Bubba is simple to set, display and stow

Another great feature of this decoration is that it is very simple and easy to set and display in your yard with the patented internal airLite inflation fan. This inflation fan being internally located out of sight, it won’t damage the aesthetic of your great looking exhibit.

For any safety concern the bubba comes with 4 adjustable tight downs, ground stakes and base stakes; making it very steady and able to withstand light to moderate wind safely. The majority of people set it in their yard, but one of the Steelers fans I’ve met had it in his living room during the play-offs!!! Wherever you decide to position it; it will invariably produce a fantastic display and attract a good amount of attention.

Stunning appearance with brilliant team colors, logos and graphics

If like I did, you decide to place this bubba on your front lawn, you will see people stopping by and looking with awe; these guys are really big.

I had even had some folks asking to have their photos taken in front of the inflatable. Really it is no wonder because the Pittsburgh Steelers Bubba display comes with some striking brilliant colors, logos and graphics in the most popular mascot player shape. This is a premium quality construction with unmatched attention to design detail, and with its 5 ft. high overlooking your lawn, the Pittsburgh Steelers Inflatable Bubba will make you extremely pleased to be one of the faithful fans of such a great team.

Overview

This Inflatable Bubba is packaged in a space efficient box and comes ready to exhibit with adjustable tie downs, ground anchors, foot stakes and an internal inflation fan that stays neatly out of sight. This Inflatable Pittsburgh Steelers image provides fast and simple set up for indoor and outdoor display on lawns, porches, at tailgating activities or virtually anywhere. So get ready to rock the house; these guys are big! Anyhow, it’s a great product for sports fans and it draws a lot of attention.

Online Shopping Is Definitely a Clever Course of Action

This item being quite difficult to locate at your local shopping center, most people choose to purchase it online. Which means that you don’t have to run around town as well as waste a lot of time. Rather, you shop from the comfort of your home.

Another advantage is that the online store will certainly deliver your Pittsburgh Steelers Bubba to your residence. Some internet vendors even deliver at no cost, depending of your location. This way you don’t need to leave your home. You simply order from your personal computer, and the store does the rest.