After the Pittsburgh Steelers won their fourth Super Bowl
title in January 1980, the quest for another championship ring
was themed “One for the Thumb in ‘81.” That fifth
Super Bowl title eventually came three years ago. What if Pittsburgh
gets a record sixth?
“I’ve heard they’ll call it a ‘Sixpack’ or ‘Sixburgh,’ ” defensive
end Brett Keisel said after the Steelers arrived Monday for Super
Bowl XLIII against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Sixburgh is a play on the Pittsburgh-ese version of the city’s
name, as in “Pixburgh.” Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
has heard “Six-pack” from fans.”They call it the ‘Six-pack,’ with
the IC Light (Iron City Light) beer, whatever it is they want to
drink,” Roethlisberger said.
On Steelers fan websites, “One for the Other Hand” is
being mentioned. At a Super Bowl rally last weekend in Pittsburgh,
Keisel said there was another variation from linebacker James “Potsie” Farrior.
“Potsie said we’re going for ‘One for the Thumb’ again,
but the other thumb,” Keisel said.
Jan Maygar, 56, and her husband, Rick Maygar, 55, formerly of Pitcairn,
Pa., waited outside the tent where the Steelers did their interviews
“It’s all for the ‘Six-pack,’ ” the
wife said. Rick says something else has yet to be named. Pittsburgh’s
defense was the “Steel Curtain” in the 1970s.
“We’re still trying to figure out what to call this
defense,” the husband said. “But right now, because we
haven’t proved that we’re one of the top defenses of
all time, they haven’t named it.”
Five Super Bowl trophies are displayed behind a glass wall at the
team training complex in Pittsburgh.
“There is a lot of tradition that comes with being a member
of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” linebacker James Harrison said. “You
don’t want to be part of a team that doesn’t perform
at that level.”
The Cardinals, pursuing their first Super Bowl title, have T-shirts
with the slogan “Prove it.”
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