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Zach Banner to Host Virtual Panel Combatting Anti-Semitism, White Supremacy

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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner is hosting a virtual panel aimed at combatting anti-semitism, racial injustice and white supremacy.

The event, a “two-part conversation on combatting anti-semitism, fighting for racial justice and moving forward in unity,” will be held on Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The first segment will be Pittsburgh focused, as Banner will be joined by Rabbi Hazzan Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life synagogue, and Jasiri X, a hip hop artist and co-founder of activist group 1Hood. The trio will discuss “the current national and local crisis of anti-semitism and white supremacy.”

The second portion will be center on “the power of athlete activism, their role and responsibility in engaging in these movements and their priorities in this work as team leaders, national figures and community members.” Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell and Washington Mystics forward Alysha Clark will join this portion of the conversation.

Dr. Lauren Apter Bairnsfather, Director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh will serve as the moderator.

Individuals interested in participating in the virtual event can register here.

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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger Congratulates Penguins Star Sidney Crosby on Career Milestone

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Pittsburgh athletes have a bond, especially legendary Pittsburgh athletes. They play for the same city and are supported by the same fans.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is well aware of the connection between Pittsburgh’s teams. And he knows how much Pittsburgh fans care about the players who represent the black and gold. Saturday afternoon, Roethlisberger took to Twitter to show some love for his fellow Pittsburgh superstar athlete Sidney Crosby as he approaches a career milestone.

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Pittsburgh Named Best City in America for Football Fans

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While the news will come as no surprise to Steelers fans, Pittsburgh has been named the best city in America for football fans by WalletHub.

The outlet utilized a number of metrics to form its rankings, such as fan engagement, stadium capacity, ticket prices and team success.

Both professional and college football teams were considered during the exercise. Pittsburgh received also received the No. 1 spot in the Pro Football category individually, and was ranked 13th in the college football category for the Pitt Panthers.

Pittsburgh earned high marks in multiple categories, resulting in its top ranking. The city was tied with Green Bay, Wisconsin at the top of the fan engagement category. Pittsburgh also has the fourth-most accessible stadium out of NFL teams, though Steelers fans attempting to navigate the North Shore on Saturdays and Sundays may disagree.

While St. George, Utah is most likely a fine community, it was named the worst city for football fans.

Check out the full rankings at the link below.

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Myron Cope Invented the Terrible Towel 45 Years Ago Today

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Today marks a special day in Pittsburgh sports history, as the Terrible Towel celebrates its 45th birthday.

Created by legendary sports broadcaster Myron Cope on Dec. 27, 1975, the Terrible Towel has become an icon and the perfect backdrop to some of the biggest moments in Pittsburgh Steelers history.

Since its inception, the Towel has seen five Super Bowls, seven AFC Championships and 20 division titles.

Cope was attempting to excite the fan base ahead of a playoff game when he came up with the idea, imploring fans to bring their yellow dish towels to the game and wave them with pride.

Who was the Steelers’ opponent that day? The Baltimore Colts.

Now 45 years later, the Steelers battle the Colts again with significant playoff implications on the line.

Although they will not be permitted inside Heinz Field this afternoon, the Steeler faithful will still be cheering on their team and waving their Terrible Towels from afar.

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