The Perspective Of An Average Steelers Fan: Stuck In A Tunis Hotel Room


Another wonderful Monday in Steelers Nation; the great debate being the distinction between a win and a “quality” win. How many of you have been stuck in a hotel room on a Pittsburgh Steelers gameday?

Yes, there are Steelers bars across the nation and even scattered around the world. For this game against the Minnesota Vikings; I was in Tunis, Tunisia to deliver a class. The work week here is Sunday to Thursday – so already the pressure is on. The time difference worked to my advantage with the 1PM kickoff. For me, the local time would be 6 PM when the toe was put to the ball. Just enough time to close out the class for the day and scramble back to my hotel room.

American football can be seen from the halls of Montezuma; all across the world; but not quite to the shores of Tripoli. After all Tunis was one of the homes of the Barbary Pirates. Football would be on many televisions here just not the Yankee Doodle brand of football. An easy choice; do I watch a local soccer match at the hotel bar or retreat to my room to find the Steelers game over the net. A strategic withdrawal.

Now be honest; how many of you who have watched a Steelers game all alone in your hotel room get decked out in your Black & Gold attire & Terrible Towel?

Just another average Steelers fan:


Once tucked back in my room, a new challenge. This was one of the few places in the world that NFL Game Pass was not available. Nor were the multiple online sites to catch a glimpse of the Black & Gold. Isolation in a city of 3 million. No worries, the Steelers Nation Radio was blaring on air with Tunch & Wolf and I could share the next few hours on the Steelers Depot Live Update & Discussion Thread.

Here are a couple of the top comments from the game: during the first half, Ryan72384 opined what many were thinking but not typing, “Come on offense. Show us a drive where you guys don’t look completely anemic and out of sync.” Two touchdowns by the offense but penalties and other miscues frustrated our hunger for a blowout.

The defense seemed to give us more satisfaction, Jnick observed, “Even without Tuitt, the Dline is feasting on this Vikings Oline.”  Dupuis liked what he saw in Mike Hilton on the fake punt; “Hilton looked like he was shot out of a cannon.” Dupuis also got a top reaction in the second half with, “What a Fluster Cluck of plays.” Clearly folks on the thread shared his sentiment. The team was winning; but the offense was not performing as well as expected. I deeply appreciate all the Steelers Depot readers who were taking the time to comment on the thread – although alone in my room and not able to watch directly, I was able to share the ups and downs of the game with fellow fans of the Black & Gold. Thank you.

Burghers being Burghers; we cannot just relax and enjoy the fruits of another Black & Gold victory. The game was never in much doubt. No, we are already analyzing Sunday’s game with an eye on Chicago next week. How will the Steelers ever manage to defeat the Bears? After all, as Dave Bryan pointed out in his article.  Steelers Open As 7.55-Point Road Favorites Over Bears in Week 3 : “…the Steelers past trips to Chicago have mostly resulted in losses. In fact, the Pittsburgh franchise is 1-11 against the Bears in Chicago dating back to 1936.”  Yoi!

A couple last points before I sign off at 3:19AM. The videos of the tribute to Dan Rooney were very moving. It makes me feel proud to be a fan of this team; even if only an average fan. Ambassador Rooney embodies so many things that are good in this world.

The Rooney family has demonstrated a willingness to give service for the greater good. I’ll close this on out with the Marine’s Hymn and a shout out to all who have served their country.

  • Conserv_58

    What a great story! We’ve got a brother Yinzer, an academic at that, stuck in a foreign country, sitting alone in his hotel room, decked out in his Steelers gear, listening to the game on SNR and getting up-to-the-second updates on the Vikings game, from the Depot staff and us fans. It makes me feel good that we could help a brother Yinzer out.

    I can’t thank you enough for this, Dave.

  • Darth Blount 47

    My heart swells with each successive word. THIS was one of my favorites, Beav. Your loyalty and passion is an inspiration for us all. I looked at the pic and had to wonder… Just whose jersey is he rockin’?!

  • francesco

    I had my honeymoon in Tunisia. Loved the country, the food, and especially the desert.

  • 6 ring circus

    Love the reports…keep ’em comin’.

  • John

    Swill that mint tea with your chips.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m guessing a Miller jersey!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    I have two jerseys. The bumblebee jersey is Johnny ‘Blood’ McNally who wore # 35 in the Steelers 1934 season. That was year the striped jersey was introduced.

    The other is a Black signed Ernie Stautner jersey who wore # 70 from 1950-1963 and was the only retired number until Joe Greene’s # 75 joined his on the retirement list.

  • Jaybird

    Great read Beav. I feel for ya man. I’m heading up to the Poconos this weekend and I’m already panicking that they won’t have the game up there. Its been a long time since I missed a Steelers game. I even made sure my kids were Christened on bye weeks or when we were on Monday night!

  • Lambert58

    Average fan in Tunisia? Don’t think so. 😉 Good stuff, David!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Now that is above average Jaybird!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    🙏!

  • Matt Manzo

    I was waaaaay off!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    It would be hard to guess those; I just enjoy the history of the team even from before the super bowl years

  • Jaybird

    The day I’m Rockin’ the Casbah in a Bumble Bee jersey with a terrible towel , that’s the day I’ll be an above average fan.

  • Mister Wirez

    Good read sir, got the visual of a true die hard!

    PS. If you have some pictures of Tunisia, I would love to see them someday, as other’s, I’m sure would too… [Wannabe world traveler here, stuck on the Allegheny/Westmoreland border 😉].