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Steeltown vs. Rain City

Feb. 06, 2006
Feb. 06, 2006

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Feb. 6, 2006

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Steeltown vs. Rain City

Super Bowl week always turns into an exercise in civic boasting. Here's how Pittsburgh and Seattle stack up

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This is an article from the Feb. 6, 2006 issue Original Layout

[Pittsburgh] [Seattle]
STEELERBABY Creepy Kewpie hangs out at steelerbaby.com.SUPERFANTUBA MAN Edward McMichael has been tooting his Hawks horn since '89.
JOE GRUSHECKY Springsteen buddy fronts what's been called the world'sgreatest bar band.GUITAR HEROJIMI HENDRIX In tribute to the six-string king and native son, the cityerected a statue of him in mid-solo.
MR. ROGERS From the studios of public television station WQED, the masterof mellow delivered soothing messages to children for 33 years.BESWEATERED TV FIGUREFRASIER CRANE For 11 seasons the finicky radio therapist advised thelovelorn and the careworn on his NBC sitcom.
PRIMANTI'S SANDWICH Here's a real time-saver: Instead of putting slaw andfries on the side, why not just pile 'em on the "sammitch"?LOCAL DELICACYSHIRO'S SUSHI Japanese immigrant Shiro Kashiba put the salmon industry on aroll when he opened the city's first sushi bar in 1967.
ANDREW CARNEGIE The steel magnate gave away $350 million, largely toeducational trusts. Money quote: "The man who dies rich diesdisgraced."FAVORITE TYCOONBILL GATES With his wife, Melinda, the Microsoft wizard has endowed a $29billion charitable foundation.
POP ART Andy Warhol, whose fame lasted far longer than 15 minutes, has amuseum devoted to his work in his native city.CULTURAL EXPORTGRUNGE MUSIC Bands such as Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Alice in Chains andSoundgarden defined rock in the '90s.
PITTSBURGH MOVIES Night of the Living Dead, Flashdance, Striking Distance,Sudden Death, Wonder Boys.NOW PLAYINGSEATTLE MOVIES Say Anything, Singles, Sleepless in Seattle, Disclosure,Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
FALLINGWATER Frank Lloyd Wright's domestic masterpiece is in Bear Run, Pa.,southeast of the Burgh.ARCHITECTURAL MARVELTHE PUBLIC LIBRARY One prominent architecture critic called Rem Koolhaas's2004 work "the most exciting new building it has been my honor toreview."
TERRIBLE TOWEL Fans have been waving gold towels since the 1975 playoffs,when radio station WTAE, at the suggestion of color man Myron Cope, gave themout to encourage team spirit.FABRIC OF SOCIETY12TH MAN FLAG Since 2003 the Seahawks have started each home game byraising this banner to rally the fans. One has been flying atop the SpaceNeedle since mid-January.
LYNN SWANN The four-time Super Bowl champ is seeking the Republicannomination for governor of Pennsylvania.RUNNING RECEIVERSSTEVE LARGENT The Seahawks' only Hall of Famer was elected to Congress (R.,Okla.) in 1994 and served three terms.
Hall of Famer Franco Harris rushed for 11,950 yards in 12 seasons for theSteelers.FRANCO FILESHarris spent his final NFL season with the Seahawks. Rushing total: 170yards.
TERRY BRADSHAW The Hall of Fame passer had bit parts in Burt Reynoldsfunfests Cannonball Run and Hooper, and appears in the new Matthew McConaugheyvehicle Failure to Launch.PIGSKIN THESPIANBRIAN BOSWORTH After flaming out as a Seahawks linebacker from 1987 through'89, the Boz resurfaced two years later in the biker movie Stone Cold.
THE ROONEY FAMILY has owned the Steelers since the team's founding in1933.FOOTBALL PATRIARCHSPAUL ALLEN, the Microsoft billionaire, bought the Seahawks in 1997 for $200million.
THREE RIVERS STADIUM Demolished February 2001.GONE, NOT MISSEDTHE KINGDOME Demolished March 2000.
THIRTY PHOTOSPETER READ MILLER (QWEST FIELD); CASEY MCNERTHNEY (TUBA MAN); PLATT COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES (HENDRIX); NBC/PHOTOFEST (FRASIER); REBECCA COOK/REUTERS (GATES); SONY (PEARL JAM); PHOTOFEST (SAY ANYTHING); ROBERT E. KLEIN/AP (LIBRARY); SCOTT COHEN/US PRESSWIRE (FLAG); AL MESSERSCHMIDT/WIREIMAGE.COM (LARGENT); HEINZ KLUETMEIER (HARRIS SEAHAWK); COLUMBIA PICTURES/EVERETT COLLECTION (BOSWORTH); LARRY MAURER/WIREIMAGE.COM (ALLEN); GREG CAVA (KINGDOME); DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/GETTY IMAGES (THREE RIVERS STADIUM); AP (ROONEYS); TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX/PHOTOFEST (BRADSHAW); JOHN IACONO (HARRIS); HEINZ KLUETMEIER (SWANN); AL KOOISTRA/WIREIMAGE.COM (TOWEL); RICHARD A. COOKE/CORBIS (FALLINGWATER); PHOTOFEST (FLASHDANCE); AFP/GETTY IMAGES (WARHOL ART); JERRY COOKE/TIME LIFE PICTURES/GETTY IMAGES (CARNEGIE); DAVID MCLAIN/AURORA (SANDWICH); GENE J. PUSKAR/AP (MR. ROGERS); NEAL PRESTON/HO/AP (GRUSHECKY); COURTESY OF STEELERBABY.COM; MICHAEL FABUS/WIREIMAGE.COM (HEINZ FIELD)