I headed down to the South Side to watch the game yesterday, camping out at a bar for 12 hours or so. This was my first Super Bowl in Pittsburgh, and I've never seen anything like it from gorilla suits to gold go-go boots to posing with the superstition-laden Steelers teddy bear. People at our tables came from as far-away as Youngstown, Rhode Island, New York, and "here."
In good news, I survived the drinking binge (with lots of pacing) and the after-party in the streets. I saw lots of cops in riot gear, but didn't have the opportunity to see them exercising their crowd dispersal skills. As far as I could tell, there was just intense good cheer and drunkenness.
In extra good news, contrary to previous reports, there will be a parade tomorrow.
In not-so-good news, the revelers set some fires and broke some windows. More than 100 were arrested last night. But I'm sure you all knew that.
See you at the parade! Let's try to leave the city standing.