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Triangle football fans choose sides in Super Bowl XLV

Posted February 6, 2011

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— Super Bowl Sunday means a full house for Sammy's Tap and Grill in Raleigh. Enthusiastic Steelers fans packed the restaurant Sunday night, and although Pittsburgh lost the game, the fans never lost their enthusiasm.

Sammy Stephens and his sons Tyler and Connor are Steelers fans born and bred.

"I've been a Steelers fan for 40 years and it will continue," Stephens said.

Arnie Boggs said only a true Steelers fan can understand the passion for the black and gold.

"There's no better place to be than to be a Steelers fan. I'm not from western Pennsylvania, but I was raised to be this way and I love it," he said.

A lone cheese head braved Sammy's while the rest of the Pack's local pack gathered at Abbey Road Tavern in Cary.

While their turnout was smaller, Packers fans got to celebrate victory.

"I've been a Packers fan for a year now," said Kevin Page. "It's just love. It happens. You just have to deal with it and love it."

Fans said now that the Super Bowl is over, they'll be gearing up to cheer their teams to victory again next year.


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  • Stand-In-The-Door Feb 7, 2011

    Not a real big fan of either Green Bay or Pittsburgh. However I dislike Pittsburgh more. "Big Ben" needs to go away.

  • pkrbkr-4ever Feb 7, 2011

    Born in Oshkosh, always will be a Packer fan. This is just the beginning of great run.

  • Marmaduke Feb 7, 2011

    A true Packer fan backs the team even in the lean years. With our family owning 7 season tickets, I was born a fan. I am from Milwaukee and remember the Lombardi days. I was fortunate to meet Ray Nitschke once and try on his Super Bowl rings. He was an amazing man! I think this new team has what it takes to be like the Lombardi team! I look forward to great years ahead. And, if they don't do it again, I will STILL be fan!

  • Hammerhead Feb 7, 2011

    Lambeau, are you from WI? I'm from Fredonia, the bustling metropolis of 2000 about 80 miles south of GB.

  • Hammerhead Feb 7, 2011

    All "brand" teams have a bandwagon...and I happen to be a fan of the Packers, a "brand" team. Duke and UNC fall into that category. What the hey, more fans are more fans.

  • kjackson47 Feb 7, 2011

    Has anybody seen the bandwagon

  • LambeauSouth Feb 7, 2011

    Yeah, been a fan for 50 plus. I was born a Packer Fan!

  • gopack07 Feb 7, 2011

    "I've been a Packers fan for a year now," said Kevin Page.

    lol...a fan for a year.