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Witness to a Super win

February 02, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

Robert Weyant wore his loyalty to the Pittsburgh Steelers on his sleeve - and on the rest of his body.

Weyant, of Hagerstown, was being described Sunday night at the Colonial Motel and Restaurant as the "walking Terrible Towel," and he was ready for action.

Terrible Towels are a signature of Steelers fans and are waved in the stands to spur on the team.

A spinoff of a Halloween celebration, Weyant had a life-size replica of the Terrible Towel draped over his body. The fabric creation made by his wife had "Steelers" written in large letters down the front.

Weyant was pumped for Super Bowl XLIII and said, "We're going to take it. We're going to take it," as he shook his fist.

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He was right. The Steelers rallied in the final minute to defeat the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23.

The Colonial Motel and Restaurant along Pennsylvania Avenue is a big hangout for the Original Steeler Fan Club of Hagerstown.

Among the items on which Steelers fans feasted in a dining area and bar were 200 pounds of shrimp ordered for the occasion. Before the game started, classic rock 'n' roll music blared in the dining room, where a large-screen projection television was set up, along with two other large TVs.

TVs were set up in the bar and in an outside seating area for smokers.

The local group of Steelers fans, which exceeded 100 people, was charged over the prospect of their team securing a record sixth Super Bowl title.

"We're so excited. It's unreal," said Mike Danley, president of the Original Steeler Fan Club of Hagerstown.

At The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille off Leitersburg Pike, dozens of football fans had their choice of 72 televisions on which to view the game.

Spectators slurped on Coors Light or Bud Light beers for $3, served in commemorative Super Bowl glasses they could take home.

There were also giveaways like footballs and T-shirts, said Chevy Barefoot, one of the managers.

At one table, Washington Redskins fans Scott Eyler and Tim Halter sat cheering on Arizona.

Eyler, of Hagerstown, said he had to go with Arizona, since his team was not in the matchup.

Brad Phillips and Curt Whiteley never know what part of the country they are going to watch the Super Bowl in and on Sunday, they ended up in Hagerstown.

The two buddies used to watch the Super Bowl together when they lived in Erie, Pa. But since Whiteley moved to Richmond, Va., the men always pick a town in between to watch the game together, Phillips said.

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