I do admit I wish they better cited some material there which I lay good odds comes form here, not that you would know. But still I have to applaud that they alone among almost every other media reference to the timing of it all get it: "And to add insult to injury, the Steelers missed the playoffs in 1981, presaging a decade of poor performances for the home team." So only the Australians realize that the Superbowls of the 1970s were not played during the economic miasma of the 1980s.
But also I note an odd Australian only take on what could be construed into a more creative-cities amenity type argument. They note "As a measure of vibrancy, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported in May that the city had the most bars per person — 12 per 10,000 — of any city in the US." Of course I don't know how one would impute causality given that I suspect we had a pretty high bars-per-capita metric decades ago as well. I mean, some city neighborhoods were hip before there was hip if that is the metric that matters.
and to think I once blogged here worrying that the Australians were going to hate us. 2007: Thought she was cactus??