Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Soccer Spirit

How things change.  For a moment today I thought Pittsburgh was a soccer town.  Maybe not as new as you may think.  Some may recall the brief history of the Pittsburgh Spirit.

What I find amazing is the factoid on the website funwhileitlasted.net that says the Spirit season of 1983-1984 had a higher average attendance than did the Pittsburgh Penguins, which shared with the Spirit not only a venue in the Civic Arena, but were both owned at the time by mall developer Edward Debartolo. That says as much about the trajectory of hockey spirit here as it does about the Spirit itself.

11 Comments:

Anonymous The Wiz said...

Bucs in second place, 4.5 games back, hottest team in June...and no chart?

Sunday, July 06, 2014 6:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Andy Crossley said...

Thanks for the shout out to my site. Here's another surprising fact about the hierarchy of DeBartolo's Pittsburgh teams from that era. He also owned the Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League in 1984. Both the Maulers and the Penguins had the #1 overall picks in their respective drafts that year. The Maulers selected and signed Heisman Trophy winning running back Mike Rozier. Of the two draftees, Rozier got the much larger contract. But the Maulers only lasted one year and went out of business in October 1984. Rozier had a modest pro career in the USFL and later the NFL. The Penguins #1 pick with the smaller contract? That was Mario Lemieux.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 7:01:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

I think we all remember Rozier in the 84 Orange Bowl.

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