Listen: You don’t have to have a guilty conscience. I know, I know. We were taught from birth that we must remain breathlessly loyal to every Steelers game (and at least the vast majority of Penguins games). Anything less than total dedication, regardless of the performance of the team in question, is treated with suspicion in these parts.
However, you may find yourself missing the sustained attention when the Steelers sit 3-6 and the Penguins start with a 6-6-3.
It’s OK. You don’t have to give up your awful towel when you’re off for a while. Hey – Pirates fans have been doing this for 30 years.
Keeping up appearances, of course; Make sure you know enough about what’s going on to make small talk while waiting for an oil change. (That’s what Sportscenter was invented for.) But consider one of these alternate options for the next few weeks or months. There are plenty of places to get your sporting attention and plenty of places to get close to the action for a tiny fraction of what an NFL ticket costs.
Here are seven other local sports worth checking out.
Robert Morris basketball
The women’s team in Moon Township got off to a 4-0 start after just a stunning 95-39 final against Waynesburg. the men’s team, Meanwhile, they won their home opener, beating Pitt Greensburg around in an 84-49 win behind a 20-point game from junior guard Enoch Cheeks. The short drive to the Colonials promises not only competitive play, but enjoyable play at the still-new UPMC Events Center; It’s a great spot for college proms without a bad seat in the house.
Steel City Roller Derby
If you’ve seen it Pittsburgh’s roller derby roster At their home ground in Cheswick, the Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena, you know the frenzy on four wheels makes for an action-packed spectator sport. Unlike most spectator sports, however, the Steel City Roller Derby gives you the opportunity to take the leap from the stands and into the fray. The nonprofit is hosting a New Skater Boot Camp on December 15th. Follow them on Instagram for details – or to be kept up to date when there’s another game coming up.
Pitt Women’s Volleyball
Learn local college sport’s worst-kept secret: Pitt’s real powerhouse doesn’t play at Pete, they call Fitzgerald Field House home. The women’s volleyball team in Oakland has won 14 conference championships (11 in the Big East, three in the ACC) and is a fixture of the national tournament; They have been in contention for the crown in each of the last six seasons, last year beating Penn State, Kansas and Purdue to reach the last four. It’s also a great opportunity for parents to introduce children to a sport that’s growing in popularity and provide collegiate opportunities.
Independent pro wrestling outfit Enjoy! wrestling is dedicated to compiling a roster of grapplers with a focus on gender and racial diversity – but also putting on fun, sporty dazzling shows. The company brings some of the world’s most talented wrestlers to Mr. Smalls Theater in Millvale; Next, they’ll take over the legendary December 17th venue for the battle royale “Enjoy Odyssey.” Get a balcony seat for the best view…or get up close to the ring with a floor ticket and experience all the action.
You don’t have to hunt down your old lunchtime friends on homecoming weekend to relive the Friday Night Lights of your youth, especially in the weeks to come, when WPIAL championships are decided in several local stadiums. This Saturday, Classes 5A and 6A championship games will be played at Norwin High School when Pine-Richland takes on Upper St. Clair at noon and North Allegheny takes on Central Catholic at 6:00 p.m. The other four classes can settle things in the bright lights of Acrisure Stadium on November 25th.
World Cup Soccer
Okay, I’m cheating a little – this isn’t technically local. But it’s the World Cup, it’s local to every corner of the planet. Waiting to hear where turns out to be where the best bar turns out to be for day in, day out catching games. Unfortunately, the stalwart Piper’s Pub is closed. but The Pittsburgh Riverhounds are having a Black Friday party to watch the matchup between the USA and England squads on November 25; seems like a great event to me.
Harlem Globetrotters at the PPG Paints Arena
No, the routines never really change; no, the hapless generals of Washington never win. But there’s a reason the Globetrotters have been drawing crowds for nearly a century — it’s good old-fashioned family fun. I wouldn’t mind if the NBA took over magical slow motion games and defiant grannies by the side either. The Globetrotters whistle into the PPG Paints Arena for two shows on Monday December 26th.