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14 January 2009

Changing Names

What's in a name?
If you're the mayor of Pittsburgh and your beloved Pittsburgh Steelers are playing one of their archrivals for the right to go to the Super Bowl, certainly not "Raven."
So goodbye, Luke Ravenstahll; hello, Luke Steelerstahl.
Ravenstahl, -- er, Steelerstahl -- says he decided to remove "Raven" from his name just as he predicts the Steelers will remove the hated Baltimore Ravens from contention in Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
On Wednesday morning, the mayor began, but did not complete, an official name change petition, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
Civil court staff gave the petition a docket number but said they did not expect to file it, in part because they did not receive the required check for $108 to process the change, the newspaper reported.
Ravenstahl said he did not come up with the idea for the name change, according to the report. That honor, he said, belonged to callers to a local radio station's morning show, who "called in and thought it would be a good idea to change from Ravenstahl, given we are playing the hated Baltimore Ravens this weekend, to Steelerstahl.
"As soon as I heard it, I thought it was a great idea."
Ravenstahl will keep the name at least through Sunday.
Coincidentally, "stahl" is German for steel.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

I love the spirit this guy has. I don't believe I have been around a young, enthusiastic mayor that genuinely loves his sports teams as much as Mayor Ravenstahl...ahh...Steelerstahl!

Meantime, fans can gear up for Sunday's game with another "Black and Gold Day" and pep rally on Friday. The rally will once again be around the Terrible Tree in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse at noon. Fans are urged to wear their black and gold, grab their Terrible Towels and come down to "Roast the Ravens."


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