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Morning Java: Why are only Steelers fans ‘yinzers?’

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

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And neither does David DeCastro:

Thanks to both gentlemen, as well as Lance Moore, for their time and input yesterday at the final day of minicamp on the South Side. It was much appreciated.

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If I might, a bit of a digression: Why are Steelers fans casually derided as ‘yinzers?’

And really, what does that term mean, anyway?

I hear it all the time, and the only thing I can take from its definition is this: Someone saying something with which I disagree but might well be a common view on talk radio.

That about sum it up?

No, really, this is one of those things that bugs me a lot but I always find a reason to not say something about it. Not today. The only difference between the Steelers’ fans and those of the Penguins and Pirates — setting aside the obvious overlap — is that there are more of them. That’s it. I don’t notice, in my communications, any sort of difference in intelligence level, intensity, investment, you name it. Other than that, again, there are more of them.

That makes them ‘yinzers?’

Please. If anyone’s being mindless in the process, it’s those applying this infantile label.

>> The Penguins’ coaching search was heating up as of last night, by beat man Rob Rossi.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page and our Chipped Ice blog.

>> The Pirates pulled one out against the Reds in 12, but only after Clint Hurdle apparently lost his mind and thought Jason Grilli was still his closer. Beat man Travis Sawchik has the game story from PNC Park.

Gregory Polanco’s career-opening hitting streak is at nine, by Sawchik. And the best thing about that is it no longer needs to be attached to Roberto Clemente. Let the kid breathe.

Major League Baseball admits it blew the call at the plate Tuesday, by Karen Price.

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>> I’ll check in with TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m.

>> Thank you, as always, for reading.

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Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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