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Hey Yinz Guys - 2017 Opener

This will be season ten for the SFOM at McGovern’s and to start the tenth season we have a treat for you! Steelers Nation Unite will be at McGovern’s for the opener to film the SFOM in action. The way this works is that you come out, they film it and play footage the following week at Heinz Field during the Vikings Steelers game. All the other clubs across Steelers Nation will have a high bar to reach for sure…no pressure!

There is an extra bonus for week 1. What do Jack Lambert, Jack Ham and Andy Russell have in common? That is easy. You can win a seat from Three Rivers Stadium with their autographs during our annual Black and Gold Bash, also on September 10th. We are starting the season big and that includes the annual bash. You will have the chance to win some great items during the silent auction. Remember we do not charge a cover, so the Black and Gold Bash helps us purchase our half-time prizes for the year and the jerseys for the Food Drive raffle.

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Club Picture 2010

Steelers Fans of Minnesota gathered in the parking lot of Patrick McGovern's Pub on September 19, 2010 at halftime of the Steelers' 19-11 victory over the Tennessee Titans

 

Plus: great video of the gang participating (including Jimmy Phelan on the spoons) in a post-touchdown rendition of the Steelers polka ...

Dean Gubbrud

Sad news to report out of SFOM land.  Friend of the club and former Starting Gate Owner Dean Gubbrud passed away after an extended illness.  For those of you that are newer to our gatherings, The Starting Gate, in St. Paul, is where it all began for the SFOM.

Once the original yinzers began going to The Starting Gate in the 80’s, Dean listened to their requests to broadcast the Steelers games in the bar.   Back then, there was not an NFL Ticket and to get Stillers games broadcast into a bar in St. Paul, Minnesota was an expensive proposition but Dean did it.

Dean also donated prizes at halftime on his own, starting a tradition that continues to this day.  This eventually lead to the annual picnic in the park which for years was a big event leading to the current Black and Gold Bash.   Dean was also responsible for another great tradition: the playing of the Steelers songs!   Something we all enjoy to this very day.  Through Dean’s leadership and generosity along with the SFOM originals The Starting Gate quickly became a well-known spot for Steelers fans in the Twin Cities to check out the Black and Gold and get a taste of the Burgh.

Dean still kept in touch with Bob “Chooch” Pano and was even at McGovern’s as recently as a couple of seasons ago.  The SFOM has grown into one of the finest Steelers fan clubs in Steelers nation with our current venue; however, it would not be the club it is today if it were not for a group of Northwest Airlines mechanics, and a former bar owner from Alcester, South Dakota with an open mind, a larger than life personality and a big heart.  Rest in Peace Dean.

The SFOM donated (Gold & Yellow flowers with Black ribbon in Steelers fashion) for Dean’s funeral.

http://www.wassfuneralhome.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1924403

2016 Season Recap

For those of you that missed any part of the season. The season ended on that cold night in New England and began on a special prime-time Monday night game in the nation’s capital where the offense was on fire. In between all of that, we had a win over the Bungles, the city of brotherly love not being so brotherly, a prime time blow-out over the Chiefs, Ben beating the Jets, illness and injury in Miami, Landry’s vs.

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