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This Week's Game Plan

Steelers @ Buccaneers 2018

Kickoff: 
Monday, September 24, 2018 - 7:30pm
Doors open at: 
6:15 PM

The Steelers travel to Tampa to take on the Bucs in a game that features two of the surprises in the NFL this season, for different reasons.  The Steelers will look for their first win this season while the Bucs will look to go 3-0 for the first time since 2005. The road game is probably coming at a good time, as the locker room has more drama in it than a teenage slumber party so hopefully the change of scenery does the team good.  Tampa has been known as Pittsburgh South, so expect to see plenty of Terrible Towels!  The Bucs are led by the surprising, never aging Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has looked MVP-like early in the season.  Pittsburgh will look to end “Fitzmagic” this week so take a break, so come on out and have fun with the SFOM while we cheer on the Black and Gold!

SFOM Black and Gold Bash

229 of yinz came out for our annual bash.  Thank you to everyone who came out, donated and purchased items from the auctions.  This is our fundraiser that funds all our club operations for the year. This allows us to buy our jerseys for the food drive and our weekly prizes and we could not do this without your generosity.  Thank you!

Farewell Mayor Paul & Chooch

Picture of Mayor Paul's CakePhoto of Mayor Paul Posing with Cake
Picture of Chooch & Mayor Paul

Steeler 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

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