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Pittsburgh Mayor Ravenstahl Changing Name to ... Wait for It ... SteelerStahl

Jan 15, 2009 – 12:04 PM
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Will Brinson

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When the playoffs start and Super Bowl season starts heating up, all sorts of crazy bets happen, including many odd wagers by politicians. Some politicos, such as Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, like to gamble on feeding the homeless and the elderly.

And then there's Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who has absurdly decided to change his name. That's right. His beloved Steelers are playing the Ravens, and to make sure everyone doesn't think he's a traitor, he's swapping his surname to "Steelerstahl".

This isn't some joke either; he actually filed the papers to process the permanent shift with the local civil court, although rumor has it he might not go all the way.
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."
Apparently, in Pittsburgh, "great idea" means "silly publicity stunt". It's fantastic that he's gung-ho about getting behind the Steelers, but he also forgot what the second part of his last name means.

See, "stahl" is "steel" in German. So he just technically became "Luke Steelersteel". Which would be totally awesome if he was fighting crime or actually playing in the game. But as a politician, yeah, not so much.

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