January 10th, 2012
12:29 PM ET

Pittsburgh's mayor 'Tebows' in defeat

Pittsburgh's mayor knelt down in defeat on Tuesday, donning a Denver Broncos No. 15 jersey and "Tebowing" in front of the Steel City's skyline to pay off a bet he made with the mayor of Denver over the Steelers-Broncos playoff game.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's Steelers lost as Denver quarterback Tim Tebow (No. 15) threw an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime for a 29-23 victory Sunday.

Tebow's gesture of kneeling in prayer after great plays has become a national phenomenon, but for Ravenstahl it wasn't a craze he wanted a part of.

"This is not something I ever thought I'd have to do, and it certainly wasn't something I was looking forward to," Ravenstahl said. "However, we're good sports here in Pittsburgh, and I want to congratulate Denver on a great win."

If Denver had lost, Mayor Michael Hancock had pledged to wear a Steelers jersey and wave a "terrible towel," SBNation Pittsburgh reported.

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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Ray

    I commend Roethisberger and team for a great game,they did go into it with some of the best players on the injury list,and Ben just recovering from a sprained ankle.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • 222joco

      Wah Wah Wah

      January 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viktor


      January 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      As a lifelong Broncos fan I have to say the Steelers and their fans are awesome.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KennyG

    no biggie...but the New England game is Saturday night....

    January 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Adam

    NFL is obviously rigged.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sammy Dee


      January 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • richman

      @ adam I agree with you 100%. people are just too naive. they believe in miracles/coincidences. all professional sports are rigged. its all about viewership and advertising.

      January 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Really? So the Pittsburgh corner intentionally let Thomas run for an 80 yard score? That's just a silly thought process.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jeanne

    awesome......theres ACTUALLY an athlete with MORALS and class and someone kids today can look up to and respect.......next to breez of course.....

    January 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Different Pittsburgher

      Just because the player kneels in prayer after a touchdown run or throw doesn't make him any more moral than everyone else. Cult-like following of an invisible deity in the sky does not make you a better individual or in my opinion someone that should be looked up to.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      You teach your kid to look up to athletes and I’ll teach mine to look up to scientist. We’ll meet back here in twenty years and compare the results.

      P.S. Being religious doesn’t mean you have good morals. History makes that very clear.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmmm

      The Cowboys used to have a bible-thumper on their team...his name is Sam Hurd. Look where he is now. Don't judge a book by it's cover no matter how good the cover looks.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Believer

      Richman, I agree with you if God didn't give me an intellect. I wonder what you did with yours.

      January 10, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim in Georgia

    Should have trown in a case of "Iron City" as well.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Come on, you want to make the man drink Iron City, too? Isn't it bad enough he lost the bet?

      January 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Heck....those of us in Pittsburgh don't even drink the stuff.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. $auceBo$$


    January 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. $auceBo$$

    Tebow is a horrible quaterback

    January 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flipper

      ...that just beat one of the best defences in the NFL in a high-pressure playoff game. No biggie.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • elr

      Poor sport. He isn't bad for a Rookie. You couldn't do better.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmmm

      Almost every rookie QB could have done better with that team around him. He has a great defense and special teams to help him out.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. A Different Pittsburgher

    Why did this make a national headline??? It's bad enough that we had to watch the game, deal with the disappointment again the following day on the local news, then deal with the aftermath of the yearly playoff bet on the local news. Now we get to see this as a national "Top Story"? Just let it die already with our playoff run this year...

    January 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • pittsburgher

      I agree. now we have to be kown as the city with the D-Bag mayor who bows to other cities.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Oh boo-hoo. We havn't won enough Super Bowls for us Steelers fans to be secure in our SB wins over the years. It's just too much to bear. BOO-HOO. Waaaa.

      Suck it up big boys, not much to cry about in anyones honest opinion.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Different Pittsburgher

      My problem isn't that they lost. They had a poor season and didn't play well in Denver and should not have even tied that game up with the way they were playing. My point is that this type of headline makes it to national news media as a "Top Story" even though our mayor does this every year. Why is Tim Teabag so special to warrant this making it past our local media?

      January 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Imbecile

    I'm getting really tired of the media's fetish with Tebow and his genuflecting.

    This obsession we have with this guy is going to be one of those things we look back on and wonder what the hell we were thinking.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary Meyers

      You could say the same about President Obama!

      January 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • 222joco

      Don't blame Tebow...blame us and the media...

      January 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • CmonNow11

      @Gary Meyers – you could, but it would be completely irrelevant to the story, so you would be a giant doofus to do so.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sinister

    Cannot wait 'till this tebowmania BS finally dies, the man is a terrible QB.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sinister

      I also hope TT gets the snot sacked out of him against NE, and whoever does the sacking should 'tebow' on tebow, but position himself just right to also give Timmy boy a tea-bag at the same time.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      ....and yet has a winning percentage of 1.000 in the postseason. As a Falcons fan, I'll take a horrible quarterback who wins over a good quarterback who can't (see Matt Ryan's postseason record for reference).

      January 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sinister

      So does T.J. Yates, what's your point?

      January 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Well for a "terrible quarterback" he sure had what it took to beat the best defense in the NFL. Face it, he still basically a rookie with a lot of growing pains. Not many QBs can stand up to the pressure of the playoffs and win. I'm a longtime Bronco fan but frankly the way they played the previous three weeks did not inspire confidence in their chances to beat Pittsburgh but Tebow showed he can throw those long balls just fine. Now, if we could just get him to work on all those ones less than thirty yards...

      January 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sinister

      No, the Denver TEAM handled the pressure of the playoffs, not Timmy. Last I checked the team consists of more than just a single player. Also it goes to mention the so-called 'best defense' was pretty much non-existant on the field.

      January 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Not Fat

    Tiebowing looks a lot like being too drunk to stand.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. amazed @ the duplicitousness

    Every Rapper thanks God 47 times when getting an award..... Do I hear any of you complaining??? Why is T.T. your sole target???

    January 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Imbecile

      When the media starts gushing over those rappers every time they thank god, then we'll redirect our cynicism.

      But here's a question, if thanking god is so mundane and everyone does it every time they accomplish something as mundane as not getting sacked, then why are you guys all in a tizzy over one mediocre quarterback who does it, too?

      January 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. go broncos

    Hopefully they destroy the patriots.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BroncoFan4Life

    I was at the game Sunday and was surprised at how gracious the Pittsburgh fans around me were in defeat. REally took me by surprise...Classy fans in Pittsburgh. NExt week will be a whole new story though

    January 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Thank you. We pride ourselves in being good sportsmen/women. Might be a few buttheads amongst us but overall, we're pretty gracious. If you ever come to Pittsburgh we would welcome your Broncos and you and probably even buy you a beer. But not an Iron City Beer. As I posted earlier, we don't really drink that stuff. And Congrats on your win. It was truly deserved.

      January 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Timmy Teblow

    God loves me more than he loves you. That's why I win.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
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