Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, at least for this week, wants to be known as Luke Steelerstahl.
"On behalf of the Steelers Nation, I've decided to remove the word 'Ravens' from my name just like the Steelers will remove them from the AFC Championship," he said, referring to Sunday's playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The mayor this morning began, but did not complete, a Verified Petition for a Name Change.
Civil court staff gave the petition a docket number but said they did not expect to file it, in part because it was not complete and they did not receive the requisite $108 check. Had Mr. Ravenstahl completed the process, a police background check and other steps would have followed.
Mr. Ravenstahl said the idea for the name change was not his own. Callers to the Star 100.7 morning show "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," he said. "As soon as I heard it, I thought it was a great idea."
He said he and his wife, Erin, and 2-month-old son, Cooper, "didn't really talk about it, but I'm sure they wouldn't mind doing it, either."
Left unanswered: Whether official actions, like vetoes of council legislation, could be challenged legally if the mayor's name is in limbo. "You'd have to ask the legal folks that question. I guess there's no truth to the rumor, either, that [Council President] Doug Shields came down and applied to be Luke Ravenstahl now that I've given up my name."