Trouble minimal after big defeat

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From Avonia to Jollytown, from Studa to Armagh, there wasn't a dry eye in Western Pennsylvania.

The Green Bay Packers squeaked by the Steelers, 31-25, Sunday night in Super Bowl XLV, denying Steelers Nation ring No. 7.

There's nothing like a loss to stop a party.

Pittsburgh police, who had shut down Forbes Avenue in Oakland and East Carson Street on the South Side as the game entered the fourth quarter, reopened the streets by 11 p.m.

Almost no one was in the mood to party -- or to cause mischief, as fans did after the Steelers won the Super Bowl two years ago.

Small outbursts of trouble kept police busy immediately after the game, but it didn't last long.


Police reported just one arrest -- a man who shocked by a Taser at the Diesel nightclub. Police didn't say what he was accused of, but said he was taken to UPMC Mercy for evaluation.

A fight broke out near 18th Street after a man was spotted in a Packers sweatshirt. Officers with a dog separated the warring factions before anyone was seriously injured.

Near the Birmingham Bridge, a line of wary state troopers in riot gear and others on horseback kept watch on would-be revelers, who snapped photos and tried to make small talk with them.

On McKee Place in Oakland, firefighters scrambled to put out a fire on a sad, sagging couch.

Disappointment spread through Hough's tavern in Greenfield as time ran out on a Steelers comeback.

There was one reason to celebrate, though. When the TV announcer noted that Mike McCarthy was the victorious Super Bowl coach, he mentioned his hometown: Pittsburgh.

"If we had to lose, it couldn't be to a better person," said Mike Davern, 83, of Greenfield, who explained that he knew the McCarthy family casually from a lifetime of living in Greenfield and going to the same church.

"He's a great guy. He never forgot where he came from," Davern said.

As she was cheering on the Steelers, Davern's daughter, Mary Kate Rim, 57, of Trafford, said she wanted to clap each time the television screen showed McCarthy.

"He's put this town on the map," she said.

On the same street where revelers erupted in celebration in 2009, some fans openly wept. Others were hunting for Green Bay fans.

On the South Side, fans were sad, but nary a discouraging word was said about the Steelers who lost at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

"A slow tear drops down my face," said Allie Alexandroff, 24, of Lincoln Place, who watched the final moments of the game at Piper's Pub. "I really thought we were going to pull through, but in the end, this just wasn't our game."

Joel Sterniak, 22, and Jen Razza, 24, both of Trafford, seemed almost too despondent for words.

"I don't even know what to do with myself," Sterniak said.

"I'm completely depressed and upset," Razza said.

Near 14th Street a gaggle of fans screamed, "We still love you, Steelers! We still love you."

Sadie Gurman: or 412-263-1878. Kaitlynn Riely: or 412-263-1707. First Published February 7, 2011 6:15 AM


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