Pittsburgh's Superfan Mayor Changes Name

Ravenstahl now 'Steelerstahl' ahead of playoff with Baltimore
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2009 4:17 PM CST
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl uses a chain saw to cut in half a Detroit Red Wings logo during a Pittsburgh Penguins pep rally May 23, 2008, before the teams met in the Stanley Cup finals.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Eschewing the usual (read: boring) wager with a fellow politician over the big game, Pittsburgh’s mayor is changing his name ahead of the hometown Steelers’ AFC championship tilt against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Luke Ravenstahl hit the Allegheny County clerk’s office today, Deadspin reports, though it could not confirm if he actually filled out the necessary paperwork to become Luke Steelerstahl, as promised.

“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,” Ravenstahl, 28, tells the Post-Gazette—and gave credit for the idea to a caller on a local radio station. Hizzoner said he “didn’t really talk about it,” with his wife and 2-year-old son, “but I’m sure they wouldn’t mind doing it, either.”