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Gritty Panthers modeled after Pittsburgh

Supposedly rebuilding Pitt moves to 4-0 in Big East with 10-point win at Connecticut

Originally Published: January 13, 2010
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The identity of the city of Pittsburgh has always belonged to the Steelers. From the Steel Curtain to bullish Franco Harris to even more bullish Jerome Bettis to blue-collar Ben Roethlisberger, the city's love affair with its football team is rooted as much in the Steelers' identity as it is in their success.

The steel mill may no longer run the city, but the dirt and grime that defined the toughness of the steelworkers remains.

Pittsburgh is a ...

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