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Superbowl: STL vs. STL?For the second year in a row I'm going to miss watching the Superbowl because I'll be on an airplane. Actually, saying I'll "miss" is, might be an overstatement; I don't really care that much.
I am intrigued this year, however, because the two teams that are playing against one another, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers, are two that often cause confusion for me when watching professional football.
During a televised game a network will usually display the current score onscreen, and in an attempt to save space, three-letter abbreviations are used for the teams. So, when I turn the T.V. on and see "STL" up in the corner, my immediate reaction is usually, "Oh, the STeeLers are playing."
Then I think, "silly me, they use abbreviations for the team's locations not the names, so that must be the SeaTtLe Seahawks playing."
Once I focus on the team helmets and jerseys, however, I have to laugh again. Neither of those teams uses "STL" as the abbreviation. Those three letters are used to indicate the ST. Louis Rams...
So, I guess there won't be any confusion for ABC this year. No worry of accidently using "STL vs. STL."
Nope, this year will, in reality, be "SEA vs. PIT."
[4 February 2006]
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