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The City of Champions name is back

Four months ago it was the Steelers. A few hours ago it was the Penguins.

Both are champions. Both bring pride to the city of Pittsburgh.

The label City of Champions was used back in the late 1970s with the Steelers and Pirates (yes, the Pirates actually won back then) were world champions.

Now, it's back where it belongs.

The Penguins' thrilling win Friday was one to remember. The last five minutes of Game 7 were excruciating to watch, but a thrill-a-minute as well.

I'll say this, this new version of the City of Champions has a flair for the dramatics.

Santonio Holmes' touchdown catch in the Super Bowl was one to remember. Marc-Andre Fleury's saves at the end of Game 7 kept you on the edge of your seat.

Now, it's time for another victory parade.

This stuff never grows old.


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