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Steelers are the champs, of merchandise sales

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The Pittsburgh Steelers may or may not win the Super Bowl this year.  But they are the champions when it comes to merchandise sold through NFLShop.com.

From April through January 2, the Steelers moved the most merchandise through the league’s online supermarket, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Leading the way was safety Troy Polamalu, who vaulted quarterbacks and skill-position players to have the top-selling jersey in the league.

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, the leader for much of the year in jersey sales, slid to No. 3.  Super Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees finished second.

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  1. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 8, 2011 5:29 AM

    Yes!

    GO STEELERS!!

  2. bigbabies says: Jan 8, 2011 5:49 AM

    So, not offending Steelers fans would be a good thing for this site or maybe offending them would be a good thing…..hmmm

  3. tomthebombtracy says: Jan 8, 2011 6:44 AM

    Yes, Troy is Head And Shoulders above rest. I wonder if the shampoo sales also spiked.

    Athlete endorsements have backfired and can be tricky with injuries and players getting into trouble.

    To me the most obnoxious commercials were those Zack Johnson ones for Foot Joy. I’d rather play golf in Army boots than Foot Joy after those commercials.

  4. geezohman says: Jan 8, 2011 7:27 AM

    Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go Troy…

    read about Troy quest on …life after football.. life in general….

    off season… went around.. ‘interviewed’ top philosophers… religious leaders…

    his conclusion…. win the soul of your life…

    i hope i got it right !).. THANKS TROY…

    love the off season advertisement of …6 more weeks of football…. special on a tv channel.. using.. similar ‘troy’ look alike and the ground hog out of hat announcement

  5. skoobyfl says: Jan 8, 2011 8:14 AM

    It’s Troy P’s hair that keeps them coming back.

  6. righthereisay says: Jan 8, 2011 8:41 AM

    Is this the first safety to ever lead the league in sales?

  7. mswravens says: Jan 8, 2011 8:54 AM

    @Deb – I’m sure you’ll be reading these comments, and to others, I apologize for the detour into a separate conversation we’re having. First, maybe I did get that degree from Cracker Jacks, because I didn’t understand what you were saying when I read it the first time, so no offense taken! LOL! Second, I totally agree about your statements re: sexual harassment. I hear from my wife (an attractive woman – beautiful in my eyes! – who is a lawyer & judge) all the time about comments male lawyers make to her. She’s a strong, intelligent Irish woman & she handles it just as you suggest. Others seem motivated by hopes of a payday or are just part of our society that your Governor aptly describes as having become full of wusses! You & I will just disagree as to whether or not what happened in Georgia is another one of those type instances, or something very different. I always believe reasonable minds can disagree. You seem to think that no reasonable mind can disagree with you on this one. So be it, that’s what makes the world go round… As for Ben’s engagement, truth is I have no idea who this woman is, how long they’ve known each other, etc… Or it could be another example of what someone said to me about Ray Lewis after I met his fiancee at an event: “I think Ray has a different definition of the word ‘fiancee’ than you & I”!!! I thought that was hilarious! Who knows…I hope the guy corrects all that was wrong in his life, because he is an incredible talent…as much as I hate that it’s often at the expense of my beloved Ravens.

    To what’s really important this weekend: I despise the Jets, but hope they beat the Colts (who I also despise for obvious reasons) so we can beat the Chiefs and roll into Pburgh next week. I honestly don’t think we’re going to the SB this year, but magic is more likely to strike playing week 2 in Pburgh & week 3 in Foxboro than vice versa… Needless to say, I’ll be shocked if we lose to the Chiefs. Just don’t see it happening…but won’t be devastated, because I don’t see us going much farther after this weekend. Still think this team will be much better in 2 more years, although who knows if Ray is gone by then… Reed should still be here.

    Enjoy your bye week & weekend of playoff football!!!

  8. 0marooney says: Jan 8, 2011 9:17 AM

    And soon we’ll be the champs of the NFL, hopefully, if we get Aaron Smith and Troy healthy.

    It also wouldn’t hurt if the Jets win tonight and the Ravens win tomorrow, either. I’d love to see another Ravens Steelers match up at Heinz Field, this time with Big Ben.

  9. wtf2812 says: Jan 8, 2011 9:22 AM

    To ALL the many “Squealers” haters out there: I told you all back in July when you said “6-10″ and “karma’s a b*tch” that thank God the games are played on the field and not on these stupid sites. So, how did all of that pre-season badgering work for ya??

    Well, here we are: 12-4, second seed and many of you losers’ teams aren’t in the REAL football season.

    Who’s laughing now? Haha.

    My advice is go by a Steelers jersey and join the club.

  10. ohiovirtual says: Jan 8, 2011 9:36 AM

    That’s because starting in late March/April all the Steelers fans had to out away their Roethlisberger jerseys, and buy a different one.

  11. steeltownpride says: Jan 8, 2011 9:39 AM

    I think the sexual assult alligations helped with Troys sales . Families got rid of Bens jersey and moved to someone with family values and wholesome values .

  12. cup1981 says: Jan 8, 2011 9:43 AM

    Get used to #3 Teblow, that’s where you will be on the Broncos’ depth chart mid-season next year :D .

    Go Steelers!! Got Polamaluuuuuu!!

  13. cup1981 says: Jan 8, 2011 9:44 AM

    Ooops, I mean Go Polamaluuuuu!!!

  14. bleedblue18 says: Jan 8, 2011 9:54 AM

    I wonder how many Rothlesraper Jerseys sold, probably not many.

    Good for Polamolu though, one of the few players on that team I actually respect.

  15. 8man says: Jan 8, 2011 10:06 AM

    Really? A team that only has one logo on it’s helmet and has a jersey that looks like the Iowa Hawkeyes?

    I think I’ll stick to my nautical blue #12.

  16. ccoolahan14 says: Jan 8, 2011 10:07 AM

    And you wonder why the league rigs their games so they win (Dolphins), and rig ravens games so they lose (Bengals, Falcons)….and it happens EVERY year.

  17. andyprough says: Jan 8, 2011 10:07 AM

    Polamalu-type players are the new Peyton Manning. Every team has a qb who can throw for 4,000 yards and 30 TD’s — boring!!

    What NFL fans like to see is a wild Samoan jumping over the center at the snap, and doing his Superman leap into the end zone.

  18. dallassux says: Jan 8, 2011 10:27 AM

    Who’s laughing now? Haha.

    My advice is go by a Steelers jersey and join the club.

    Exactly. Thanks for making our point. BANDWAGON! After which SB did you jump on?

  19. lebronsinsecurity says: Jan 8, 2011 10:30 AM

    Too bad front-runners are always the first to fall off the cliff..

  20. nickster2k says: Jan 8, 2011 10:45 AM

    steeltownpride says:
    Jan 8, 2011 9:39 AM
    I think the sexual assult alligations helped with Troys sales . Families got rid of Bens jersey and moved to someone with family values and wholesome values .
    ===============================

    one of the most asinine comments ever written

  21. laxer37 says: Jan 8, 2011 10:53 AM

    ohiovirtual says:

    That’s because starting in late March/April all the Steelers fans had to out away their Roethlisberger jerseys, and buy a different one.
    ————————————————-

    Steelers fans had to “out away” their Roethlisberger jerseys?

    Must be a Browns fan.

  22. steelersfan88007 says: Jan 8, 2011 10:54 AM

    Here we go Steelers, here we go!

  23. waccoforflacco says: Jan 8, 2011 10:57 AM

    The RAPISTBERGER t-shirts and jerseys are selling like hot cakes….no wonder the sales are up.

  24. stataddict says: Jan 8, 2011 11:07 AM

    All this means is that Steelers fans were more apt to pay full price for jerseys rather than order from a Chinese knockoff web site.

  25. richm2256 says: Jan 8, 2011 11:18 AM

    Buried in that article was a report of brisk sales of the Ben Roethlisberger signature series inflatable sex dolls…….. funny thing is that the majority of those sales were toBen Roethlisberger.

    How else do you think he managed to go six months without another accusation?

    Next year look out for the Rex Ryan line of toenail polishes and pedicure kits.

  26. oldassgoat1 says: Jan 8, 2011 11:25 AM

    That’s because the hilljacks are the only ones who haven’t figured out how to order jerseys from China for $40. Way to go – spend $200 at nflshop.com, smooth move!

  27. kevo126 says: Jan 8, 2011 11:44 AM

    “I think the sexual assult alligations helped with Troys sales . Families got rid of Bens jersey and moved to someone with family values and wholesome values .”

    haha nice. and to bad the steelers dont care about family values and wholesome values.

  28. tdl8 says: Jan 8, 2011 11:46 AM

    That’s because the Squealers have one of the biggest band wagon followings in the league! I bet they weren’t even in the top 5 last year because they missed the playoffs! Squealer fans only come out of the closet when the team is doing well! Keep waving that terrible toilet paper and riding that wagon! It will be empty soon!
    Everybody will be jumping off the wagon next week when they lose and all that new ugly puke yellow Squealer gear will get put in a box in the back of the closet never to be worn again and the terrible toilet paper will be put in the garage to be used to check the oil!

  29. Bubby Brister says: Jan 8, 2011 12:19 PM

    Ed Reed wants to be Troy Polamalu when he grows up.

    P.S. Every single team in professional sports has bandwagon fans. Point me towards one who fills up a stadium on a regular basis WHILE they lose games on a regular basis. Getting accused of bandwagon fanship is a price I’ll pay, though — it means your team is a winner. Totally worth it.

    I’ve never seen anything like the way people are so obsessed with a team they supposedly hate. Only 8 months until your team’s record is 0-0 again… no worries.

  30. jmorand47 says: Jan 8, 2011 1:05 PM

    Bubby Brister says:
    Jan 8, 2011 12:19 PM
    Ed Reed wants to be Troy Polamalu when he grows up.

    P.S. Every single team in professional sports has bandwagon fans. Point me towards one who fills up a stadium on a regular basis WHILE they lose games on a regular basis. Getting accused of bandwagon fanship is a price I’ll pay, though — it means your team is a winner. Totally worth it.

    I’ve never seen anything like the way people are so obsessed with a team they supposedly hate. Only 8 months until your team’s record is 0-0 again… no worries.

    ————————————————

    Bubby, Bubby, Bubby, What is you an idiot?

    I think the term you are referring to is “Fairweather Fans”, every team has those. Bandwagon Fans are different. They don’t have a team of their own. They just follow whose winning. The Saints probably have more Bandwagon Fans right now than the Steelers do.
    I think the Steelers right now or benefitting from all the people who like shampoo. ‘Cause you know, Troy is the spokesman.

  31. nsevh76 says: Jan 8, 2011 1:09 PM

    ccoolahan14 says:
    Jan 8, 2011 10:07 AM
    And you wonder why the league rigs their games so they win (Dolphins), and rig ravens games so they lose (Bengals, Falcons)….and it happens EVERY year.

    Really? The Cowboys had been leading the league for years. How’s that worked out for them?

  32. cmizzad says: Jan 8, 2011 1:19 PM

    If this is the case, why would the NFL have a grudge against their biggest cash cow? Does that mean every idiot Steeler fan who thinks the NFL is out to get them will finally shut-up?

    Probably too much to hope for.

  33. jmorand47 says: Jan 8, 2011 1:36 PM

    wtf2812 says:
    Jan 8, 2011 9:22 AM
    To ALL the many “Squealers” haters out there: I told you all back in July when you said “6-10″ and “karma’s a b*tch” that thank God the games are played on the field and not on these stupid sites. So, how did all of that pre-season badgering work for ya??

    Well, here we are: 12-4, second seed and many of you losers’ teams aren’t in the REAL football season.

    Who’s laughing now? Haha.

    My advice is go by a Steelers jersey and join the club.

    ————————————————

    wtf8212, you reek of bandwagon fanism, (is that a word?) I mean the comment, “…and many of you loser’ teams aren’t in the REAL football season..” screams it. Were the Steelers in last year’s REAL football season? Or were you cheering for the Saints?

  34. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 8, 2011 1:40 PM

    No news here. Everyone knows that in this terrible city, football is all they have. These people really think NFL ware is a fashion statement.

    Why are there so many fans all over? Because these people were not smart enough to transition their economy from the old steel mills to modern day industry and technology. As a result they have had to leave their home town. In Maryland where I live we appreciate you doing all the menial jobs and waiting on us. We need someone to serve us. Good job, but go back to your home land on Sundays. Your yellow and black blend with the rivers up there.

  35. nodak2de says: Jan 8, 2011 1:41 PM

    I find this somewhat surprising. Steelers have the second ugliest uniform in football next to the browns. And the Packers aren’t far behind

  36. JA says: Jan 8, 2011 1:51 PM

    @td18

    Listen..I know that’s what u want to beleive…but I believe the Steelers were actually #2 last year behind the bandwagon Saint fans.

  37. joetoronto says: Jan 8, 2011 1:53 PM

    But who has the most jersey sales ever?

  38. williamcowher says: Jan 8, 2011 2:02 PM

    Your welcome.

    Bill

  39. halftermguv says: Jan 8, 2011 2:08 PM

    I’m surprised that the Steelers are first. I thought that the RAVENS would be number one by a long shot. After all, Ray Lewis jerseys are worn once and then covertly disposed of in a trash can. Talk about repeat sales!

  40. rickah8888 says: Jan 8, 2011 2:33 PM

    Of course Pittsburgh leads in NFL merchandise sold…I mean with the only other thing to spend their money on being ICLight beer, they should be #1 in jersey sales.
    Isn’t Pittsburgh still pretty much an outpost of a town for the rest of the Union?
    It’s good the outpost of Pittsburgh wins championships, because it doesn’t have much else going for it!

  41. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Jan 8, 2011 3:16 PM

    @bunk

    Pittsburgh is actually quite a clean city these days, armed with a blossoming tech sector. Baltimore is still one of the most dangerous cities in the country, so we will gladly welcome back our fellow fans on sundays, if for nothing more than the peace of mind of not worrying about being shot in the next 24 hours.

  42. wtf2812 says: Jan 8, 2011 3:53 PM

    @jmorand47 …. Not at all. I’ve been a Steelers fan all my life. You, like the other idiot who called me a bandwagon fan missed the point. My point is that so many of you in July laughed at the Steelers when Roethlisberger was going through his Millegeville BS and said the team would suck, would not make the playoffs yada, yada, yada. I said then that let’s see how the season plays out.

    THAT is my point.

    I have always rooted for my team. And your post reeks of booze. LOL

  43. cup1981 says: Jan 8, 2011 8:14 PM

    Fair weather fans, really? Pittsburgh fans? Huh??? Ummm lets think, how many years straight has Three Rivers Stadium and now Heinz Field been sold out? About 30 straight years. We are talking about going through the 1980s, when .500 was a good season, AKA the Brister-Malone Era. Not until 1993 and Superbowl XXX did the Steelers begin their dominance. Still there was on 6-10 season and a 7-9 season, back to back. We were still selling out games and the Steeler faithful still watched and cheered regularly at local bars and Steeler clubs. The next person that wants to call Steeler fans “fair weather” need to look up the facts before opening their mouth.

    Look up these facts too, The Steelers had three, yes TWO players in the top-15 in sales last year Polamalu was #4 and Roethlisberger was #11.

  44. cup1981 says: Jan 8, 2011 8:15 PM

    Sorry I meant to put “two, yes TWO”….

  45. msfootball4 says: Jan 8, 2011 9:51 PM

    I see the haters are all here

  46. Deb says: Jan 9, 2011 5:15 PM

    Omigoodness … so sorry I missed this thread when it was hot. But at least I got to read the message from mswravens :)

    People are silly things. I’ve bought Steelers merchandise every year for as long as I’ve been a fan, win or lose.

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