Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Pittsburgh is for Hopeless Romantics

Sent by Misha:

In today's NY Times

Pittsburgh: A Big Happy Company Town

"Dr. Rodney Landreneau, a thoracic surgeon, understands football obsession. He grew up in south Louisiana, and his father showed Louisiana State game films at Cub Scout meetings.

"Here it's crazier," Landreneau said. "At L.S.U., it's still sport. Here, it's live or die."

Several weeks ago, a patient arrived for an appointment wearing a Steelers jacket, a Steelers necklace, a Steelers pinkie ring and a Steelers watch.

"I had to tell him he had lung cancer, but all he worried about was whether the Steelers would win the next week," Landreneau said."

2 Comments:

At 7:30 PM, Blogger C. Dale said...

I am completely not surprised by the fact a patient would worry about football when told he has Lung Cancer. I see this all the time. It is one of the amazing defense mechanisms the human mind is capable of performing. It protects one from being overwhelmed by stress. So sad, but sometimes it is a good thing.

 
At 4:52 PM, Blogger Reb said...

No doubt true. My father was telling me about a friend of his who was given a diagnosis of a month or two to live in 2001 when it seemed like the Steelers were having a good year. All his friend could hope for was he'd make it until February to see the the Super Bowl. Sadly, neither his friend or the Steelers made it that far.

 

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