Our rebuttal to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette depiction of the Patriots

By Dan Dunkle | Jan 21, 2017
Artwork by: Forest Taber

Just the other day, Sports Director Ken Waltz showed me the cover of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette depicting the Patriots as a death ray from a football-shaped Death Star and the Pittsburgh Steelers as the scrappy rebel ships attacking it.

This to gear up for the big game tomorrow.

The New England Patriots will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 22, at 6:40 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. The winner goes to the Super Bowl.

So we answered back with this from our cartoonist and house artist Forest Taber of The Republican Journal. Instead of fighting the image of the Patriots as the Empire, we embraced it with plans to strike back, again.

"New England faced the Pittsburgh in week 7 of the regular season, a 27-16 victory," according to Patriots.com. Hence the again.

I know I'm not normally into sports, but this felt important, especially when they got Star Wars involved.

All that said, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cover is awesome and that's the kind of thing I like to see in newspapers. This is how a news can capture the feeling in a community.

Challenge answered!

Comments (1)
Posted by: FOREST TABER | Jan 22, 2017 10:16

A worthy challenge, both at the pigskin level and on the level of the cartoonist's drawing board. Then again,  where partisanship is important and appropriate, I'm a shameless partisan. Go, Pats! Go, Forest. Thanks, Daniel!

Peter Taber




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