"And if you love seeing thousands of grey birds lining telephone poles waiting for a dropped French fry, you’ll love Pittsburgh."Huh?
Pulling a Johnson being the operative term for insulting the Burgh a priori, i.e. based entirely on preconceived notions. Pittsblog called out the progenitor of the phrase, Denver Columnist Bill Johnson who described Pittsburgh as "butt ugly" in a column the week before the Pittsburgh-Denver AFC Championship game last January. In the poor guy's defense, what was he supposed to do. It was the playoffs and for a week Pittsburgh was the enemy. Editors don't send columnists off to their opponents' hometowns looking for fluff travelogues.. they were looking for chalkboard material.
the problem is Adams is not alone. The Pittsburgh international marketing machine needs a little help these days. Also yesterday, a column in the Australian, Australia's largest daily newspaper, gratuitously described us solely as the "cold, steel city of Pittsburgh"... They must not have gotten the memo about this officially being knowledge-city.
but just as ol Bill was won over by our hospitality, plus a few beers at Jack's... Adams is not so negative after actually visiting. He updates his blog simply: "Okay, it turns out that Pittsburgh is a very nice place. Now I feel bad".