Not only that, PA is the most diverse state in the entire country... you have Philly people who are east coasters with that type of personality and Pitt people who are more like the Midwest with more of a relaxed type of personality. To get these very different fanbases together who share a state is totally worth the price of admission.
I have tons of family in the western PA area so I have witnessed the intensity that this rivalry can bring.
Last time it was really good was in 2010-11, even that year wasn't that great. A lot of the rivalry was lost when we shipped half of our team out of town. The last 2 years have been more meh than great.
You mean since Chicago starting losing the rivalry?
I'd like to see how the fans interact with each other at a bar in Harrisburg, PA, where loyalties are divided.
Definitely Philly-Pitts is more heated.
When I lived in Hershey, which is pretty close to Harrisburg. I never, and I am not exaggerating, saw a Penguins jersey nor a Steelers hat or anything that indicates they like Pittsburgh. Out east (Wilkes-Barre excluded) it it appears to be exclusive Flyers country just like the far West of PA is Pittsburgh. I never saw a Pens fan in Harrisburg.
Then again, that was before all the Bandwagon hype surrounding Malkin,Fleury and Crosby.