While many newspapers are struggling its comforting to know that The Examiner is winning its battle to hold on to its readers.

While many newspapers are struggling its comforting to know that The Examiner is winning its battle to hold on to its readers. Examiner Publisher Steve Curd and Executive Editor Dale Brendel acknowledge that The Examiner has had a year of growth and is financially stable.

The award-winning Examiner has been in existence since 1898 and is owned by the reputable Gate House Media conglomerate.

Speaking of newspapers, I had the opportunity to work in tandem with Robert Dvorchak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this past weekend. We had not planned to share sources and stories but we did and competition never entered our mines while covering the 20,000 plus Steeler fans that descended on the area.

We met for the first time Saturday night at the Kansas City Steelers Fan Club rally at Johnny’s Tavern in Overland Park. After some small talk about Pittsburgh (my hometown) we went to work in that massive sea of jovial black and gold humanity interviewing fans and taking pictures.

We both came away with more than a columns worth of material (see my story and photos in today’s sports pages). On Sunday, I drove to the game while Bob rode on one of the four busses carrying 500 fan club members to Arrowhead. Bob was genuinely impressed with the ambiance and aroma of Arrowhead. This from a reporter who has covered three Steeler Super Bowls, and has contributed front-page bylines in his 14 years with the Post-Gazette.

He had his doubts when I told him that the Steelers should own the game by half time. I vow never to make such a prediction again. I last saw him pounding out his story in the press box as I headed toward the stands. It was great working with a peer and his column was e-mailed to every club member.

Sunday I will return to Johnny’s as a Steeler fan to watch the Ravens-Steelers game with my Western Pa. transplants Jeff Filo, Phil Franklin, Wes Gamble, Rhyne Gamble and my dear friends Bill and Sue Pastor. We are some of the 70 transplant club members from Pennsylvania who left the east to take advantage of opportunities here.

We love the Royals and many of us want the Chiefs to do well - except against us. Will we get over that Chiefs upset win? We have to, for that’s what champions do. That’s why The Examiner still exists.

I give your President John Adams’ toast: Independence forever.