Get Out Those Terrible Towels!

The Browns-Steelers rivalry is all but dead. Thank goodness for the shared hatred for the youngest member of the division!

Unfortunately, there’s no local audience for Ravens-ripping, so this Steelers fan will have to resort to the same old Browns bashing that all those annoying, black-and-gold donning, trucker hat wearing, mustached, mulleted, peopleofwalmart–ish folks like to dish out this time of year. 

If only Browns fans were any different, yunz might be able to retaliate!

The Browns/Steelers rivalry is on life-support at this point.  The matchup hasn’t gotten much better than the 43-0 drubbing the black and gold gave the Brownies in their return to the NFL in 1999.  That game is still one of my “Remember where you were when…”  games.  I don’t think I ever laughed so hard while watching sports.  Since their unglorious return to the NFL in 1999, the Clowns are 4-21 against Blitzburgh.  Of those 21 losses, they were shut out four times. 

Ask any Steelers fan what team they hate the most and correct answer is Baltimore.  Ask any (intelligent) Browns fan what team they hate the worst and the correct answer is (or should be) Baltimore.  The Cleveland-Pittsburgh rivalry is unique in this case.  Armchair quarterbacks in Northeast Ohio and Eastern Pennsylvania should be embracing from the Warehouse district to Allentown with every Ravens loss!  Many teams in many sports divisions have shared rivals, but in the last two decades, I challenge you to find any two teams in any sport that have as many separate, but good reasons to puke in one’s own mouth at the mere mention of another team. 

And it’s not just because they’re purple (nothing wrong with those Vikings up in Minnesota, dontcha know!).  Baltimore STOLE another city’s football team and had the nerve to embrace it as their own.  They immortalize a linebacker who was on trial for murder.  This certainly doesn’t make James Harrison’s idiocy and Roethlisberger’s issues with women acceptable by any stretch, but last I checked, they hadn’t been on trial, only to be found not guilty largely due to the fact that the star witness was an admitted con artist, hoping for leniency in his convictions of identification fraud.  The other linebackers aren’t any better.  Bart Scott has often complained about dirty hits…from WIDE RECEIVERS.  Umm… memo to Scott: you are a LINEBACKER. 

Okay, okay, so I’ve convinced nary an orange and brown soul to divert his or her hatred for the Steel City to B-more and jump on the black and gold bandwagon.  That being said, this fan has always extended an open, warm invitation for those Ohioans that are tired of rooting for a perennial loser.  Don’t say I didn’t try! 

So what kind of Steelers fan are you?  See my next blog for a quiz that narrows down just exactly where you fall on the Steelers-Browns fan’s spectrum.  Find out if you identify best with Terrible Towelers, Bandwagoners, or if you’re more of a Dawg Pound Dweller. 

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Mike August 29, 2011 at 09:40 PM
Mike, please move to Pittsburgh and crawl back under the rock from which you came.
Mike Eckart August 30, 2011 at 03:23 AM
I'd expect nothing less. Good luck sending that message to the rest of my fellow towel wavers that infiltrate West 3rd on New Year's Day! 2012 is going to be a very good year...at least it will certainly start out that way!
Stow Resident August 30, 2011 at 08:42 PM
Lovely, another fair weather fan. Where is your passion for the Pirates? Wait I forgot, that team is terrible. All of the local Steeler fans rarely cheer for the Pirates because they don't win. This is exactly why your fan base is so pathetic. We have a rabid core fan base and our team has been terrible for so long. it's easy to cheer for a team that wins. It take a real fan to cheer for one that is struggling.
Mike Eckart September 01, 2011 at 01:45 PM
You're right, it IS easy to cheer for a team that wins! That's why I'm thankful I'm a Steelers fan and have been since I knew what a first down is. As for fair weather ones, it's no easier to deal with them as a true fan of the Steelers than it is to see them around C-town, just because they're winning and the Browns aren't. Then again, it's also not easy to be a big Pittsburgh fan when everyone here questions your right to root for them simply because their own team is losing. Oh well... if it's sympathy I'm after, I know I'm in the wrong place. What helps me get over the stress of defending my fandom? Oh, that's right--WINNING!
Amanda Harnocz September 01, 2011 at 02:26 PM
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Mike Rasor September 01, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Well said, Paul.
Stow Resident September 01, 2011 at 03:15 PM
I think it was worth it, having that comment deleted. HAHA
Mike Eckart September 01, 2011 at 04:25 PM
I'm afraid of what I've started here. Maybe the rivalry isn't as dead as I thought! Take THAT, BoSox/Yanks, Duke/UNC, & Lakers/Celts!
Stow Resident September 01, 2011 at 05:17 PM
HAHA Mike, it's all in good fun.
Mike Eckart September 01, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Yes it is! Viva la NFL! Just to clarify Paul, "good fun" means you're the kind of Browns fan I know won't spit on my Fuamatu ma'afala jersey if you sat behind me at a game, right?
Amanda Harnocz September 01, 2011 at 06:45 PM
I'm glad everyone is being nice about such a heated rivalry. It is good fun ... until the Browns lose ... and lose ... and lose. (I'm a Brownie fan engaged to a Steeler fan, it sure is tough/rough sometimes.) :)
Stow Resident September 02, 2011 at 01:07 PM
Mike, HAHA never. We can have a rivalry and still respect each other. It makes football that much more fun to experience. And Amanda, there is always hope. My wife grew up 40 min from Pittsburgh and I converted her to become a Browns fan. Now she can't stand the Steelers. :-)
Amanda Harnocz September 02, 2011 at 03:55 PM
I assure you, my fiance will never convert. But, I like to think there is hope for the Browns ...
Mike September 02, 2011 at 10:34 PM
Typical Stooler fan that only members the good times. Do you also remember back in 1999 when the Browns were an EXPANSION team that they beat the Squeelers in Pukesburgh? Ah, the memories! The Browns have a great history, that is where there fan base comes from. Most Stooler fans don't remember when the team was "Terrible". Hey, if that's what you need to enjoy your miserable life, then oh well.
Teri Knight September 03, 2011 at 04:06 AM
And WHAT happened in the last Super Bowl??? As a Browns fan when asked my favorite team I have 2 the Browns and anyone who beats Pukse..............er I mean Pittsburg!!
John Meola September 06, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Go Steelers! Let's make it 7 this season!
Stow Resident September 06, 2011 at 08:49 PM
7 felony convictions?


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