Rusty, since you've had a close association with the Brown family, I can understand why you've become a Bengal fan. Most native Pittsburghers stay loyal to the home team regardless of geographic living circumstances.
Also, I can imagine that Steeler fans are almost as insufferable as Cowboy fans. Most folks only know these teams because of their winning records of the last three decades. The Steelers went at least as many decades as a bottom deweller so I do understand and appreciate your optimism and frustation.
Ryan, are you an Ohio transplant? Shouldn't you be wondering when the NFL will award a team to LA? Al Davis' bunch never was a good fit and in my old mind, the Rams should still be in LA. Say what you want about Modale, at least he left the Browns name in Cleveland and in the State where the family still runs a football team.
Hey I'm a Steeler fan. I'll defend Cowher's antics and vilify your coach for doing the same. I'll protest 'cheap shot' when the other team's players make a questionable play and smile when the Steelers get away with one. It's just entertaianment but so much more. In the 70's when the Steelers had their best success, the Steel industry was in sharp decline. By the end of the decade Pittsburgh would cease to be the steel making center of the world. Nearly 50,000 steelworkers would lose their jobs and tens of thousands more in related industries would also be forced into unemployment. The Steelers became a symbol of hope and civic pride, a tonic for the desperate economoic times.
Sorry to go on so. Good luck Bengals, Good luck Browns, Good luck Ravens. I hate you all. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]