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SteelerEmpire
12-07-2009, 08:37 PM
In The Beginning...

The Browns-Steelers rivalry is one of the most storied rivalries in the NFL. With over 115 meetings and counting, it is the oldest rivalry and the most storied in the American Football Conference (AFC), surpassing any other rivalry in the conference by at least 5 contests. However, the rivalry has faded in recent years due to the uncompetitiveness since Browns' rebirth in 1999 (Steelers are 19-3 since then).[1] [2] Nonetheless, the two divisional foes still have a natural rivalry due to the commonalities between the cities, proximity, etc. It is sometimes called the Turnpike Rivalry[3] because the majority of driving route between the two cities is connected via the Pennsylvania and Ohio Turnpikes.

The Browns and Steelers first met in 1950, the Browns' first NFL game after dominating the AAFC. Early on during this period, the Browns were one of the NFL's elite teams and dominated the rivalry. The Steelers did not win the first game against the Browns until 1954.

The rivalry would carry over to the newly-formed American Football Conference in 1970 as the two teams and the then-Baltimore Colts joined the former American Football League (AFL) teams in the conference as part of the AFL-NFL merger. The newly-merged league needed to move three teams from the "old" NFL to the AFC so that the two conferences had 13 teams even. (The rest of the "old" NFL teams joined the newly-formed NFC.) The NFL tried to get the Steelers to the new conference, but then-Steelers owner Art Rooney initially refused. Then-Browns owner Art Modell immediately volunteered the Browns to shift to the AFC because of a potential intrastate rivalry with the Cincinnati Bengals (as well as his personal animosity with Paul Brown at the time), and was able to convince Art Rooney to join him in the AFC in order to continue their own rivalry.[2]

However, in the 1970s the Steelers had begun to even the playing field with the Browns, led by head coach Chuck Noll, a Cleveland native and former Browns linebacker. By then, the rivalry between the two clubs was more hostile and personal, as evident in the 1976 matchup at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, when Joe "Turkey" Jones viciously sacked Terry Bradshaw after the whistle had been blown. Bradshaw would suffer a neck injury from the play, and the footage of the sack has since become immortalized in NFL Films as part of the rivalry. During this decade, the Steelers would win four Super Bowls.

While the two would exchange victories in the 1970s and 1980s, by the 1990s the Steelers would become the dominant team in the rivalry. Since the Browns' last series sweep in 1988, the Steelers have an overwhelming 29-8 mark against the Browns, enough that in 2007 the Steelers took over the lead in the all-time series (which they currently lead at 60-55) for the first time, and have won the last twelve in a row dating back to the 2003 season, the longest such streak in the rivalry to date. During most of this time, Bill Cowher was head coach of the Steelers. Cowher, a native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Crafton, also played linebacker for the Browns (though unlike Noll, Cowher mostly played special teams), and also served as an assistant in Cleveland under Marty Schottenheimer, himself a native of another Pittsburgh area suburb, Canonsburg.

The Steelers also have a 2-0 record against the Browns in the playoffs, with both games taking place in Pittsburgh.

The rivalry took a brief hiatus from 1996-1998 due to the Cleveland Browns relocation controversy. Partially due to the rivalry and partially out of respect, Pittsburgh was one of the few cities alongside Cleveland to protest the move. While Browns fans still consider the Steelers as their main archrival, a small number of Steeler fans consider their rivalry with the Baltimore Ravens the "spiritual" successor to this rivalry due to Art Modell moving the his franchise to Baltimore and establish the expansion Ravens, even though the recent one-sidedness of this rivalry in favor of the Steelers has influenced this thinking as well. Nevertheless, it is still heated between both teams and one of the most heated rivalries in the NFL.
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No matter what the out come of the game this week against the Browns, they will be the story-book team to lose to, officially ending our 2009 season hopes. And the perfect story-book team to win against and end this historic 4 game losing streak and possibly re-establish our playoff hopes..... GO STEELERS !!!

JunScooby
12-08-2009, 10:01 AM
...and I feel bad for the browns. Dem Stillers got some frustration they need to take out on someone.

markymarc
12-08-2009, 08:38 PM
...and I feel bad for the browns. Dem Stillers got some frustration they need to take out on someone.

I thought those frustrations were supposed to be taken out against the Ravens and Raiders :chuckle: Here's to the Steelers at least sweeping the Brownies!

Steel Warrior
12-08-2009, 09:21 PM
Keep in mind that this is their "Super Bowl" every year since they have never ever even sniffed a chance at a SB. With Troy, Ward, and Smith out and our team with some major problems, we could lose this one and be knocked out of the playoffs, they'll be playing to do that.