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Old 06-26-2009, 06:18 PM   #1
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Thought of the Day III

June 26, 2009 6:00 PM


Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The AFC North blog called an audible this week.

Due to the tremendous and overwhelming response to our latest "Thought of the Day" topic on rooting for a rival team, we decided to stretch this conversation through Saturday to get in as many opinions as possible.

So here is another batch of perspectives from our busy AFC North inbox:

Roger from Skowhegan, ME writes: If it couldn't be the Steelers, I'd prefer the Ravens. At least losing to them is not shameful. If the Browns or Bungles are in the Bowl, the Steelers (and Ravens) must have suffered through a truly awful season. Also, if I'm to be denied the pleasure of watching the Steelers D [beat] some NFC patsy, at least you know the Ravens D would get after it in the same spirit.

Don from Coeur d'Alene, ID writes: I am a Steelers fan, always was and will be. That being said, if I were to choose a team other than mine (ouch), it would be the Cleveland Browns. I am a person who likes an underdog story, and I think the Browns, at this point, are that. They are also a franchise that has been around for so long and could possibly lose their team (again) at some point if things don't turn around.

Harvey "Mr. Steeler" Aronson from Jacksonville, Fla. writes: As a diehard Steelers fan, having grown up in Pittsburgh, it is impossible for me to root for any other NFL team or any other sports team outside of Pittsburgh. However, if I had to pick another team to win the AFC North, I'd have to go with Cincinnati. Sometimes you just have to feel bad for the Bungles. In some rights, they deserve a Super Bowl title.

Jack from Baltimore, Md. writes: James, I may be a Ravens fan but I'm not stupid. If any other team besides the Ravens to win a Super Bowl, it's going to be the Steelers whether I like it or not. There can be little debate that they are one of the elite teams of the last 5 years. If I had to choose a team that I hate the least to win the Super Bowl, it would be Cincy. I just can't find it in my heart to hate them the way I know I should hate a division rival. Maybe they need to beat us a few times for us to feel the animosity.

Ravens fan Joel from Hagerstown, MD writes: The Browns is the only team I would want to win. I just feel bad for them. They are called the Browns and their helmets aren't even brown. And they never win, or the Bengals. They are both terrible. Actually I hope the Bengals and Browns somehow tie because that would be the ultimate torture because they still wouldn't be the top team even in their best season. So close yet so far away.

Bobby from Mount Airy, Md. writes: If my Ravens didn't win the big game this year, I'd have to go with the Cleveland Browns. Now don't get me wrong I love having an easy 'W' 2 times a year, but at least for my sake it's not the Steelers. I also just like the players that they have. Brady Quinn, how can you not unless you're a USC fan? But there it is. Cleveland, get ready. Because you're my pick.

Jon from Fort Huachuca, Arizona writes: As a Browns fan this is simple. I eliminate the Steelers because, well, they're the Steelers. Aren't six enough already? I eliminate the Ravens because I still refuse to acknowledge the atrocity that was committed by Art Modell, and that leaves me with the Bengals. Simple enough I think.

Rob from Sydney, Australia writes: On your question of who I would prefer to win a Super Bowl if the Brownies weren't involved, I would have to say the Ravens. I sort of think of them as the 'Old Browns' even though they don't have any of the same players. I doubt if I would have rooted for them before Art Modell sold his ownership. I also have a soft spot for the Bengals, as they have been perennial underdogs for as long as I can remember.

Kevin from Columbus, Ohio writes: James, I don't know if one can possibly call themselves a fan loyal to their team if they can accept another team from the division winning the Super Bowl. That being said, as a Browns fan, I think the team that I would suffer least watching them hold the Lombardi would have to be the Ravens. Let me explain: Being that I reside in the Columbus area (about midway between Cincinnati and Cleveland, and coincidentally about the same distance away from Pittsburgh) I see and deal with a lot of fans of the Bengals and Steelers along with my fellow Browns fans. Rarely do I see a Ravens fan so far away from home (there just aren't all that many to begin with...). Whenever my Browns lose to the Bengals or Steelers, I have to hear about it for weeks. In the event of a championship I have to hear about it for even longer.

Andrew from Cleveland, Ohio writes: I suppose it's the Bengals by default. As I Browns fan I can't root for Baltimore or Pittsburgh, ever, for any reason (In Ravens/Steeler games I always root for a 0-0 tie). I may respect them but I would rather see them go 0-16 then win another Super Bowl. The Bengals are third on the list of rivals so it's gotta be them. Plus, at least then an Ohio team could win something to counter the Keystone State's recent sports success.

Thanks again for the continued response. Check in Saturday for an AFC North final say.


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Old 06-26-2009, 06:19 PM   #2
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i smell a lot of jealousy and a lot of animosity. mmm...i like it. =)
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I would root for the NFC team, unless it's the Cowboys, then I would root for all the players to pull their hamstrings and the game gets canceled.
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I'd root for the U.S World Cup Soccer team. I'd pretty much give up on pro football if I couldnt root for the Steelers.
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No offense to anyone on this forum, I respect your organization most of your fans and players..but I can't ever really root for Pittsburgh in anything for a couple of reasons:

1.) it's my Cleveland fan obligation to pull against the rivals in Michigan, New Yawk, The Chowds and especially Pittsburgh.

2.) No offense to anyone here as I'm sure you all are diehards and wouldn't quit even if you're team went 0-16 or something similar to that, but in my neck of the woods suddenly after you guys drafted big ben and went 15-1 and the Browns had another bad season (suprise, suprise), I noticed a sudden rush of brand new Steeler jersey's and Terrible towels with the price tags still on it. And believe me nothing gets old quicker than hearing some guy who just switched alliances or did it to be an a-hole continue to tell me how my team sucks and his team had 6 Super Bowls thus making him a better fan of the game, when the guy couldn't tell you the difference between Heinz Field and Hines Ward. And the excuses get more and more ridiculous and old "My Aunt's Godmother's Father is from Pittsburgh thus I'm a fan". Uh-huh?

And this isn't directed to anyone on the board or the folks who actually did grow up in PA or actually did have family who raised them to be a Steeler fan in the Buckeye state. I have no problems with you. You guys have loyalty like a lot of fans do, and the loyal fans on both our sides MAKE the rivalry. You guys stood up with us when our team was taken away, that how powerful the rivalry is. But I just wish the casual wishy-washy fans would go move to Canada or something.

Here's to reviving the good ol' fashioned hatred of my Browns to the Pittsburgh side and fighting for the power of the division year and year our while Baltimore and Cincy watch from the basement.
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I'd root for the U.S World Cup Soccer team. I'd pretty much give up on pro football if I couldnt root for the Steelers.
amen. i second that..!!! football is just not football without our Steelers. so what the hell... just move on to soccer... TEAM USA... underdogs all the way.
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I'd get sloshed and forgot who won the next day.
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I think I would find someone else to root for besides the Browns. I just couldn't make myself do it.
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amen. i second that..!!! football is just not football without our Steelers. so what the hell... just move on to soccer... TEAM USA... underdogs all the way.
Team USA is sadly going to be slaughtered by Brazil in the Confederations Cup. Oh well. Here's to a possible upset.
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