Why I Hate the Pittsburgh Steelers: Fan's Take

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Why I Hate the Pittsburgh Steelers: Fan's Take

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Hate - it's a powerful word. According the dictionary, hate means "to dislike somebody or something intensely." I do indeed hate the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, Steelers fans often flatter themselves by assuming it is because I am jealous of their success - some sort of mumbo jumbo about Super Bowls and rings. However that is not the case. In fact, being a Bengals fan is a much better position to be in. When it comes to Super Bowls, the Steelers have been there, done that, repeatedly. For a Bengals fan, winning the Super Bowl would likely mean the little man in red down under is standing on frozen ground and pigs are soaring overhead. It would be glorious miraculous euphoria indeed.

Here are the real reasons I hate the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Ben Roethlisberger. Before he was Big Ben to Steelers fan, Ben Roethlisberger was an Ohio boy who grew up in Findlay. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as did my husband and I. Roethlisberger was the biggest thing on campus since Wally Szczerbiak led Miami's basketball team to the Sweet 16. Though we graduated a few years before Ben, we often went back for games to cheer him on. We heralded his greatness and told people to watch out; this guy was going to be an NFL star someday. As it turns out, we were right. But sometimes being right is more bitter than sweet. Not only did he take up camp with the enemy, but his antics off the field made us hope our alma mater would not be mentioned in the same breath. You let us down, Ben Roethlisberger.

Carson Palmer. If you follow football, you know what I'm getting at here, but just in case, this is how it went down. In 2005, the Bengals won the AFC North with a record of 11-5 and met the Steelers in Cincinnati for the first game of the AFC playoffs. Sitting in the top row of Paul Brown Stadium, I watched Carson Palmer throw a record setting bomb to wide receiver Chris Henry on the Bengals first pass play of the game. It was complete, the crowd roared - until we saw Palmer writhing in pain. Steelers defensive tackle, and former Bengal, Kimo Von Oelhoffen had rolled into Palmer's knee. Palmer left the field on a cart, and the Steelers went on to win our Super Bowl. In the off-season, NFL rules were modified prohibiting low hits like those of Von Oelhoffen on quarterbacks. Too late for the Bengals, low blow by the Steelers.

Steelers Fans. I saw a tee shirt the other day that read, "I may not be perfect, but at least I'm not a Steelers fan." Tru Dat. Any fans of the Baltimore Ravens or Cleveland Browns with me on this? Steelers fans are obnoxious and if your team is playing them in your city - watch out, they're coming; Steelers fans travel. We use to go to the Steelers versus Bengals matchup in Cincinnati every year, but now that we bring our kids we choose a different game to avoid the riff raff that floats in from the steel city. Imagine my dismay upon discovering my son's homeroom teacher this year is a Steelers fan. But my son said that his teacher seemed embarrassed by it and told the class, "you can't help how you were raised." You kind of have to feel sorry for the guy.

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Joe Kay, "Steelers 31, Bengals 17," sports.yahoo.com

Lisa Stewart is a married mother of two living in the suburbs of Cincinnati. Lisa is a die-hard Bengals fan and has faith the team's best days are ahead. Lisa looks forward to some day seeing the Bengals finally win it all.

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