If it’s brown, flush it down

November 14th, 2005

If it’s brown, flush it down

If the term “Brownies” conjures up images of little girls with cookies, then you might be too young to remember the original rivalry that existed between Pittsburgh and the Mistake on the Lake known as Cleveland. Before Art Modell wrenched the team from the city and moved them to Baltimore, the Browns were Pittsburgh’s biggest rivals. The two teams originally played in the NFL Eastern Division. Their first meeting was 1949, and up until the 1970’s the Browns kicked the Steelers around in the Rust belt Rivalry. But since 1970 the Steelers are 42-24 against the Browns.

Finally the Browns have started to put together a decent team after their re-entry into the NFL. Meeting for the 105th time, first year head coach Romeo Crennel started the Sunday Night game with a 7-0 Browns lead. That would be the last time the Browns led all game.

Once the Steelers took a commanding lead, I walked around the stadium, running into old friends at halftime. I wasn’t in my seat, but my wife called me to tell me that Batch had left the game with a broken hand. So when the 3rd quarter started, I watched the first Steelers series with trepidation. Remembering loss to the Jaguars, I was uneasy but hopeful with Maddox back in at Quarterback. Then came the play of the game.

Because Roethlisberger was out for the game, the Steelers only dressed 2 quarterbacks, Batch and Maddox. Antwaan Randel El was considered a last resort, third-string QB if absolutely necessary. Just in case Randel El had practiced a few QB snaps during the week. Sitting high up in peanut heaven before the game I saw Randel El and Ward throwing the ball around but didn’t think too much of it. That is until Randel El took a reverse hand-off from Staley in the third quarter. I didn’t even have to look down field. I knew Hines Ward would be deep, and he was. Beautiful play. Beautiful touchdown.

At the end of the day, the old t-shirt still rang true, “Cleveland Still Sucks!” But they finally look like they might be a contender in the near future. I look forward to a renewed rivalry with the Browns. But as I was walking to my car after the game, I saw one last piece of childish advice written on a barricade, “If it’s Brown, Flush it Down.”

Go Steelers!

Steelers defeat Cleveland Browns 34-21

If it’s brown, flush it down

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