For what it's worth, if the Ravens and Steelers where playing to go to the SB, i'd root for the Ravens. I can't stand the hypocritical Steeler fan who whines about Pats cheating or flags that the Pats get.
They built their dynasty on steroids in the 70s and the refs basically gave them the SB win against the Seahawks.
Ironic that the one who DOESN'T have sand in their vagina in this thread is the chick.
That first paragraph of the OP, while it no doubt was mostly true, was clearly somewhat in jest. Case in point ...
Yeah, i mean sure, he mentions respect for the franchise and all...but he wraps that in with "Ravens misery", "Flacco not elite", and "win division for every year in the remaining history of the NFL". Let's be honest here, the guy wanted to get his digs in on the Ravens.
I hate the Steelers...but yes, we respect many of them. I hated when Antonio Brown got that contract...because it was truly the smart thing to do. Wallace was being a whiny bitch and Brown was doing everything right. Thus, they repaid the smart, team guy and let the "diva" hang himself out. The Steelers got an absolute GIFT this year with DeCastro falling into their laps. He should never have made it as far as he did, and he's going to be the focal point for rebuilding their OL in the next few years.
THAT is how you show respect. You dislike the team, but you own up to the truths. As great as we are, I know we're not going to own the division for eternity (I'm sure the Browns might win it once or twice...j/k), and I know that while they've had a few down years, the Steelers find ways to keep themselves in the green.
He wasn't "as nasty as other Steelers fans", but there's a reason those idiots get booted after a couple posts. CincyCat is a good example of a fan of an opposing team who can coexist on this board.
Stillers suck. That is all
Eh, I don't have any problem with what the OP Steelers' fan said. I'm sure many of us have gone on other team's boards and said all sorts of things. In fact, I think I can sympathize with his viewpoint:
A couple years ago the Steelers played the Jets in the AFCCG, right after Pitt had beaten us in the divisional round. Yet, despite the bitterness of that loss one week earlier, I actually rooted for Pittsburgh to beat the Jets, mainly because I'm a long-time Jets hater. But also because from an organizational standpoint I respect Pittsburgh more than the clown show up in NY. Now, once that game was done the universe came back into balance and I did root for Pittsburgh to lose against Green Bay in the Super Bowl.
Point is, sometimes I root for the lesser of evils. And our opinions on which evil is lesser in any given situation are completely subjective.
If you're looking for mind numbing rah rah stuff where they beat up on every non Raven member, there's always the Sunspot.
Regardless of what many want to think, Pittsburgh and Baltimore have a lot of parallels in demographic and culture. Regarding the team, there have been a lot of parallels there too. Both teams' success (since the mid 90's) have been predicated on strong defense, strong defensive personalities, and hard-nosed ground games.
I think Mike Tomlin is a hell of a coach and I think Dick LeBeau is one of the greatest defensive coordinators of all time. Even with a rash of injuries and players who are on the verge of retirement, the Steelers still managed to produce a hell of a defense.
I don't particularly care for Ben Roethlisberger. Having nothing to do with his alleged (probable) sexual misconduct, I have a lot of friends who have worked as bartenders/waitresses in Pittsburgh and they've told me lots of stories where he has left waitresses hanging for a couple-hundred-dollar bar tabs, he's treated staff poorly, and has just been a general asshat. Baltimore has a few of those too though...namely Michael Phelps. That said, on the field, Roethlisberger has been one of the top QB's in the league for a while. No one is able to make things happen after the play breaks down like he has been able to over the years.
Ravens fans or Steelers fans...if you're a fan of football, then at the end of the day you have to give a nod to both franchises.