I don’t even think rivalry is applicable. It’s sort of like, as a Steelers fans, it’s the equivalent of the way we regard Browns fans. I love it. Wherever I go, people from Cleveland come up to me and they say, 'Oh you’re a Steelers fan? I’m a Browns guy. We’re bitter rivals.' And I say, 'Really? Are we rivals? Because as far as I can tell, rivalry is when you sometimes win. We destroy you whenever it counts and have for the last 40 years.’By strict definition of the word “rivalry,” Dameshek’s probably right, and his is a common argument. The spoiled pricks at the rich high school up the street from mine used to make the same argument, which was convenient for them when we started kicking their asses regularly. (And no, I don’t think the fact that it was boy’s volleyball makes our triumph any less sweet). But the way it’s commonly used, ‘rivalry’ to me simply means two teams that don’t like each other, and really don’t like losing to each other, at least to the degree that such rancor is possible when everyone on the field is so rich they’re wearing diamond-encrusted mouthpieces. How competitive it is seems like an afterthought. It’s always seemed, at least from watching on TV, that the Browns and Steelers have a little thing going, a little edge on Sundays that doesn’t exist between, say, the Browns and the Rams. Now maybe I’m getting hoodwinked by Television Guys, who, if they could, would make a rivalry out of Browns-Niners or Cavs-Grizzlies or whoever. But I don’t think so. I think there’s a rivalry there. And judging by the tone of Dameshek’s voice – he sounds like a little boy claiming to not care about a girl he secretly loves -- I think he does too. – Joe P. Tone
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