I would say to a man the WFNY team was just like you yesterday- a temporary Packers fan. And for once the team we were rooting for won. So I asked the WFNY team, is there any real satisfaction derived from seeing the Steelers lose?
Rick– That’s kind of my point. I mean, thank goodness the Steelers lost, but it’s not like one of our teams actually won something.
Jacob– I couldn’t help but freak out about Green Bay coming up short with a field goal there to bring the lead to just six points. Maybe it’s just because I’ve become so used to last-second heartbreakers, but I was more nervous after that because I just had a feeling that the Steelers somehow were going to get the touchdown for the win there. But yeah it is satisfying, no Cleveland team has won a game in quite a while, so it’s nice to actually have something go your way in any sort of sports game this time of the year. It’s been rough, so I’ll take any sort of win, even if it’s by cheering against an enemy.
DP– Sure… of course it doesn’t mean that much to me that Green Bay won, but I would be lying if I didn’t take a little joy in seeing the Steelers lose. Moreover, the most “joy” I took was seeing Ben Roethlisberger have a pretty bad game. After hearing about how him winning this game would cement him as a Hall of Famer as well as hearing about how, gee, golly, he sure has turned into a great guy! despite the ALLEGATIONS against him, that wounded duck pick-six made me so very happy. At the end of the day, it does nothing for the Browns to see the Steelers lose; they’re still one of the three or four best teams in the league and probably will be again next year. The Browns, clearly, are not. But, their loss was satisfying for me from the standpoint that I don’t have to hear about how awesome they are, and especially about how awesome Big Ben is.
Andrew– As a Browns fan, sure, I loved seeing the Steelers lose. I will never root for that team in any scenario unless them winning somehow directly impacts the Browns in a positive way (ie, we need them to beat a team the Browns are fighting for a wild card spot with). I don’t know as that for me it’s indicative of any kind of big picture issue. It’s just a rivalry. Hating the Steelers is in my blood, so it was a lot of fun last night seeing something finally not go their way. I don’t claim them losing the Super Bowl is a victory for the Browns in any way. There’s no question I would switch franchises with them in a heartbeat if given the opportunity (save for the pandering of accused rapists…they can keep that). I don’t feel like I’m living vicariously through their failure. I just hate that franchise more than any other franchise in football, and so it was a fun night laughing at their failure.
Scott– I definitely think that a lot of this goes back to TD’s piece on jealousy. Would I like to have the Browns replicate Pittsburgh’s fortune? Of course. But in the same, I think I echo w everyone when I say I take pleasure in theirs misfortunes just as much. If anything, rooting for the Packers last night made me realize how much bigger the super bowl will be for this town if and when it finally happens.
Rick– I have to agree there Scott. I was at the last Browns victory over the Steelers, and as much as I enjoyed seeing the Steelers lose on the big stage, it was still sweeter having the Browns beat them even in a garbage season.
What about you? How much satisfaction do you get from a Steeler Super Bowl loss?