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Scorp
12-26-2010, 01:01 AM
It's so distasteful to some Steelers, rooting for the Cleveland Browns.

That goes too far, even for a rookie center.

"We're not really paying attention to that," said Maurkice Pouncey "We're not going to put our season in somebody else's hands. We have to worry about what we got to do and finish out the season strong."

That's the thing about the game Sunday between the Baltimore Ravens and Browns in Cleveland. Should the Ravens lose, the Steelers will not have to worry about what they must do; the regular season essentially will be a wrap. A Ravens loss would give the Steelers the AFC North Division championship, the No. 2 seed in the conference and the first-round playoff bye that goes with it.

They would not play another meaningful game until the weekend of Jan. 15-16.

"It would be nice, man, but we have to worry about us," Pouncey said. "We can't depend on Baltimore to lose a game."

The Steelers 27-3 victory Thursday night against Carolina at Heinz Field assured them that they will earn the No. 2 seed if Baltimore loses one of its final two games, or the Steelers win their finale Jan. 2 in Cleveland.

"We have a lot of key guys banged up," said cornerback Bryant McFadden, who left the game briefly Thursday night with a hip bruise after he intercepted a Jimmy Clausen pass.

"That gives us an extra week of just practicing and you don't have to worry about going into a four-quarter ballgame on that Sunday and you get a chance to get guys feeling a lot better for the next week."

If the Ravens lose tomorrow, the Steelers can enter their game against the Browns knowing it means little. They could rest and/or protect some of their starters. Injured players such as Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu could not only use the time off but avoid potentially more injuries or reinjury.

Older players such as James Farrior, Flozell Adams, Hines Ward, Casey Hampton and Brett Keisel also could be rested or used sparingly Jan. 2.

"I'm rooting for Cleveland," said Farrior, who, at 35, has a different perspective than the 21-year-old Pouncey. "I'm a Cleveland fan this weekend -- just for this weekend."

Surprisingly, many of his teammates alleged they did not care much what the Browns do tomorrow.

"Who do they play?" Heath Miller asked. Told the Ravens and that the Steelers would lock up the No. 2 seed with a Cleveland victory, Miller shrugged.

"That would be nice, but we're not going to expect anything. We have to take care of business on our end. That Cleveland game is important to us no matter what because we went to continue to improve heading into the playoffs, so it's an important game for us."

That raises the question of whether coach Mike Tomlin would rest anyone in Cleveland even if the bye were secured before Jan. 2. The last time such a scenario unfolded, Tomlin started Roethlisberger in the meaningless 2008 regular-season finale against Cleveland, and the quarterback was carted off Heinz Field on a stretcher.

"Mike's going to make us go out there and play anyway," said Hampton. "It would be different if he was going to rest us the last game if we had it clinched, but we had it clinched before and he made us play, so I wouldn't expect anything different.

"The head man, there's a method behind his madness. Whatever he says we have to go out there and do we go out and do, it don't matter. We support him, we'll go out and get it done."

Roethlisberger, who had his broken nose mashed again Thursday night, might prefer not to play Jan. 2 if the Steelers have the bye wrapped up by then. His broken right foot also is on the mend.

"It is coach's call," said Roethlisberger. "I'm fine with it either way. If he wants me to be in there, and us to be in there, I'm good with that. If he wants to back off and get rest, I'm fine with that as well."



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steelersbabex25
12-26-2010, 01:19 AM
I don't consider it a chore. Go Browns.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-26-2010, 02:52 AM
The Browns hate the Ravens so hopefully they'll play hard and manage to pull out a win. I don't consider it rooting for the Browns as much as it's rooting against the Ratbirds.

Raleigh Steel
12-26-2010, 07:45 AM
i have no problem rooting for the browns.

i don't even hate the browns...why hate something that you own?

DanRooney
12-26-2010, 09:02 AM
Browns have not been our rivals since the Ravens became a team. They've just been so bad. Go Browns.

steeldoc
12-26-2010, 09:50 AM
I live in the Baltimore area...I'll have no problem rooting for the Browns. Actually I'll have no problem wasting my Sunday afternoon watching this dumb *** game. Raven's fan are a genetic extension of Brown's fans. Dumb and dumber come to mind.

SteelerSteve
12-26-2010, 10:43 AM
Yeah, not a difficult chore at all lol. this week at least

RIVERS OF STEEL
12-26-2010, 10:58 AM
Damn straight. Dawgs go get em. B more is a real POS classless team.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-26-2010, 11:36 AM
I live in the Baltimore area...I'll have no problem rooting for the Browns. Actually I'll have no problem wasting my Sunday afternoon watching this dumb *** game. Raven's fan are a genetic extension of Brown's fans. Dumb and dumber come to mind.

Couldn't have said it any better myself!

Speeed
12-26-2010, 11:50 AM
I live in the Baltimore area...I'll have no problem rooting for the Browns. Actually I'll have no problem wasting my Sunday afternoon watching this dumb *** game. Raven's fan are a genetic extension of Brown's fans. Dumb and dumber come to mind.

I live very near Baltimore too. As such, although I don't like the Ravens at all, I do visit a Raven forum just to keep my finger on the pulse of the local fan base. I can say they just might be the most offensive, hate mongering, and disrespectful group of fans on the planet. The particular forum I visit is an embarrassment to humanity. My first hand-real-world experience with many of them (not all mind you) cements my opinion.

Go Browns . . . .

Lunchbucket
12-26-2010, 12:02 PM
:yellowthumb:
I live in the Baltimore area...I'll have no problem rooting for the Browns. Actually I'll have no problem wasting my Sunday afternoon watching this dumb *** game. Raven's fan are a genetic extension of Brown's fans. Dumb and dumber come to mind. Very Funny!

RIVERS OF STEEL
12-26-2010, 12:27 PM
Hello NFL. The regular season is almost over. That means, THE STEELERS ARE NOW COMING AFTER YOU. Redemption and another Super Bowl win is our goal.

coach
12-26-2010, 02:34 PM
I hope they beat each other up all day long. Can you imagine the Stains having to play two hard-hitting dividional games in a row? I want the stains to win, but hopefully the rats will soften them up a bit for us.

LatrobePA
12-26-2010, 02:48 PM
All the rooting in the world won't help, the Browns SUCK and will lose this one!

Troyisabeast_43
12-26-2010, 03:32 PM
13-10 Ravens going into the half Browns still very much in this one...

BlitzburghRockCity
12-26-2010, 03:35 PM
Browns blowing some key chances to get points, the Ratbirds get another score it's going to be about over.

And Mason just scored after Clevelands fail *** onside kick.

Troyisabeast_43
12-26-2010, 03:37 PM
All the points the Ravens have gotten off the Browns they have pretty much given to them with dumb plays such as turnovers or the onside kick there to start the half...

steelersbabex25
12-26-2010, 03:40 PM
Do the Browns not understand that they're playing for the Steelers too? :evilshake:

Troyisabeast_43
12-26-2010, 03:49 PM
Browns just got a 3 and out and have the ball now with about 9 in a half minutes left in the 3rd they need to get a score here and make it 20-17...

BlitzburghRockCity
12-26-2010, 04:00 PM
I swear they are so inept, they get a 43 pass play and it's called back for offensive interference, then they get a holding penalty and have to punt!

Troyisabeast_43
12-26-2010, 04:11 PM
Ravens look like **** today if they think they are going anywhere in the playoffs playing the way they are today in Cleveland they are sadly mistaken...The Browns have had numerous opportunities to be right in this game and have just been horrible when they need to make a play...

BlitzburghRockCity
12-26-2010, 04:15 PM
That's been the story of the Browns all year, they get in games and have chances to make plays to atleast keep it close if nothing else. Penalties, turnovers, bad coaching, you name it. The Ravens don't scare anybody right now, I hate how the media rides their jocks.

LatrobePA
12-26-2010, 04:15 PM
I wouldn't mind to see a run away truck break through the stadium and run Flacco over!!

steelersbabex25
12-26-2010, 04:33 PM
I wouldn't mind to see a run away truck break through the stadium and run Flacco over!!

Can it get to Harbaugh too? I really hate that guy.

--- Added 12/26/2010 at 02:33 PM ---

Colt McCoy sucks.

Troyisabeast_43
12-26-2010, 04:38 PM
It's just about over in Cleveland looks like the Steelers are going to need to go up there and take care of business to win this division. The Browns hung close today with the Ravens and shot themselves in the foot with turnovers one too many times, so hopefully the Steelers see this game and take notice that they had better put the Browns away in this game early or it could very well be a struggle for them as well much like it was for the Ravens today...

Clevelandsux
12-26-2010, 06:29 PM
Ya especially when they lose. Now you know what it feels like to be a Browns fan. lol. I'd rather us win out anyway. Don't want any reason to lose to the Browns.

And what is with this site? Is it being run by Roger Goodell? I made a post yesterday wishing everyone Merry Christmas, and it was deleted. WTF?

steelersbabex25
12-26-2010, 06:34 PM
And what is with this site? Is it being run by Roger Goodell? I made a post yesterday wishing everyone Merry Christmas, and it was deleted. WTF?

Chill bro. It was probably moved cause there was already like 3 Christmas threads.

Scorp
12-26-2010, 07:31 PM
Thanks alot browns.......no, not really.

LatrobePA
12-26-2010, 09:51 PM
Can it get to Harbaugh too? I really hate that guy.

--- Added 12/26/2010 at 02:33 PM ---

Colt McCoy sucks.

In that case throw Suggs big gummed *** in there too!!

Scorp
12-26-2010, 10:50 PM
In that case throw Suggs big gummed *** in there too!!

FYI Bro, he has big gums cause his mom had an affair with Mr. Ed. :yellowthumb:

Real Deal Steel
12-26-2010, 11:41 PM
We don't need to root for the browns. Just root for us to handle our buisness. We control our own destiny.

Clevelandsux
12-27-2010, 02:00 AM
We don't need to root for the browns. Just root for us to handle our buisness. We control our own destiny.

Amen!

RIVERS OF STEEL
12-27-2010, 07:06 PM
Nice thought. The bums lost tho.

lloydfan4life
12-27-2010, 07:33 PM
Nice thought. The bums lost tho.

:yesnod: just one more reason to hate the browns now. :lol:

Troyisabeast_43
12-27-2010, 08:34 PM
It would have been great had the Browns knocked off the Ravens and the Steelers could have locked up the North and the bye week a week ahead of time but realistically you knew most likely it wasnt going to happen and it didnt. It pretty much went the way I thought it would yesterday in the Ravens Browns game. The Browns hung in there and kept it close for awhile but in the end you knew they would **** up and make too many big mistakes to have a realistic chance to win that game against the Ravens. This could be a good thing in a way that the Steelers need to win this game against the Browns and go into in playoff mode. It will keep them sharp going into the playoffs and not set them up for any letdown after their week off when they are ready to play their first playoff game here at home...