So, this is what it’s come to. The best catch phrases, the best taunts, and anger management classes for wannabe thugs. I could be way off base with this, but social media seems to be driving the morale of modern football warriors. That’s what seems to be happening between the Steelers and the Bengals. All the smash mouth talking of the Pittsburgh Crew proves the Bengals have arrived. They’re the standard of success for the Steelers.
Like or lump it, Steelers fans, your players have subconsciously admitted to the Bengals being the tougher team in the division. They have also made Freudian slips when it comes to showing how they really feel about the Cincinnati Bengals. It doesn’t take a degree in Computer Forensics to find evidence to support the facts. But when the guys in Black and Yellow have a camera in their face, the story is always different.
Face it. The Steelers are no longer the big bad bully on the block. No one is foolish enough to deny the obvious. Antonio Brown is a weapon. On any given day, Markus Wheaton can catch fire and scorch a secondary for 200 yards. Martavis Bryant is a more than capable backup. The inconsistency comes through when Steelers call Bengals players dirty. Huh? You can’t have it both ways. Either you respect the Bengals or they’re bottom dwelling feeders.
We get it. The universe gets it. The Bengals and Steelers don’t like each other. It’s a rivalry that goes back further than Ken Anderson nearly being decapitated by Pittsburgh on Monday Night Football. The emotions from years of anger and disrespect boiled over before the rematch at Paul Brown Stadium. Players were milling about looking for something to happen. But that proves the point. The Bengals are now the standard used to measure the Steelers organization.
Whether fans want to believe it or not, the Bengals have become the benchmark for team design. Not only is the blueprint desirable for the AFC North’s brand of rough play, it’s a barometer for the rest of the league, as well.
Looks like the Cincinnati Bengals have become Da Bears. If you’re laughing at that, you should. Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis have turned the franchise around, but they haven’t reached that pinnacle. Yet, with the talk of dirty players and cheap shots, that’s my take on the situation.
An excerpt from Fox Sports shows how linebacker Arthur Moats feels about the Bengals. Better brace yourself. This is heavy stuff.
”They’re putting a good product out there every year and the division has been back and forth between us and them these last couple years. I feel there’s definitely that bad blood. I feel that it’s going to make it that much better going forward.”
Looks like the Steelers can’t tolerate the success of the Bengals. If the Bengals are putting a “good” product on the field “every” year, what’s the problem? It pays to be mindful of what you say.
Steelers’ linebacker Vince Williams started the Twitter madness with a tweet that called out Vontaze Burfict. The tweet has since been deleted. But Williams also halfheartedly retracted his statement.
“I can’t sit up here and call them dirty players. I just see what I see.”
You mad, bro? That’s called having a biased point of view, where I’m from. But that’s none of my business.
Here’s a tweet from safety Mike Mitchell after beating the Bengals. He was acting like they had just won the Super Bowl. Maybe it was to them. They needed the game more than Cincinnati.
Back in the burgh. Thank God for blessing and safe travels. Man it feels good to beat them Bengals!!!!!
— Mike Mitchell (@MikeMitchell34) December 13, 2015
If the Bengals are such scrubs and losers, why get so hyped? When you beat an “inferior” team, there’s no need to gloat. Yet another Freudian slip by the man who’s known for being a dirty player himself.
With a bit of analysis, we can come to the conclusion that the Bengals have arrived. They are now the team that intimidates players in yellow. But it’s proven the Steelers target teams they can’t beat. Who knows what franchise is next. As for now, the Bengals are the standard of success for the Steelers.
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