The ebook “The Turnpike Rivalry” explores their legendary 70-year rivalry.
CLEVELAND — It is without doubt one of the oldest and most storied rivalries in soccer.
It goes again 70 years and includes foes who’re very a lot alike.
“The similarities between the groups and the fan base and the cities…I believe that’s why they hate one another,” stated Stephen Peterson, who co-authored the ebook, “The Turnpike Rivalry.”
Peterson’s participating learn appears to be like at what made enemies of the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, evaluating them to twin brothers.
A part of it, Peterson says, is that the groups are profitable at reverse occasions and grow to be jealous when the opposite does properly.
“It’s been ‘up and down and up and down’ with these two groups and I believe that’s what additionally fed the rivalry,” he stated.
Peterson believes Sunday’s AFC Wild Card playoff matchup will mark a very powerful sport to this point within the rivalry. In contrast to years previous, it is going to go down with out the roar of a crowd or sea of horrible towels.
The Steelers are attempting to safe their first Tremendous Bowl since 2009.
The Browns might be making their first journey to the playoffs since 2002.
Life-long fan Robyn Lockner even has the proper get together bus to have fun, however with Covid, can not tailgate like she used to.
Like her group, nevertheless, she is going to make the most effective of it.
“They’re in a position to overcome, you recognize, the whole lot that’s been thrown at them from dropping gamers to no practices to the power being closed,” she stated. “They discover a technique to make it work and I’m so hoping they do this tomorrow.”
In Pittsburgh, a bunch referred to as “The Pittsburgh Browns Backers” will characterize the Dawg Pound, with their chief now focusing extra on the group’s strengths than their weaknesses.
“I believe they will play with a chip on their shoulder having no head coach,” stated Paul Carson, the president of the Pittsburgh Browns Backers.
It’s a chip that many by no means go away, no matter penalties, and at all times make for nice soccer video games.
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Editor’s Be aware: The beneath story aired on January 8, 2021