Little Brother, Big Brother: Bengals Always Looking Up to Steelers

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Published: September 24, 2009

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... Stadium in the first of their two regular season matchups.  This rivalry along the Ohio River has been physical, dramatic, emotional, and, well, lopsided.

The 2009 edition of the Bengals-Steelers rivalry made me take a step back and think about what kind of rivalry this really is.

Of course, this rivalry has to do with the fact they have been in the same hard-hitting, cutthroat division (AFC Central, and then the current AFC North) since 1970.  The Steelers owned the '70s.  The Bengals owned the '80s.  And the Steelers have owned everything since, including the one playoff matchup in 2006.

Bengals fans hate the Steelers.  They are dirty, they are lucky, Ben Roethlisberger isn't that good, Hines Ward takes cheap shots...the list is longer than Polamalu's hair. 

But as a diehard Bengals fan, none of those reasons make sense for me.  My hate for the Steelers can be described more accurately with one word: Jealousy.

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