The View From 522: Steelers vs. Browns

Since Gretz is a season-ticket holder, he’s going to take a look at the debauchery and insanity that takes place in the Heinz Field stands after every home game he attends.

– As expected, the Steelers introduced their starting offense on Sunday (for the first time this season) and Ben Roethlisberger received one of the loudest cheers, rivaled only by the reception for Hines Ward. Apparently there was a small group of protesters outside the stadium, but we encountered none of them. The Post-Gazette, however, has some pictures, including this one.  I’ll say this: it’s nice to see the protesters using the Pittsburgh-ese insult and referring to Ben as a “Jagoff.”

– Being such a one-sided matchup dating back to when the original Browns were still in Cleveland has really taken the intensity out of this thing. Not a single “Cleveland Sucks” chant,  not even when the game was 28-10 in the fourth quarter. It’s also worth pointing out that Browns fans, at least the ones that sit near us (including the guy the regularly sits behind us for a couple of games per season) are good people. I’m sure there are fans somewhere else in the stadium that have different stories to tell, but I can’t recall a single bad experience with a Browns fan during any game at Heinz Field. I can’t say the same for Ravens fans or Bengals fans.

– Speaking of Browns fans…

Colt McCoy already has a fan:

Amazingly, Brady Quinn still has a fan in Cleveland…

– As for the Steelers jersey watch, well, there’s really not much to say about this picture: A Duce Staley jersey standing next to a Mitch Berger jersey. Worlds are colliding. As Ryan pointed out during Steelers Lounge Podcast #9, I would love to know the chain of events that leads to a person owning a Mitch Berger jersey. That said, if you happen to be the person wearing said jersey, feel free to drop us an e-mail and tell us how you came about it (I was going to ask the guy myself but he walked away before I could get his attention).

Maurkice Pouncey is not amused by “Super Dave” stealing his number for this customized jersey foul.

And, yes, Ben Roethlisberger jersey’s are still out and about…

– I’ve said many times (including on this very website) that it does not bother me that Heinz Field doesn’t have all the amenities and attractions of a PNC Park (or any other baseball stadium, for that matter) because, as a football stadium, it just doesn’t need them. There’s not as much down time to go and roam the stadium, and once you get into your seat, there’s really not much of a reason to leave unless it’s to get rid of your pre-game beer. I also don’t expect a football stadium to be a culinary masterpiece. I don’t think it’s asking too much, however, to at least have edible food. That seems to be getting worse every single week, and I’m officially at my breaking point.

Some advice to any Steelers fans (or opposing teams’ fans) that may be attending a future  game at Heinz Field: Eat before you get into the stadium and don’t waste your money inside. Whether it be a pre-game tailgate, or  one of the many (and there are many) restaurants or bars along the North Side near the stadiums, any and all will be better, more satisfying choices, both in terms of actually being able to eat said food, and also in terms of the bang for your buck. On a scale of 1-10, the food at Heinz Field is a negative-four. Just for a quick comparison, I was at the Penguins game on Friday night and the food at the Consol Energy Center was not only edible, it was actually quite good.

– Ben looked good in his 2010 debut. He missed a couple of plays, including the first quarter interception, as well as the pass to a wide-open Mike Wallace in the fourth quarter that would have been an easy touchdown had he not thrown it 20 yards out of bounds. As he gets back into the swing of things, I have a feeling those plays will be made.

– Not sure how it looked on TV, but it seemed like once the Browns connected on that one big screen pass to Peyton Hillis the Steelers didn’t blitz anywhere near as aggressively as they were earlier in the game, and instead forced Colt McCoy to fit passes into tight windows.

– Three straight road games for the Steelers before they return home for a Sunday night game against the Patriots, which should be complete madness. The combination of a prime time game (always fun) and a matchup with the Patriots (also always fun) should make for an interesting night.

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  • Randy Steele

    Useless trivia of the day: Did you know that the real “Super Dave” is the brother of comedian/writer’s Albert Brooks?

    • ryan

      Holy crap. I had heard that and then forgotten it. Super Dave also wrote for the Redd Foxx variety show back in the day.

  • Dr Obvious

    “Being such a one-sided matchup dating back to when the original Browns were still in Cleveland has really taken the intensity out of this thing.”

    I think part of it, for me at least, is losing their team to (*^(&* Baltimore.

    Especially while I was living in Cleveland, I would tell people that the Browns are like the Steeler’s little brothers. We may punch them in the arm and dunk their heads under water in the pool, but we wouldn’t like football as much without them. The Ravens, on the other hands, are like the bullies in our grade picking on our little brother. It’s kind of our job to treat them like shit, and nothing they’ve done since opening their doors in Baltimore has changed our opinion.

    I always want to see an entertaining game when we play Cleveland, but I want to see us stomp the Ravens every time.

  • Cols714

    I thought about the random jerseys the other day when I saw a guy in a Jeff Garcia Cleveland Browns jersey the other day at the Denver airport.

  • ktulu22

    If you are in 522 and facing the field, there’s a cart in the concourse to your left that sells philly steaks that are pretty good. Too expensive, but a quality sandwich, imo.

  • Brandon

    ill be in section 524 december 12th against the bengals. it will be the third game ive been too. the first game (2006 against miami) i was in the coaches family seats (connections with Darren Perry) about the 40 (home sideline) and last season (against Minnesota) i was in section 518 i believe about the 10-15 (visitor sideline). i was wondering how different the game looks watching it straight on as opposed to from the sides. i know its probably not much, but it has to be a little different.

    • Gretz

      I prefer it. I think you can see more of the game. Holes opening up for backs and returners, see receivers break open sooner. I think it’s a great view.

      • Brandon

        Thanks man, i appreciate it.

  • Mark

    During the 2008 season, I toyed with the idea of getting a Mitch Berger jersey. Not because he’s such a great punter, but because my name is Mark Berger.

    Maybe there are other Berger’s out there who had the same idea and actually acted on the foolish idea to lay out 100 bucks for a one-year punter’s jersey.