Back in 2003, I traveled to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh with a couple of friends for the Bengals/Steelers game. The only team affiliation I was wearing was a black OSU hat. My friend wore a Bengals hat. We sat in the end zone that actually has seats.
We sat in the end zone opposite the river for the first half. We openly cheered for the Bengals, who played well and led at halftime. The extent of our cheering was clapping and shouting after Kelly Washington's TD, a couple of field goals and a fumble recovery.
We were subjected to nasty verbal insults, a lot of #$%@ Cincinnati, and a lot of other junk. We had empty beer cups thrown at us even during timeouts. The old man sitting to my left elbowed me hard at one point after a Bengals score and one really classy Steelers fan a few rows in front would just stand, turned toward us, and flip us off with both hands constantly.
We didn't feel comfortable returning to those seats after the half and watched the remainder of the game from one of the corner walkways - where we enjoyed a Bengals' come-from-behind win. After the game, while walking back to the car, we were subjected to more nastiness, and a lot of "Go Home A&*$^&#&!"
There were MAYBE 50 Bengals fans in Heinz Field that day and, of those I saw, all were treated rudely by Steelers fans.
But these Pittsburgh fans feel they can come here 10,000-strong and wave their ugly towels and tailgate with their Steelers flags flying. They will be sitting in all parts of PBS - lower deck, private boxes, upper deck, end zones. And they will expect to have their way both on the field and in the stands. They would not accept the treatment that Cincinnati fans receive in Pittsburgh.
Enough is enough. If you have tickets to this game, please don't sell them to Steelers fans. It's long past time that these idiots feel unwelcome and a little uneasy coming to Cincinnati to revel in Steeler-mania. It's long past time that they don't feel at liberty to walk down the middle of Fifth Street waving their towels hours before the game.
If you're a Steelers fan: Stay away.
If you're a Bengals fan: Be loud.