A Tale of Two Cities: Pittsburgh and Cincinnati

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Nov 13, 2011; Cincinnati, OH USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, (left) talks with Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (right) after their game at Paul Brown Stadium.The Steelers won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-US PRESSWIRE


One could argue that the cities of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are very similar in architecture and feel. Both cities are on the banks of the Ohio River and both are known for their historic neighborhoods. The two cities were built on industry and thrived on their waterways. People that have lived in both cities even say that the two are twins. The vibes are similar, the populations are close in size, and both boast professional sports teams from every genre.

Though the cities themselves look and feel the same, there are two major differences that pit Pittsburgh and Cincinnati against one another. Those differences lie in colors and in heroes that take the field for their teams on Sundays. It may seem petty to an outsider looking in, but to those affected by the rivalry it is life and pride.

Two days every fall, the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati faithful ready themselves for battle against one another. In the City of Three Rivers on the eastern banks of the Ohio River, the citizens ready themselves for war. They dress themselves from head to toe in black and gold, arming themselves with a yellow towel, and head to the stadium to meet their foes. Those on the southwestern banks of the Ohio, in the Queen City, get ready for the same battle by adorning themselves in orange and black stripes, taking their deafening war cry with them as they enter the battleground. The more the Pittsburgh fans wave their towels, the louder the “Who Dey” chants become.

This battle is not for the faint of heart or for those not willing to back their team at all costs. It is a heated rivalry for the ages and only gets better year after year as the Cincinnati Bengals team continues to improve and be competitive. This year is no different and Sunday is their first meeting of the 2012 season.


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