The Cincinnati Bengals’ social media team caused emotions to run high ahead of a rivalry matchup against the Pittsburg Steelers.
There’s nothing like good old fashioned trash talk ahead of rivalry matchups. It’s a common occurrence for fans of the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburg Steelers to exchange words over social media ahead of one of their AFC North clashes. However, this year, the Bengals’ social media team got in on the action and some believe they may have taken things too far.
The club posted a clip of former star wideout and Cincinnati legend T.J. Houshmandzadeh shining his shoes with the infamous Terrible Towel. At the time of this writing, the video had roughly a million views, a remarkable number for a smaller market franchise.
The Tweet was enough to get former Steelers’ guard Ramon Foster emotional. He had the following to say in response,
"“This never ends well….proud of you though lil bro. Dad (Steelers) said [be] home before the street lights turn on”"
The Bengals even drew the attention of Barstool Sports
If drawing the ire of Foster weren’t enough, the Tweet garnered the attention of Barstool Sports as well. Shortly after taunting the Steelers, the media outlet sent out a blog titled “Just when you thought the Bengals couldn’t be any dumber they go out and do this”.
Who knew a harmless Tweet could cause so much uproar?
Regardless, there’s no denying the franchise that calls Paul Brown Stadium home has had an ugly recent history against the Steelers. Heck, they haven’t beaten the AFC North leaders since 2015. But with Joe Burrow now at the helm, don’t expect the rivalry to stay one-sided for much longer.
Pittsburg looked vulnerable a week ago against a bad Dallas Cowboys team starting their third-string quarterback, opening the door for the Bengals to sneak up on the Super Bowl contenders.
The 2020 campaign hasn’t been ideal so far, but knocking off the undefeated Steelers would go a long way in turning that around. The Bengals will get the opportunity to do just that starting on Sunday at 4:25 ET.