Since the NFL awarded Cleveland an expansion team in 1999 Browns returned to Cleveland in 1999, the Browns – v – Steelers rivalry games against each other have been rather embarrassing to the city of Cleveland one-sided. Since ’99, the Steelers hold an 18-3 stranglehold on the series, have won the Superbowl twice, and beaten the Browns the last 10 straight times they’ve played each other. And they show no signs dropping one to Cleveland on any given Sunday, anytime soon.
Which is why Tuesday night’s premiere episode of Shaq Vs. is huge.
When Cleveland’s own Shaquille O’Neal – The Big Field General – squares off against Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger Tuesday night, I don’t know – or care – what the competition is that will be used to determine the winner. I have to think that since its Shaq’s show, he has designed a way for him to have a legitimate chance to win, but even if he hasn’t, he better find one. We need it…real bad. Because if Shaq doesn’t get this one, it could be a very, very long time before Cleveland has any kind of gridiron success against the Steel City. And if Big Ben throws his arm out trying to win…that wouldn’t be too bad either.