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October 17, 2010 - Buck Frank
12:55 p.m.: OK the Big Ben wait is over. The fans LOUDLY cheered for him when he was announced with the rest of the offensive starters before the game. It's really no surprise. One item of note: Byron Leftwich is the backup quarterback today.
Still trying to figure out what the big storyline is for today's game. I heard someone may be returning from a suspension ...
The Steelers-Browns rivalry isn't what it used to be. The Ravens (old Browns) have replaced the Browns as the Steelers' top rival. Here are a few of my memories from past Steelers-Browns games: --Joe "Turkey' Jones slamming Terry Bradshaw on his head. --Rocky Bleier breaking loose for a 50-yard touchdown at Municipal Stadium. --The Browns winning at Three Rivers Stadium, 51-0, to open the 1989 season. --Kordell Stewart zigzagging across the field to complete a pass in the end zone during a prime-time game in 1995. --The Steelers totally dominating the Browns, 43-0, in their return to the NFL in 1999. --The Steelers then losing to the same Browns later in the year at Three Rivers. --Tommy Maddox leading a big second-half comeback, and Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala scoring the winning TD in a 36-33 playoff win. --Ben Roethlisberger's first breakout game in 2004, a 34-23 Steelers win. --James Harrison body-slamming a fan who ran onto the field in Cleveland. --Joshua Cribbs returning a kick for a touchdown (actually several times). --Willie Parker's team-record 223 rushing yards in 2006.