Browns fan Stephen Grachanin, a Campbell, Ohio native and Akron attorney, wrote this poem after attending the 13-6 victory over the Steelers. (Ironically, his wife is a Pittsburgh fan.)
'Twas 15 nights before Christmas, when all through the game
The Steelers were out-played, oh what a shame;
Ben would yell “hike” and fall back with care,
But the entire DEFENSE would soon be there;
The fans were nestled all snug in their seats,
While Ben was down staring only at cleats;
And Troy in his hoodie, and Tomlin in his cap,
I think the Steelers need a long winter’s nap,
When out on the field there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my seat to see what was the matter.
It was 4th and 6, and Ben dropped back fast,
Only for Mendenhall to DROP the pass!
The stadium erupted like never before,
Because for us it was the Super Bowl,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But every Steeler fan, each with a tear.
With their playoff dreams, gone so quick,
I knew in that moment Cowher must be SICK.
More rapid than eagles the Steelers left the field,
Who’d ever thought the Champs would have to rebuild?
“Now, Holmes!, now, Ward! now Mendenhall and Ben!
MAKE WAY for Jennings! Josh Cribbs! Massaquoi and Quinn!
From the bottom of the stands! to the top of the wall!
LET ME HEAR YOU CLEVELAND! ONE AND ALL!”