Posted: 11 p.m.
Steelers coach Bill Cowher got Bengaldom riled again with his version of their "Who Dey" chant during Tuesday's Super Bowl parade in Pittsburgh. But it got a wait-till-next-year shrug from some high-profile Bengals.
"It's all in fun. It sounds like they feel we were the team to beat," said wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. "Although, they seem to get all upset when we wiped our feet on the Terrible Towel."
It was Houshmandzadeh who did that act as he walked off the field following the Bengals' 38-31 win at Heinz Field back in December, and used a towel to shine his cleats.
"I'm mad they won (the Super Bowl) with the help of the referees," Houshmandzadeh said. "But it doesn't matter. It's all in fun. I don't know if they think we're the best team they played, or if the Seahawks, or Colts, or Broncos just don't have a cheer."
Speaking from the Pro Bowl, cornerback Deltha O'Neal wouldn't bite.
"It doesn't bother me. They won, congratulations to them," O'Neal said.
Fellow Pro Bowler Chad Johnson suggested it's going to take several months for anything to come of the incident.
"I can't get fired up about that now," Johnson said. "We don't play them tomorrow."
Even before Houshmandzadeh heard about Cowher's act, he had already been thinking about playing the Steelers next season. He didn't see Cowher's chant, but he has an idea he might. Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is famous for splicing together inspirational videos.
"The offseason is the longest time. I can't wait for next season. I know they can't cover me one-on-one," Houshmandzadeh said. "I'm sure (Lewis) will show it to us before the first game, and probably the second."