First was Ryan Clark's statement at the beginning of the season. He stated that the Ravens Steelers Rivalry wasn't really a rivalry because the Ravens never won. Before the first game of the season I would have argued that it was and that both teams fought hard tough games, had been succesful in the league and were perenial playoff contenders. The games played between one another were never blowouts, most could have gone either way, it just seemed liked the Ravens had been on the short end of the stick. But today my answer would be this... nanna nanna boo boo stick your head in doo doo. Not only are these games rivalry games, but the best rivalry in the NFL, maybe even all sports.
Second I would like to talk about Hines Ward. I know we should never want a player to get hurt during a game, but I can't help to think that there were a lot of Ravens fans that cracked a smile at Hines getting crushed by Ray Lewis. Steelers fans think it was a dirty hit and Ray should have been penalized for the hit. I can't argue that, but I will argue this. If you watch the play over and over you can clearly see Ray did not lower his head to spear Hines in any way. He led with his upper body to make the contact. I would not consider it a dirty hit or a cheap shot. But while we are on the topic of cheap shots, Hines Ward wrote the book on it. It has been tough to watch games where Hines has lined up Ed Reed, Dawan Landry and even Ray Lewis to take a cheap shot at them when they were not looking and defenseless. So for Hines finally to get his.... Well let me put it this way. It was good to see Hines dancing with the stars above his head.
Furthermore, I would have to go on to say that Ryan Clark is also a cheap shot taker and always seems to lead with his head in an attempt to spear another player. Just ask Willis McGahee. All I can say to Clark is that your time too will come.