PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 03: Todd Heap #86 of the Baltimore Ravens takes a hit by Ryan Clark #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on October 3 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
From a story on Sports Radio Interviews, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was on a local Pittsburgh radio station speaking about a variety of topics, but the ones that should interest fans of the Baltimore Ravens were his comments on Twitter in response to Ray Rice as well as his downplaying the rivalry between the two teams.
It's one thing to downplay the level of a rivalry if you think it's just another game, but when Clark said the Ravens need to win more frequently in order for it to be considered a "rivalry," well then that just fans the flames a bit more in advance of the teams September 11th meeting in Baltimore to kick off the 2011 NFL regular season.
Clark also commented on the trading of Twitter jabs with Rice over the recent Hines Ward DUI arrest, calling Rice's comments disrespectful. Although Rice commented that he thought the arrest might result in Ward's suspension for their first meeting, Clark's retort set off the exchange and his rivalry comments only serve to pour gasoline on top of the fire in what has unfortunately been a volatile off season in Pittsburgh for all the wrong reasons.