Friday, July 15, 2011

Steelers' Clark: Ravens/Steelers not a rivalry

Ryan Clark is speaking out of his ass.

Ryan Clark is either not very bright or he's just trying to get under the skin of Ravens players and fans. He recently said:

"People try to make this game between the Ravens and the Steelers like so much of a rivalry, of a fight, you know," Clark told KDKA-FM in Pittsburgh. "You can say it's a rivalry if you like, but for something to be a rivalry, I think both teams have to win equally. The hate between the fans doesn't make it a rivalry. Teams have to win equally, and that really hasn't been the case in our situation."

Yes, it's true that the Steelers have a better record against the Ravens. That record soars to dominate levels when Ben Roethlisberger is playing. But to say that the Ravens/Steelers is not a rivalry is completely outlandish.

Most of the games are decided in the 4th quarter, usually by a single play. Both teams were 12-4 last year and 9-7 the year before. They've played 3 times in 2 of the last 3 seasons. At least one of the games between these two teams is a nationally televised game.

But yes, it would be nice if the Ravens could level out the record some more, but that doesn't mean that this isn't a rivalry.

It's the best damn rivalry going on in the NFL right now, and will be for the foreseeable future.

So sorry, Ryan. You're absolutely wrong.

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