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Ward on Ravens game: 'We'll remember everything'

Posted on: September 12, 2011 11:50 am
Edited on: September 12, 2011 11:53 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

In today's edition of Sorting the Sunday Pile, we noted that Baltimore was highly motivated by last year's playoff lost to the Steelers. So motivated, in fact, that Jim Harbaugh and the Ravens decided to rub things in a bit, scoring on a fake extra point/two-point conversion, despite being up three touchdowns.

They also kept chunking the ball around with less than two minutes to go and up a lot of points. Predictably, this did not sit well with the Steelers, who plan to remember the Ravens actions, according to Hines Ward.

"It leaves a taste in your mouth," Ward said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "The 2-point conversion [when the Ravens led, 27-7]. The passing at the end ...

"We'll remember everything."

Look, as Ryan and I said on the podcast, if you don't want someone to score on you, stop them. This is true in every game, but especially so in a rivalry game where there's so much hatred between the two sides.

And I'm with colleague Clark Judge (and, as you'll see below, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms) on the fact that the biggest storyline of this game is actually the emergence of the inexplicably hated-in-Baltimore Joe Flacco.

And it kind of stinks for the Ravens to have the rivalry storyline outweigh the importance of his first win in a head-to-head matchup with Ben Roethlisberger.

But what puzzles me the most is that the Ravens would waste an absolute lock of a two-point conversion on the home opener when they're up a ton of points. That's the sort of play that wins you a game later in the year if executed correctly.

Maybe the Ravens had designs on using it all along on Sunday, and maybe they wouldn't try to pull it off in a close game (why not?) and maybe Jim Harbaugh just wanted to kick the Steelers in the ribs while they were already lying unconscious on the turf at M&T Bank Stadium.

Any one of those is fine, and I have no problem with the sportsmanship issue. I just think it's stupid to get in a fistfight with a bear, knock said bear to the ground, and then stand there poking it with a stick for a few hours.


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Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:06 am
 

Ward on Ravens game: 'We'll remember everything'

It might be that John Harbaugh was simply being wary of the fact that Pittsburgh has come back on the Ravens before, including when Baltimore was up 2 TDs at half time in the playoffs last year. It might be that John Harbaugh wanted to put his team ahead by four possessions instead of three. And it might be that John Harbaugh hates the Steelers and wanted to rub their faces in this loss while he had the chance. Either way it's fine by me.



Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: September 13, 2011 12:19 am
 

Ward on Ravens game: 'We'll remember everything'

It is John Harbaugh not Jim Harbaugh. The media has been screwing this up for 4 years now. John Harbaugh has been one of the most successful coaches in the NFL so show the man some respect and learn his name.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Ward on Ravens game: 'We'll remember everything'

First of all, Baltimore loves Bazooka Joe Flacco.
Secondly, Whines Hard is a cheap-shot, coward who deserves everything he gets.  I hope he never forgets that whoppin' his overrated team took to open the season.  In fact, round 2 in November will look very similar so I'm certain he'll be able to recognize it.   The Squeelers mailed it in after the third minute of the 3rd QTR, but let me know when they try not to score.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Ward on Ravens game: 'We'll remember everything'

I'll have to agree with pimpslapped, I'll be surprised if he remembers anything at all the weay JJ decleated him.   Usually any story about the steelers is followed up by a good amount of pittsburgh homers ignorantly spouting off about something....I guess thats what happens when you take an ass whooping that bad.



Since: May 1, 2008
Posted on: September 12, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Ward on Ravens game: 'We'll remember everything'

Remembering how to play defense would be a good place to start.



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Ward on Ravens game: 'We'll remember everything'

Wow.  You'd think the Ravens beat the Steelers in a playoff game or something.  But hey, Flacco FINALLY won a game against Ben.  It was bound to happen sometime.




Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Ward on Ravens game: 'We'll remember everything'

Typical Hines Ward. The guy has a lousy game. He gets slammed a few times.  Now he wants to whine about the Ravens scoring as many points as possible late in the game. Instead of all of the crying about "We'll remember everything" , maybe they should just remember to hold onto the ball.



Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 12:10 pm
 

Ward on Ravens game: 'We'll remember everything'

First, the Raven's coach is JOHN Harbaugh, not Jim.

Second, the game is 60 minutes for a reason. Teams should play the entire game, not phone it in with a lead. Last year, we were up by the same score at half time... no one takes a lead like that for granted, especially against the Steelers.

Hines should remember, and hopefully he'll bring his A-game next time.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Ward on Ravens game: 'We'll remember everything'

I'm suprised if Ward remembers anything about this game after getting crushed during that interception return.


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