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Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:32 pm
Baltimore and Pittsburgh did not get along during their first meeting of the season (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When people talk about the dirtiest players in the NFL, Steelers receiver Hines Ward is usually somewhere in the conversation. This might be one reason why. As is Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison -- who can’t seem to go more than a dozen games without some kind of big fine because of an illegal hit.

So, for the Steelers to accuse another team of playing dirty, it’s akin to William Henry Harrison admonishing you for not wearing a coat when it’s cold and rainy outside (what? too soon?).

But dirty is exactly how Pittsburgh believes the Ravens played last Sunday during Baltimore’s four-touchdown embarrassment of the Steelers. And they point to the Ravens offensive linemen as the main culprits.

“You can get hurt from an illegal chop block, but I guess it isn't an illegal chop block if they don't call it," nose tackle Casey Hampton said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Added nose tackle Chris Hoke: "Some of the things they were doing were questionable rules-wise and dangerous.”

In particular, Hampton pointed at Baltimore guard Marshal Yanda as one who continuously tried to cut-block Hampton. That includes the first play of the game when Hampton said he was blatantly chopped by Yanda, which helped set up a 36-yard run by Ravens running back Ray Rice. In all, Hampton said his legs were targeted on Baltimore’s first four running plays.

"There is really nothing you can do when you are engaged and fighting with a guy and they come chopping at your legs," Hampton said. "If it keeps happening, something is going to have to happen. I can't keep getting chopped up like that when I am engaged."

Yet, the Steelers go on to admit that they have plays in their offensive arsenal in which part of the goal is to cut at an opponent’s legs. "Not to the extent that (the Ravens) did," Pittsburgh defensive end Aaron Smith said.

Obviously, cut-blocking is dangerous and somewhat cowardly. But this is not a new problem. As the Steelers say, every team does it (I remember that the Broncos offensive line for years was accused of dirty play and cut-blocks). That doesn’t make it right, obviously. But you can’t be vigorously against cut-blocking when it’s targeting you and be totally cool with it when you use it against an opponent.

Otherwise, your claims of the other team being dirty don’t make very much sense. And don’t elicit much sympathy.

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Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 9:05 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Way to go Ravens!  First game of the year champs.  Ravens fans running their mouthes bores me (yawn).  Are Ravens fans true fans?  What was your favorite team prior to them moving from Cleveland?    Crappy city and even more pathetic team.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: September 16, 2011 8:58 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Being a Steelers fan I am embarrassed by this article and their whining. The Ravens came and punched them in the mouth and they slapped back and whined about it. I hate the Ravens. HATE! But they and murdering Ray kicked the SH*T out of us.

7 turnovers?

Whining about chop blocks. If some one is playing dirty first you tell the refs. Early. If they refuse to do anything about it. You fight the dirty player continuously until the refs have to take action.
There was finally some fights toward the end of the game but by then it just seems like sour grapes.

Also everyone quoted in this article are very "Veteran" players. Maybe the Steelers are just old and looking past football or spoiled but their success.
They got outplayed in the SuperBowl and they got embarassed in week one. Time for some youth?

Steelers v Ravens is about venom. Not whining.


Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 8:25 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Hmm, doesn't quite explain the SEVEN TURNOVERS now does it?

Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: September 16, 2011 8:21 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Can't wait for the rematch later in the season. Steelers need to focus on their next game and stop crying about the Ravens. 

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 8:20 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

I tend to agree with you rborgo2.  The media has to have something to write about, so they misrepresent and goad players into saying things.  Not only does this happen in the sports media but also in politics.  You can turn any quote or set of statistics into any story you want.  Disgusting.  Still love my Ravens though!

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 7:33 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

HAHAHAHAHAHAH!  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!  Ok, I woke up and read this and thought I was still dreaming!  Seriously Steelers?????  You guys saying another team played dirty is a JOKE!  Pot meet Kettle.......You got smashed, DEAL with it.  You got out HIT, Deal with it!!!!!

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 5:15 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Then get off their pole lady!!!!!

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 4:32 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Wow, Casey Hampton, asanine comment at an asanine time, you knew the media would rip you apart for saying something like that. Do you guys know how sick the entire league is of your teams' dirty act?

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:16 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Aren't the Steelers suppose to get ready for the Seahawks? Instead they're talking about the Ravens? Not a good sign. Looks like they're underestimating their opponent and if the Seahawks finds a way to beat them in Pittsburg, that would be funny as hell. It'll be more hilarious than Bruschi bitching about Chad's tweet, lol.

Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:10 am

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

After the Whooping the Stylers got handed to them, that's all they have to say....."Mommy he hit me" guess the Steelers are not accostumed to losing to the Ravens in such an embarrasing manner. Cause when they do, it's not black n yellow anymore, it's pink n Ravens! And I'm not a Ravens fan!

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