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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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Comments

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:02 am
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Improve your team's play and stop squirting tears, you got your collective behinds handed to you by the Ravens!



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:00 am
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Oh, come on! You get your collective behinds handed to you (Pittsburgh) and, after that trouncing, you whine about dirty play?

I have a suggestion, improve your play and stop squirting tears!



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 1:58 am
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

POT MEET KETTLE!!



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:53 am
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

The Steelers complaining about dirty play? Now that's funny! The dirtiest team in football is whining. Harrison and Ward are two of the dirtiest players, EVER! It always comes back to bite you. This game has always been about cut blocking, and blocking someone when they are not looking, aka Ward. It was so funny when Ward got his clock cleaned when HE wasnn't looking.
There are all kinds of penalties that are not called, in EVERY game.
There's no crying in football!



Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:07 am
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Every team cut blocks. It's a part of the game and it isn't effective every time. Every team does it, and for any team to accuse another of being dirty for doing it is hypocrisy. Chop blocking is against the rules, and the Ravens did not do it this weekend.



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:05 am
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Whats the saying... Oh Yeah, "Thats like the pot calling the kettle black" Here`s a team that has players getting fined often, then they complain about other teams playing dirty?



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Sorry big boy, but chop-blocking/cut-blocking, whatever they try to disguise it as, wasn't responsible for a 28-point ass-kicking.  



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:35 pm
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

I suppose it's only fun as long as you're the ones benefitting from the dirty play eh? :) 



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:26 pm
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Convicted murderer  Please show me where Ray Lewis was ever convicted of murder. Let talk about your boy Big Ben



Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

I listened to the entire interview on sports talk radio while in my car in Pittsburgh.  The local interviewer told Casey Hampton that "players" informed him he was being chop blocked all game.  Hampton kept trying to downplay it and the interviewer kept asking about it, which is where this joke of a journalist got some of his quotes.  The quotes he didn't include in this story, however, were, "It wasn't a dirty play."  "We're not worried about it."  "It's football, man."  Those are just a few that stick out from memory.  So somehow this "writer" finds a player who says it wasn't dirty, and writes an article with the headline "Steelers Accuse Ravens of Being Dirty."  This is why America sucks.  All the news and media does is lie and twist things to get viewers and make a profit, while we continue to elect people based on lies and misrepresentations of truth.  Absolutley pathetic and disgraceful!


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