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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: Feb 20, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:59 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

I don't undertstand the writer's point. A dirty dangerous method is a dirty dangerous method, period. What's his gibberish about having rights to complain. If one guy shoots other people with a gun, and a person who also shoots people with guns complains about it, should you admonish the guy who's complaining about it being dangerous just because he does it too? Wrong is wrong, dummy. Start calling penalties for it -- HOW ABOUT THAT FOR AN ANSWER, you dummy writer?

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:48 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Both sides accuse each other of dirty play, deal with it and move on. The Steelers got manhandled and now we get to hear on the haters come out here and talk about Harrison, Ward, and so on. 

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:46 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Week 1 and they already need greasing.

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:41 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

WHat? I thought this was the toughest rivalry in the NFL? Now it sounds like they're all a bunch of whiners.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:58 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Nice comment jdquad7!  I had misread the the title (not) that the Steelers accused the Ravens of playing---and yes the Ravens may have gotten their jerseys dirty which the Steelers definitely did not.   Arthur Chester once fell in a mud puddle in Buffalo,  so he could also be an unrecognized example of historical significance for the hypocritical Steelers.

Since: Sep 15, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:40 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

I assumed the article was a joke, nobody can be that big of a hypocrite.But I was wrong, the saintly steelers have taken a moment off from punching,tripping, spearing, and horse collar tackling to complain about what poor victims they are.

Note to Author: I think this is the wrong crowd for a Willian Henry Harrison allusion, next time go with Chester Arthur. 

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:11 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

All it takes for the Squeelers to talk trash is to completely embarass them.  They're one of the dirtiest teams in the league.  Whines Hard deserves every cheap shot he gets.  James Harrison will be slurring his words by next year the way he leads with his helmet.  And VonO took out Carson Palmer's knee with a cheap shot.  So Casey Hampton, who was a non-factor the entire game, is complaining about the first block of the game.  The Ravens took your team to the woodshed, and they'll do it again in November.  Suck it up.

Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:10 pm

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

What is this some form of excuse why they got thier butts pounded? Also seems like the pots calling the kettle black here.  Steelers need to man up and get it done.

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