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    Default 10 Reasons Ravens Fans Hate the Pittsburgh Steelers

    10 Reasons to Hate the Pittsburgh Steelers

    By Ron Cassie
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    Editor's Note: Our colleagues at Dundalk Patch culled the Internet and came up with favorite reasons for football fans everywhere (ok, mostly Baltimore, Cincinnati and Cleveland) to hate the Pittsburgh Steelers. For local Steelers fans, our apologies.

    Here goes:

    1. Steely McBeam: As one blogger put it, the mascot looks like the deranged offspring of Bill Cowher and Marge Simpson. Two years ago, one of the men who hired to play the mascot was arrested on charges of D.U.I. He had a blood alcohol level of .166 after running a red light. Then McBeam, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, complained the ground wasn’t level after failing the walk-and-turn test three times. Just like a Steeler to make excuses.

    Oh, and McBeam was apparently unable to verify his correct address. Heinz Field, right McBeam?

    2. Ben Roethlisberger: “Big Ben,” of course, often seems to have the brains of a mascot off the field. Several summers ago, the Pittsburgh quarterback hit a car with his motorcycle, which he was operating without a valid Pennsylvania motorcycle license—or helmet. Of course, that behavior just hurt Roethlisberger.

    The quarterback was suspended for six games at the start of 2010 season by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after being accused of sexual assault by a 20-year-old college student.

    3. Steroids: All those Super Bowl rings in the 1970s? Remember those Steeler linemen with the tight, short sleeves and huge guns. Hmmm. Among others, Steeler center Mike Webster admitted using steroids. So, did tackle Steve Furness and guard Steve Courson.

    Jim Haslett, then coach of the New Orleans Saints, admitted to experimenting with steroids as a Buffalo linebacker, and has said the use of those drugs among NFL players started with the Steelers.

    4. Terrible Towel: Created in 1975 prior to a playoff game against the Baltimore Colts at behest of the Steelers’ flagship radio executives looking for a gimmick to increase sales. According to the story, Steelers’ announcer Myron Cope went along with the ploy after first protesting against a “gimmick,” to create fan interest. Cope was promised a bonus—if he came up with something that took hold. The rest is misery, as they say.

    5. Terry Bradshaw: Overrated quarterback bouyed by some of the best defensive squads ever and a great running attack. Career passer rating: 70.9. Career completion percentage: 51.9 percent. Threw two more career touchdown passes than interceptions. Embarrassing singing and acting career, not to mention broadcast work—wash out anything accomplished on the gridiron.

    4. Six-Purgh: Soooo clever. Pittsburgh has won six championships. Got it. Baltimore has four—the 1958, 1959 and 1970 Colts, and the 2000 Ravens. Remember, the Steelers’ won one Super Bowl because Cowboys’ tight end Jackie Smith dropped a wide-open touchdown pass in the end zone. And in another, they squeaked past the Arizona Cardinals. Pittsburgh, which started playing in 1933, also has about 25 more football seasons under its belt, including the years after the NFL allowed Bob Irsay to steal the Colts.

    7. Steeler bars in Maryland: If Pittsburgh’s so great, why do Steelers fans keep moving to Maryland? Pittsburgh’s population has fallen from a peak of about 675,000 to a little over 300,000. I’ve been to Pittsburgh and there aren’t any Baltimore sports bars there. Who wants to live in an abandoned town in the Midwest? Meanwhile, so many Steelers fans have moved to Baltimore, they’ve got their own sports bar at the Purple Goose (Oh, the irony in that name), and 19 in Maryland overall, according to www.steelerbars.com.

    Go home!

    8. Hines Ward: The Steelers’ wide receiver was voted the dirtiest player in the NFL in a 2009 poll of 296 players. Ward received 11.9 percent of the vote, nearly double that of his closest peers, Albert Haynesworth and Joey Porter (a former Steeler), who garnered 6 percent each. No Ravens made the Top 10, but Polamalu (Reason No. 9 to Hate the Pittsburgh Steelers) came in at, that's right, No. 9.

    9. Troy Polamalu: The Pittsburgh strong safety is a great player and seems like a nice guy off the field. Fine. But his Head & Shoulders shampoo T.V. ads are beyond stupid— worse than even Ray Lewis’ Old Spice commercial. C’mon, a football player whose hair is insured with Lloyd’s of London?

    10. Yinzers: Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh is also a battle of two of the most peculiar dialects in the U.S. We’re Bawlmer, right? We’re the ‘hon'-belt. Original Charm City. In Pittsburgh, they don't say “you guys," they say, "yinz." Local blue collar fans are known as "yinzers." For real. They pronounce their all vowels flat, like “dahn-tahn, for “downtown,” as one Cincinnati Bengal blogger explained it perfectly. And Pittsburghers say "pop" instead of soda. Not soda pop, just "pop" –which proves they don’t know if they belong in Pennsylvania (eastern state) or Ohio (midwestern state).

    Just listening to former Pittsburgh head coach Bill Cowher and University of Pittsburgh graduate Dan Marino every weekend should be enough to make any self-respecting Baltimore Ravens fan sick.

    But good luck today.

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    Default Re: 10 Reasons Ravens Fans Hate the Pittsburgh Steelers

    Wow...sour grapes....geez.


    I hate the Ravens because they are a very physical rival, who play a style similar to Pittsburgh.
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    Default Re: 10 Reasons Ravens Fans Hate the Pittsburgh Steelers

    Hey, they missed bridges, tunnels and Primanti's off the list. They're usually among the tangential rants.

    Oh, Baltimore - if only sane franchises wanted to stay in your city. Never mind, give the Browns another couple of decades and they might have something worth you stealing again. Might.
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    Default Re: 10 Reasons Ravens Fans Hate the Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Oh, Baltimore - if only sane franchises wanted to stay in your city. Never mind, give the Browns another couple of decades and they might have something worth you stealing again. Might.
    LOL!

    I am going to focus on one BS point:

    Ummm yeah if you are going to reference SB XIII at least get the situation correct. When Cowboys TE, Jackie Smith, dropped the ball, the score was 21-14 Pittsburgh, and it was only in the third quarter. I am not sure how that was the deciding factor in a game that the Steelers led by 18 late in the game and one that the Cowboys made appear very close in garbage time. So instead of being informed, they simply come off as a typical disgruntled fan who spews factoids without examining the facts. You might be able to pass that argument of in some Raven's Bar (are there any?) but that argument isn't going to fly here.
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    Default Re: 10 Reasons Ravens Fans Hate the Pittsburgh Steelers

    So they want to lump the colts championships in with the lone Ravens title? Just like a bawlmor fan to prop themselves up.....just so we can knock 'em down.
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    Default Re: 10 Reasons Ravens Fans Hate the Pittsburgh Steelers

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    So they want to lump the colts championships in with the lone Ravens title? Just like a bawlmor fan to prop themselves up.....just so we can knock 'em down.
    I wonder how many trophies Colts fans think they have? That could become a great bone of contention (if it didn't - I wasn't here when the relocation tango went down).
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    Default Re: 10 Reasons Ravens Fans Hate the Pittsburgh Steelers

    When the Browns moved to Baltimore they had to give up their history and leave it in cleveland. The colts got to keep theirs. The city of baltimore has one title they can claim, the 2000 ratbirds.
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    Default Re: 10 Reasons Ravens Fans Hate the Pittsburgh Steelers

    Thanks for that clarification, Steelreign. I really should have asked that question earlier. Wholesale movement of franchises isn't terribly common in the UK, so it's not a question that gets raised much.
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