Hate Story: Pittsburgh vs Baltimore Has Become the Nastiest Rivalry in Football
Ever since the Baltimore Ravens were born in 1996, they have shared the most volatile feud in NFL history with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Memories like Terrell Suggs claiming that there was a "bounty" on the head of Hines Ward, the concussion-inducing hit from Ryan Clark to Willis McGahee, and Mike Tomlin "accidentally" almost tripping Jacoby Jones, have help this rivalry to reach almost mythic heights.
It's pretty understandable why these two teams hate each other. Since the Ravens became a team, both teams have won two Super Bowls, and have nearly matched each other win-for-win, with the Steelers leading the series by a hair, at 25-21-0. Even Hines Ward, Mr. Smiles-and-Rainbows himself, has had some choice words about the rivalry:
"The coaches hate each other, the players hate each other... There's no calling each other after the game and inviting each other out to dinner. But the feeling's mutual: They don't like us, and we don't like them. There's no need to hide it, they know it, and we know it. It's going to be one of those black and blue games."
The game tomorrow should be one hell of a nasty throwdown. Both teams were embarrassed during their Week 3 outings, with the Steelers losing to an underwhelming Bears team in overtime, and the Ravens getting absolutely blown out by the Jags in London. Each team will be walking out onto the field tomorrow with chips on their shoulders and I would not be at all shocked to see some late hits and general chippiness.
Enjoy the video below, highlighting an inside view of the hate story between these two franchises.