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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: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 11:35 am
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty




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Posted on: December 25, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 10:36 pm
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Yes I am upset, you took a nonissue and turned it into something that its not. 

Interesting that you make it all about Hampton and ignore the fact that Hoke, Clark and Smith all had something to say about it as well.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

Fuck Katzowitz, fuck you. You are an insult to journalism. You make this out to seem like Hampton is going out of his way of whining about the Ravens and people are eating it up. He was asked about it and gave an answer that the refs don't generally call cut blocks anywhere and that game was no different. He also explicitly says he is not whining and if it happens he will never be caught whining about it to the refs because it is just part of the game.

But your head is probably too far up your ass to realize this and you want to create controversy. No one is accusing or singling out the Ravens of being dirty. If he is whining about anything it is that defensive lineman EVERYWHERE AND EVERY GAME get cut blocked and it doesn't get called and it is part of football.

Yes I am upset, you took a nonissue and turned it into something that its not. 



Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

AWWWW did'ems lose a game and now they are crying, AGAIN!!!! You would think that after the officals gave them the SB against the Seahawks and Cardinals they would SHUT UP already! Before you even say it..... 13 world championships! The last one was SB XLV!!!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

WaaaaaaaaaaaH!!!!!  What a bunch of cry babies!  The Stealturds whine about every call that doesnt go their way and they got beat like a bunch of babies on Sunday.  Hopefully the Seahawks can get some measure of revenge on them this weekend.  For a Super Bowl loss where the Stealturds got all the calls.



Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Steelers accuse Ravens of playing dirty

fn pussies



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