Friday, October 1, 2010

Revelry for Rivalry: Steelers-Ravens

I completely buy into Steelers-Ravens being the best rivalry in the NFL - not the longest running or most storied, but currently the best. This week on Showtime’s Inside the NFL, Cris Collinsworth appeared almost jealous that Phil Simms would be calling this Steelers-Ravens match up at 1 p.m. ET on CBS (Collinsworth is calling the Giants-Bears game for NBC on Sunday night). "Don’t you love calling this game? I love calling this game," said Collinsworth to his on-air nemesis Simms. “This is one of the most physical, hard-hitting games of the season.”

True that.

The counter argument for this being the best rivalry in the NFL always starts with the duration because the Ravens only came into existence in 1996. For the life of me, I can't figure out why more isn't made of the fact that the Ravens were once the Cleveland Browns, the Steelers longtime rival. Luckily for the Inner Harbor, Ray Lewis joined the transplanted franchise early on and avoided an expansion franchise-like, decade-long acclimation period. Here are the 3 reasons as to why Steelers-Ravens is the best rivalry in professional football:

- Consistency. More or less, both of these teams have been solid for the last decade or so - three Super Bowl victories between them.

- Consistency. The cast of characters enjoys many a player with only one team to his resume: Lewis, Ben Roethlisberger, Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu, Terrell Suggs, Hines Ward, Todd Heap and many others.

- Consistency. Both teams play the same brand of football: tough. Though the Steelers and the Ravens have solid receiving units and more than capable quarterbacks, the offense starts with the running game. And do I really have to get into their defenses?

Look out for some analysis for this site’s resident Baltimore and Pittsburgh fans.

1 comment:

  1. - Consistency. An accused rapist and frat-boy rebel is taking the snaps, and a former murder suspect is making the defensive stops. Balance on both sides of the ball is key to making this a rivalry throughout the years.


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