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Ryan Clark doesn’t hate the Ravens

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Ryan Clark apparently is mellowing in his advancing age.

The Steelers safety, who’ll turn 33 in October, recently said that he won’t gripe about the league office as much as he used to.  Wednesday morning, Clark told NFL Network that, in reality, he doesn’t hate the Ravens.

I don’t really hate them,” Clark said, via Kevin Patra of NFL Network.  “I was working out with Terrell Suggs this summer, before his injury.  He’s a really cool dude and he said it himself, he’s like, ‘People don’t understand that we only hate y’all two weeks or three out of the year.’”

Still, Clark didn’t appreciate the way the Ravens behaved in their 35-7 Week One win over the Steelers last season.  “I will say this about the Ravens:  That first game last year watching them dance on the field, seeing them fake an extra point while up 27 already, it allowed me to understand how much they actually dislike us as an organization as a coaching staff,” Clark said.  “So it brooded and stirred up a little hate in me.”

But Clark realizes that the broader purpose of the game isn’t to beat the Ravens.  “This organization, we worry about winning championships, we don’t focus on beating one team,” Clark said.  “There won’t be Gatorade baths because we beat the Ravens, won’t be parties, won’t be bottle-popping and confetti, it will be one game on our journey to win the Super Bowl and I always look at it like that.”

This year, the two teams don’t get together until November 18, and they play twice in 15 days.  There’s a chance they neither squad will be able to field 11 healthy players the following week.

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50 Responses to “Ryan Clark doesn’t hate the Ravens”
  1. ravenator says: Aug 22, 2012 9:34 PM

    Your tears taste delicious

  2. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 22, 2012 9:34 PM

    “There won’t be Gatorade baths because we beat the Ravens”

    Seems like Mr. Clark and the Steelers are still a little ticked that the Ravens gave Harbaugh the Gatorade Bath after Flacco torched them in the 4th quarter in Pittsburgh.

  3. maximusprime107 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:40 PM

    another athlete who doesn’t like losing big and cries about it, but has no problem dishing it out to another team given the chance

  4. Bubby Brister says: Aug 22, 2012 9:41 PM

    It’s too bad the games will lose some luster since the Ravens will be a few games under .500 by that point.

  5. beerbaron says: Aug 22, 2012 9:44 PM

    If you give a coach a Gatorade bath for any game before the Super Bowl, your franchise is a joke.

  6. superseahawk says: Aug 22, 2012 9:46 PM

    I’m cool with that just as long as they play like they hate each other, Ravens and Steelers is great prime time tv.

  7. ccoolahan14 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:49 PM

    This article misses the entire point- Ryan Clark constantly goes out of his way to tell anyone who will listen that he doesn’t care or think about the Ravens….while simultaneously talking non-stop about them.

    Who did he spend all last offseason talking about? The Ravens.

    Who did Lamarr Woodley spend all last offseason talking about? The Ravens.

    Who was Clark complaining about for the next several weeks after getting blown out by the Ravens week 1? The Ravens

    What was Mike Tomlin talking about in his next 4 postgame press conferences following week 1? How upset he still was about the Ravens game.

    Who is Ryan Clark STILL talking about? The Ravens.

    The Ravens haven’t said a word about the Steelers in two years now…Guess that’s what happens when you are obviously in the other team’s head. Luckily for the Steelers, they still have the refs.

  8. jh4prez says: Aug 22, 2012 9:50 PM

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yIH-GrnnPVM lol!

  9. deucedeuce13 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:51 PM

    As a die hard ravens fan. I don’t not hate the steelers. I will provoke anyone in my city wearing a steelers jersey. But only out of respect. I don’t pay any mind to anyone wearing a cowboys jersey. I honestly believe we are one of the best teams in the league. And I honestly believe if it were the the nba finals a best of 7 games. The only team in the league that would pose any threat would be the steelers. I think most ravens steeler games are more entertaining then the Super Bowl

  10. phoff12 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:53 PM

    Cundiff Tries to get in on the Harbaugh Gatorade shower bust missed wide left.

  11. 92and94and51and56 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:55 PM

    Doesn’t sound like he’s ticked off at all, actually. Sounds like he’s thinking what we all were; that game was the Ravens’ Super Bowl. They care more about beating the Steelers than winning a championship…you know, something Pittsburgh has done five more times than they have.

  12. chesslungo says: Aug 22, 2012 9:56 PM

    Pats/Jets best rivalry period

  13. deathonwings410 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:56 PM

    This is not a surprise, I believe Heinz Ward even worked out with some guys from the Ravens. These guys are in an elite millionaire club and they’re good friends off the field.

  14. h3min1230 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:58 PM

    Why is Ryan Clark even relevant? His only claim to fame was a cheap shot to Wes Welker.

  15. sliceanddic3 says: Aug 22, 2012 9:58 PM

    Ravenator, on behalf of the reasonable and non-idiotic Baltimore Ravens fans, I must say, you’re a moron. And no better than the slimey, rotten Steeler fans that think the Steelers are Gods gift to the NFL.

  16. boothisman says: Aug 22, 2012 10:03 PM

    It really says a lot about how great the Steelers are when a team does the gatorade bath just for winning a regular season game.

    Then again, would you expect any class from the Ravens? I sure wouldn’t.

  17. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 22, 2012 10:11 PM

    This rivalry has pretty much run its course, as both teams defenses are well past their prime and their stars are slow and often injured. The real rivalry in the AFC north will be the Bengals and Browns for the coming decade. Ed Reed, Grandpa Lewis, Bonehead Harrison, and Troyanna Polamolu will be out of the league in 2 years or less. Enjoy the last hurrah this year.

  18. hulkh0gansays says: Aug 22, 2012 10:11 PM

    In a league full of average teams like the Ravens and scrub teams like the Steelers, only one team will reign supreme in 2012, and it bleeds burgundy & gold brother!

  19. jaypell says: Aug 22, 2012 10:14 PM

    Go Steelers

  20. justwinbaby29 says: Aug 22, 2012 10:15 PM

    Roger Goodell is flabbergasted.

  21. idontliveinmymomsbasement says: Aug 22, 2012 10:16 PM

    Rat birds.

  22. mmmpierogi says: Aug 22, 2012 10:37 PM

    YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 22, 2012 9:34 PM

    “There won’t be Gatorade baths because we beat the Ravens”

    Seems like Mr. Clark and the Steelers are still a little ticked that the Ravens gave Harbaugh the Gatorade Bath after Flacco torched them in the 4th quarter in Pittsburgh.

    *********************************************************************

    Really? I thought he was speaking as to how sad it is that a football team and much of its fan base treat a regular-season win as if it were a Super Bowl victory. Don’t set those standards too high.

  23. firegoodell says: Aug 22, 2012 10:53 PM

    ravenator says:
    Aug 22, 2012 9:34 PM
    Your tears taste delicious

    31 53 i Rate This

    YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says:
    Aug 22, 2012 9:34 PM
    “There won’t be Gatorade baths because we beat the Ravens”

    Seems like Mr. Clark and the Steelers are still a little ticked that the Ravens gave Harbaugh the Gatorade Bath after Flacco torched them in the 4th quarter in Pittsburgh.

    39 37 i Rate This

    to the 2 posters above – some simple facts for you…yes the Ravens beat the Steelers two times last year…yes the Steelers lost in the first round and the Ravens lost later in the playoffs…but remember one more FACT…there are two types of teams in the NFL playoffs – ones that win the super bowl and ones that don’t…so the Ravens and Steelers ended the year the exact same.

  24. 92and94and51and56 says: Aug 22, 2012 11:22 PM

    The Steelers ARE God’s gift to the NFL. They sell out every stadium they play in. Half the teams in the league can’t give away the seats to their games until the Steelers roll into town.

    How else do you explain some of these teams holding Steelers games hostage in “ticket packages”? You want to see the Steelers play in our building…then you have to buy tickets to watch us play the Cardinals and the Rams too.

    I don’t see that upcoming Chargers/Ravens game selling out any time soon.

  25. blacknyellablacknyella says: Aug 23, 2012 12:10 AM

    Steelers 6 Super Bowls
    Ravens 1 Super Bowl

    Steelers 2-0 vs Ravens in AFC Playoffs
    Steelers 1-0 vs Ravens in AFC Championship Game

    After Baltimore’s epic collapse in the 2010 playoffs (no, not the choke job by Cundiff — that was 2011 — i’m talking about blowing a huge halftime lead at Pittsburgh in 2010), I almost started feeling sorry for them.

    Then they came out and won big on opening day and you’d think there’d be a ticker-tape parade the next day. For one regular season game . . . in September . . . Week 1 . . .

    Sad : (

  26. hsbox27 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:41 AM

    Actually nobody hates the ravens…..you cant hate a team that hasn’t done anything in 12 years.

  27. fuzzynuts55 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:42 AM

    Revanhater oh i mean ator.. tastes tears? Strange.. nit much going on in Baltimore??

  28. tluke25 says: Aug 23, 2012 1:32 AM

    No, he just loves beating them.

  29. johntonioholmes says: Aug 23, 2012 1:38 AM

    YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou

    He only mentioned the Gatorade baths because the Ravens are lame enough to give them in week one.

  30. johntonioholmes says: Aug 23, 2012 1:44 AM

    bensstinkyfingers

    The Steelers and Ravens are good organizations. They will have bad seasons and then bounce back within a year or two.

    The Bengals and the Browns are polar opposites. Should either of these teams come to own the division, you can guarantee that it won’t last more than a season or two.

  31. randallflagg52 says: Aug 23, 2012 1:56 AM

    Woodley and Clark spent the entire off season mouthing off about the Ravens while the Ravens and their staff bided their time and game planned like professionals, then they act surprised when Baltimore intentionally runs the score up on them? I say good for Harbaugh. Here’s an idea, if you are such an elite defense how about you stop Flacco from dropping 3 TDs on you, or pick him off (which you didn’t do at all last year) and stop Ray Rice from busting out 200 yards from scrimmage per game?

    Oh and also don’t whine about phantom cut blocks when Marshall Yanda man handles your entire front 7. You got beat by a better team, you and your fans should man up and accept that.

  32. mikemyditka says: Aug 23, 2012 3:42 AM

    “ravenator says:
    Aug 22, 2012 9:34 PM
    Your tears taste delicious”

    Incidentally, Bryant McKinnie and Courtney Upshaw also think Ryan Clark’s tears taste delicious…

    But they also think EVERYTHING tastes delicious, so its not saying much.

  33. steelersownyou says: Aug 23, 2012 5:32 AM

    It’s a joke of a team and the fans of Ratbirds are so uneducated it’s pathetic. When you have no history as a franchise, reg. Season gatorade showers are all you got! Enjoy your 9-7 year this year Ratbirds!

  34. Brittany says: Aug 23, 2012 6:12 AM

    The offseason before that 35-7 BUTTWHIPPING was spent by the Stillers crowing and hawing about how bad the Ravens are. Who wouldn’t showboat at home after blowing out the team that had spent the last few months goading them through the press? Anybody who says that, in a similar situation, Aaron Rodgers wouldn’t have worn out that championship belt or Tom Brady wouldn’t have been jawing is a liar.

  35. mistrezzrachael says: Aug 23, 2012 6:19 AM

    chesslungo says:Aug 22, 2012 9:56 PM

    Pats/Jets best rivalry period

    No..It is not,,not even close.

    The jets are no way in same category as Steelers, Ravens or Patriots…just a bunch of loudmouthed wannabee’s who haven’t won a damn thing in 43 years. Jets are right there w/Browns, Dolphins,,teams that haven’t won in decades.

    Now…take NE-Pitts….and you have 2 teams that have dominated the league 8 out of last 10 years…Thats a rivalry.

  36. raqaiw says: Aug 23, 2012 6:51 AM

    blacknyellablacknyella says: Aug 23, 2012 12:10 AM

    Steelers 6 Super Bowls Ravens 1 Super Bowl
    _______________________________________________________________
    Two-thirds of the Steelers SBs were won when Ford and Carter were in office,two-thirds of the Steelers fans weren’t even alive then,and two-thirds of their fans have never even been to Pittsburgh. When I was in the service there were loads of Steelers “fans” who could tell you all about those 6 SBs,but had never seen them. Most Steelers “fans” are the children/grandchildren of someone who was a fan and just grabbed a seat on the bandwagon,which worked out because they missed out on the 26 years of futility(79-05) between SBs.

  37. johnnybgood19 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:15 AM

    So Ryan was working out with Suggs, right up till the time Suggs got hurt. Hummm….

    I guess what is being said is something like “Don’t get mad, get even….”

  38. rockthered1286 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:31 AM

    If the Steelers beat the Ravens we hear “owned you once again!”If they lose, we hear “talk to us when you catch up on SB rings.” They love to get in your face when they win but can’t stand to lose or take back the ‘in your face’ attitude from the Ravens fans so all they say is ‘look at what we’ve done and you haven’t.’

    Let’s think about this folks: Ravens have only been around since 96. If we want to include ALL Baltimore SB wins, which would bring the Colts back into play? Then you’d be locking it up right now. But that’s all erroneous and I won’t stoop to that level. Let’s just look at facts. Ravens swept the Steelers year year. Completely crushed them at home, then went into Pissburgh and Flacco silenced an entire stadium with one throw. Playoffs come and Pitt squeaks in. Goes into Denver with their minds on the next game thinking they’ll crush the Broncos and what happens again? That’s right the bottom barrel QB that is Tim Tebow owned you and sent you packing. Meanwhile the Ravens take the W and move to the AFCC, only to lose by a dropped passed and a shanked FG attempt. Had Evans held on, we’d have been in the SB, but honestly, even if we won it all, what would Steelers fans be saying again?

    “talk to me when you win as many SB’s as us.”

    It’s all they can hold onto in down trodden times…

  39. sixlombardisinyourface says: Aug 23, 2012 8:57 AM

    Clark was working out with Suggs a few months ago, good fodder for a story.

    ‘”But Clark realizes that the broader purpose of the game isn’t to beat the Ravens. “This organization, we worry about winning championships, we don’t focus on beating one team,” ‘.

    The Ravens do not focus on winning championships, they focus on beating one team, and are not very successful at doing that. All-time series PIT: 21–14

  40. steelcitypride84 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:17 AM

    Ryan Clark nailed it when he said that the Steelers focus on winning championships. Nevermore is so keyed on just beating the Steelers after getting whipped countless times that they lose focus on more important things like catching a sure TD in the endzone or kicking a game winning fieldgoal. That’s why Lewis and Reed will never win another Superbowl. And just for the record…the players dislike each other…Nevermore fans dislike Steelernation….we pitty Nevermore.

  41. Steeler's Will-enator says: Aug 23, 2012 9:33 AM

    mistrezzrachael says:
    Aug 23, 2012 6:19 AM

    Now…take NE-Pitts….and you have 2 teams that have dominated the league 8 out of last 10 years…Thats a rivalry.
    ————————-
    I would agree it’s a rivalry if PIT would’ve beaten NE at least once when it counted during that time.

  42. Steeler's Will-enator says: Aug 23, 2012 9:42 AM

    These guys are professionals, and most of them act like it. However, I’m pretty sure Jack Lambert even hated other Steelers.

  43. web487 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:02 AM

    Good for Clark. As a Ravens fan I look forward to our two games against Pittsburgh every year and every year we bring out the best in each other.

    That being said, Steelers are admittedly doing far better than the Ravens this preseason. Our secondary looks like crap (ahem, Cary Willaims). Williams better shape up and prove he deserves more than 3 year/$15m so that he can FINALLY get a contract that he can “support his family and feed his children” off of.

  44. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 23, 2012 12:03 PM

    The Ravens are obviously a strong team who play a lot like we do in many respects. We want to beat Baltimore more than any team — it’s kind of like when we played Oakland and Dallas back in the day.

    But unlike Oakland and Dallas, I respect the Ravens – and admire and like nearly all of their players.

    But the Ravens are an arch-rival. And we want to kick your tails. That’s normal for anyone who’s ever played football against an arch-rival. The Ravens want to beat us down.

    Well, last year they did. Our garbage OL was further decimated by injuries. It was a bad mix against a team fielding Suggs, Lewis, Ngata, etc.

    This year, so far – our OL is healthy. And the Ravens have already lost T-Sizzle. We’ll see how it shakes out when (and if) the injuries slam Baltimore. I like our odds.

    Also, Baltimore Fan needs to recognize that the NFL History Book contains a lot more than the 4 months of the 2011 season. And when you visit that Book — soak up some oxygen with several deep breaths, because it will paint a bigger picture you may not enjoy so much.

  45. raqaiw says: Aug 23, 2012 12:30 PM

    ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 23, 2012 12:03 PM

    Also, Baltimore Fan needs to recognize that the NFL History Book contains a lot more than the 4 months of the 2011 season. And when you visit that Book — soak up some oxygen with several deep breaths, because it will paint a bigger picture you may not enjoy so much.
    _______________________________________________________________
    Hilarious. That same NFL History Book shows the Browns dominating the Steelers(and the NFL in general) in their early years after being absorbed from the AAFC,shows 45 years of horrific football before finally being fixed by Noll,and shows a very even competitive rivalry with the Ravens that the Steelers originally dominated in the Ravens’ formative years but has since become extremely even,which is why most say it’s the best rivalry in football. All Steelers fans want to look at in the history book is wins,they ALWAYS overlook the losses!

  46. randallflagg52 says: Aug 23, 2012 12:47 PM

    Even if the Steelers win every single football game from now until the end of the world, they would still be losers because they are stuck in that little depressing town called Pittsburgh. If they didn’t have football going for them, what else would they have?

    Say what you will about Baltimore, after all I’m sure you’re an expert because you watched a few episodes of The Wire, but at least Baltimore has charm, culture, history and a night life. Pittsburgh on the other hand barely qualifies as a city.

  47. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 23, 2012 4:04 PM

    If you are a Steeler or Steelers fan, there’s not much to hate about the Ravens. The Ravens have never prevented the Steelers from winning a championship.
    However, as a lifelong Steelers fan, I still detest and loathe the Cleveland Browns. I remember when the Steelers never beat the Browns. Never mind that that was 50 years ago…
    I’m still irked by the Steelers’ 13-6 loss in Cleveland in 2009. The Steelers were the defending Super Bowl champs, going against the 1-11 Browns in primetime.
    Had the Steelers won, they would’ve qualified for the postseason. Instead, Roethlisberger was awful, and his offense managed just two field goals. That loss has to rank as one of the most embarrassing defeats in Steelers history. Bruce Arians should’ve been fired on the spot!!!

  48. sixlombardisinyourface says: Aug 24, 2012 10:48 AM

    @randallflagg52

    How many times has Baltimore been voted Forbes America’s Most Livable City ?

    Pittsburgh has been – twice. But at least Baltimore has charm, culture, history and a night life.

  49. corvusrex96 says: Aug 24, 2012 5:29 PM

    The Ravens have only existed since 1996

    Yes the steelers have had a good amount of success but lets not get carried away

    Steelers since 1996 2 Super Bowls

    Ravens since 1996 1 Super Bowl

  50. randallflagg52 says: Aug 25, 2012 5:32 PM

    sixlombardisinyourface says:Aug 24, 2012 10:48 AM

    @randallflagg52

    How many times has Baltimore been voted Forbes America’s Most Livable City ?

    Pittsburgh has been – twice. But at least Baltimore has charm, culture, history and a night life.

    ==================================

    cool story bro… glad you can boast that meaningless “award”. I’m sure Fairbanks AK is a “livable” city also, but I’m sure as heck no going there.

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