Throughout the offseason, players on the Ravens and Steelers sniped at each other about their rivalry. But one Steeler sniped about Ravens-Steelers not being a rivalry at all. Steelers safety Ryan Clark said the Steelers have dominated the Ravens to such an extent that you can’t even call it a rivalry.
Today Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked what he thinks about that.
“Everybody is entitled to their opinion,” Harbaugh said. “There’s a saying by Voltaire: ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ Truthfully, I don’t care what Ryan Clark says about anything. I’m sure he’ll say the same about me. Let’s put it this way: He’ll be very fired up to play [when the teams meet in Week One], I’m sure. We love being underestimated. So if the Steelers choose to underestimate us, we appreciate that.”
Clark may not think the Steelers and Ravens have a rivalry, but I think it’s about as good a rivalry as the NFL has right now. I know I’ll be fired up to watch them meet in the opener.