November 6, 2011 by staff
Baltimore Ravens, A blessed few hours remain before the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens are called to disorder at Heinz Field, which means the mandatory hype-a-palooza is over save for a few dozen multiple-hour pregame shows that literally cannot emphasize enough that these are a couple of teams that don’t like each other.I get it.
I’ve seen it. And while I appreciate Steelers-Ravens for its intensity (if not always its borderline pathological violence), it’s not as if every other NFL game is a mere tete-a-tete between two teams of one heart who love each other very, very much.
Besides which, we’ve spent the whole week flogging the wrong cliché. As the two acidic rivals meet still again to direct the playoff traffic in the AFC North, the working dynamic is not their mutual contempt. Regrettably, it’s the far more mundane two-teams-going-in-opposite-directions deal.
I hate to invoke this one because it enlivens an obvious if unrelated truth about the very nature of the sport. All football games are between two teams going in opposite directions, one toward one goal, the other toward the other. Hockey and basketball have the same arrangement, two teams going in opposite directions, with the exception being baseball, which is two teams going in the same direction, but at different times.
Nevertheless, the more relevant reality is that Pittsburgh is peaking while Baltimore is squeaking like some ratty chew toy discarded by a pack of diffident Jaguars and very nearly soiled by some low-flying Cardinals.
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