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Ravens, Steelers Renew Hate-fest
by Alan Robinson
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Ravens-Steelers rivalry is short in length, starting only in 1996. The memories it has already created seem inordinately long, especially in the minds of those who played in compelling games that were tight and tense, absorbed hits that hurt for weeks and sustained losses that ended seasons.
The Ravens ridiculing Plaxico Burress as being "Plexiglas." Joey Porter levelling a near-defenseless Todd Heap. Troy Polamalu running through half of Baltimore on an interception that sent the Steelers to the Super Bowl.
Alleged bounties posted by the Ravens against the much-despised Hines Ward. Tons of trash talking. Ray Lewis ending Rashard Mendenhall's rookie season with a hit that be could be heard in Heinz Field's upper deck.
Pick any adjective: nasty, spiteful, hateful - they all apply. With apologies to the Packers-Bears, Cowboys-Redskins and Giants-Eagles, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin calls it the NFL's best rivalry, if only because all its games are the same. They're close and physical beyond compare, with neither team straying from a game plan that demands ultra-tight defense and a strong running game.