One of my favorite things to do after a Ravens win is to watch RaveTV’s “One Winning Drive” program where highlights of the game are shown intertwined with behind the bench scene and sound. Usually there isn’t anything too revealing in these shows but something definitely intrigued me after this week’s edition.
First, Terrell Suggs was shown boasting to cameras, “This is home for us. We love this f—ing place.”
John Harbaugh then adds, “ It’s just like home. It’s home to us. It’s where we belong.”
It’s no coincidence that Suggs and Harbaugh shared identical mantras with cameras. This had to be Harbaugh’s message to the team this week.
Heinz Field… it’s home to us.
Of course the Ravens love being in their real home at M&T Bank Stadium playing in front of what Harbaugh calls the ‘wall of purple’ but there is something special about going into your arch rival’s stadium and coming out with a win. A good team should be able to feed off of a crowd that is rooting for them as well as a crowd that hates their guts. Much like the time Brian Billick told reporters “when you go into the Lion’s Den, you don’t tippy-toe,” Harbaugh’s message was simple – embrace the opportunity to be the villain and don’t hold back.
Some people might think claiming that an opponent’s stadium is your home comes off as arrogant. Well, maybe it is. The mindset of this Ravens-Steelers rivalry is that of contempt and bitter respect. After three straight wins in Pittsburgh it is possible that the Ravens have developed a psychological advantage in that they are comfortable in that yellow stadium full of towel-waving tools.
Hell, even Ray Rice and a few other Ravens taunted Steelers fans by waving Terrible Towels thrown at them as they walked off.
I think we’re finally past the claims of “Ravens can’t win in Pittsburgh” and “Flacco can’t beat Ben.” I still prefer the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium but if the Ravens continue to steal wins away from Pittsburgh in their house then I wouldn’t mind calling it our house too.