Well, I can’t tell if Lamar Woodley is being stubborn or just being a fool. Remember two years ago, when Woodley stated that Joe Flacco would never go a Super Bowl in his lifetime? Did people actually think this question wouldn’t be brought to him again after what transpired in the 2012 season?
ESPN’s Jamison Hensley caught up with the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and asked Woodley about his thoughts and if he would take it back.
“I don’t take it back at all,” Woodley said to ESPN. “As a player on any team, you’re never going to say your rival is going to win the Super Bowl. That’s knocking you out of the tournament that year. Somebody on their team pretty sure would say that as well. That’s the nature of what it is. A lot of people don’t understand. They’re going to take it the way they want to take it.”
Oh, we will take it as we want to.
Those of us in Ravens Nation, will take it as you being a fool. It’s truly funny how Steeler players think they can run their mouth without any consequences. When Hines Ward was on the Steelers, he would always say how the Ravens talk but don’t back it up.
That’s funny when you consider the following.
Since 2000, the Ravens have:
- More playoff appearances than the Steelers (Ravens 9, Steelers 8).
- More playoff wins (Ravens14, Steelers12).
- Allowed fewer points per game in the playoffs (Ravens 15.5, Steelers 23.1).
- Note: The Ravens have played more playoff games over this span with 21 v. Steelers 17.
- The same amount of Super Bowl wins (Ravens and Steelers tied at two apiece).
What is ironic about those statements by Ward is the fact that this rivalry between the Ravens and Steelers really picked up steam in 2001 when the Ravens were the defending Super Bowl Champions, while the Steelers and their fans were too busy hanging on to the Super Bowls they won in the 70’s.
Ward was running his mouth in 2001. Jerome Bettis was running his mouth, Joey Porter was running his mouth, and they didn’t win anything at the time. It’s funny how the double standard works in Steelers Nation.
Keep chirping Stillers’ fans. Because as of right now, the Ravens are the big dogs not only in the AFC North, but in the entire NFL.
And it’s been that way for quite some time.