Forget about the Cleveland Browns, it’s a well known fact that the Baltimore Ravens are the No. 1 rival around these parts. And to help get you ready for Sunday’s game at Heinz Field, we are proud to introduce the Ray-Ray Hate Meter, putting a tangible value on how much we loathe certain members of the Baltimore Ravens (idea inspired by Greg Wyshynski and his Mike Milbury trading scale)
It goes without saying that certain members of the Ravens will score higher than others. Ray Lewis, for example, is an easy 10 out of 10 Ray Lewis’s. I mean, the damn thing is named after him. Why him? Why not him is the better question. When he’s not jumping on the pile after the play is already over, he’s getting credited with making stops on plays that he had absolutely no part in, and that’s after he does that freakin’ dance before every game. And a for a player that loves the tough-guy image he projects, he sure does like to complain a lot.
So many words.
Haloti Ngata is one player we’re not afraid to say that we like, and if you tell me you wouldn’t want him on the Steelers, well then you’re a damn liar. Perhaps the most athletic fat guy you’ll ever see (just watch this old video of him running people over while playing rugby).
Terrell Suggs checks in with the second highest score, coming in at 9 Ray Lewis’s. This is the guy that showed up at Ravens training camp last season wearing a T-Shirt that read, “You Bet Your Sweet Ass I Hate The Steelers.”
He may think he’s sending some sort of message with that shirt, but the only statement he’s making is, “I ALWAYS THINK ABOUT THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS, AND THEY ARE TOTALLY ON MY MIND AT ALL TIMES!” You don’t see or hear James Harrison talking about the Ravens all the time. That’s because, like the rest of the Steelers, the only time he cares about them is the week they’re playing the Ravens. Not before. Not after.
Tom Zbikowski might be a surprise name on the meter, registering six Ray Lewis’s, but as Ryan pointed out, he not only plays for the Ravens, but he also played his college ball at Notre Dame, while we’re constantly reminded by announcers during every game he plays that he used to be a boxer. He’s tough. We get it.
Other names: Joe Flacco (count how many times an announcer refers to him as “unflappable”), Ray Rice, TJ Houshmandzadeh, John Harbaugh, Derrick Mason and Ed Reed. Enjoy…
Special thanks to Ryan for all of the graphics. Well done.