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The lesser of two evils, the Patriots or the Ravens?

Our good friend, Dominic, from TribLive Radio and The Voice Says blog wrote a nice article talking about the dilemma that Steeler fans will face heading into this weekend’s Championship games. That’s assuming of course that most even care who wins, but I’d be willing to bet most of us will still be watching the remainder of the post season and the Super Bowl, just because it’s football. Anyways, I highly recommend Dom’s blog as a regular read for you, he’s very talented and has a knack for good insight into not just the Steelers but all of Pittsburgh sports! He regularly joins us on our Blitzburgh Radio podcasts as well.

I saved my opinion for the end so I don’t spoil the surprise.

Steeler fans are used to rooting passionately against the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots. 

In terms of AFC teams, there is no bigger rival than the Ravens, although the Patriots led by Tom Brady are pretty close.

It’s safe to say most Steeler fans were hoping the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans could pull off upsets in their divisional round matchups against these hated foes, but it wasn’t in the cards.

So now we’re left with the ultimate no-win scenario for Steeler fans.  Do you root for the division rival you despise with every inch of your soul or do you root for Tom Brady?   Gatorade Bath (Harbaugh) vs. Spygate (Belichick)?

This should be a question in the popular party game “Would You Rather?”  Would you rather see the Baltimore Ravens get over the stigma of being unable to perform in the playoffs or would you rather see Tom Brady’s smiling face mugging for all the Super Bowl reporters?   Maybe this time he won’t laugh if the Giants also make it and predict a low scoring affair.

So who will The Voice be rooting for in the AFC Championship game?  This might not be the answer many of you are expecting, but I am going to root for…

I think I need to pick the….

Give me a minute here.  This leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

I’m pulling for the…

                                                    …Baltimore Ravens.

I cannot stand cheaters, and from the moment the Spygate scandal came to light, I could never respect the Patriots again.  For all the talk of how Belichick was some kind of coaching genius, it loses a ton of luster when we find out he had to cheat to give himself an edge.

The hatred for the Ravens is born from the fact that Baltimore and Pittsburgh are two teams that play football the way it is supposed to be played.  Hard hitting, tough, physical football.

We hate Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata, and Ed Reed with a passion but only because they are a division rival.  I admire the fact there’s another team in the NFL willing to play this style of football.

Granted, they need to learn a little humility and act like they’ve won something recently by not dumping Gatorade on their coach after a regular season victory.

Plus, look at the silver lining in this matchup.  At least one of them is guaranteed to lose next week.

I’ve met a lot of Baltimore football fans from my days announcing for the Erie indoor football team.  Baltimore was one of their big rivals for a few years and those guys love their football as much as Pittsburghers love the game.  You have to respect that.

 

Now that Dom has given us his take, and a very good take at that, there is no way on heaven or earth that I could ever bring myself to cheer for the Ravens. As much as I despise the Patriots for all the reasons that we Steeler fans hold in our black ‘n gold hearts, I’m cheering Brady to take down Baltimore and then for the Giants to finish off the Patriots in the big game.

 

 

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