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    Congratulations and Props



    Greetings everybody.

    I'm going to lead off with this....I was born and bred a black & gold bleeding Steelers fan. That being said, this does not prevent me from acknowledging an amazing effort by another team, even if it is my rival.

    I think you'll find that while most Steelers fans despise the Ravens, there's still a great deal of respect there. Maybe I'm only speaking for myself, though.

    Anyhow, I just wanted to drop in and say congratulations on being fans of the World Champion Baltimore Ravens. Enjoy it, next year every team is going to bring their A game against the Ravens.

    If you respond to this, my only request is that you keep things civil. I didn't come here to attack the Ravens, or the fanbase. I'd be happy to discuss football, though.

    Take Care.




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    Re: Congratulations and Props

    Thanks cessna ....

    You won't have to worry about us being civil. We don't mind opposing teams fans, even Steelers fans, and as long as you're respectful yourself, things will go smoothly here.

    Thanks again for the kind words and can't wait to face you guys next season!
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    Re: Congratulations and Props

    Quote Originally Posted by cessnapilot513 View Post
    Greetings everybody.

    I'm going to lead off with this....I was born and bred a black & gold bleeding Steelers fan. That being said, this does not prevent me from acknowledging an amazing effort by another team, even if it is my rival.

    I think you'll find that while most Steelers fans despise the Ravens, there's still a great deal of respect there. Maybe I'm only speaking for myself, though.

    Anyhow, I just wanted to drop in and say congratulations on being fans of the World Champion Baltimore Ravens. Enjoy it, next year every team is going to bring their A game against the Ravens.

    If you respond to this, my only request is that you keep things civil. I didn't come here to attack the Ravens, or the fanbase. I'd be happy to discuss football, though.

    Take Care.
    Thanks mate.

    I think you'll find most of us are very respectful and not afraid to give credit where it is due (not hard when our players are constantly being hated on regardless of performance).

    Look forward to our battles later on the year.
    Self appointed Ravens SuperFan in the southern hemisphere/New Zealand.




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    If you can deal with a few knuckle heads who go out of their way to bash all things Pittsburgh, then you nay actually find this board a nice spot to talk football.

    I can't speak for everyone, but I think most here would appreciate having an alternative POV.

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    Re: Congratulations and Props

    Welcome aboard! I personally enjoy opposing fans insights, as long as they're here to talk football, not trash, like Cincycat. Speaking of opposing fans, is Steelfaninbmore still around ? I haven't seen him post in a bit. I liked that cat.




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    Re: Congratulations and Props

    I appreciate the warm welcomes. On occasion it's good to get away from "my" forums...there's too much "dumb yinzer" talk sometimes. I just have two questions for you....1) Did Ray Lewis seem a bit slow, and not quite himself during the superbowl? and 2) Does Flacco get a new deal this year, or does he get a franchise tag?

    One more question - Who's your most respected Steelers player? I give mad respect to Ed Reed. That guy is amazing. There are 31 other teams who would kill to have #20 on their defense.




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    You're not the same guy who crashed a Cessna into Memorial Stadium, after the Pittsburgh/Colts game, are you? Just kidding.

    Ray did not have a good game. Joe...remains to be seen.




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    Re: Congratulations and Props

    Quote Originally Posted by cessnapilot513 View Post
    One more question - Who's your most respected Steelers player?
    I respect Troy Polamalu. Great player, especially when healthy, but what I really respect is the way he conducts himself off the field. I also thought it was classy of Maurkice Pouncey to go against the grain and say he was cheering for the Ravens to win the Super Bowl.




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    Re: Congratulations and Props

    Quote Originally Posted by cessnapilot513 View Post
    I appreciate the warm welcomes. On occasion it's good to get away from "my" forums...there's too much "dumb yinzer" talk sometimes. I just have two questions for you....1) Did Ray Lewis seem a bit slow, and not quite himself during the superbowl? and 2) Does Flacco get a new deal this year, or does he get a franchise tag?

    One more question - Who's your most respected Steelers player? I give mad respect to Ed Reed. That guy is amazing. There are 31 other teams who would kill to have #20 on their defense.
    1) Physically yes he was well past his prime. Though his leadership and studious nature for game film is what kept him from not looking too bad. As in, he knew where to go and what the play will be., but didn't have the skills for that to be too effective anymore.

    2) I'm hoping we get the deal done before official FA so we can resign some of our pieces (no doubt there will be casualties, but this way we won't be totally powerless).

    3) Ben (rape allegations notwithstanding) - that guy's escapabaility and extension of plays isw aht we as Ravens fans have hoped Flacco could be/has shown to be (heck even Jets fans saw that in him in his Delaware years) and Troy. Imagining a Pro Bowl with Troy, Ed, Revis in coverage is mouth-watering
    Self appointed Ravens SuperFan in the southern hemisphere/New Zealand.




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    Sadly Ray was on his last legs. He had been a liability in pass coverage most of the year but his leadership and film study are legendary.
    As for most respected Steeler without a doubt It's Ben. Dude is a playmaker and is most effective when he's outside the pocket.




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    Re: Congratulations and Props

    Quote Originally Posted by cessnapilot513 View Post
    I appreciate the warm welcomes. On occasion it's good to get away from "my" forums...there's too much "dumb yinzer" talk sometimes. I just have two questions for you....1) Did Ray Lewis seem a bit slow, and not quite himself during the superbowl? and 2) Does Flacco get a new deal this year, or does he get a franchise tag?

    One more question - Who's your most respected Steelers player? I give mad respect to Ed Reed. That guy is amazing. There are 31 other teams who would kill to have #20 on their defense.
    #1. Ray Lewis has seemed slow for years. However, in years past, the defense as a whole was able to mask that, for the most part. In the playoffs, Indianapolis did not do the best job of attacking him with the tight ends. Neither did Denver. I think that New England wanted to, but Gronkowski did not play and Aaron Hernandez, for all of his athleticism, is not the toughest guy around. You could sense, particularly in that second half, that New England wanted no part of Baltimore's physicality.

    To be honest, we all saw the Vernon Davis mismatch coming. We just didn't think Kaepernick would be able to tight end us to death and win the game. We were right.

    As for Joe Flacco, he is going to be paid. The non-exclusive franchise tag is only $14 million, but opens up the chance for another team to make an offer and there are enough teams out there that would give up two firsts for him, even if not a lot. Which means they would have to give him the Exclusive tag, which is $20 and some change. At that point, the tag works against the team. His deal will be done sooner, rather than later.
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    Re: Congratulations and Props

    Quote Originally Posted by cessnapilot513 View Post

    One more question - Who's your most respected Steelers player? I give mad respect to Ed Reed. That guy is amazing. There are 31 other teams who would kill to have #20 on their defense.
    James Harrison for never giving up, getting cut a couple times and becoming a beast. Troy Polamalu for his hard-nosed style. Big Ben too, he just seems to kill teams on broken plays and I thought he had an incredible season this year (I realize he had off the field problems, but I respect him as a player).




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    Re: Congratulations and Props

    Quote Originally Posted by cessnapilot513 View Post
    I appreciate the warm welcomes. On occasion it's good to get away from "my" forums...there's too much "dumb yinzer" talk sometimes. I just have two questions for you....1) Did Ray Lewis seem a bit slow, and not quite himself during the superbowl? and 2) Does Flacco get a new deal this year, or does he get a franchise tag?

    One more question - Who's your most respected Steelers player? I give mad respect to Ed Reed. That guy is amazing. There are 31 other teams who would kill to have #20 on their defense.
    Roethlisberger. That bastard just gets out of sacks and kills you.

    I don't know if Ray was slower or that was the plan on handling the 49ers. It was his least impact in the post-season as far as stats but it might have been the scheme. They had Suggs on Kaepernick the whole game, Ellerbe crashing the line and Ray was perhaps was assigned covering the middle on passes (and was just too slow for the speed of Davis) and othewise cleaning up on running plays downfield. The defense was attacking in some ways, like with Ellerbe crashing the line but some of it was dedicated to contain and I think that was Ray's assignment. Ed Reed didn't have a huge impact for much of the playoffs, like in Denver, but Manning never tried a deep pass because Reed did his job and took that away. I think it is a testament to both of them they did their assignments instead of going for stats (which Ed has had issues with in the past - gambled a lot and won a lot of them but when he lost it was always a big play).




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    Quote Originally Posted by cessnapilot513 View Post
    I just have two questions for you....1) Did Ray Lewis seem a bit slow, and not quite himself during the superbowl?
    Yes...Ray's been slowing down a lot the last couple of years. He's been able to cover up some of it through experience. But he's definitely on his last legs. He's going out on top at the perfectly right time.

    2) Does Flacco get a new deal this year, or does he get a franchise tag?
    To have a chance at repeating, the Ravens need to sign Flacco to a long-term deal. The alternative is to shred their current roster trying to fit a $20M exclusive rights tag under the cap. I think/hope that Flacco and his agent will be able to find middle ground with the Ravens. But at the end of the day, he's going nowhere. Some may not think he's "elite", but he's young, has proven he can win a Super Bowl, and solidifies the most important position on the field for the next decade. You sign him at all costs...

    One more question - Who's your most respected Steelers player? I give mad respect to Ed Reed. That guy is amazing. There are 31 other teams who would kill to have #20 on their defense.
    Tough question. Before he retired, I would have side Hines Ward. Now? Probably Roethlisberger....as someone stated earlier, he just has an uncanny ability to make plays out of nothing and rip your heart out. In general though, I just have incredible respect for the Steelers' organization. They are never down for long and always field a tough, competitive team. It is a shame that the Ravens and them are in the same division, because I think they are easily both in the top-5 of organizations and often cancel each other out in terms of winning championships.




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    Re: Congratulations and Props

    Quote Originally Posted by cessnapilot513 View Post
    I appreciate the warm welcomes. On occasion it's good to get away from "my" forums...there's too much "dumb yinzer" talk sometimes. I just have two questions for you....1) Did Ray Lewis seem a bit slow, and not quite himself during the superbowl? and 2) Does Flacco get a new deal this year, or does he get a franchise tag?

    One more question - Who's your most respected Steelers player? I give mad respect to Ed Reed. That guy is amazing. There are 31 other teams who would kill to have #20 on their defense.
    1) Ray Lewis has lost a step, or two, no doubt - but the guy still brings it, as only Ray can; 2) imho, Joe gets extended - does not make sense to franchise him, given the ramifications on signing other key players; 3 ) Big Ben is the Steeler I respect the most.
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