Every Thursday on The Morning Reaction, we put forth a segment called “Cheap Shots…from the bleachers” where Glenn and I tackle a subject either local or nationally and go “extra hard” in conveying our opinion on the matter.
The segment goes back to a comment made by CBS sportscaster Ian Eagle in the 2008 Ravens season when he was calling a Baltimore/Oakland NFL game in Charm City. Coming back from a commercial break, the blimp showed a picture of a vacant Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Eagle came through with one of the greatest lines ever authored by a broadcaster: “There’s Camden Yards…it’s empty now…they don’t play baseball in Baltimore in October anymore…and that’s not a low blow, it’s a fact.”
That birthed “Cheap Shots” on The Morning Reaction, where we finish our weekly segment with a twisted variety of the Eagle proclamation by saying “And that’s a fact — and a low blow…”
Why do I preface all of this with an explanation of the origin of “Cheap Shots…from the bleachers”?
Because I’m delivering one today.
And it’s not going to be popular.
But it’s the truth. And the Ravens can do something about it on Sunday night.
What’s the cheap shot, you ask?
The Ravens have never defeated Ben Roethlisberger when the game is important.
And that’s both a FACT and a LOW BLOW.
John Harbaugh hasn’t been able to beat Big Ben when the game has mattered.
Neither has Ray Lewis.
Neither has Terrell Suggs.
Neither has Ed Reed.
Those four might as well just send Ben a Father’s Day card every June.
He has owned the Ravens when the games matter.
Should I bore you with the stats or do you have a good enough memory to handle it all by yourself? In his career, Roethlisberger is 7-2 vs. Baltimore, including a 1-0 mark in post-season. But in games that really matter…those that either affected the playoff race because of their position in the schedule or that 2008 AFC Championship Game, Roethlisberger is Baltimore’s Daddy.
In 2008, he was 3-0 vs. Baltimore. Those two regular season wins over the Ravens meant