Bring ‘Em On

January 12, 2009 |

Young Jeezy said it best: “So don’t wake me up, I swear to God I’m dreamin’.”

This could not have been scripted any better. The Ravens and the Steelers will continue their heated rivalry in the AFC Championship game for the right to go to the Super Bowl. If you’re a Ravens fan, you have to be excited.

And the trash talk has already started…at least from the Steelers locker room.

“It’s just the history, the arrogance of them sometimes, the lack of respect they show us at times,” Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon (insert joke here) told NFL.com’s Vic Carucci. “Not that we aren’t a nasty team, not that we don’t retaliate at times. But at the same time, they feel like, for whatever reason, they’re worthy of whatever (accolades) they get.”

I’m sure this is just the first of many quotables that you’ll hear all week.

“What else would you expect, us and the Ravens,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin remarked in a post game press conference. “It would be big if it was a scrimmage. This is for the AFC championship.”

I can’t believe I’m actually going to agree with a Steeler, but Tomlin hit the nail on the head. This would be a big deal if it were a hot dog eating contest.

Personally, I don’t think the Steelers can beat the Ravens three times. Typically, these two teams split their regular season match-ups each year. Very rarely does one team sweep the other, which is part of what makes this such a good rivalry.

I’m not worried about what the talking heads on ESPN or the NFL Network will say this week.

I say: bring ‘em on.

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