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Old 11-05-2011, 09:56 PM   #1
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Default Ratbird fans dusting off their favorite exscuse

here's the top 3 threads on a ratbird forum......i guess this is what they mean by being "pro active" ...these guys start whining about the refs a few days in advance....
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1 No matter who plays Pittsburgh this always is asked

This was taken from the message board out of NE. There has to be some merit to the same question every game. Pittsburgh holds every play and especially on Blitzs. It is time for the NFL to look into why they are not being called like other teams are.
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I was just wondering ....
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Apparently they haven't seen the Steelers' LBs and D-Linemen getting clotheslined, grabbed and pulled down, and basically raped by the O-linemen of opposing teams while no laundry is thrown on the field.

But I've seen plenty of holds called against our O-linemen. I guess those other 31 teams don't hold at all. I once heard a quote that goes something like this...

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Old 11-05-2011, 10:56 PM   #3
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"Dude,when are you going to realize the Steelers have NEVER won a big game without help from the refs!"
REALLY,is this the level of intelligence we are dealing with over there???
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Its funny because Harrison is held all the time and he never gets the calls.
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Harrison is the most held player without a doubt. I've seen him get tackled. Woodley gets held often also. This year the officiating has been pretty decent, but last year we got a lot of bad calls. We are definetely singled out in fines, but I've never noticed bad officiating in Steelers-Ravens games.
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I am looking forward to the annual "We gave it away" quote tomorrow from John Harbowel.
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Does anyone else see the irony in this post?
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Does anyone else see the irony in this post?
Nope. Win or lose, it's still funny that many Ravens fans were making ref excuses before the game. Our gripes about the refs (lack of call on Lewis) isn't an excuse for the loss. We're blaming the players.

Hope Harbaugh enjoyed his regular season Gatorade bath though.
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Its funny because Harrison is held all the time and he never gets the calls.
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Nope. Win or lose, it's still funny that many Ravens fans were making ref excuses before the game. Our gripes about the refs (lack of call on Lewis) isn't an excuse for the loss. We're blaming the players.

Hope Harbaugh enjoyed his regular season Gatorade bath though.
I see plenty of posts in this forum blaming the refs and I read plenty of friends' posts on facebook who are Steelers' fans blaming the refs.

Look, the nature of the NFL these days is to blame the refs for bad calls, but rarely look at the calls that go in your favor.

Was the Ray hit on Hines and personal foul? Yes. But the holding call on the very first play of the game was suspect at best. I was watching with a Steeler fan and he even conceded that.

It works both ways, and to lump Ravens' fans (and nobody else) into this group of being whiners about the refs is intellectually dishonest.
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