Originally posted on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 11/16/12
Every great rivalry in sports involves not only the players on the field but the cities and fans across the country. We live, eat, and breathe our team year round but when it comes to playing your arch nemesis, your most hated rival, the team you despise above all else, it becomes almost personal. In fact for many it’s not almost, it is personal. Over the years the AFC North has always been a division with great rivalries. All 4 teams are in close proximity to each other and for at least 3 of them, it’s a blue collar mentality that definitely adds to persona that is AFC North football. Up until the last few years, literally, the Steelers vs. the Bengals or Browns have been largely one sided. Let’s face it, both of those teams have had their share of down times and still do. For the Steelers and Ravens though, this yearly battle takes on a personality of its own no matter how many times they meet. Every major sports network covers it like it’s Armageddon, using phrases like “titanic matchup”,
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