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February 15, 2012
No room for sentimentality Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune There is only one way the Steelers should bring back Hines Ward next season — if they believe he can make them a better team. There is no room for sentimentality or loyalty in the NFL. There is only room for progress. And judging by how the 2011 season went, my guess is the Steelers believe they will be better served using Ward's roster spot on a younger player. If Ward is going to be a bit player on offense, as he was last season, he would need to be a key contributor on special teams.
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By Matt Vensel | May 30, 2013
Jacoby Jones has been back cutting and catching balls on the practice fields for the Ravens, a week after he Cha-Cha-ed and waltzed his way to a third-place finish in the latest season of ABC's “Dancing with the Stars.” We won't get a look at the wide receiver-kick returner-playoff hero until Friday's organized team activity, but Jones will be trying to buck the trend of recent “DWTS” contestants who struggled after returning to football....
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By Matt Vensel | February 29, 2012
Hines Ward, a longtime nemesis of the Ravens, won't return to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2012 season. The Steelers announced on their website Wednesday that they plan to release the veteran wide receiver. Ward, who turns 36 next week, caught just 46 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns in 2011, his least productive season since his rookie year in 1998. He was willing to restructure his contract to remain with the Steelers, but they will cut ties with their all-time leader in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2013
Baltimore will certainly have something to root for on the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars. " We'd already heard Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones -- known for a little end zone shuffle -- will be strutting his stuff, partnering with Karina Smirnoff. And joining him will be a woman who should have a serious edge -- Olympic skating champion Dorothy Hamill, who lives in Baltimore. Hamill will be dancing with Tristan MacManus. The Baltimore kids will be joining a cast including Wynonna Judd, Kellie Pickler and Aly Raisman.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
Viewers of WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh were stunned this morning when anchor Todd McDermott reported that long-time Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward had signed with the Ravens. A few problems with the "signing": No free-agent signings can take place until next Tuesday at 3 p.m., and the Steelers haven't officially released Ward. The joke was a spoof by BroCouncil.com that WPXI fell for. The fake post even has Ward in a Ravens uniform. Not sure who would be stunned more if it turns out to be true next week: Steelers fans or Ravens fans.
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By Ken Murray | September 14, 2011
Hines Ward, the Steelers receiver who has a history of late hits against the Ravens, got his comeuppance on Sunday in Baltimore. Not once, but twice. Early in the game, he tangled with Ravens safety Bernard Pollard and was rendered helpless. Later, he was hammered by linebacker Jarret Johnson after one of Ben Roethlisberger's interceptions. Pollard, new to the Ravens, had heard about Ward's questionable tactics. When Ward tried to take him down by the facemask on one play, Pollard latched onto Ward's helmet and drove him backward several yards.
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By Matt Vensel | October 18, 2011
ESPN tried to stir up some controversy on Tuesday morning when they booked Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs as a guest on "First Take" and brought in Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward via video for a debate. Unfortunately, the two mostly exchanged awkward pauses and public respect on the morning talk show. Asked if the Ravens own the Steelers after they beat them, 35-7, in Week 1, Suggs said, “There's still a season to be played. … They know that game [they play in Pittsburgh in Week 9]
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By Kevin Cowherd | November 26, 2009
H ines Ward has always been the perfect villain for Ravens fans. He has made a ton of big catches against their team. He has laid out a couple of their players with sneaky crack-back blocks that occasionally straddle the line between legal and "Will the defendant please rise?" And he's always flashing that irritating megawatt smile, even when he gets blown up over the middle by someone like Ray Lewis or Ed Reed. Now, just in time for Sunday's brawl between the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium, guess who has been voted the dirtiest player in the NFL?
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | January 12, 2011
Hines Ward knows he drives Baltimore a little bit batty. Whenever the two teams meet, just seeing his smile can make Ravens fans — and a few players — gnash their teeth. Ward kind of likes it that way. There is a part of him that wouldn't mind if this Saturday's divisional playoff game between the Ravens and Steelers was being played at M&T Bank Stadium instead of Heinz Field. He's happy to play the role of villain in this heated rivalry. "Baltimore is the best place to play," Ward told the Sun this week, sitting in front of his locker after practice.
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By MIKE PRESTON | September 25, 2008
The Pittsburgh Steelers' Hines Ward on stuff that's said during a game: "I mean, out on the field you're going to have a war of words. Guys are going to talk about your mother, talk about anything to try to get up under your skin. We played with one of the best of them in the league - Joey Porter. It's just words. Words don't hurt me." (For more, go to baltimoresun.com/ravensinsider)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2012
Former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver and longtime Ravens nemesis Hines Ward has a new job as analyst for NBC's "Football Night in America. " But he's still feeling the old "hate" when he comes to Baltimore. Ward, who will be working in Baltimore tonight during the prime-time matchup between the Ravens and New England Patriots, posted this little chronicle on the "hate" he received on his journey to Baltimore for the game. Judging for all the parenthetical "haha's," I'm guessing there's some tongue in cheek from Ward here, but he was a much better receiver than he is a writer, so I am not so sure.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
Viewers of WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh were stunned this morning when anchor Todd McDermott reported that long-time Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward had signed with the Ravens. A few problems with the "signing": No free-agent signings can take place until next Tuesday at 3 p.m., and the Steelers haven't officially released Ward. The joke was a spoof by BroCouncil.com that WPXI fell for. The fake post even has Ward in a Ravens uniform. Not sure who would be stunned more if it turns out to be true next week: Steelers fans or Ravens fans.
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By Matt Vensel | February 29, 2012
Hines Ward, a longtime nemesis of the Ravens, won't return to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2012 season. The Steelers announced on their website Wednesday that they plan to release the veteran wide receiver. Ward, who turns 36 next week, caught just 46 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns in 2011, his least productive season since his rookie year in 1998. He was willing to restructure his contract to remain with the Steelers, but they will cut ties with their all-time leader in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
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February 15, 2012
No room for sentimentality Dan Pompei Chicago Tribune There is only one way the Steelers should bring back Hines Ward next season — if they believe he can make them a better team. There is no room for sentimentality or loyalty in the NFL. There is only room for progress. And judging by how the 2011 season went, my guess is the Steelers believe they will be better served using Ward's roster spot on a younger player. If Ward is going to be a bit player on offense, as he was last season, he would need to be a key contributor on special teams.
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Kevin Cowherd | February 13, 2012
Hines Ward may be gone, but he won't soon be forgotten by Ravens fans. Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have parted ways with the wide receiver and his maddening, ever-present smile, here's a look at some other famous Baltimore sports villains.  Robert Irsay -- Erratic owner who moved the beloved Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis under cover of darkness in March, 1984, breaking a city's heart. Paul Tagliabue -- Cold-hearted NFL commissioner who bluntly suggested, in the wake of the Colts leaving town, that Baltimore should have built a museum rather than pine for a new pro football team.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | November 9, 2011
Middle linebacker Ray Lewis said that he was fined by the NFL for a hit in the Ravens' 23-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday. Lewis made helmet-to-helmet contact while tackling Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward in the second quarter. Ward, who dropped the ball on the play, did not return to the game because of concussion-like symptoms.  Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Ward's injury was minor. "I heard from the league, and they fined me whatever they were going to fine me, but I'll definitely call in [appeal]
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2012
Former Pittsburgh Steelers receiver and longtime Ravens nemesis Hines Ward has a new job as analyst for NBC's "Football Night in America. " But he's still feeling the old "hate" when he comes to Baltimore. Ward, who will be working in Baltimore tonight during the prime-time matchup between the Ravens and New England Patriots, posted this little chronicle on the "hate" he received on his journey to Baltimore for the game. Judging for all the parenthetical "haha's," I'm guessing there's some tongue in cheek from Ward here, but he was a much better receiver than he is a writer, so I am not so sure.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2011
Nobody does pre-game like NBC's “Football Night in America.” The telecast came out smoking Sunday with Bob Costas, Chris Collinsworth and Al Michaels sounding amped even for the pre-game to the matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. NBC Sports had been promoting the interview Costas did with Terrell Suggs all day, and they used it expertly at the start of the pre-game show to rev up the intensity. “They're the enemy,” Suggs was shown in a sound bite saying of the hated Steelers at the very top of the show.
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By Edward Lee | November 2, 2011
In the aftermath of the Ravens' 35-7 demolition of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11, several Steelers players said they would remember what they deemed questionable behavior by the Ravens. Defensive linemen complained that the Ravens offensive line was using illegal cut blocks. A few players weren't happy about Sam Koch's two-point conversion to make the score 29-7 in the third quarter, and others accused the Ravens of trying to run up the score when quarterback Joe Flacco threw the ball to the end zone with a 32-7 advantage late in the fourth quarter.
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