If you thought the recent trend of pro athletes coming out against bullying, combined with last year’s Miami Dolphins bullying scandal, combined with the offseason arrests of five Ravens, would mean that Baltimore Ravens players are now unlikely to brag in a humorous fashion about their brand of on-field bullying, you are a silly person.
Here is Steve Smith, talking to Comcast SportsNet’s Brian Mitchell about why he feels at home in Baltimore.
“When I look in the defensive meeting room and I see ‘Play Like a Raven, Baltimore Ravens, We Build Bullies,’ that’s what I’m talking about,” Smith said. “When I think of a Baltimore Raven — and I’m a Baltimore Raven — what I think of is we go in there, we take your lunch box, we take your sandwich, we take your juice box, we take your applesauce, and we take your spork and we break it. And we leave you with an empty lunch.
“That’s the Baltimore Raven way, that’s the bully way, and that’s football.”
Do kids actually bring sporks to lunch now? Do the Ravens actually have a “We Build Bullies” sign in their meeting room? Will this lead to more comments from Ravens fans incredulous that I mentioned actual bullying, or from Redskins fans incredulous that I would write about the Ravens? All interesting questions.