Dec 30, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns during the second half of the game at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger the choice among Ravens fans


Here’s one I wouldn’t have seen coming.

After leading the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl championship and earning a seat at the table among the NFL’s best quarterbacks, you would think that Ravens fans would owe a debt of gratitude to Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) smiles after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

But that’s not the case in Baltimore as given the choice, Ravens fans would choose Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and choose him in a big way.

The Baltimore Sun has a poll on its website that asks who is the better quarterback: Flacco or Roethlisberger?

Keep in mind that paper is in Baltimore. Also keep in mind the season Flacco is coming off of. Finally consider the fact that Ravens fans hate the Steelers in the same fashion that Steelers fans hate the Ravens and this would be the last thing you would expect to see.

The obvious thinking is that a lot of Steelers fans probably found their way to this poll, but common sense would lead you to believe that isn’t the entire reason for the landslide support of Big Ben.

While I personally like Flacco a lot, I wouldn’t trade Roethlisberger for him any day of the week.

When he’s healthy, Big Ben is still among the top signal callers in the game. Flacco on the other hand I believe still has to prove that he belongs in that class with a couple more big seasons.

You wouldn’t expect Roethlisberger to get that much more support than Flacco from Ravens fans, but give Ravens fans some credit for recognizing talent when they see it.

Although you have to feel bad for Flacco. The guy wins a Super Bowl and still has a hard time getting the respect he deserves from his own fan base.

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  • joeblow

    This is a clown column, bro. Official Steeler fan Facebook page encouraged Steelers fans
    to stuff the ballot box. Baltimore Sun have morons did not envision such a debacle as they don’t understand the mentality and insecurity of Stooler nation.
    Your snapshot is very early but Baltimore finally caught on and Ben is losing. Nice try though.

    • jeff

      yeah steeler fans are driving in from P’Burg to vote on some stupid survey. When do the raisin fans stop rationalizing and being so defensive?

      • joeblow

        jeffy, it was an internet poll, which means you do not have to get into your car and drive to baltimore to vote. Are all stooler fans as smart as you? You make Rashard Mendenhall look like a member of Mensa.

  • Dan

    I agree with joeblow they have an idiot writer in Mike Preston who came from the Steel town and has always hated the Ravens. He has never has anything good to say about the Raven so I stop reading his articles. Only the Squeeler fans read his articles so that is why Ben won.

  • [email protected]

    Just like Baltimorons to find fault when things don’t go their way. Always excuses. It’s your newspaper that reported it…

    • Dan

      Yeah, but a stupid Pburg fan Reporter( Mike Preston). I guess you have no excuse not making the play offs either. And dont give the BS that you have 6, because since Flacco enter the league you only have 2

  • swatter

    What pressure was flacco throwing against in the SB? Justin Smith with a torn tricep and Aldon Smith with a torn labrum. Also SF played a zone coverage and a deep cover 2 in the red zone. No challenge here.

    Notice in the AFC championship when talib and chung were in flacco couldn’t move the team? Welker helped by that big drop also to stop their momentum.

    What about what happened in Denver? If that doesn’t happen this comparison isn’t even made. Also why was chimp Bailey playing so loose…..maybe to help his buddy ray get another ring?

    Why was Bruce Arians mysteriously in the hospital for the indy game and Christianson calling a cconservative offense?

    The delusional ravens fans are still rationalizing about the sb and ray lewis

    • keggler

      Garbage post .The Niners defense was considered elite and Flacco torched them. The Broncos had the second ranked D in the league with Von Miller and Dumervil the leading sack combo in the league and Flacco torched them. The Talib comment – what a joke – he went out on the second possession and Flacco put over 30 up on the Pats during the regular season. The difference in Baltimore wasn’t diminished opponents it was the exchange of Cam Cameron for Jim Caldwell and the addition of Bryant McKinnie at LT. Once those two things occured the Ravens became a top flight offense. Flacco has won 3 of his last 4 against the Steelers and Patriots, respectively, they’ve been to the AFC championship game 3 of the last 5 years and are currently the champs. Ravens fans aren’t delusional – reality is Baltimore is on top of the league. Maybe you and your conspiracy theories should take a hard look in the mirror on the delusional front – or just adjust your tin foil hat and see if that helps.

  • joeblow

    No excuses necessary when you have the best team in the NFL. But you better get in the kitchen and start cooking up your excuses for 2013. 3rd place in 2012 and last place in 2013. Might get so bad that you start losing all those bandwagon fans across the country that love to twirl the terrible towelette. You know they used to be cowboy fans but when the ‘boys went south those clowns moved on to pburg. May be time to move on again.

    • jeff

      Yeah blowjob some bw jumpers might move on, certainly not to the raisins. Bank on it. OR After SF loosing this SB not Luckimore winning it, notice how many people jumped on your bw? Hold alot of water doesn’t it?

      • joeblow

        Don’t be so full of yourself jeffy, nobody wants your castoffs. BTW, it’s spelled “losing” not “loosing”. You should know how to spell it after last season. I’m sure you will get even more intimate with it next season.

  • Kate Mikalajunas

    Steelers fan, but have much respect for many NFL QB’s. Flacco has ever been one of them. Had a lucky season.

  • http://twitter.com/Beekums BK

    I’m not too shocked. The Baltimore Sun is dominated by columnists who basically bet against Flacco and their influence is unbelievably negative on public opinion. In addition, there remain plenty of sports columnists around the league who still have it in for Baltimore because of the move from Cleveland. Think about all the coverage ahead of the Super Bowl, you would have thought the Niners had it won going in. Even after the Super Bowl, it was clear most news outlets only had stories ready that assumed a Niners win. If it had not been for the power outage enabling the Niners coaches to calm their team down, the Ravens would have crushed them completely, and Kapernicknackpaddywhack would have been scarred for the rest of a short career.

    The Giants will beat the Niners for the right to play in the Super Bowl this year. It won’t even be close.

    I do agree that the Niners defense was over-rated, and at the end of the year exhausted by poor coaching decisions.

  • Ed Stephens

    Sure, Ravens fans voted for Ben. They know Ben will read this, go pick up a 15 year old in a bar and get locked up and suspended for at least four games. We’re not as dumb as you guys look.

  • larry

    clown column