Poll: Ravens Fans’ Most Disliked Person?

Roethlisberger? Manning? Irsay? Vote for who you dislike most as a Ravens fan.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, June 27th, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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Recently, Forbes put out a list of the most disliked people in sports.

Drawing from a poll of 1,100 people nationwide, aged 13 or older, the business-focused magazine limited eligibility to those currently active in sports as a player, coach, manager, broadcaster, agent or owner.

And, because of the NFL’s worldwide popularity, it’s not surprising that several people that made the list are under the “Shield.”

Among the top 10 were Michael Vick (No. 1), Al Davis, Ben Roethlisberger, Jerry Jones and Terrell Owens.

Now, let’s poll a smaller sample of sports fans – those who root for the Ravens.

Who are your most disliked people? Cast your vote in the poll and feel free to argue your point in the comments section below.

Based off previous conversations among The Flock members, here’s a list of potential candidates for the Ravens-centric to consider…

Who is Ravens fans' most disliked person?

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Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback

Why? For Ravens’ fans top rival, not many images conjure up hatred than a black and gold No. 7 jersey.  As the face of the franchise since he was drafted, Roethlisberger has led the Steelers to two Super Bowls and given the Ravens fits.  Of course, his recent sexual assault allegations couldn’t have helped his cause in the eyes of the Ravens faithful.

Hines Ward  - Pittsburgh Steelers Receiver

Why? Ward is certainly another target for Charm City angst. The tough wideout is considered by many as cheap – just look at the blindside blocks he’s dished out on Jarret Johnson and Bart Scott in recent years.  And he always does it with a giant smile.

Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts Quarterback

Why? It’s hard not to respect Manning for the esteem he always pays to Johnny U – he wanted to wear Unitas’ trademark black cleats in honor of the Hall of Famer’s passing – but Manning also seems to always bite the Ravens.  Manning has beaten the Ravens the last eight times they’ve locked horns.

Cedric Benson – Cincinnati Bengals Running Back

Why? The Ravens have long been known for their stingy run defense, but it was Benson that caused it to break.  Baltimore’s unit had a streak of 39 games without giving up a 100-yard rusher last year, but Benson did it twice, going for 120 and 117 yards in two meetings. The results? Two Ravens losses.

Tony Grossi – Cleveland Plain Dealer Reporter

Why? Former Ravens owner Art Modell is long overdue for a Hall of Fame nod, but every year his bid is squashed.  Stories regarding Grossi’s lobbying to keep Modell out from moving the former Browns to Baltimore and dubbing them the Ravens.

Jim Irsay – Indianapolis Colts Owner

Why? Irsay might not be his father, but he does represent the Colts franchise.  And it was his father, Robert Irsay, that made the call to rob the city of Baltimore of their beloved Colts on a wintry night in 1984. The fact that Indy won a Super Bowl with the horseshoe logo rankles many local fans.

Terrell Owens – Free Agent Receiver

Why? In 2004, it was Owens that spurned the Ravens when he got an arbiter to void a trade that would have sent him from San Francisco to Baltimore, perhaps giving Kyle Boller the receiving threat that could have helped take his game to the next level. And, he mocked Ray Lewis by doing No. 52′s signature dance after a touchdown.

Chad Ochocinco – Cincinnati Bengals Receiver

Why? Some love his antics, but Ochocinco takes swipes at Ravens pride every year when he calls out members of the defense.  Last year, he said he was going to hit several Ravens in the mouth, but Lewis rectified that when he nearly decapitated him at M&T Bank Stadium.

Joshua Cribbs – Cleveland Browns Special Teamer

Why? By all accounts, Cribbs is a nice guy, but he hurts the Ravens on the field.  In the Browns’ overtime win in 2007, Cribbs totaled 245 return yards and 61 punt return yards in Week 11.  There’s something not to like.

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