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Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark has been talking about the Ravens a lot this week.
On Tuesday, Clark questioned the validity of the Ravens/Steelers rivalry in an interview with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.
"People try to make this game between the Ravens and the Steelers as so much of a rivalry, a fight," Clark said according to Sports Radio Interviews. "You can say it’s a rivalry if you like, but I really truly feel that for a game to be a rivalry, it doesn’t have to just be physical. I think for something to be a rivalry, both teams have to win equally.
"I think just the hate between the fans doesn’t make a situation a rivalry. I think in college it does, but in the league teams have to win equally, and that really hasn’t been the case in our situation."
It’s actually closer than Clark realizes.
Since Clark joined the Steelers in 2006, his team has prevailed in seven of 12 meetings, while eight of those 12 games were decided by one touchdown or less.
The AFC North foes have split their regular-season matchups in that span, but the Steelers have the advantage of going 2-0 against the Ravens in the playoffs.
The players could be discussing the matter face-to-face soon. If the 2011 season contains a full 16-game schedule, the Ravens and Steelers will see each other at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 1.