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You stay classy, Ellerbe

Call me a hater if you want, but Dannell Ellerbe's touchdown celebration a minute ago was classless and embarrassing for the Ravens. I mean, it would be bad enough if it happened in a regular season game. But in the preseason? Really, Dannell?

In case you missed it, Ellerbe intercepted a pass at the Ravens' 43-yard line -- kudos to Cary Williams for deflecting Keith Null's pass into the inside linebacker's belly -- and had a clear lane to the end zone. Ellerbe started showboating as he crossed midfield, holding the ball out ahead of him with one hand.

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He stopped at the 1-yard line and slowly extended the ball with one hand across the goal line as a Rams defender tried to prevent a score. (If you've seen "The Mighty Ducks," it was a "too slow, big boy" moment.) It was not easy to watch, and the 734 Rams fans on hand booed as lustily as they could.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh ran down the sideline to chew out Ellerbe, grabbing him by the jersey and giving him an earful for about 10 seconds. Totally understandable. I'm all for having a good time out on the football field -- I always say that sports are supposed to be fun -- but you don't blatantly show up another team like that, especially not in a meaningless exhibition.

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I like Ellerbe as a player, but c'mon, man, you're better than that.

Update: Harbaugh had this to say about Ellerbe's play when WBAL's Stan White tracked him down at the half: "I like the play, but it's classless, and that's not how we're going to play."

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