Steelers receiver Hines Ward likes to say that he's the most hated man in Baltimore. Most Baltimoreans would agree with that sentiment, though some bitter Orioles fans might argue he is a close second.
Ward has had his spats with the Ravens over the years, with Chris McAlister, Bart Scott and Terrell Suggs among his many enemies. We may soon add another name to that ever-expanding list: John Harbaugh.
"I don't think their head coach likes me," a grinning Ward recently told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I tried to shake his hand before we played them the last time. He gave me a fake handshake. He didn't even look at me. That's fine. Whatever."
Since Ward has beef with the coach, is there anyone on the Ravens whom he is cool with?
"Ray and I are OK. We have the same agent," Ward told the newspaper. "But the other guys? We're not so cool. Ed [Reed] and I have seen each other at the Pro Bowl and we didn't even speak."
"I don't know why they don't like me," added Ward. "I just play football."
Feel free to clue Ward in on some of the reasons in the comments section below.
Anyway, Ward is looking forward to Sunday night's showdown in Baltimore, a rivalry game with the AFC North lead, the inside track to home-field advantage and -- also important -- bragging rights at stake.
"It's not the Super Bowl, but it's going to have a playoff feel to it," Ward said. "The hitting will be the hardest in any game all year."
I can think of a few guys in purple who hope he is right about that last part.