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Why the Ravens don't mind hearing a Steelers anthem during practice

The Ravens defense held the Miami Dolphins to 120 yards and only 12 yards in the second half. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)

The Styx song "Renegade" has become as synonymous with the Pittsburgh Steelers as their Terrible Towels. The Steelers usually play the 1979 hit in the second half, along with an accompanying video compilation of defensive plays, to hype up fans and players at Heinz Field.

So the Ravens' decision to put on the song during a portion of Sunday morning's practice seemed like an odd choice. After all, the airing of the Baha Men's "Who Let the Dogs Out" — which the Cleveland Browns play in honor of their Dawg Pound fan section — during an open practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Aug. 12 compelled coach John Harbaugh to remark how much he hates that tune.

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Wide receiver Mike Wallace perhaps can most identify with "Renegade," having spent the first four seasons of his nine-year career in Pittsburgh. But Wallace, who is entering his second season with the Ravens, said the song is just as likely to motivate opponents as it is the Steelers.

"I love that song, honestly," Wallace said after practice. "Everybody loves it. I think our team loves it. I don't think it really works for [the Steelers] as well anymore, because everybody likes the song. I think other teams like the song. I think everybody gets hyped. At first, it kind of caught people off guard, and it was like, 'All right, this is an advantage.' But I don't think it is an advantage for them anymore because whatever team goes to play there, they like the song. They get hyped as well. It gets everybody hyped, so it just makes the game better. I do not think it gives them an advantage on their side."

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Unlike the Baha Men song, Harbaugh said he enjoys "Renegade."

"It's a good song," he said. "Styx is a fine group. I've always loved them. It might be their best song."

The Ravens will hear the song Dec. 10 when they visit Pittsburgh, their second of two meetings this season.

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