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Steve Smith: Ravens are bullies who will steal your applesauce and … spork? (video)


There’s rarely a dull moment in a Steve Smith interview. The bombastic Baltimore Ravens wide receiver is an opinionated, sometimes controversial — and sometimes hilarious — quote machine who rarely disappoints once he gets on a roll.

Since his days carving out a Hall of Fame-worthy career with the Carolina Panthers, Smith often has found himself the subject of scrutiny, for his antics as well as his mouth. And it certainly looks like he plans to continue to bolster his reputation as a player who refuses to back down from anyone, a fiery competitor with an even fierier penchant for smack talk and bold statements.

Sure, he can play the role of nice guy, which he is more than capable of demonstrating from time to time, but at his very core, as a football player, he’s a very, very bad man.

That’s part of the reason why Smith appears to be really enjoying his new home in Baltimore. Apparently, his teammates are a like-minded bunch, who share his affinity for intimidation.

In fact, Smith, in a recent interview with Comcast SportsNet, likened the Ravens to a bunch of bullies, providing an illustrative anecdote explaining how Ravens are a bunch of guys who prey on the weak. He expanded upon that imagery by intimating that if football games were played in the schoolyard instead of billion-dollar stadiums, Ravens players would steal opponents’ lunches after whooping their butt on the gridiron.

“When I look in the defensive meeting room and I see ‘Play Like a Raven, Baltimore Ravens, We Build Bullies,’ that’s what I’m talking about,” Smith tells Brian Mitchell. “When I think of a Baltimore Raven — and I’m a Baltimore Raven – what I think of is we go in there, we take your lunch box, we take your sandwich, we take your juice box, we take your applesauce, and we take your spork and we break it. And we leave you with an empty lunch.

“That’s the Baltimore Raven way, that’s the bully way, and that’s football.”

What? No swirlies? No atomic wedgies? Come on, Smith.

And did Smith mention a spork? Why would someone need a spork for applesauce? A simple spoon would do the trick. Nothing else in the victim’s lunch box — if they managed to keep possession of it after getting roughed up by the Ravens bully — requires a spork.

Further, what’s the difference if the Ravens player bully breaks the spork? They already took all the food, what good is the spork going to do?

All spork-related ruminations aside, Smith’s point seems to be that the Ravens have been known for years for playing hard and aggressive — just the way a bully would play the game — and intend to continue to do so.

With that in mind, it seems that Smith is going to fit right in.

[H/T D.C. Sports Bog]