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Steve Smith gets into it with Kenny Vaccaro, delivers money quote after win (vids)

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In a development that should surprise no one, Steve Smith mixed it up with an opponent during a game and then delivered a fantastic quote about the dust-up following it.

The fiery Baltimore Ravens wide receiver, no stranger to confrontations, shoving matches and epically brilliant trash talk, delivered a trifecta of quintessential Smithian antics during the team’s 34-27 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

After Smith and Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro got tangled up on the sideline during the third quarter, things escalated quickly, with Smith ripping off Vaccaro’s helmet. The tussle was then on, a mini-brawl that spilled into the Saints bench (via FanSided):

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the glorified grappling match was that despite the fact he appeared to be the instigator, Smith was not flagged on the play. Vaccaro instead received the 15-yard personal foul penalty.

Saints head coach Sean Payton was clearly unhappy with the outcome, but did somewhat rip the call without saying so outright.

“That was a critical call,” Payton said, via NOLA.com. “I won’t get into that.”

When Smith explained what occurred between himself and Vacarro, it seemed that he believed the Saints safety was responsible for things getting out of hand.

“He tried to tackle me and I gave him a stiff arm to the ground,” Smith, who had 4 catches for 89 yards and a touchdown in the victory, insisted. “He threw a punch and I kind of went after him after that.”

And as he is wont to do, Smith unleashed a great line about the fracas that illustrated that in some ways, there always is a method to his madness.

“I made a pact with myself that I’d look in the eyes of all my victims before taking their lunch money,” Smith told ESPN after the game.

Game. Set. Match. Smith wins again. Not only by delivering a fantastic quote but also for referencing a similarly excellent commentary he made earlier this season when he characterized the Ravens as bullies who will steal an opponent’s lunch money. Brilliant stuff.

(photo credit: David Grunfeld, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune)