The new faces of Steelers vs Ravens

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The Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) and the Baltimore Ravens (0-1) do not get along. It’s not a new hatred. Before a playoff showdown in 2001, then–Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa joked that Baltimore fans should follow any Pittsburghers visiting M&T Bank Stadium into the bathroom and “take care of business.” When Todd Heap hobbled, too hurt to stand, to the line of scrimmage during a 2004 meeting, Steelers linebacker Joey Porter pushed him to the ground the second the Ravens hiked the ball, literally adding insult to injury.

As the Ravens moved from Cleveland to Baltimore in 1996, they brought a longstanding rivalry for the Steelers with them. Heavy hitters like Siragusa and Porter made sure the other sideline felt their hate — sometimes with a helmet and other times with a microphone. When the 2014 chapter opens Thursday in Baltimore, though, these new stars will take the reins of the rivalry.

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David Cutcliffe Reimagined Duke Football

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“We’re going to learn from it, we’ll see some great things, but it’s going to be a great opportunity for us to get better as a team,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said with his smooth, Alabama drawl, one so befitting of a football coach that it seems like he was born for the profession.

His Blue Devils had just won, 52-13, in a romp against an overmatched Elon team that saw star quarterback Anthony Boone throw four touchdown passes and wideout Jamison Crowder pull in seven receptions. But there were no high-fives or hype, because Cutcliffe still had his eyes on improvement.

The Duke coach made major strides in turning the program around in 2012 and 2013, leading the perennial losers to consecutive bowl games for the first time. On the heels of the winningest season in the program’s 92-year history, one filled with winless campaigns and last-place finishes, Cutcliffe looks to continue to change the culture in Durham, N.C.

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