According to several reports, as the Ravens were getting ready to take the field for what would ultimately end up being the game-winning touchdown drive, the scoreboards at Heinz field flashed side-by-side pictures of Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger, along with their stats through the game’s first 57-plus minutes.
No harm there. Ben had, indeed, outplayed his Baltimore rival to that point in bringing his team back from a 10-point deficit to take a 20-16 fourth quarter lead.
However, it was the choice of accompanying music that has people questioning whether or not the Steelers delivered a bit of a low blow to Joe.
Typically, before a big defensive stand, the song blaring through the loudspeakers at Heinz Field is “Renegade” by the band Styx.
A good song to be sure, but I honestly can’t understand how it pumps up a defense or a crowd. Whatever, the Pittsburgh defense is no joke so it obviously works for them.
Maybe they should have stuck with their go-to, instead of (possibly) trying to insult Flacco and the Ravens by playing “What’s Your Name” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, which includes the wink/nudge lyric “What’s your name, little girl, what’s your name?”
According to Kevin Van Valkenburg of the Baltimore Sun, John Harbaugh was none too happy about the choice of music:
It’s funny, but right before the final drive, the Steelers scoreboard flashed Ben Roethlisberger’s stats next to Flacco’s, and the PA started blasting Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “What’s Your Name.” The stadium roared. John Harbaugh, of all people, was livid about this. (The Ravens coach was so fired up in the locker room after the victory, he actually pulled me aside to explain this, unprompted.) Harbaugh said he thought the lyrics — namely, “Hey, little girl” — were intended to be a shot at his quarterback’s manhood, and that made his blood boil. That’s part of the reason he was so fired up when Flacco engineered the game-winning drive, so much so that he cut his chin jumping up and down and celebrating with players.
Joe, as always, was oblivious to anything going on outside of his (no) huddle.
Since Harbaugh was so juiced up about the way he felt Flacco had been disrespected, I asked Flacco whether he had any recollection of hearing the Skynyrd song or felt similar to the way his coach did.
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” he said, with a look of genuine confusion on his face. “They were playing a song?”
Who knows if there is any merit to this allegation or not? If any of you were at the game, please chime in. Did you feel like the song was a slap in the face to Joe?
Even if it was…meh. If questioning an opposing players manhood is what makes those Yinzers feel better about themselves, it says much more about them than it does about Joe. Who’s the girl now, Heinz Field DJ? The quarterback that has engineering final-minute game-winning drives in your house the past two seasons?
Now that I think about it, maybe “What’s your name, little girl?” isn’t the best thing to be playing with a picture of Ben Roethlisberger on the scoreboard anyway, hmmmm?
Sounds like something he’d say to a chick at a bar before dragging her into a bathroom.