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Discipline of Steel
01-20-2009, 12:27 PM
I think Ryan Clark has delivered this message loud and clear and is emerging as the new Ronnie Lott. Be assured that the rest of the NFL has taken notice. This of course has nothing to do with Troy getting his hands on half the passes thrown in there as well.

Iron Shiek
01-20-2009, 12:29 PM
I mentioned in another thread that he needs a nickname...I'm sure the players already gave him one, but I don't know what it is. He needs to be the Missile or something destructive...

ikestops85
01-20-2009, 12:33 PM
I mentioned in another thread that he needs a nickname...I'm sure the players already gave him one, but I don't know what it is. He needs to be the Missile or something destructive...

How about

"WIDOWMAKER"

Discipline of Steel
01-20-2009, 12:34 PM
Ryan 'The Hammer' Clark

or Ham for short

BradshawsHairdresser
01-20-2009, 12:37 PM
Clark has delivered a couple of punishing hits this season, but the "new Ronnie Lott"?
I haven't laughed that hard for a couple of days!

proudpittsburgher
01-20-2009, 12:46 PM
Clark has delivered a couple of punishing hits this season, but the "new Ronnie Lott"?
I haven't laughed that hard for a couple of days!
I certainly don't think he was making the comparison on the body of work, rather the style of play.

Oviedo
01-20-2009, 12:47 PM
"Ryan the Rocket"

"Ryan Ramjet"

"Ryan the Rejecter"

"Ryan the Rammer"

"Reaming Ryan"

"Ramrod Ryan"

"Ryan the Ripper"

Mel Blount's G
01-20-2009, 01:02 PM
Ryan 'The Hammer' Clark
Already taken by Ken Hamlin though he hasn't done anything to keep it since he was jumped and his melon was split open several years ago


Damn straight about the 'don't come over the middle' message.

I kinda like Ryan "Kamikazi" Clark since he often sacrifices his own body.

RuthlessBurgher
01-20-2009, 01:12 PM
Ryan "I lost my spleen so now I'm taking yours" Clark :twisted:

Oviedo
01-20-2009, 01:14 PM
Ryan "I lost my spleen so now I'm taking yours" Clark :twisted:

Would that make him the "Spleeninator"

Discipline of Steel
01-20-2009, 01:22 PM
[quote="Discipline of Steel":3v61qgtn]Ryan 'The Hammer' Clark
Already taken by Ken Hamlin though he hasn't done anything to keep it since he was jumped and his melon was split open several years ago


Damn straight about the 'don't come over the middle' message.

I kinda like Ryan "Kamikazi" Clark since he often sacrifices his own body.[/quote:3v61qgtn]

Yeah, bad things happen in there.

'Kamikazi' is awesome! Just as long as it doesnt go to his head and he starts wearing a rising sun headband.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
01-20-2009, 01:39 PM
Ryan "Cruise" Clark - like in "Cruise Missile".

Like I said in another thread, that nickname might not work so well for Gay.

MeetJoeGreene
01-20-2009, 01:45 PM
How about the Clark Bar???

... no.. that sounds gay.

nevermind.


But seriously..... I would hope this gets Mr. Bolding and Mr. Fitz thinking and hearing footsteps and having and alligator arm attack or two.

flippy
01-20-2009, 02:36 PM
I'd rather get hit by Clark across the middle than Farrior or Timmons.

Bottom line, we've got killers in the middle of our defense.

proudpittsburgher
01-20-2009, 02:43 PM
Ryan "I lost my spleen so now I'm taking yours" Clark :twisted:


:Bow :Bow :Bow We have a winner! :Bow :Bow :Bow

AngryAsian
01-20-2009, 02:48 PM
How about "The Lobotomy"

Ryan Clark... "Where brain cells go to die."

Djfan
01-20-2009, 02:56 PM
How about "The Lobotomy"

Ryan Clark... "Where brain cells go to die."

Great!

Iron Shiek
01-20-2009, 03:07 PM
How about "The Lobotomy"

Ryan Clark... "Where brain cells go to die."

Great!
:Agree
That is outstanding.

The NFL just announced that the hit Ryan Clark layed on McGahee was not illegal (as was evident) and he will not be fined. Cue all the crybaby b*tches whining (yes you, Ratbirds fans).

Mel Blount's G
01-20-2009, 03:25 PM
How about "The Lobotomy"

Ryan Clark... "Where brain cells go to die."

Great!
:Agree
That is outstanding.

The NFL just announced that the hit Ryan Clark layed on McGahee was not illegal (as was evident) and he will not be fined. Cue all the crybaby b*tches whining (yes you, Ratbirds fans).
:roll: :roll: :roll: Like we really needed the NFL to tell us that. :roll: :roll: :roll:


Good Lord I hope Goodell does not (continue to) ruin this league

Iron Shiek
01-20-2009, 03:31 PM
[quote=ASIAN]How about "The Lobotomy"

Ryan Clark... "Where brain cells go to die."

Great!
:Agree
That is outstanding.

The NFL just announced that the hit Ryan Clark layed on McGahee was not illegal (as was evident) and he will not be fined. Cue all the crybaby b*tches whining (yes you, Ratbirds fans).
:roll: :roll: :roll: Like we really needed the NFL to tell us that. :roll: :roll: :roll:


Good Lord I hope Goodell does not (continue to) ruin this league[/quote:3106ke7d]

Ha. No kidding. They had to formally announce that a freakin plain tackle was legal. WTF!?

Solomon Wilcotts on NFL Radio put it best: You watch it enough times in slow mo and you can trick yourself into thinking it was illegal, but watch in full speed and it looks fine and people who think it was illegal have never played football. Or something to that affect.

brothervad
01-20-2009, 03:40 PM
And to think there were some on here (well not here the Trib)...that felt Ryan Clark was only keeping the position warm until Anthony Smith got his bones...

I have to say I think Ryan Clark is what we hoped Anthony Smith would be ... only with a brain...

just sayin

:wink:

brothervad

Djfan
01-20-2009, 03:44 PM
And to think there were some on here (well not here the Trib)...that felt Ryan Clark was only keeping the position warm until Anthony Smith got his bones...

I have to say I think Ryan Clark is what we hoped Anthony Smith would be ... only with a brain...

just sayin

:wink:

brothervad

$$

RuthlessBurgher
01-20-2009, 05:24 PM
How about "The Lobotomy"

Ryan Clark... "Where brain cells go to die."

I think you got your safeties mixed up.

It seems to me that Anthony "Lobotomy" Smith is where brain cells go to die. :wink:

ANPSTEEL
01-20-2009, 06:31 PM
And to think there were some on here (well not here the Trib)...that felt Ryan Clark was only keeping the position warm until Anthony Smith got his bones...

I have to say I think Ryan Clark is what we hoped Anthony Smith would be ... only with a brain...

just sayin

:wink:

brothervad

I can not express how satisfying it is to see Clark's performance - in comparison to what the team went through w/o him, last season -

but

I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for AS...

"Kill Switch" would have more INTs, but be beaten for more TDs as well.

Plus- I think we all recognize- he really should be playing SS.

AngryAsian
01-20-2009, 06:39 PM
How about "The Lobotomy"

Ryan Clark... "Where brain cells go to die."

I think you got your safeties mixed up.

It seems to me that Anthony "Lobotomy" Smith is where brain cells go to die. :wink:


I'm not mixed up... you have your tenses mixed up.

Anthony Smith = Brain Cells are dead.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
01-20-2009, 06:57 PM
How about "The Lobotomy"

Ryan Clark... "Where brain cells go to die."

I think you got your safeties mixed up.

It seems to me that Anthony "Lobotomy" Smith is where brain cells go to die. :wink:


I'm not mixed up... you have your tenses mixed up.

Anthony Smith = Brain Cells are dead.

ARE YOU CALLING ME TENSE? ARE YOU?? :wink:

ramblinjim
01-20-2009, 07:16 PM
Ryan "I lost my spleen so now I'm taking yours" Clark :twisted:

Would that make him the "Spleeninator"


Spleeninator has my vote!

RuthlessBurgher
01-20-2009, 08:12 PM
I'm just glad for Clark's sake that no Super Bowl will ever be played in Denver.

hellbanger
01-20-2009, 09:31 PM
i kind of like Ryan "headHunter" Clark.

he hits like hes trying to explode the ball carrier! man I Love it! I had this Douchebag at work say " i dont know if i like the way the steelers play, theyre trying to hurt each other"
no it wasnt a woman but a grown assed man. i just laughed and said "thats why were goin to the SUPERBOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" were too tough for anyone to go toe to toe with. thats why we win!"

GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jooser
01-20-2009, 10:07 PM
How about SCUD

S udden
C ollision
U r
D ead

or

S teelers'
C lark
U shers
D eath

any ideas?
Dude definitely needs a nickname.


I posted this on another thread about this a day or so ago, so I'll resubmit for your consideration.

-Joos

stlrz d
01-20-2009, 10:38 PM
i kind of like Ryan "headHunter" Clark.

he hits like hes trying to explode the ball carrier! man I Love it! I had this Douchebag at work say " i dont know if i like the way the steelers play, theyre trying to hurt each other"
no it wasnt a woman but a grown assed man. i just laughed and said "thats why were goin to the SUPERBOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" were too tough for anyone to go toe to toe with. thats why we win!"

GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't. People are already writing stories about his hit. The last thing we need is people to start calling him headhunter.

Wolfhound45
01-20-2009, 11:19 PM
Ryan "Avoid the Middleman" Clark

:Steel

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/01U1cgr1w6bFV/610x.jpg

RuthlessBurgher
01-20-2009, 11:34 PM
Ryan "Avoid the Middleman" Clark

:Steel

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/01U1cgr1w6bFV/610x.jpg

Nice. :D

NorthCoast
01-20-2009, 11:50 PM
And to think there were some on here (well not here the Trib)...that felt Ryan Clark was only keeping the position warm until Anthony Smith got his bones...

I have to say I think Ryan Clark is what we hoped Anthony Smith would be ... only with a brain...

just sayin

:wink:

brothervad

I think Smith is done with the Steelers. LeBeau needs smart players to run this defense, and it seems Smith already lost too many brain cells before he even got on the field.

Honestly, I would have given the game ball to Clark. No offense to Troy, but Clarks hit set the tone for the rest of the game. He basically told the Ravens offense, 'we're here to play 60 minutes of football, not 50'. I remember a couple of years back when they were interviewing a Steeler opponent and they said something like 'you always know when you've played the Steelers, your body takes an two extra days to recover.'

steelercorp
01-21-2009, 03:06 AM
I had a few thoughts like

Ryan "Atomic Collider" Clark - Breakin you off a particle at a time

Ryan "Regime Corrector" Clark - who's the king now biatch

Ryan "The Nightmare" Clark -see ya in your dreams....screaming
and
Ryan "Wreaking Ball" Clark - when someone needs to be brought down hard

Djfan
01-21-2009, 03:09 AM
Lobotomy just works. Picture this:

"They sent Fitz across the middle, but he got a lobotomy!"

It just works.

AngryAsian
01-21-2009, 03:17 AM
Lobotomy just works. Picture this:

"They sent Fitz across the middle, but he got a lobotomy!"

It just works.


I concur.....

Ryan "The Lobotomy" Clark.... I don't know how PC it is, especially with all the hate on our team.... but I like.

Djfan
01-21-2009, 03:20 AM
Lobotomy just works. Picture this:

"They sent Fitz across the middle, but he got a lobotomy!"

It just works.


I concur.....

Ryan "The Lobotomy" Clark.... I don't know how PC it is, especially with all the hate on our team.... but I like.

Screw PC! This is OUR family!

RuthlessBurgher
01-21-2009, 10:35 AM
Lobotomy just works. Picture this:

"They sent Fitz across the middle, but he got a lobotomy!"

It just works.


I concur.....

Ryan "The Lobotomy" Clark.... I don't know how PC it is, especially with all the hate on our team.... but I like.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy from a Ryan Clark slobberknocker.

Wolfhound45
01-22-2009, 09:39 PM
Clark's devastating hit on McGahee captures spirit of brute-force rivals
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/w ... index.html (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/tim_layden/01/19/ravens.steelers.insider/index.html)


PITTSBURGH -- Sometimes a single play defines a game, a season, a team. Late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's brutal match to decide the AFC's Super Bowl representative, Steelers free safety Ryan Clark saw the Ravens line up in a formation that he had seen before. Just less than four minutes remained in the game and the Steelers had taken a 23-14 lead on Troy Polamalu's 40-yard interception return.

Now the Ravens, desperate, faced 2nd-and-6 on their own 27. Tight end Todd Heap broke the huddle and lined up just outside the right offensive tackle, with tailback Willis McGahee in the backfield. As rookie quarterback Joe Flacco called signals, Heap and McGahee traded positions. The light bulb went on inside Clark's black helmet. "The Chargers did that last week with Darren Sproles and completed a pass right up the middle. I was thinking they might try to throw it to McGahee.''

The game had been a contest of inefficiencies, of fierce opponents who know and dislike each other all too well and struggle to perform effectively. A contest -- like all of their games -- that would be decided by isolated bursts of performance and execution, peppered with violence at a level even higher than the NFL norm. As the play unfolded, Steelers linebacker Larry Foote watched from the sideline, off the field in a situational defensive switch. He watched McGahee loop out of the backfield into open space, and he watched Flacco deliver a touch pass on McGahee's fingertips.

"A dangerous play,'' Foote recalled after the game. "A lot of open field and lot of defensive players watching the ball.''

Clark was closest. At 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, Clark is a prototypical modern Cover Two free safety, a human missile whose frequent assignment is to launch himself from the hashmarks at receivers right after the ball contacts their hands, discouraging them from catching it the next time. He ran at McGahee and exploded with his right shoulder into the front and left side of McGahee's helmet, drilling him backward into the worn earth of Heinz Field. The ball dropped out and was recovered by Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

Clark fell backward, stunned. He was later told he had been knocked cold. (On the bench, doctors gave him three words to remember: Ball, Car, Maroon; he took pride in reciting them 40 minutes later in the locker room). Ten minutes after the hit, McGahee was driven from the field in a medical flatbed cart, with movement in his upper and lower extremities, but neck pain.

It can be misleading to reduce a championship football game to a single play, whether that play is a touchdown, a turnover or a concussive hit. Yet the Steelers and the Ravens have a rivalry that tests the bounds of normal analysis. Pittsburgh finished off its 23-14 win (Recap | Box) not long after McGahee was driven into the tunnels beneath the stands at Heinz, and they will play now in their seventh Super Bowl. But surely that game will be nothing like this one, or the previous two bloodbaths played this year against the Ravens.

"Two physical teams that don't like each other,'' said Foote. "You go into a game like this knowing that our offense isn't going to score 30 points because they've got a good defense. Not as good as ours, but good. So you know the game is going to come down to a few plays.''

Ravens linebacker Bart Scott, a man who craves contact like food at dinnertime, slowly pulled on clothes in the losing locker room and said, "It's always physical. Every game.''

Clark's hit on McGahee was the biggest of the night, but not by a wide margin. With one minute left in the first half and the Steelers trying to extend a 13-7 lead, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a perfect ball down the right sideline to Limas Sweed, who dropped the pass, wide open inside the Baltimore 10-yard-line. Two plays later, aided by a roughing the kicker call, Roethlisberger completed a sideline pass to tight end Heath Miller, who turned upfield, pursued by Ravens cornerback Corey Ivy. Sweed, back on the field and getting snaps because of a knee injury suffered by Hines Ward, reeled back up field on Ivy and leveled him with a shoulder to his facemask.

"You could tell there was a little emotion in that hit,'' said Steelers linebacker James Farrior.

"Well, I was pissed, I won't lie about that,'' said Sweed.

The margin between these rivals is almost immeasurably small. Their Dec. 14 game, a 13-9 Steelers' victory, was decided by a Ravens' non-touchdown pass that is still being debated after countless replays from every imaginable angle. That came almost two months after the Steelers won in overtime, 23-20.

When teams are so close and so emotional, games turn not on prolonged work, but on moments of brilliance or failure.

The contrasting play of quarterbacks Roethlisberger and Flacco is a microcosm of the rivalry.

Roethlisberger's work is not always easily judged. (Although on Sunday he passed for 255 yards, which is like 400 in a normal game). He is brilliant athlete, but almost never artistic. The Ravens attacked him often enough to sack him four times, knock him down on several other occasions and leave him with a sore back that had backup Byron Leftwich warming up in the second quarter. Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan also tried to change up by dropping as many as eight defenders on other plays.

On the second play of the second quarter, with the Steelers facing 3rd-and-9 from their own 35, Roethlisberger was pressured inside by the Ravens' pass rush. He drifted left away from the pressure, ran back to the right and toward the line of scrimmage and threw into the deep right flat off his back foot. It looked like a prayer, but Santonio Holmes came down with the ball and then worked across the width of the field to complete a 65-yard touchdown. "I felt like Ben was throwing it away,'' Holmes would say after the game.

Flacco, meanwhile, completed only 13 of 30 passes for 141 yards and threw three interceptions. In the fourth quarter, while trailing just 16-14 and trying to mount a game-winning drive, he was picked by Polamalu, who -- much like Clark would do later -- was lying in wait for Flacco's pass to Derrick Mason. When Polamalu reached the end zone, the game was effectively finished.

But Clark's hit was the valedictory, a blow that surely reverberated across the continent to Arizona. A farewell to the Ravens. A symbol of what awaits the Cardinals.

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/si/2009/writers/tim_layden/01/19/ravens.steelers.insider/T1_0118_clark.jpg

Djfan
01-22-2009, 11:38 PM
What awaits the Cardinals.

May it be so.