Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Derrick Mason calls Joe Flacco the Ravens' Michael Jordan

In what's getting to be a familiar exercise this offseason, veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason stuck up for quarterback Joe Flacco.

In the wake of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley predicting the Ravens will never get to the Super Bowl with Flacco under center, Mason defended Flacco with a touch of hyperbole.

"Flacco is our Jordan," Mason told ESPN. "He's our Michael Jordan."

A big basketball fan from Detroit, Mason compared the Ravens-Steelers rivalry to the battles between the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons. The Bulls won six NBA titles after initially struggling to combat the Pistons' bullying brand of basketball.

"They've had our number for the last couple years," Mason said of the Steelers. "I equate it to the Chicago Bulls, they couldn't beat the Pistons, and then they finally beat the Pistons."

What's with all the trash talking in the offseason during a lockout?

"You can talk all you want during the offseason," Mason said. "No one plays the game, no one hits, during the offseason."

True, indeed.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times

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