Sunday, September 17, 2006

Ravens 28, Raiders 6

Pinch me, I'm dreaming.

No, on second thought, I don't want to wake up from this one. Ravens have scored 55 points in two games. It took them six weeks to score that many points last season. The dastardly Raiders gave up 6 turnovers, something they haven't done since 1989 (I love stats like that).

They even got a safety. I love when refs signal a safety--they look like they're about to do a belly dance.

But what excited me the most--besides the triumphant return of Ray Lewis and the dogged heroism of a 300-pound defensive lineman sprinting more than half the field for the second straight week--was the rookie punter, Sam Koch (rhymes with 'book,' not 'crotch').

Koch kicked it long when they needed it long, and inside the 10 when they needed it short. The boy made punting a thing of beauty, and that's no easy feat. But it's impossible to take a photo of a punt, so I can't reveal his glory. Punters are sort of the football equivalent to a rock band's bass player. I always wanted to play bass.

Football is my only hobby, the only thing that has nothing whatsoever to do with writing (even though they're the 'Ravens' and I wrote a book called Eyes of Crow). I decided last year that I needed something in my life that I do for pure, meaningless enjoyment, just for myself. It's my weekly mental vacation.

And this year, it's not grounds for depression. But even if it were, I'd still watch, because that's what it means to be a fan. And since I stayed for every last humiliating, frustrating, and occasionally infuriating play last season, I figure I deserve a little happiness this year.

Next week, Cleveland.

P.S.: I know the colored text looks hideous, but just be glad I don't turn the whole site purple every Sunday.


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