Sunday, January 14, 2007

Purple pain perspective

Well, that was disappointing, not only for Ravens fans but for football watchers across the country who were looking forward to a colossal clash of titans. Or football watchers who like to see, you know, touchdowns.

It wasn't so much Spiderman vs. Superboy as it was Mr. Furious vs. The Shoveller (the Shoveller won).

A lot of people (especially Yankee fans) believe that a team's regular season success is rendered meaningless by a poor playoff performance. Maybe that's true if you start the season with high expectations. But no one picked the Ravens to have a winning season, much less win a team-record 13 games and the AFC North division. No one expected them to crush the Super Bowl Champions twice and neutralize star running backs like Larry Johnson or MVP LaDainian Tomlinson.

It's been a great year, largely thanks to quarterback Steve McNair, who made three last-minute comebacks to win games, and coach Brian Billick, who took over calling offensive plays mid-season. Without McNair and Billick the Ravens wouldn't have gotten anywhere near the playoffs, much less capture a team-high second seed.

They couldn't pull it off against the Colts. But for seventeen weeks we looked forward to Sundays. Not every team's fans can say that. Heck, we couldn't say that last year (though some of us stuck with them every minute of that godawful season). For seventeen weeks we had fun, and even the most dismal playoff loss can't take that experience away from us.

Yeah, I might be in denial. The numbness feels nice.



We Eagles fans commiserate with you. I heard some sports pundit say that IF the Eagles had won Saturday, they would heve won the Super Bowl. But THEY LOST! On the other hand, think of what devestation the Colt's win does to the family Thanksgiving dinner at the Peyton household this year. I can see Peyton (dumb name) lording it over Eli. Does that help?

Thought not.


Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/15/2007 8:28 AM

Oooops! I meant to say Manning household. That's what happens when you give your kids last names for first names.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/15/2007 9:26 AM

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