We debut our #WNSTSweet16 list with the Greatest Local Sports debuts

January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

4. First game/rookie season for Ravens QB Joe Flacco and Head Coach John Harbaugh (September 7, 2008)

Little was expected from the Ravens after a 5-11 campaign in 2007 that lead to the firing of former Super Bowl winning head coach Brian Billick. The Ravens selected Flacco in the first round out of the University of Delaware and most fans and analysts believed the team was headed towards a “rebuilding” year in the first year for quarterback and head coach. Things obviously did not go as expected, the Ravens went 11-5 and made their first trip to the AFC Championship Game since the 2000 season. It all started with a tough win over their AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals-including a fun TD run from Flacco.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Doug in Ellicott City Says:

    Fun list…interesting insight. Greatest debut in Baltimore history has to be Frank Robinson in 1966. Joe Altobelli didn’t do so bad, either. Two other Orioles debut seasons that come to mind are Mighty Mike Young (’84 & ’85?) and Jim Traber in the summer of ’86.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    I was at many of those events and I was lucky to be born here in 1958 and grow up with the Orioles and Colts in their prime. I have to totally agree with Frank being number one.
    I was a Jr Oriole in 66 attending many games with my late father. Frank turned this town on its ear and provided baseball with a season for the ages. His 6 years here was the Oriole way!

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