You people have reached an all-time low now.
Seriously. I thought it was bad when a quarter of the stadium cheered after Kyle Boller suffered an in-game injury, but that’s nothing compared to what we’re currently going through with regard to Joe Flacco.
Last week – and I’m sure, even more again this coming week – a bunch of you either called the show or e-mailed me to talk about Joe Flacco’s contract situation. Somehow, as if you had been struck in the head by a two-by-four, you managed to exceed the stupidity-cap by saying stuff like this:
“Look, Flacco’s a good quarterback, but we can’t mortgage the franchise for him.”
“If Joe really wants to show what kind of teammate he is, he’ll take a little less money so the Ravens can keep some of their veterans like Kruger, Ellerbe and Cary Williams.”
“Anyone can win one Super Bowl. If Joe really wants that hundred million dollar contract, he has to do it one more time.”
All three of those calls came in to my show. Scanning the local radio dial last week, I heard a lot more of that nonsense – and then some, as folks who can’t come to grips with the fact that Flacco is a champion just decided to say dumb stuff and hope it passed as intelligence.
If you aren’t convinced that Joe Flacco is the real deal by now, you should literally sell your season tickets back to the Ravens and rake leaves on Sundays in the fall.
For starters, Flacco deserves every penny he can squeeze out of Ozzie Newsome. It doesn’t matter how much it is. If the quarterback is happy with the deal, it’s fair. Get it done – and pay the man.
Some folks are saying “he doesn’t deserve to be the highest paid quarterback in the league.” OK, well, then, how DOES he become the highest paid QB in the league if he’s not that guy right now? If he can’t earn the largest contract in the league after doing what he has done over the last five years, when CAN he earn it? Does everyone understand what’s going on here in Baltimore? After twelve years of employing stiffs at quarterback, the Ravens finally found their gem in 2008. All he’s done since then is win more games than any other guy at his position in the league. Three trips to the AFC title game, a Super Bowl title…
Somehow, there are nitwits in town who still think this guy Flacco doesn’t deserve to cash in.
I know we fancy ourselves an upscale, sophisticated sports community, but it’s times like these when I wonder how some of you find your way back and forth to work each day.
Joe Flacco just delivered the city a world football championship and, within days of doing so, you were already back to taking a shot at him or challenging him to “prove” how great he is by winning just one more championship.
I wish I represented Flacco. Not that Joe Linta isn’t doing a good job for him, but I’d go see Ozzie with a huge duffel bag and dump it out on his desk. You know what would be in there? I would have copied enough $100 bills to fill the bag up and then I would spread it out on Oz’s desk and say, “That’s what $150 million looks like in case you were wondering.” (Yeah, I know, a whole duffel bag of fake $100 bills probably wouldn’t equal $150 million but it’s all in the presentation.)
All the man has done since he showed up here in 2008 is WIN. That’s it. He’s started every game, won most of them, and guided his team through four post-season games in 2013 and won the world title last Sunday night.
A week later, and people are still putting the dude down.
It’s embarrassing, honestly.
And sad, too.
The only good news is that Flacco is going to be too busy to listen to talk radio, surf the web or read the newspaper.
You’d be busy, too, if you were counting that much money.