#WNSTSweet16 list — Who broke our hearts in Baltimore?

February 11, 2014 | Drew Forrester

#WNSTSweet16 list — Who broke our hearts in Baltimore?

At #7…it’s Lee Evans. There’s no telling how Billy Cundiff’s tenure in Baltimore would have changed had Evans held on to the ball just three tenths of a second longer in the end zone two plays before the Cundiff miss.  Evans had a Super Bowl trip in his hands but had the ball stripped away just a blink of an eye before his second foot would have been down long enough for the play to constitute a catch and a touchdown.  Yes, the Patriots would have had somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty seconds to “work their magic” had Evans maintained control and scored a touchdown, so it’s not 100% fair to say “if Evans catches that ball the Ravens are going to the Super Bowl”, but it would have taken a miracle for New England to pull off that feat.  As it stands, the one thing we know for sure is this:  If Lee Evans holds on to that ball, Billy Cundiff doesn’t miss from 32 yards two plays later.

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  1. BmoreB Says:

    Drew.. it was Jacksonville not St Louis.

    #1 Is a no brainer but I put the Lee Evans drop at #2. That was a heart breaker of a night after that game. I just couldn’t imagine the Ravens getting back to that same position the following year. But as they say, what a difference a year makes. (DF: Right you are. Thanks. That was a 5:00 am brain fart.)

  2. OVER40DON Says:

    Right on with Lee Evans and what about Boldin’s drop against Pittsburgh the year before. Drew, it was Earl Morrall that lost against the Jets NOT Namath beating us! And How could you possibly leave out the “69 and :79 Pirates? Just one man’s opine

  3. lakerboy Says:

    Good list Drew, but I might add a couple of other owners into the mix. For Baltimore pro basketball fans a nominee would be Abe Pollin. I think Pollin could best be described as a kind of a Bob Irsay “light”. He was a nice man, unlike Irsay, who saw no future for his basketball team playing at the antiquated Civic Center. Even the most ardent Baltimore fan couldn’t blame him for that analysis.
    The other owner that breaks our heart every spring is the Asbestos King, Peter G. Angelos. The man of short arms and deep pockets. It’s pathetic that the franchise has been so close to really winning, but the front office and ownership are unwilling to “step up” to take the team to the next level.
    Those are my two additional nominees. Do you feel they are worthy, lol?

  4. unitastoberry Says:

    Some Pirates and Mets players should be in there not the horses.

  5. OVER40DON Says:

    OOPS ’69 WAS THE METS! AND GUESS IT WAS THE ’71 PIRATES.

  6. Ruben Says:

    The Terps in the 2001 Final Four choking away a huge lead to Duke?

  7. BudIce05 Says:

    Len Elmore and Tom McMillen already graduate in ’74 before Moses was suppose to go to the University of Maryland-DC. (DF: Right you are. Another brain fart on my part. Thanks for picking that up.)

  8. Kerry Says:

    Drew,

    How about the Jan 2007 Playoff game against the Colts? The Ravens had their best regular season with a great defense and a decent offense. The city was crazy leading up to the game. The Colts had to sneak BACK into town. And then the Ravens laid an egg. On top of that, the Colts went on to win the Super Bowl.

  9. Davy in Parkville Says:

    It painful to listen to all of those clips again this morning and relive the heartbreak, but I couldn’t stop listening! Great job with the list although you definitely should have included the ’79 World Series. I was 10 years old and that was the first time I ever cried over a sporting event! (DF: Yeah, I completely whiffed on the ’79 World Series. I had it on the list, took it off, and it somehow disappeared into the abyss.)

  10. Rich Says:

    Hey, Davy. I, too was 10 and I cried for 3 days after the 79 WS. STILL not over it, but not still crying.

  11. Ken Says:

    How about Peter Angelos buying the Orioles? It seemed like a good thing at the time but who knew that decades of misery were about to happen. If only that other guy DeWitt had bought the team maybe we’d be celebrating 4 WS appearances (and 2 championships) since 2004.

  12. Dan Says:

    The real “National Football League” Baltimore Colts will live on forever in the annals of football History and in the hearts and minds of those who witnessed them and their offspring . The “American Conference” Irsay Colts , that played in Baltimore for a short time ( and won nothing ) was soon forgotten .

  13. Chuck Says:

    Drew,

    No mention of Jeffrey Maier? Your list has no credibility without this one. (DF: Yep, no mention of Jeffrey Maier. I’ll remind you of that saying from a famous philosopher who once said; ‘Anyone who ever uses the phrase “you have no credibility” is a person with no credibility.” Whatever that means.)

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