Let’s face it, it has been a fantastic year for Baltimore sports. No matter how much you want to complain about Cam Cameron, the Orioles’ spending habits, or the Terps lack of QBs, 2012 has been kind to us. Though the list could be way longer than this, these are the 5 things I’m thankful for (Baltimore sports-related, of course) this Thanksgiving 2012:
5. Dan Duquette
Nate McLouth, Miguel Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen, Steve Johnson, Manny Machado, Joe Saunders: What other man could could turn these relative unknowns into impact players? When some may give the credit for the Orioles’ season to Buck, I’d like to thank Duquette for what he’s done. Why yes, when we hired him I had no idea who he was. But, I’m so glad we did. I’m grateful for what Duquette has finally brought to our city: a winning baseball team.
4. Joe Flacco
I don’t care if the analysts don’t think that Joe is “elite”, I love watching that man play Quarterback (growing up watching Kyle Boller can do that to you). Sure, he’s struggling on the road, but we could have worse. In a year where i’ve seen supposedly “elite” players in the making struggle (i.e. Newton and Stafford), I’m happy to see Joe play the way he is. And in a year where QB controversy has been all the rage (Tebow vs. Sanchez, Kaepernick vs. Smith), I’m grateful that Joe is our Quarterback.
3. Torrey Smith
Honestly, I don’t think there has been a better (character-wise) Raven than Torrey. The man is humble, quiet, and let’s his playing do the talking. And if your heart didn’t sink as you watched him playing after the death of his brother, check your pulse. Not to mention, he’s one hell of a wide receiver. Quick, strong, good hands, amazing dreads. The guy’s really got it all. I’m grateful that I get to watch him catch bombs every Sunday.
2. Buck Showalter
The man, the myth, the legend. But really, need I say anything about him? He’s the man responsible for taking the Orioles out of the cave of the AL East and putting them right at the top, and for a fraction of the price. I don’t think there would be any other person I’d be happier with than Buck. He was able to take a once hideous team, and in basically no time, place them atop of a tough division. I don’t care care if he’s not the AL Manager of the Year, all Orioles fans should be grateful for Buck.
1. Art Modell
We lost a legend in 2012. Art Modell singlehandedly filled a void in everyone’s hearts as he brought the Ravens to Baltimore in 1996. I don’t think we will ever be able to thank Art Modell enough for brining a newfound passion into the lives of Baltimore sports fan. He is the man responsible for introducing the team we all know and love to us, and not to mention a nice shiny Lombardi trophy. Baltimore sports fans should be eternally grateful to Art Modell.