Around the Horn

December 29, 2011 | Paul Hoke

Here we are, Thursday, December 29, 2011.  Three days before the New Year, and three days before the Baltimore Ravens play there most important regular season game in a long time.  It’s also the most important offseason for the Baltimore Orioles in 14 years.  The problem is, is that someone forgot to tell that to the Orioles and new GM Dan Duquette.  It appears it’s still business as usual for our orange Birds, which can only mean two things.  #1: They will again lose 90-100 games in 2012, and #2: WNST will once again be 100% correct in everything they say regarding the Orioles.  For a team that constantly tries to prove how WNST lies, they sure don’t do a whole heck of a lot to prove their point.  Either way, for your viewing pleasure, once again, is the grand return of Around the Horn:

—  As mentioned above, our Baltimore Ravens head into Cincinnati this Sunday to take on the Bengals in a game with perhaps the most far reaching playoff implications for both teams combined.  The Ravens enter the game as the AFC’s #2 seed with a chance to either gain the #1 seed, hold the #2 seed, or drop to the #5 seed.  No other team in the NFl has as much to gain or lose this weekend as the Ravens do.  On the other side of the ball, the Bengals can finish no better then the #6 seed, but they can still lose and make the playoffs, or lose and watch their wildcard spot fall to one of three other teams.  This is what the NFL wants, after all, and as a Ravens’ fan, and a fan of football altogether, I can honestly say that i wouldn’t really want it any other way.  My team has everything in front of them, as long as they win.  And, if they don’t, then they don’t deserve the chance to earn a first round bye and host a playoff game.  Either way, none of this would be possible this season, had it not been for this drive…if not for this, it would #5 seed no doubt:

Ravens (Joe Flacco) game-winning drive to sweep the Steelers

—  Also, as mentioned above, the Baltimore Orioles have added fresh faces to their roster in the persons of some backup catcher named TeaParty, and a Japanese pitcher who I really don’t know anything about.  Great.  Look, I’ve been an Orioles’ fan for over 30 years and I remember those summers at Memorial Stadium.  Those memories I have with my Dad are really the only reason I’m still a fan of the orange and black, because I have an 11 year old son who worships the Orioles, no matter how bad they stink.  But something has to change here.  Someone, anyone, needs to see just how much this city and it’s fans are suffering at the hands of these clowns, and step in and put right what has gone so wrong.  I like to think of myself as a smart man, but the only thing I can think of that would change the state of the Orioles, would be something drastic that as of the writing of this blog has yet to be perfected.  But, could it work?  Would it work?  What if, we could go back, and foil Peter Angelos’ attempts to buy the Orioles?  How great would that be?  To stop the destruction of our beloved franchise and put right what once went so horribly wrong.  It would make a great plot for a movie involving this brand of “String Theory”:

Quantum Leap Into / Opening-JUST THE INTRO (episode clip seamlessly edited out)

—  I have yet to comment on it, but a short time ago, the Washington Capitals parted ways with their former head coach, Bruce Boudreau, and hired former enforcer, Dale Hunter to replace him.  With all do respect to Bruce, whom I loved as the Capitals coach, after all, I do still remember when “Gabby” skated for our beloved Baltimore Skipjacks, I loved the fact that the move brought Dale Hunter back into the fray.  I have fond memories of #32 skating for the Caps, and it reminds me of the good old days when I used to watch my own personal favorite All-Time Cap (before Ovie of course) Kelly Miller, Dino Cicarelli, Mike Ridley, Rod Langway, Al Iafrate, Sylvain Cote, and Don Beaupre.  Hunter links the eras between the Capitals of the 1908’s and 1990’s, to today’s era of Ovie, Semin, Backstrom, and Green.  I may be in the minority of course, but my all time favorite Dale Hunter moment wasn’t the goal against Philadelphia, but this jewel right here:

Dale Hunter cheapshots Pierre Turgeon

—  As many of you know, Christmas has come and gone, but this one was a special one in the Paul from Towson house.  It’s the year I finally broke down and got an Xbox360 for my son.  Yes, he’s been asking for one for the past three years.  Yes, I understand why it’s better then the PS2.  And yes, I know that I can have just as much fun, perhaps more, then he does since I love video games, especially Madden Football.  So, I bought it for him, along with Madden 12.  And yes, I have started my own Superstar mode game on it, which I hope one day, will lead to this reality…of course, I hope this year’s real Ravens will end on the same note”

Madden 11 ravens superbowl

I hope you enjoyed this installment of Around the Horn.  Happy New Year, and as always…

GO RAVENS!!!!!!!