Step Down Off the Ledge Raven Fans; It’s Ok

January 22, 2012 | Marty Mossa

Believe me when I tell you, I was ready to go out and look for the nearest bridge to jump off of around 6pm Sunday night. After Billy Cundif missed what should have been a chip shot to force overtime in the AFC Championship game; I was on suicide watch. But we must first put this whole thing into perspective.

From a football sense, the Baltimore football faithful have been very fortunate. We could live in Detroit (no super bowl appearances, one NFC championship appearance), or Cleveland (no superbowl appearances, last AFC title game 22 years ago), or San Diego (no world championships to speak of). Think of it, the Baltimore Ravens have made the playoffs eight of sixteen seasons, been to three AFC title games, and won one super bowl. We’ve been fortunate and spoiled as fans.

Now I won’t lie, today’s game was disappointing. I hope that Joe Flacco’s performance (22/36, 306 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT) will put to rest from all the a..holes in the national media that he’s a bad QB. If Lee Evans makes the catch at the end of the game, we win and go to Indy. Flacco out gunned God himself the most reverent Tom Brady (22/36, 239 YDS, 2 INT).

The sun will come out tomorrow football fans. But let’s put this whole thing into perspective. A girl my 15 year old went to school with has cancer and is need of a bone marrow transplant. My friend who I knew from first grade called me yesterday and told me that his cancer has spread and he’s going on home hospice. That’s real life. What happened on the field is a game and is not real life. As bad as we all feel as Ravens fans, let’s remember that it’s just a game that has no real bearing on our lives.

In regards to the Super Bowl, I’ll watch it as a football fan. I have no real favorite, so I’ll hope for the first overtime game. In regards to the Harbaugh brothers, well special teams weren’t too good to them today.

7-3 against the spread in the playoffs. The Pats are an early 3.5 points favorite in SB XVIL.

3 Comments For This Post

  1. unitastoberry Says:

    I agree with you Marty as I had a bout with Kidney cancer last year. But I disagree with you in that when your team makes it deep in the playoffs for so many years you need to win it all at some point in time otherwise its Bull____t. Just think how Lombardi won 5 titles or Paul Brown won 7 titles in 2 pro leagues plus a NCAA title thrown in. Those guys were truly relentless on their players and themselves and always stressing the point that winning is the only thing.BTW if you dropped a key pass or made a key fumble in a big game for Vince or Paul you either got traded or cut the following year unless you were Bart Starr or Otto Graham. Its not just Evans. Bouldin dropped it last year vs the Steelers and Mason the year before that.

  2. Chuck Says:

    Hey Marty,

    I watched the game with some Ravens’ friends at the Firehouse Tavern in Parkville. I felt bad for my friends.

    Some perspective: The team my family adores (we’ve had season tickets in the family since 1959) hasn’t even appeared in a conference championship game in more than twenty years (January 12, 1992). We’ve been to the playoffs only three times in the last twenty years, and in two of those appearance went in as the sixth seed as we were under .500 after 12 games during those late season runs. We have not won a division championship in this millenium, almost impossible since the eight divisions now consist of only four teams each. I know of no fan of our team who believes that we will even make it to .500 next year, although we believe we are making progress and will be competitive after two more draft classes in 2013. Most fans of my team think we are where SF was two years ago. Although Flacco’s not a great QB (he was awfully good yesterday), he’s good enough. We don’t even know who will be our QB next year, and we are never bad enough to get the top pick (Luck will go to Indy at number one and Cleveland will use the first of its two number ones at four to draft Griffin). Matt Barkley returning to USC killed our chances of getting a good QB at 6. To top things off, the best player we’ve drafted in three decades was murdered during a break-in of his house.

    It’s sometimes pretty annoying when Ravens’ fans complain about a game, season or coaching. Although some in Baltimore know the pain of losing a football team to another city they can’t even begin to fathom the pain of being totally irrelevant for twenty years-the Orioles were still good in the late 90’s (yes, we went to Orioles FanFest Saturday). My son and daughter are in their early 20’s and yet have no recollection of anything but mediocrity. And yet they still are die hard fans every Sunday as are my wife and me. We support the team no matter what. I often laugh when I hear how loyal Steelers’ fans are. It’s easy to be loyal and supportive when your team has been relevant for more than forty consecutive seasons.

    The bottom line: there are fans of teams who would give most anything to lose in a conference championship game on missed 32-yard field goal. And you are right. It’s just a stupid game. It’s not a child battling cancer or losing a loved one in a war.

  3. Marty Mossa Says:

    That’s right Chuck ,come to think about it, the Redskins last won a Super Bowl in 1992. Wow twenty years, where does the time go?

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