The Better Team Lost Part II

January 24, 2012 | Tom Federline

This time it was the Ravens on the short end. The Ravens earned a “loss” and were back in Owings Mills packing up for the winter. The New England Patriots earned a “win” and are headed to Indianapolis Irsay Land. Did both teams really earn their loss or the win? Did the Ravens take some lessons from the Texans and just felt it is better to give than receive? The New England Whiners were given a gift. The Ravens played better than anticipated. The Ravens played their best game since the 49’er game during Thanksgiving. The road to Indy was there for the taking. The story line written – Baltimore wins Super Bowl in Indianapolis, Ray-Ray and Ed were going out in glory. Then in the matter of 10 seconds – Yank – wide left, game over, Ravens lose.

Ray Lewis after the game – “One play doesn’t win or lose you the game.” Hey Ray-Ray, guess what? One play DID lose the game. I understand the premise he was trying to convey. We understand and saw what happened in the 59 minutes and 40 seconds prior to The Yank. We also saw the drive, the drop, the missed field goal, the season ending – one play. To much talk on the Lee Evans – one play – dropped/batted ball, missed chance. I’m not buying it. I try to minimize the words should, could and would in my vocabulary. Does he get paid to catch a ball? You’re darn right. Did he try?You’re darn right. Was the play well defended. You’re darn right. Bottom line, missed field goal, season over.

Enough, let’s look to the future. Retiring – Matt Birk (center – ouch), Ed Reed (DB on field caoch – HOF – ouch). Ray Lewis (well according to Ray-Ray 2 hours after the game – he’s not). Contracts expired – Camera Cameron (I’ll buy the one way ticket OUT), Ray Jr., Jarrett Johnson, Jameel McClain, Ben Grubbs (git ‘er done), Flacco (1 year left – git ‘er done – contract extension). And please Ozzie/Bisciotti – NO five year, 15 million dollar place kicker contract! Oh, you already made that rocknut move. What kind of cigars were you smokin’, when you made that decision? Yes, Raven fans, the guy who squashed the opportunity to go to Iindianapolis and win a Super Bowl, was signed to a 5 year deal in January of 2011. At 3 mil/year which is about $150,000/game. Does that make you feel better? Doesn’t that just make you feel sorry for poor Billy Bob? Prior to 2010 season, Billy Bob Yanker was a journeyman. One good year, cash in to “highest” bidder and boom you’re set. Five year contract to a journeyman kicker? More evidence of what is wrong with professional sports.

I think the Ravens should retire the #7 , because there hasn’t been any luck with jersey No. 7 in this Baltimore town. Remember Chris Redman and Kyle Booler? Am I missing any other Ravens #7? All that talent on the field, all that talent actually playing together as a unit, all that talent surviving teh Cameron and Horribaugh era. Then a missed field goal. Kinda like screwin’ up your country’s  National Anthem. It’s just not right. Nice move Steven Tyler – make “American ” Idol proud. Serves you right for wearing the New England Whiners cloth.

Sundays playoff game was painful. If you are surfing on the web, do not, I repeat do not, watch that last drive and end result, again. You may need some “Emotional Rescue” – (Rolling Stones). I did watch it again, I’m surprised the computer survived.  So, last year (2010) we got to savor the Pittsburgh loss, 31-24. In(2009) it was the Indy Irsays, 20-3. In (2008) Pittsburgh loss again, 23-14. In (2006) Indy Irsays loss again, 15-6. Kinda sick of the pattern, aren’t you? At least the Ravens are in the playoffs. Nah, not buying that. Players like Ray Lewis come around once in a blue moon, especially landing in Baltimore. Hey Ravens front office , ya done blown it. This 2011 team and the 2006 campaign – had the most talent since the Super Bowl team of 2000. The table was set, no meal delivered.

Is it the Trent Dilfer curse?



4 Comments For This Post

  1. unitastoberry Says:

    In 2006 bad coaching lost us the game with Indy. The 2011 team blew it when they could not beat Jacksonville and Tenn and did not get home field for the whole playoffs. Theres still a few old goats alive who remember the field goal ruled bad against Green Bay in Green Bay the 60s. The next year the league raised the goal posts to the current height. Ask Tom Matte about that one.The Baltimore Colts should have been in Super Bowl 1 but the zebras screwed us.

  2. Ryan Says:

    Believe it or not, I think there is a Dilfer Curse. This video proves it

  3. Fedman Says:

    Thanks for the link. May be pushing it, with the number 23, 2-3,3-2 deal. Can’t deny there is a fairly far-fetched connection. I am going to stick with just a numbnut move by Ozzie Newsome, Brian Billick and Art Modell. I even think Bisciotti was getting his feet a little wet during that time. He is a successful businessman. You don’t screw with what got you there. I lost confidence and some respect for the Ravens front office on the Dilfer move. Confidence and respect they have yet to regain. A dynasty in the making and they chopped the head off.
    Thanks for the feedback. Keep ’em rolling.


  4. Fedman Says:

    There are goats older than me out there? Thanks for the sports history reference. Another missed field goal in Baltimore history. Except that time it was a bogus “fixed” (kick good) call by the refs. It was during regulation and not actually a game winner or loser. I believe that was the 1965 season though. It was a tie-breaker/playoff game for the chance to play the Cleveland Browns for the NFL Championship title. Tom Matte also had to QB the last game of the year against the LA Rams for a win, just to have the opportunity to play the Packers. And yes, the goal posts were extended and refs were placed under each upright. Really interesting “Old School” Baltimore football history there. “Missed” field goal(s), poor coaching, questionable front office moves…………..I’m telling you all…………….follow the money………
    Thanks for the feedback. Keep ’em rolling.


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