Welcome to Baltimore, Maryland …. home of Edgar Allan Poe, The Star Spangled Banner (thanks Christina !!!!), Berger Cookies, National Bohemian and some of the most fickle sports fans in America.
As this 48th day of winter greets the citizens of our city, you can bet the most predictable conversations will evolve among sports fans in every workplace and social gathering area.
After all, today is cause for a celebration here in Charm City, because the second most-celebrated scenario unfolded before our very eyes, last night ….
I don’t think any purple kool-aid drinking Baltimorean can imagine a happier moment than seeing the Ravens conquer their second Super Bowl Championship.
But, rest assured, the second most desirous outcome is seeing the Pittsburgh Steelers lose a Super Bowl.
That’s how the typical Baltimore football fan “rolls”, for better or worse. And, to a point, I understand the passion. The Steelers are ENEMY #1 in this town – they’re the Ravens archrival and cast with characters that are easy to dislike.
So, as the final seconds of Super Bowl XLV expired and the confetti rained upon the Green Bay Packers, my hometown undoubtedly became the third most celebrated CHEESEHEAD community, in America – tagging closely behind Milwaukee and Green Bay, itself.
Today’s conversations among Ravens fans will more than likely be spirited along some very predictable lines …..
“So much for that whole 7th HEAVEN thing, huh?”
“That awesome Pittsburgh defense choked.”
“I guess Roethlisberger really isn’t a winner, after all, huh?”
These are the things we’re saying today, as the perceived passion bleeds from our souls. And, a couple distinct reasons serve as the purpose for Baltimore’s collective group of fans heralding a Super Bowl loss, as opposed to a win:
A) We are jealous of the Steelers success ….
B) Misery loves company – and we want Steelers fans to join in ours ….
But, make no mistake about the reality that existed before last night’s game. It’s a reality that has existed for the overwhelming portion of the last fifteen years. And, it’s a reality that proved quite true as recently as three short weeks ago.