This Sunday should be lots of fun.
True, it won’t be the same as Peyton Manning showing up with the Colts and getting his head handed to him, but it will still be joyous none the same.
As long as everything goes well, that is.
I shudder to think what the response would be around town if, somehow, the Colts come in and — you know what…I’m not even going to write it.
Forget about it.
I’ll just say this: It sure will be good to look up at that scoreboard with 3 minutes left in the game and see the following: RAVENS 37 – COLTS 6
It better be that way.
I’m counting on a Ravens beatdown of Indianapolis the same way you’re counting on Friday Mud getting your weekend off to a great start. I know you’re counting on me. That’s why I do what I do for you.
I do it all for you.
Enjoy your Mud.
> There’s nothing like a photo at the moment of truth that tells the story forever. You know what I mean…a snapshot in time…etched forever through the eye of lens. For instance, RIGHT HERE is that moment-in-time reaction from Dana Eveland’s wife on Thursday when her husband informed her they were moving to Baltimore to join the Orioles. Poor girl…she must have seen The Wire. Or…the Orioles.
> An odd situation has been occurring at Heinz Field this year. It seems like a bunch of female fans who have been invited to a pre-game “girls only” party inside Gate A of the stadium have been leaving the gate open as they walked in — and fans without tickets have been streaming in behind them, unbeknownst to stadium security. The Steelers front office tried a number of things to get the female fans to close the gate behind them, but nothing worked. Finally, they got right to the point and put THIS SIGN UP to remind those attending the girls-only party to close the gate. I hope that worked.
> After a rough 2010, the Minnesota Twins have launched an off-season promotion called “Meet the Twins”. It’s a neat concept, actually. A Twins’ staffer takes a bunch of season ticket brochures along and a hand-held credit card machine and you can sign up for a mini-plan or a full-season plan right on the spot. The idea, of course, is for you to “Meet the Twins” and be so energized by it that you might just buy tickets right on the spot. RIGHT HERE is a photo from last week’s promotional stop at a bar in Minneapolis. Does Southwest fly to Minnesota from Baltimore?
> Remember when Jack Kent Cooke incorporated the area right around FedEx Field and called the “town” Raljon in honor of his two sons? I know, it seemed weird at the time, but the Orioles have actually done the exact same thing with the area just in and around Camden Yards. They’ve completed the proper paperwork to change the location of Camden Yards. Starting in 2012, you’ll know you’re in the vicinity of OPACY when you SEE THIS SIGN welcoming you to the area.
> The tragedy involving John Lennon on December 8, 1980 always brings me back to this question — Does anyone remember what Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, was wearing that night? Anyone remember? I do. He was wearing THIS SHIRT when he pulled the trigger. Enough said.
> No wonder the Orioles didn’t accomplish anything at the winter meetings in Dallas. Our WNST staff photographer was down there and took THIS PHOTO of a sign that was hung on Dan Duquette’s hotel room door all week.
> These days, college athletes have no concept of sportsmanship. For example, TAKE A LOOK AT THIS GIRL on the Central Connecticut volleyball team. That pink hair ribbon is completely distracting to the opposing team. No way she should be allowed to play with that in her hair.
> Let’s get to #5 on my list of “Top 10 Winners of the last 20 years” in professional team sports. In case you haven’t been around, #10 was Drew Brees, #9 was Greg Maddux, #8 was Ray Lewis, #7 was Derek Jeter and #6 was Ben Roethlisberger. The man who makes #5 on the list is a 4-time champion and a 3-time MVP. And he’s not only a winner on the field, he’s a winner off of it as well, with his own foundation that serves a variety of purposes across the country. When you think of “winner”, you better give this guy special attention. He’s been a winner since he became a professional. TAKE A LOOK AT HIM right here.
> Our WNST staff photographer snapped THIS EXCLUSIVE PHOTO of Ben Roethlisberger during halftime of Thursday’s win over the Browns.
> I’m definitely happy about the Beastie Boys getting inducted into this year’s class of the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. It still doesn’t make up for RUSH not being in there, but nothing will. The Beastie Boys are one of my top 5 favorite groups of all time and their latest CD – Hot Sauce Committee – is one of their best ever. RIGHT HERE is a little Beastie’s treat for you. “Ah yes indeed it’s fun time…”
The Shoot Section (where I tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth)
I’m not going to beat up Dan Duquette over his two winter-meetings acquisitions. I’ve done that enough. But what I WILL beat him up over is the things he’s saying to the media. Or, rather, the media the club hand picks for access to Duquette. This week, DD said two things that were laughably disrespectful — and I think I’m the only one in town who bellyached about it. First, when commenting on the likelihood that the Orioles wouldn’t be big free agent spenders this off-season, he propped up that excuse by saying, “Over the years, the Angelos family has always been prudent with the fans’ money.” Then, a couple of days later when someone asked him about the team’s player budget for 2012, Duquette remarked: “What our budget is…what we spend on the players…the fans don’t think that’s important.” Yes, he said both of those things. Dan, I know you haven’t been around in a while, so pull up a chair and let Professor Drew teach you something. First, the Angelos family has been “something” with the fans’ money, but it’s certainly NOT prudent. How about…stingy? Or cheap? Try those. And yes, Dan, we absolutely DO care what the team spends on players. We care what the budget is. Because, as you noted with your earlier dumb reply, it IS the fans’ money you’re operating with. So, sir, you have an obligation to keep the fans as informed of things like that as you can without compromising the club’s position on the field in any way. I think most of us know what’s coming in 2012 at OPACY. More losing. I’m as resigned to that as I am that it’s going to snow at some point this winter and I’ll have to spend three hours shoveling. But that resignation shouldn’t be outweighed by neglect from the Orioles — and that’s what they’re guilty of when they – or a representative of theirs – keep the fans in the dark by offering outrageously inappropriate comments like “it’s not important to the fans what our player budget is.” Come on Duquette. Start caring a little more about the people who pay your salary…