Here’s a tip from the top: Please don’t whine (again) this week as Ravens head to AFC title game

January 14, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Well, the Ravens did their part on Saturday in Denver.

Now, let’s see if the fans in Baltimore can follow suit and do their part this week.

I was watching Joel Osteen on Sunday morning and he delivered such a timely, connecting message for Baltimore football fans that I just had to write about it today.

It doesn’t hurt that I tried to get the same message through everyone’s thick heads last week, but now that the Ravens have disposed of the Broncos and are headed to the AFC title game, I figured I’d bring up Osteen’s message and weave it into something worth reading here at

Osteen’s theme on Sunday morning was “Don’t let someone else take your joy from you.”  He went on to ask that you stay focused on what’s important to you and what matters most and to not let others take away your joy and happiness.  His message related to God.  Mine relates to football.

Last week, a lot of you — so many, in fact, I became agitated at first and then, later, just embarrassed – spent a great deal of time complaining and bellyaching about the “Ravens don’t have a chance” angle most of the national media were focused on as the lead-up to the game in Denver.

I must have had 25 calls about it and four times that many e-mails.  Whining, moaning, complaining, fretting.  “I don’t understand why they’re not giving the Ravens more love…”

“I’m so fed up with the national media…why don’t they give us a chance? – waaaahh, waaaaaah, waaaaaah…”

“All I keep hearing about is Denver and Peyton and how Brady and Manning would be a great AFC title game, blah, blah, blah.”

SHUT UP ALREADY!!! I said to myself under my breath about a hundred times last week.

You could have done so much more with your time last week.  Rather than go on and on and on – and on and on and on – about how “no one likes the Ravens”, you could have walked your neighbor’s dog or washed your car or called an old friend just to shoot the breeze.

Instead, you called ME and just made a whining fool of yourself, complaining about something some guy wrote in Denver…or crying because Skip Bayless thinks “the Ravens don’t have a chance.”  Those people are paid to get you to watch, read, listen and react accordingly.

And, as I tried to tell you for five straight days last week – with the scoreboard supporting me on this Saturday night – the game will be played by the players and NOTHING anyone says or writes about it during the week before will have any bearing on the outcome.

Yet, you guys cried every single time you heard or read something disrespectful to the Ravens.

It was so unbecoming to hear it and read it over and over last week.  Like the teacher said in “Breakfast Club” — “I expected more from a varsity letterman.”

I expected more from you people last week.  Really, I did.

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9 Comments For This Post

  1. Calvin @ JHH Says:

    I agree, Drew. We are in the AFC Championship in back to back year which is a testament to this team.

    Enjoy the ride Raven’s fan

  2. Unitastoberry Says:

    Right now 2000 is starting to look very similar to this year. A wacky season where no one thought a championsip was possible then huge momentum in the playoffs and being the underdogs. The big difference is father time,Manning,and Brady. Not Steve McNair and Rich Gannon. If we beat Brady I like our odds against Kaepernick or Ryan.

  3. Tim Says:

    SO MANY fans would love to still have their team to talk about this week – just enjoy the ride. Besides, the Ravens have ALWAYS fed off this notion of national disrespect, so the more, the better. The AFC title game HAD to be in New England this year, it just had to. Go Ray.

  4. Jason Manelli Says:

    I agree Drew, who cares what anyone says, we’re in the NFL’s final four once again, and glory is within our grasp! People will be talking about the game last week for a long time, even the Wall Street Journal has Jacoby Jones on the cover this morning! Notice has been served, the Ravens are coming or the trophy!

  5. Justafan Says:

    On Sunday, the Broncos were 10 point favorites. Though I have never wagered on team sports, I was tempted to take the Ravens and the points. The early line lists the Patriots a 9 1/2 point favorite over the Ravens. Again, I think taking the Ravens and the points would be a good bet. However, as I previously said, I don’t bet on team sports.

  6. Dan Says:

    Good article Drew!. Ecveryone is happy as they should be about revenge on Payton, revenge on Elway and proving the national media wrong, I also like the fact we beat the team who took our stallions logo from Baltimore!

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  8. PghSteve Says:

    I agree with you Drew. As a Steelers fan I would be perfectly happy to be reading about how the Steelers don’t have a chance against the Patriots this Sunday. Ravens fans need to appreciate what they have going here. Save the whine for your celebration after the game.

  9. BmoreBobRob Says:

    I think it is good that they are underdogs since the team is using it, along with Ray’s farewell, as motivation. With that being said, they have as much of a chance as beating Brady in NE with an old tired defense as Nestor does in bringing back You Pon.

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