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

Thankfully, the Ravens won in Denver.  So, we now have another opportunity to see if Baltimore football fans can conduct themselves appropriately.

And here’s what’s going to happen this week:  The exact same thing as last week.

I’m here to tell you, like I tried to tell you Monday – and Wednesday – and Friday, that NOTHING the media says about the Ravens or the Patriots means anything at all.  Do you get that?  It has ZERO bearing on the game.  It has no impact at all, none, on the game Sunday in New England.

If it bothers or aggravates you, that’s YOUR fault.  You have a choice in this matter.

You should be enjoying this second straight trip to the AFC championship game.

Don’t let the national media take your joy from you.  Their job is to give an opinion.  That’s all any of us in the media do.  We share our opinion on sports.  But none of it has anything to do with what actually goes on when the games are played.  It’s white noise, essentially, when you compare it with what matters most:  The scorebard at the end of the game.

This much we know for sure:  The Patriots are going to be the favorites on Sunday.  Most of the national writers and talking heads are going to focus a lot more on Tom Brady than they will Joe Flacco.  The discussion, the articles, the TV segments — 80% of them are going to be centered on New England.

The Ravens will be disrespected this week by the national media.  They won’t be given much of a chance . They will, of course, be written off before the game begins.

If you don’t know that going in, you’re either in denial, not paying attention or, no offense here, just not that smart.

Simply enjoy the fact that the Ravens are again within sixty minutes of a Super Bowl trip.  Only four teams in the league get to “enjoy” that privilege each season and only four fan-bases get to celebrate it.  Baltimore, again, is one of those communities.

As Joel Osteen said on Sunday, “Don’t let someone else take away your joy”.

It doesn’t have to be that way this week.

But if you let it happen, it’s all your fault.

And if you ARE going to whine and complain about the way the national media disrespects the Ravens, please call the FM station in town with your sobbings.  I can’t handle it for another week.

(By the way, I’m picking the Ravens to win the game 33-24.  I’ll be writing about that and bragging about it and guaranteeing it all week.  Maybe I can aggravate those nitwits up in New England.  hehe)


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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