Years ago when Glenn Clark was on the other side of the glass with me on The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction, we came upon a Friday where the Maryland/Duke football game was being discussed during our “Picks and Comment” segment.
I gave several reasons why I thought Maryland might go to Durham and lose to the Blue Devils, but Glenn wouldn’t have any part of it. He then authored the now famous line we use over and over here at WNST: “I don’t care what you say…Maryland’s not losing to Duke in football.”
Duke won 27-3 or something like that.
For years now, at WNST, when we want to emphatically predict the outcome of a sporting event we use that phrase to make our point. “I don’t care what you say…(insert team here) isn’t losing to (insert team here).
Of course, it’s usually said with the same level of unpredictability as Glenn’s initial statement was, but you get the point.
Let’s fast forward to this Sunday’s Ravens home game with the Bengals.
This one isn’t for all the marbles as far as John Harbaugh’s team is concerned, but it’s awfully close. They won’t be eliminated from the post-season if the Bengals travel to Baltimore and win, but they’ll officially be walking the plank with a 3-6 record.
That said, it’s the Bengals who are coming here.
I know, they’re 6-3 and all…but they’re still the Bengals.
They LOOK good. Occasionally they PLAY well. Once every 3-4 years, they actually appear as if they might even be legitimate.
Their defense is very good, even with Geno Atkins now gone for the year.
A.J. Green is one of the best wide receivers in the league.
They have some decent wins under their belt thus far in 2013, including home triumphs over Green Bay and New England and a road victory at Detroit.
But, this is Baltimore where they’re playing on Sunday.
They’re not just going to come strolling in here and hand the Ravens their rear-ends. Ain’t happening.
I’ve waffled on this game all week because I’ve watched the home team enough now to know we’re much more likely to finish 6-10 than 10-6 this season. Everything points to the Bengals winning here. The Ravens are reeling, they can’t run the ball for jack, the defense is soft, there’s always a special teams gaffe thrown in…and it all adds up to a 3-5 mark at the halfway point.
This, though, is the proverbial “must-win” game for the Ravens.
And it’s in Baltimore.
So, channeling my inner Glenn Clark here, I’ll go ahead and do it.
“I don’t care what you say…the Bengals aren’t coming to Baltimore and beating the Ravens.”
Ravens win 21-20.
You can thank me on Monday morning.