Terrell Suggs called it a “state of emergency”.
I love it.
That’s why he’s a champion.
Only in Baltimore would two consecutive losses translate to an emergency situation, but that’s the scenario facing the Ravens now as they start the season 3-4 heading into their annual bye week.
I watched Suggs in the locker room after Sunday’s loss in Pittsburgh. He really was, as he said, “disgusted” with the loss to an obviously struggling Steelers team. It wasn’t acting. Suggs was truly aggravated.
More players should take the Ravens-Steelers rivalry personally like he does.
Then again, there are only a handful of guys left on the roster who have served the entire Harbaugh-Flacco era and “been there, done that” with regard to the Ravens-Steelers showdowns we see twice – sometimes more – a season. The games against Pittsburgh over the last six seasons have been wildly memorable. Some of have ended the Ravens season. A couple have been so improbable you wished the two teams would play every other week.
There’s nothing worse than losing to the Steelers, particularly when they’re not very good.
That, all by itself, constitutes a state of emergency, I suppose.
I’m always amazed at how folks who are relatively intelligent and played sports (I assume) as a youth or adult suddenly become stupid when discussing the Ravens.
Time and time again, and it’s going to happen a lot today and this week, watch and see, folks want to pin a loss on ONE person. They’ll take one play, one moment, one decision, one “thing” and weave that into an outrageous theme that “xxxx cost us the game”.
If you know anything at all about sports, you know that’s just not the way it works.
But, people in Baltimore will gather ’round the water-cooler today and blame Sunday’s loss on Harbaugh – as an example – for calling for an onsides kick with thirteen minutes left in the game. They’ll conveniently forget how the Steelers previously-horrible running game gashed the Ravens defense for 141 yards. They’ll dismiss the fact that Elvis Dumervil had two huge penalties on one drive that squarely put Pittsburgh in easy field goal range. They’ll elect to not remember the kick-off return with 1:58 to play that set-up the game-winning field goal by Shaun Suisham. And, of course, they won’t give any credit at all to the Steelers, who, as we know, also have players on scholarship — just like the Ravens.
People who aren’t very smart just LOVE to pick out one person and play the blame game. They did it with Billy Cundiff a couple of years ago in the New England playoff game…when, in fact, it was Lee Evans who cost the Ravens the game with his end zone drop. (See what I did there?)
Citing one person or one play is about the dumbest thing you can do as a sports fan.
I guess the joke’s on me — I’ve been doing this radio thing for twelve “seasons” now. You assume at some point I’d just figure out that people watch sports, know sports and love sports…but that doesn’t necessarily mean they can opine smartly about sports.
I hope I’m wrong on this one.
I’ll be very happy if I am.
Kelechi Osemele won’t finish the season.
His back, which he admitted after Sunday night’s game will need post-season surgery, isn’t going to hold up much longer. A lot of national experts have talked about his poor play this season as a connector to the Ravens woeful running game. That’s fair, I guess, since one of his strengths a year ago was run blocking. But, his poor play is more about health than anything else. His back is really bothering him and week by week it’s starting to show more. The problem? There’s no one else to throw in there right now. So, he just keeps on playing.
I hope he’s playing in late December.
But, I don’t see how he will be.
For those wondering – and it’s a VERY fair question – the game plan was for Justin Tucker to kick the ball out of play on the kick-off that led to the game-winning drive by the Steelers.
He lost his footing on the turf as he drove into the ball, just as he did on the opening kick-off, which almost went of bounds.
That sort of “event”, while unplanned, simply can’t happen in a tight game where you’re trying to pin the opposition on their own 20-yard line.
Indianapolis, this season, now has wins over San Francisco, Seattle and Denver.