Tuesday, January 02, 2007

JUST SAY NO TO THE RAVENS?

We sure do our fair share of whining around here. If it isn’t the perceived snubbing by the national media we're whining about it’s the referees and their collective vendetta against the Ravens and Brian Billick and Art Modell and Art’s Uncle Chet and the only male cheerleaders in the NFL.

Let’s just admit it, we like it that “they” don’t like us.

What’s the first thing we do if the national media heaps (no pun intended) gobs of praise upon the Ravens. We worry that it’s going to go to their heads and the Ravens will take everything too lightly, right?

What happens if the Ravens play on Saturday instead of Sunday next week (early word is that is exactly what will happen.) What will the complaint be then? Too early, too dark, not dark enough? I’ve actually tried to hone in on the favorable pub that the Ravens get. Mike Ditka likes us for the Super Bowl. Boo-Yeah seconds that emotion. You know blabber mouth Irvin is going to go with Ray Ray if he doesn’t beat himself to death first with those non-stop flapping jaws of his.

And speaking of Jaws, he is pulling out the homer card and picking the Eagles to go to the Super Bowl. We should be so lucky. What a walk in the park that would be for the Ravens!

Anyway, here’s what I’m hoping you can help me with. Any time a national media member, out of town media member, weatherman, weatherwoman, Wonder Woman or anybody disses the Ravens, I want to know about it and I’m asking you to post it here. Judging from that siren…I mean that whining sound emanating from the village below in Who-are-the-Ravensville, that should be a mighty lengthy list.

So let’s have some fun…let’s post all the naysayer thoughts here and build one big fat colossal “Just Say No To The Ravens” blog, we’ll email a copy to each of those non-believers!

Deal?

By the way, I think part-time 24x7 columnist and WNST Morning Show host Drew Forrester is on to something with his column yesterday. I’m as confident as he is that the Ravens are South Beach bound!

Every night when I drift off into the fog of LaLa Land as I fade into the realm of REM (and I’m not talking about that crappy band from Athens, GA) my dream's sequence opens up with a big billboard adorned with pictures of South Beach babes sans bikinis blowing kisses and saying, “Welcome to Miami!”

Can ya feel that?

Ok now, lay it on me….what are the talking heads saying today?

11 comments :

Anonymous said...

Those HBO windbags were talking last night about how Baltimore needs to "Get Over It" with the Colts. Easy for them to say and by the way, weren't these bozos bitching about the Browns move...let's see Cleveland got a new stadium, expansion team, kept colors and name, received heavily skewed draft choices (they still screwed up) and they waited all of 3 years.

Baltimore waited 13 years and paid for its own stadium and made up its own name while part of its heritage is in Indianapolis.

And they say we have no reason to whine?

Anonymous said...

The SportsBash on ESPN radio with Eric Kuselias (someone was sitting in for him today) picked the Ravens to finish third behind NE and SD. Said that Jamal was not a championship back and McNair could not carry the offense to victory. Followed up with comments about having never met or heard from a Ravens fan. Asking where we were and why we were not more vocal about our team. Maybe because his ESPN show is not broadcast in B-more (except for sat. radio) and we are stuck with Anita.

Harryos29 said...

Tony
Jan 5th 9 am
Just minutes ago, while Watching MIK e and MIKE on ESpn..they had MEL KIPER JR on discussing the 4 play off teams this weekend... When the subject go to the NEW YORK JETS and how well their ROOKIES have done...MEL got into it pretty good with Mike Greenberg, about who had the Better Rookies playing all year.. Greenberg said flatly that the JETS Rookies added more to the TEAM than the Ravens ROOKIES.... Mel got into it pretty good by stating " I don't want to sound like a HOMER here, but you are wrong! He sited: Dwan Landry in the Secondary, he really gave PROPS to PUNTER Sam KOCK and Adam Terry, Jason Brown and Chris Chester...he may have mentioned others...as I rushed to POST this BLOG....AR#$%%$#@@ the National Media get me so MAD...
Mike and Mike were also Taunting MEL about, "Wanting the Colts to come to Baltimore" ..Mel took it in stride... (IMHO this was the WORST put down of the Ravens I've heard..and I listen to Talk radio and TV all the time!!!)
Thank goodness we have People LIKE MEL KIPER JR, who know what they are talking about!!
Harry O' in Sykesville,
RAVEON

frox said...

I heard both the radio programs posted above and saw the HBO program. The Sports Bash was by far the biggest slight to the Ravens, and particularly our fans. However, the guy on the Sports Bash was an admitted Pats fan and clearly has never seen the Ravens if he thinks stopping the run is the key to beating the Ravens. Any Ravens fan knows the running game is the Ravens' weakness right now. I honestly felt his take was amateurish as he made no sense whatsoever because he said that the Pats had to have Rodney Harrison to win, but said they will not have him until the AFC CHampionship (which he believes will be in Baltimore by the way). I think his comments regarding Ravens fans were made to get Ravens fans to respond. I have to admit, I listen to NFL Radio on Sirius and ESPN radio all the time and very rarely ever hear from Ravens' fans. Same with the online chats on ESPN.

As for Mike and Mike, I did not think it was that bad. It was really just a Jets fan (greeny) and a Ravens fan (Mel) going back and forth. Mel's point by the way was that the Ravens got more out of the later rounds of the draft with Williams, Koch and Landry than any other team did (Terry by the way is not a rookie). He said you are supposed to have contributors from the first day and that is why he did not consider the Jets o-lineman. Greeny then made some smart comment about how some guy from the Jets will be in the Hall of Fame some day and Mel said the Ravens rookies will have Super Bowl rings shortly. He also said the Ravens and the Eagles are the two hottest teams. I guess he feels that although SD has a long winning streak, they are not playing well. We'll see.

Finally, as for the talking heads on HBO, Chris Collinsworth said he thinks the Ravens will win it all. I've heard him say this on NBC as well.

frox said...

I heard both the radio programs posted above and saw the HBO program. The Sports Bash was by far the biggest slight to the Ravens, and particularly our fans. However, the guy on the Sports Bash was an admitted Pats fan and clearly has never seen the Ravens if he thinks stopping the run is the key to beating the Ravens. Any Ravens fan knows the running game is the Ravens' weakness right now. I honestly felt his take was amateurish as he made no sense whatsoever because he said that the Pats had to have Rodney Harrison to win, but said they will not have him until the AFC CHampionship (which he believes will be in Baltimore by the way). I think his comments regarding Ravens fans were made to get Ravens fans to respond. I have to admit, I listen to NFL Radio on Sirius and ESPN radio all the time and very rarely ever hear from Ravens' fans. Same with the online chats on ESPN.

As for Mike and Mike, I did not think it was that bad. It was really just a Jets fan (greeny) and a Ravens fan (Mel) going back and forth. Mel's point by the way was that the Ravens got more out of the later rounds of the draft with Williams, Koch and Landry than any other team did (Terry by the way is not a rookie). He said you are supposed to have contributors from the first day and that is why he did not consider the Jets o-lineman. Greeny then made some smart comment about how some guy from the Jets will be in the Hall of Fame some day and Mel said the Ravens rookies will have Super Bowl rings shortly. He also said the Ravens and the Eagles are the two hottest teams. I guess he feels that although SD has a long winning streak, they are not playing well. We'll see.

Finally, as for the talking heads on HBO, Chris Collinsworth said he thinks the Ravens will win it all. Considering the amount of football this guy sees (it seems he is broadcasting all the time), one would think his opinion is worth something.

Anonymous said...

I can hear it now when it's the Ravens and the Saints in Super Bowl XLI....the new "America's Team" will be the darling, the sentimental favorite. And I guess that would be justifiable. But when it's all said and done, Katrina might seem like a walk in the park compared to the Ravens defense.

Anonymous said...

Kusileus was back to the Sportsbash today and low and behold: He picked the Ravens to win the AFC. Said that although he thinks that LT and Gates are better than any Ravens Offensive players, the Ravens are dominating on both lines right now. Also quoted our sack ratio.

frox said...

Just to show how little you can rely on the so-called experts, Scouts, Inc. on ESPN.com ranks all the units for the playoff teams. Keep in mind that Scouts, INc. describes itself like this:

"The analysts and talent evaluators at ESPN's Scouts Inc. watch games, break down film and use their extensive experience and contacts in their respective sports to provide the deepest and most detailed scouting reports available anywhere.

For the fan who wants to know how the games are actually played, there's no one better."

In their RB rankings they discuss how effective Musa Smith has been for the Ravens. I guess during their film study of the Ravens during the last month they missed the fact that he has been out and is on IR.

In their special teams review, they said "Corey Ivy and Mark Clayton have filled in for injured return man B.J. Sams. They have the speed to hit a crease effectively." I am not sure how they know this since Clayton has returned zero kicks and Ivy has not returned any since the Bengals' game. No mention of Ross.

In their overall rankings, they do have the Ravens ranked 2nd. They are ranked 1st in DL, 2nd at LB, and 1st in the secondary. Billick and McNair are ranked 4th. Somewhat of a slap in the face of Billick as they rank him 4th out of 4 coaches that have won Super Bowls. What has Parcells won since the early 90s?

Finally, Profootballweekly's editors picked their super bowl favorites. Of the 11 editors, 6 picked the Ravens to win it all. 4 picked the Chargers and won picked the Bears over the Chargers. So it's actually looking like a lot of people are giving the Ravens their due right now.

Anonymous said...

TL,Two things for you concerning your "Just Say No to the Ravens" blog. One,at the beginning of the year, Jason Whitlock picked the Ravens to win theSuper Bowl. He mentioned the McNair acquisition and mentioned the NextMan Standing book; he even praised Brian Billick (something that is trulyNEVER done in the national media). Throughout the year, he stillmentioned the Ravens as his SB favorite. Whitlock used to write for ESPNPage 2 until a falling out with Scoop Jackson but still writes for themajor Kansas City newspaper.The other thing is this article I found on ESPN (the link is below) thatis also in line with your latest blog. It ranks the playoff teams' lines,LBs, WRs, QB, etc. I don't know how the World Wide Leader in Sports couldrank the Ravens offensive line the 10th best of the 12 playoff teams. They must have only looked at the O-line's rushing stats and not the sacksstats. Ranking the Eagles wideouts/TEs (5th) ahead of the Ravens (8th) isbeyond laughable too.http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs06/news/story?id=2720408-Jacob

Anonymous said...

TL,Two things for you concerning your "Just Say No to the Ravens" blog. One,at the beginning of the year, Jason Whitlock picked the Ravens to win theSuper Bowl. He mentioned the McNair acquisition and mentioned the NextMan Standing book; he even praised Brian Billick (something that is trulyNEVER done in the national media). Throughout the year, he stillmentioned the Ravens as his SB favorite. Whitlock used to write for ESPNPage 2 until a falling out with Scoop Jackson but still writes for themajor Kansas City newspaper.The other thing is this article I found on ESPN (the link is below) thatis also in line with your latest blog. It ranks the playoff teams' lines,LBs, WRs, QB, etc. I don't know how the World Wide Leader in Sports couldrank the Ravens offensive line the 10th best of the 12 playoff teams. They must have only looked at the O-line's rushing stats and not the sacksstats. Ranking the Eagles wideouts/TEs (5th) ahead of the Ravens (8th) isbeyond laughable too.http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs06/news/story?id=2720408-Jacob

Anonymous said...

WAAAAAAAHHHHH. ONCE AGAIN... Take all your energies spent crying and pissing and moaning, hire an engineer, build a bridge AND GET OVER IT. IT WAS 23 FRICKING YEARS AGO. I know as a Raven fan, you are genetically predisposed to crying all the time, but sack up and try to be a man for once. Oh yeah: IN YA FACE!!!

How does this sound: 15-6???

I will give you this time to whine, because now you have a REAL reason to cry. Muahahaha!