Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mason deserves more from B'more!



For the life of me I don’t get all the hate and bile directed towards Derrick Mason from Baltimore Ravens fans. All Mason did during his 6 seasons in Baltimore was to give all that he had. Sure he yapped when things weren’t going well offensively and ok, I get that the needle leaned towards the selfish side but from his arrival in B’more to his departure, no one was a more consistent or more reliable starter than Derrick Mason.

No one!

Mason never missed a game as a Raven, playing in 96 consecutive regular season games and 8 playoff games. He is the franchise’s all-time leading receiver in receptions (471) and yards (5,777). He was also a leader on offense, a role normally reserved for the quarterback but given the temperament of the men behind center the Ravens have employed, Mason seemed more like the offensive alpha male than anyone else.

He played fearlessly, practiced hard and always respected the game.

If the Ravens had 53 Derrick Masons during his 6 season here, there would be another Lombardi Trophy in the Ravens’ trophy case at The Castle.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

I think the boo's are because of his attitude when he played in the Jets- Baltimore game. He had quite the attitude that day. Other then that we all know what kind of player Derrick Mason is.

Anonymous said...

From what Webb and Cary said when they played the Jets, he was in fact saying things that they couldn't even repeat on the air ways. People were more then likely booing him because of that. He's gonna be sore over the fact he was let go from the Ravens so he's gonna run his mouth.

Anonymous said...

Or perhaps him grabbing our franchise QB by the facemask during the Panthers game last year.

That was the day I was ready for the Ravens to move on from Mason.

theFK1 said...

Or in August when he said that he "wanted to take every opportunity to try and win the Super Bowl and for me, [the New York Jets] is the best place to try and do that."

Tony Lombardi said...

Keep in mind folks that Mason was NOT offered a contract to return to the Ravens. Maybe that might shed a different light on the things he said.

BitterSuburbian said...

It was time for him to move on. NO reason to boo him but I am glad he is no longer on the team. He was the best receiver on a team of terrible receivers.

Jerry B said...

"Bush League" to boo a former favorite who was "forced" to move on when he acknowledged his preference for staying here! Shame on those "fair weather" fans........

Shas said...

I too didn't want to hear the booing. But I can understand it a little. A couple reasons.

Despite all the effort and heart and production he showed, there was some negative baggage. Back when he was having some personal issues, there was the feeling that maybe he did not want to be here...that he'd rather get picked up elsewhere. So even though it was the Ravens who let him go, it wasn't quite as straight forward as that.

The fact that his heart was in Nashville wasn't a plus for provincial Baltimore.

Then there was the incident yanking Flacco's facemask. It fueled an impression among some that he was a little selfish about getting the ball and held Flacco back from being able to utilize the whole field. Fairly or not, it made him seem like a locker room lawyer.

In the end, he'll be a ring of honor guy so best to embrace him, warts and all.