I’ve been a Ravens fan since the first minute we found out Baltimore was getting a team. We didn’t know the name, the colors, the spirit. All we knew was we were getting a football team in the NFL and we were damn happy.
I voted on colors. I voted on names. I couldn’t afford tickets but I went to as many games as I could based on scraped-together change. Once I got a real job and salary, we finally had some spare change. We needed a car, we could have done some house remodeling, but we chose to invest it all on two PSLs at Ravens Stadium (at the time called PSI Net, now M&T Bank Stadium).
It was expensive. It was brash. And it was adrenaline-pumping fun.
We’ve had 2 owners, a few coaches, and many quarterbacks. We have one very special Super Bowl ring. And we have many very difficult years in our short history (can you say, Boller?). I forgot how bad they were until I started to look at stats. Wow, they were pretty horrible.
Tonight, I heard a stat from a Pats fan that said we had never beaten them in regular season. I thought that was too weird to be true, so I looked it up. As it turns out, it was true. Going into tonight, we had never beaten them during the regular season (record 0-6). And we are 1-1 in playoff games with the Patriots. Of course, any Ravens fan knows that last “dash-one” is the heart breaker that kept us out of the Super Bowl last year.
Even weirder is that the Patriots were the one team in the NFL we had zero wins against. (translation: we had beat every other team at least once, if not more).
I have to say, that I was thinking the worst for tonight. I hate Tom Brady for a reason. I thought it was just because he was a douchebag but now I realize it was because we haven’t been able to beat him yet. That was apparently a problem for me. Until tonight.
Tonight, the Ravens are celebrating the life of Torrey Smith’s brother. Tonight, they were a little off-kilter and had a hard time getting their rhythm going. Tonight, the Ravens figured it out. Tonight, they got their Mo-Jo on. Tonight, the Ravens made plays. Tonight, they gave the ball to Torrey. Tonight, Torrey got the job done. Tonight, our rookie kicker also got it done. Tonight, we played like Ravens. Tonight, I became a believer again. Tonight, I’m sorry I ever doubted. And it will never happen again.
Mind your x’s and o’s.