**Asterisks** and Rivalries~Who are our Rivals?

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Last year I put an asterisk next to the W against that PTFI because their fearless leader wasn’t at the helm . Now, here we are, almost a year to the day later, and Peyton himself is coming back to our stadium. But this time, he won’t be on the sidelines in street clothes. This time, he won’t be wearing a blue horseshoe. And this time, hopefully he won’t have a golden horseshoe up his….well you get the idea. It’s time this bronco gets de-shoed.

I saw a headline last week trying to psych up some kind of “rivalry” between the Ravens and the Redskins. Just because we’re a mere 40 miles apart, does not make us rivals. Give me a break, the Redskins are a joke. (Yea yea, I know they just beat us last weekend, and they are on some crazy win streak with their fancy new rookie QB. But they are still a joke for now until they prove themselves a little more). But I digress, as I always do…

So, what makes a rivalry? Well for me, this is a pretty big start…

The Ravens first playoff appearance was in 2000 when we won the Super Bowl. Since then, we have seen the playoffs 7 times. Here are the teams we’ve lost to, in order:

  • 2001 Steelers
  • 2003 Titans (we’ll call this an anomaly)
  • 2006 Colts
  • 2008 Steelers
  • 2009 Colts
  • 2010 Steelers
  • 2011 Patriots

Does anyone have to wonder who our rivals are?

I put that asterisk on the W against that PTFI last year for good reason..Peyton wasn’t playing. But this doesn’t mean I’m adding the Broncos to my rivalry list. I’ve realized, upon reflection, I really don’t think the Patriots or the Colts can be on our rivalry list either. It really comes down to the damn Quarterbacks (which means our rivals will change over the years).

Peyton Manning has been a thorn in our side for a really long time (1998 to be exact). Tom Brady didn’t come along in Ravens history until 2004 but he is 1,000 times worse because he’s such a douche. At least Peyton is funny and kind of a nice guy from what we can tell. The Steelers as a team will always be a rival since they are in our division, no matter which rapist they choose to throw their balls.

So, in summary, to answer the question from last week, my Ravens rivals, in order, would have to be:

  • Steelers (forever and ever)
  • Anyone wearing black and gold together regardless of who they root for (oh wait, that’s MY rival, not the Ravens’ rival)
  • Tom Brady (2-7 against Pats, 2-5 against Brady, although he would technically fall below Peyton due to the win/loss ratio, he gets a step up with his douche factor)
  • Peyton Manning (3-9 against Colts, 2-8 against Peyton)

Is there anyone or any team I’m missing?

Mind your x’s and o’s, Chix!

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My moniker of Purple Maven was going to be the name of a business I wanted to start. Alas, I have no money, so now I’m Purple Maven on this fine site. I was born and raised in Baltimore County, lived in the city for many years, and then moved south to Edgewater to get closer to the water. (Well, cleaner water anyway.) I graduated from Boston College where my love of football was born (I didn’t grow up watching NFL since my parents never picked another team after the Colts left town on that snowy March night). As soon as it was announced that Baltimore was getting an NFL team, I was a fan that very minute (before we even had team colors or a name). My husband and I were dating and penniless when the Ravens were born so we had to wait a few years before we could afford PSLs. We finally pulled the trigger during the 2000 season. We have 9 seats together with friends and it was the best money we ever spent. Before our daughter was born, we made at least one road game per season including Tampa for Super Bowl XXXV (we didn’t get tickets, we watched the game with Ravens fans at Whiskey Joe’s). Interests I know more about Ravens football (and the NFL in general) than my husband does (and he’s the first one to admit it). I’m a Ravens chick through and through. I even got into a huge fight with a friend recently because he thought I was a little over-the-top. I kicked him out of my house. When I’m not watching the Ravens, I’m raising a 4-year-old Ravens chick, traveling to warmer climates, researching about health and nutrition, and working for Bisciotti’s other business (Allegis Group/TEKsystems).