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!