There was a moment in last night’s telecast of the Ravens AFC Championship win over the Patriots, where it appeared Joe Flacco had a giant grin on his face while in the middle of a pass. Someone later tweeted the screen shot, but I can’t find it.
But doesn’t that just sum this team up? I don’t think I’ve seen more joy from a Conference champion more openly displayed. That’s what makes being a fan of this team so wonderful, they are a cast of characters so broad, Torrey Smith proclaimed, “This is the kind of team you’d see a movie about!”
It doesn’t matter what kind of personality you have, someone on the Ravens can match it. The locker room celebration had everything; a moving trophy presentation delivered via computer from ALS inflicted team executive O.J. Brigance, Ray Lewis’ preaching, Terrell Suggs’ stand up routine, Ed Reed’s karaoke performance of “Two Tickets To Paradise”, Ray Rice sitting in stunned disbelief, and even Olympic champion Michael Phelps showing off his purple underwear (and oddly, wearing horn rimmed glasses).
Contrast this with last year’s business like win by the Patriots, led by the always understated Tom Brady and capped by the grumpy elf himself, coach Bill Belicheck, speaking in his usual annoyed monotone. Now be honest, NFL fans, which team would YOU rather hang with?
In the photo below, Belicheck confers with Tom Brady…
Damn right. Remember — Drink responsibly and PARTY LIKE A RAVEN!!
This guy should be a Raven!
Other observations from last night’s AFC Championship:
You could tell at halftime what was to come when the CBS sideline announcer interviewed coach John Harbaugh. Are you concerned with what you saw in the first half coach? No. We expected a tough game, and we’re going to some out in the second half and battle. Cool and confident. You could tell then the Ravens would respond. And when Flacco and the offense clearly got their swagger back midway through the third quarter, the deal was sealed.
To the two Patriots players who came out and talked to CBS, you guys are a class act. You spoke well, and credited the Ravens desire as one of the deciding factors. To Belicheck, who refused to speak, did we expect anything less from you? Nope. Elf choir practice starts tomorrow.
I was stunned the CBS crew made no mention of the fine the NFL slapped on Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions for kicking Houston’s Matt Schaub on Thanksgiving. Suh was fined 30k for his act, while the announcers treated Brady’s flagrant attempt to castrate Ed Reed with his cleats as something that could have injured Brady. (Huh?) It seems that the NFL is like wrestling in that you’re either a good guy or a bad guy, and the flip doesn’t happen unless Vince McMahan—ER—Roger Goodell says so. That was an obvious malicious act that was shoved under the rug quickly.
That doesn’t look intentional at all, does it?
Let the hype begin for the Super Bowl, or is the SupHar Bowl, or the Super Bro? It really doesn’t matter, you’ll be sick of THAT story line by game time.