As the television graphics kept reminding us, the Ravens were about to blow the biggest Super Bowl lead ever. But we never worried about it, did we?
They put us through the emotional grinder week after week, but here they were in the Power Outage Bowl, facing down the hot new model of quarterback in Colin Kaepernick, who had marched his team down to their doorstep. We never thought it would end any other way but the way it did, did we?
And it had to go down the way it did — a goal line stand with Ed Reed blitzing Kaepernick, forcing him to throw early, Jimmy Smith hanging on (literally) for life as the ball sailed over the outstretched hands of the 49ers receiver — to be an official Ravens win. Because that’s what these guys did all season, hung on with a resilient fortitude when all seemed lost.
After the Denver miracle, didn’t you think it had to end like this? There was no way that was going to be for nothing. There was something special going on here, something other worldly. Winning does that to you. It puts something extra in your step. A little swagger.
From Joe Flacco’s, dull, (his Dad’s word, not mind) calm demeanor, to Ray Rice’s ever present smile, to T-Sizzle’s screaming of movie lines, to Ray Lewis’ borderline annoying proselytizing, to Torrey Smith’s love of life, and to Anquan Boldin’s sure hands, this was a great group of guys, and we loved them, flaws and all.
There something wonderfully weird about how Baltimore embraces its sports teams. We go all in. We bleed purple. We scream at the TV. We call in to talk shows and spout unimaginable thoughts when we lose. It’s all part of our make up. Why do we do it? I think this group reminded us of us. Resilient, resourceful, and fun to be around.
Yeah, there were 49er fans in the dark Superdome Sunday night, but they were drowned out by a sea of purple chanting a White Stripes song from years ago, because Baltimore embraces its football guys like no other city I’ve seen.
I’ve heard in Green Bay, they paint their houses green and yellow. Anyone know where I can get some purple siding?
Notes from the the Super Bowl Party:
* Is it possible for Beyonce to just walk? Or does she have to STOMP everywhere? Outside of that, it was probably the best halftime show since the wardrobe malfunction. Although the haters are gonna hate.
* The NFL Network post game coverage was the best, as they seemed to get the players at their most relaxed. I have never seen Joe Flacco that loose. He joked that his playoff performance means he’s “going to stick it to the guy” in contract talks. I assume he means Steve Bisciotti (the owner) and I assume it was a joke.
* Ray Lewis says he placed his hands on Jacoby Jones moments before Jones ran the second half kickoff back 108 yards for a touchdown. It was the greatest transferal of spiritual power since Strap laid hands on Ollie in the movie “Hoosiers”, giving him the power to make two free throws.
* Local TV covered the post game partying around the area. Although it’s never a good idea to put a microphone up to someone who’s been drinking since noon. Channel 2 had a moment like that when a fan told the reporter she was “F***ING ECSTATIC!!!” over the win. Back at the studio Charlie Crowson said they’ll didn’t mind the FCC fine if it came with a Ravens win.
* It was worth the 30 minute delay for the power outage if only to see the NFL officials scramble as their normally well oiled machine came to a screeching halt. Signs they weren’t handling it well came when Ravens coach John Harbaugh was shown swearing up a storm at a league official on the sidelines. Later, Harbaugh apologized for the outburst, which was over a plan by the league to not allow headphone communication if the power glitch wasn’t completely fixed.
*By the way, how many people instantly thought some bad stuff was about to go down when the power went off, as in “attack”. I’ve seen too many movies like “Black Sunday” not to think that way.
*I loved this picture in the aftermath of the partying following the game. Is it is long time girlfriend, or is it someone who he just met?