Photos courtesy of ESPN.com
Photos courtesy of ESPN.com
What is a Baltimorean to do when it comes to rooting interests in the NBA, NHL and MLS? This is a question that I have long pondered and what better to forum to address it than Bohs and O’s. A place where leading Baltimore sports exports come to share analysis and ideas. A place where being bandwagon is about the worse insult once can receive. So I pose the question to the forum.
Here is my analysis of the situation. I was admittedly a bandwagon fan of the Capitals last year. I attended one game, watched a few more, but did not follow them religiously until the playoffs and have only watched one game so far this season. The Baltimore sports gods made my pay dearly for my transgressions when the Capitals lost to another team from Pittsburgh. That made two playoff losses to Pittsburgh in a 6 month span. I clearly learned my lesson.
Is it possible for us to be true fans of DC teams? Does that fact they are not from Baltimore mean are rooting interests are inherently bandwagon? They are the closest teams to us geographically, but it is not quite the same as having Baltimore on the jersey. They don’t represent us in the way that the Orioles and Ravens do. I know the Terps play just outside of DC, but they are the MARYLAND Terps so they represent us as well. How can we root for a Hockey team from DC when we despise the football team? We will never really fit in with the rest of the fan base. The Caps game that I attended last year was the Thursday before the Ravens-Skins matchup and we got in several altercations with Redskins fans. We know little about the DC and its sports history, which are vital parts of being a sports fan. How could you ever fit in as a Baltimore sports fan if you did not know the story of the Colts skipping town? Your whole mindset would not be in sync with the rest of the community.
I also wonder if I even have room in my heart or on my schedule for another team. If there was a Baltimore hockey team would be as diehard about it as the Ravens, Orioles, and Terps? Right now I have three teams whose schedules fit perfectly so I can have a team to root for at all times during the year. Maybe this is why Baltimore sports fans are so much better than sports fans from Boston and DC. Our passion for our teams is more focused and not spread out between 5 or 6 teams. If the Ravens are struggling we can’t turn NBA or NHL teams and hop on that bandwagon instead. We are stuck with our teams whether they have made the playoffs in consecutive seasons or are have 13 straight losing seasons.
Bohs and O’s contributors and readers please share with me your thoughts on Baltimoreans’ fanhood of DC sports teams. Can we ever be true fans? As Baltimore sports fans should we even try to root for DC teams or should we focus on our own teams? This may lead to the broader question of what it means to be a true Baltimore sports fan.
At this point, any questions about Tom Brady’s douchiness can be put to rest:
Thanks to your tireless efforts Boh is back at Glory Days. After being bombarded by letters from Bohs and O’s readers from around Baltimore, Glory Days has put Boh back on the menu. Your Bohs and O’s team has been on the front lines in this fight going to Glory Days weekly and ordering a Boh every time we needed a beer. This may have pissed off our waitress, Whortis, who made some snide comments, but our determination paid off in the end. And Whortis paid for her anti-Boh sentiment when we “accidentally” spilled our first Glory Days Boh in almost a year all over her stupid Redskins jersey. Hopefully that teaches her to leave the caps on the Boh next time she serves one.
Bohs and O’s is a blog of its word and we have been back to Glory Days several times to order Bohs and a bucket of wings with all the sauces on the side. Our most recent trek was for the Oakland game. I have never seen Glory Days so crowded. Unfortunately this was mainly due to the collision of the two obnoxious bandwagons for the Eagles and Cowboys. Despite the fact the game was out of reach very early they continued to scream and shout and pretend like they were actual fans of those teams. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that both those teams are perennial contenders.
Unfortunately Glory Days has long been the home of out-of-town fans and is not the optimal place to spend a Purple Sunday. As previously mentioned some of the wait staff was wearing Redskins jerseys. Unacceptable. I would recommend Glory Days for an O’s game and some trivia when the crowd is a little more subdued in true O’s fan fashion. Boh enthusiasts please feel free to enjoy Glory Days once again.
It is time for the Ravens to do what the Orioles can never do: win in Boston! A win on Sunday would almost make up for the suffering we have had to endure every time the Orioles head up to Fenway. It will almost make up for the $100 tickets that Bohs and O’s purchased to see the Orioles in Fenway only to be mercifully kicked out in the third inning. So please Ravens, go up there and beat those bandwagon bitches. And let’s make it a blowout so the roughing the passer penalty that ends Tom Brady’s career is completely meaningless.
I would love to go up there to watch the Ravens avenge all of those Orioles losses, but I am a little nervous about the stadium conditions. How similar is Gillette to Fenway? In other words, will I be in a section with complete pussies who can’t handle a couple innocent jeers about the steroid use of their fat, overrated DH? Will I be sitting behind a pole unable to see the QB release the ball? Will the ushers kick me out for no reason besides my decision to exercise my freedom of speech towards the d-bags that surrounded me? If it is at all like Fenway I don’t think it will be worth the trip.
Win or lose, it is nice to be back in the playoffs again. After a very grueling, up and down regular season it is very rewarding to be in this position. I know we are only 9-7, and maybe not very deserving of a spot, but we are in the playoffs and the Steelers are not so I am content.
The clinching victory was a great way to start off 2010 which with any luck will be a great sports year. Hopefully the Ravens will make a run in the playoffs, the US will give strong showings at both the winter games and World Cup, the Orioles will flirt with .500, and the Terps will make the tournament.
Continuing on the theme of All-Decade lists, today we’ll look back at the greatest Ravens of the past 10 years by position:
Quarterback: Joe Flacco (Honorable Mention: Steve McNair)
Running Back: Jamal Lewis (Honorable Mention: Willis McGahee)
Fullback: Alan Ricard (Honorable Mention: Le’Ron McClain)
Left Tackle: Jon Ogden
Left Guard: Edwin Mulitalo (Honorable Mention: Ben Grubbs)
Center: Mike Flynn (Honorable Mention: Jason Brown)
Right Guard: Bennie Anderson (Honorable Mention: Keydrick Vincent)
Right Tackle: Orlando Brown (Honorable Mention: Tony Pashos)
Tight End: Todd Heap
Wide Receivers: Derrick Mason & Qadry Ismail (Honorable Mention: Brandon Stokley)
Defensive Tackles: Tony Siragusa & Sam Adams (Honorable Mention: Kelly Gregg & Haloti Ngata)
Defensive Ends: Michael McCrary & Rob Burnett (Honorable Mention: Trevor Pryce)
Middle Linebacker: Ray Lewis
Outside Linebackers: Peter Boulware & Adalius Thomas (Honorable Mention: Jaime Sharper & Terrell Suggs)
Cornerbacks: Chris McAlister & Samari Rolle (Honorable Mention: Duane Starks)
Free Safety: Ed Reed
Strong Safety: Rod Woodson (Honorable Mention: Will Demps)
Kicker: Matt Stover
Punter: Sam Koch (Honorable Mention: Dave Zastudil)
Kick/Punt Returner: Jermaine Lewis
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This ma first post soze I jus wanted ta innerdeuce mah self. Names Joe from Arbutus, an I never did wunner these ‘afore soz lets have a go at it. firs thins firs, how the heck did I get on thinernets. where i come from, thinnernets a place for people like al gore, barracks obamers and other tax ‘n spend libruls. correction ‘err: somtimes I do use it to talk ta nice ladies round bouts my age, like LaxQT92, BrinMarBabe11. Anywho, soze one night I met eez collich guys round abouts a bar I frickwint. We got perdy cordial talkin’ Ravens ‘n Orruls, and acame fast friends. I love hangin’ out with these young guys. They understand the portant things in life, like hammerin’ out a duz for breakfast, washin it down with a couple natties, and for dessert, eatin’ a bag a Utz regalars dipped in meltit choclit. That’s good eatin! I hope to let yall know about my thoughts on a variety of thngs of local ainterest as I try to survive the democrats takeowever of Warshington DC and Naplis Mareland. Who knows, maybe another Arbutus boy will repsent us soon inna state halce for too long. It’s purple Friday where I’m at, so let’s get this weekend party started, aint that what yall would say round your way?
Overnout! That’s my catch phrase don’t wear her in.