Eh.... the offseason... sucks...
Anyway, too much time on my hands. But there is one subject that has always kind of befuddled me.
I think it's pretty much safe to assume that the Ravens are a pretty despised team for us Skins fans, at least on this board. I myself have gotten sick of them not so much because of the team itself but because of its fans, who seem about obnoxious as can be.
But I'm trying to piece together exactly WHY the Ravens are hated. For one thing, I'm a Skins fan who was lucky enough to get to enjoy the Super Bowl years under Gibbs first as a kid, then teenager, and finally college student. Well, they do say life after college sucks.... When I was growing up, I don't recall actually hating the Ravens... They were simply the other local team that no one I knew really paid any attention to. In fact, of course, they weren't actually the Ravens... They were the COLTS (of Baltimore). I grew up in DC and remember watching the Skins on Channel 9 every Sunday. The Colts were simply that other team on the channel with fuzzy reception.
Fast forward to now. They are the Ravens. They have a SB championship this century. And it's easy to hate them because a) they have thugs like Ray Lewis on their team and b) their fans suck with a capital S.
But I also find it odd to see how hated they are on this board at least (and that's certainly rubbed off on me). Isn't there a line of argument that we ought to feel some (very lukewarm perhaps) connection with them since they are at least a local team? After all, a lot of us rooted for the Orioles, so what makes the Ravens different (except that we always had our own favorite team in DC) ... And this is coming from someone who never actually lived in MD. I grew up in DC.
So, I guess if I had to lay out my questions, they go like this:
1) For the old-timers, and I mean, Billy Kilmer, Sonny Jurgensen old, was it always this way? Did you guys hate the Colts back in the '70s (and before) the way we seem to hate the Ravens now?
2) If you live in the DC area, should that make you hate the Ravens more or allow you to root for them as a second choice team? Is anti-Ravens sentiment stronger or weaker among those Skins fans that don't have any ties to the area but simply like the Skins for some other reason (not because you live or grew up here)?
3) For that matter, does it cut along state lines? Are you more likely to hate the Ravens if you live in VA than if you live in MD?
As for me, it's a tough choice, but I'm actually going to pull for the Ravens over the Steelers. It all comes down to the teams that pissed me off the most in recent memory, and the Steelers have gotten to that point, and their fans with the towel thing coming into FedEx.... ugh...
And I'll certainly root for the Ravens (if they make the SB) over the Eagles.... Not sure how I'll feel if it's Ravens vs. Cardinals.