8:15 AM EST, January 24, 2012
To all you Ravens fans:
I know you're all hurting right now, but you need to take a step back for a second. From what I've read on the web, right now Billy Cundiff is taking a beating from some of the fans, but none of you fans are hurting the way he and the rest of the Ravens are. He does a job that very few of us could do, and he's done it well for the Ravens since he got there. If it wasn't for him, the Ravens might not have even been there. Your team played a great game, they just caught a bad break. Kyle Williams is going through the same thing in San Francisco after the fumble that cost the 49ers the NFC Championship game.
We've had the same situation here in New England, when playoff losses end the season too soon for us. We even have pinheads who boo the Pat's if they fall behind in the first quarter. Sometimes we as fans set the standard too high — the team's been winning, so they should keep winning, right? It doesn't always work that way, for the Ravens or the Pats, and when they lose, they feel it. In a recent interview about the playoffs Tom Brady said words to the effect that you never forget the losses — and if he feels that way about those losses given the number of games he's won, I would bet all the players feel the same.
So why not cut Mr. Cundiff and the rest of the Ravens a little slack? They had a great year for you fans and they played their tails off on Sunday, it just wasn't their day to win. Stuff happens. Show them your support when they come home; they manned up all season, now it's your turn!
We've gone through the same things up here over the last few years, once at the hands of the Ravens, and it's never a happy time, but if they were your guys when they won they should still be your guys if they lose.
Rick Madigan, Coventry, R.I.
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