If you’ve learned anything about me during the nine months I've written this blog for The Baltimore Sun, it’s that I have no shame. That’s why I was only moderately embarrassed Monday when I made the unseamless transition from play-action passing to George Clooney being at Sunday’s game while chatting with Ravens center Matt Birk.
“I didn’t know George was there,” Birk said. “I’m glad I didn’t because I probably would have been really nervous.”
Thank God he has a sense of humor and didn’t add to my embarrassment.
Clooney, allegedly a Cincinnati fan, watched with girlfriend Stacy Keibler as the Ravens beat the Bengals, 31-24, on Sunday afternoon. The few Ravens players I spoke with didn’t know that the Hollywood megastar was at M&T Bank Stadium -- nor did they seem to care he was there.
“I’m glad they were both there,” said long snapper Morgan Cox, who tried his hardest to seem genuine.
Today’s lesson is that many Ravens aren’t that into popular culture, as you might imagine. But ask them about play-action passing and how the threat of the run led to two touchdowns Sunday, and they’ll talk your ear off.
(And before you bash me for this post, know that this story was the most popular item on our website Monday, whatever that means. OK, bash away.)