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5. When it comes to football, we occupy the superior Beltway

If we're to believe their scribblings, many Washingtonians regard Baltimore as the hobo village to the north. So it was hard not to feel a little retributive smugness Sunday as the Ravens and Redskins played through the same winter storm. In case you missed it, Robert Griffin III and company delivered a lifeless performance in a half-empty FedExField, with the only intrigue flowing from the usual palace nonsense around owner Dan Snyder. Would Mike Shanahan last one more game or four? Why should a Redskins fan even care after so many failed regimes? Washington thought it had the NFL's next big thing in RGIII. But even his sensational talent has been no match for the Redskins' unsound core. Meanwhile, the Ravens, despite another frustrating offensive performance, played joyously in the snow and ice. Their crowd stood with them, primed for another December of genuine playoff hopes. The quarterback, the coach, the general manager and the owner have all been the same since 2008. There was no sense of impending eruption, regardless of what happened Sunday. It's easy to get sucked into the NFL's weekly emotional swings. That's half the fun. But perspective is also healthy, and the contrast between the day¿s Beltway scenes produced a simple conclusion: Baltimore has it pretty good.
Mark Gail, MCT
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