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Eric Zeier

Joe Flacco: An Appreciation

Joe Flacco: An Appreciation

Dear Joe Flacco,

It's been a bizarre week, hasn't it? You're one win away from playing in the Super Bowl, and I think I've read approximately 11 million articles -- written primarily by people living outside the Baltimore metro area -- that seem eager to inform me just how truly terrible you are at playing quarterback in the NFL. Seriously, if I hadn't actually watched you play football the past four years, if I'd been locked in someone's windowless basement without Internet or cable, I'd almost conclude you stood accused of running a dogfighting ring or something. People seem genuinely annoyed you're playing in the AFC championship game.

To be honest, I almost feel like...