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"It's never pretty, it's never perfect. But it is us."

Standing on the podium with the Lombardi Trophy in his hand, Ravens coach John Harbaugh embraced "winning ugly." Who would embrace something like that? "How could it be any other way?" he said. "It's never pretty, it's never perfect. But it is us." In fact, after winning the NFL championship, a lot of the Ravens seemed to embrace the idea of winning ugly, the ethos I championed in a recent story for City Paper ("Winning Ugly," Feature, Jan. 9), an ethos that seems a perfect match for this hardscrabble city that has survived and thrived despite seemingly endless challenges. "We don't make it easy-that's the way the city of...

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