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What's your crystal ball say about Flacco?

Quarterbacks. In this town, it always comes back to quarterbacks.

I grew up listening to my grandpa's stories about Johnny U., how no opponent's lead was ever safe with No. 19 ambling out to take snaps at Memorial Stadium. Yes, a player I had never seen with my own eyes inhabited my football dreams.

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It almost had to be that way, because in my sentient lifetime, Baltimore has never had a great quarterback to call its own. Bert Jones was masterful in 1976, the year I was born. Vinny Testaverde was pretty darned good in 1996. Steve McNair had at least been great somewhere else. But really, Baltimore hasn't sniffed anything like Unitas since the golden arm retired almost 40 years ago.

Not having a top-notch quarterback has almost become a calling card for the Ravens. So well run, such a great defense, the Ravens could've ruled the league for years if they'd ever gotten lucky at the most important position on the field.

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Now, at the doorstep of another season, Baltimore fans at least have some reason to hope. Sure, Kyle Boller started the preseason opener. But he already feels like a relic. Ravens rooters are ready to turn their eyes to Joe Flacco.

I had the pleasure to visit with Flacco and his family a few months ago. Nice guy. Very chill. Didn't seem at all freaked by the hopes and expectations headed his way. I didn't get to see him throw but by all accounts, he can huck it like few men in the world.

We really don't know, though, do we? Zero completions in three attempts and a strip told us little last night. And until we find out about Flacco, we won't know where the franchise is headed. Which leads me to today's question.

Daily Think Special: Will Joe Flacco become the next long-term standout to play quarterback in Baltimore?

- Childs Walker

Editor's Note: The Sun's Peter Schmuck and Childs Walker will guest bartend this week while Dan Connolly is on vacation.

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