I am a Baltimore sports fan. I put my heart and soul into our teams. I've allowed my fanaticism to influence — even dictate — major life decisions and have invested more time and money into the pastime than I care to share. I've shed tears over men in purple uniforms who are complete strangers to me. I'm that big a fan — I might even care more than the players. So when someone says "sports don't matter," I must respectfully disagree. They absolutely matter, and here's why:
It's a position coach John Harbaugh has never been in as a head coach. The history for 0-2 teams in the NFL is gloomy, and the Ravens' path will get no easier as they prepare to host the AFC North-rival Cincinnati Bengals in their home opener on Sunday.
Newly revealed evidence in the "Deflategate" scandal suggests the Ravens might have tipped off the Indianapolis Colts about inflation irregularities in the footballs used at Gillette Stadium before the AFC Championship Game between the Colts and New England Patriots, something coach John Harbaugh and the Ravens have strongly denied.
According to multiple reports, the NFL found that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs during their 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game. Here is a collection of stories about the situation.
In a gripping battle full of shifting fortunes, indelible plays and strategic intrigue, the Patriots ended the Ravens' season, beating them 35-31 in the AFC Divisional playoffs. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco finally faltered in the postseason with two late interceptions after an otherwise superb performance. His Patriots counterpart, Tom Brady, declawed a fearsome Ravens defense.
The competitive nature of win-or-go-home playoff games tends to be contagious. Just ask Hugh Sisson and Jim Koch, two founders of beer companies willing to put their hometown pride -- and some beer -- on the line.
The Ravens divisional round game against the Patriots has fans and the media in both locales buzzing, with anticipation to face a familiar foe taking hold in Baltimore while something resembling fear has swept New England.
This should come as a surprise to no one, but if the Ravens are still standing after Saturday night's playoff matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, it will be because Joe Flacco is still one of the best clutch quarterbacks in the NFL.
Many of us who love sports (and I'll assume if you reading this you have more than a passing interest) came to our passion because of the nurturing interest of a parent, sibling, relative, friend or coach.
What does it mean to you to be a Ravens fan? It means being a part of something that represents people that I love, a city and state that I love, and a mindset of never giving up and always playing for the man next to you. I'm so proud to bleed purple!
While the Baltimore Ravens victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII is still fresh in everyone's minds, local Ravens fans are not the only ones basking in the glow of the team's victory.