As a native of New Hampshire—New England Patriots territory—I know what you’re going through. I’ve never been a die-hard football fan, but even I can remember the energy of the Pats’ first Super Bowl win in 2001. Early in the season, our starting quarterback, Drew Bledsoe, was injured, and an unknown Tom Brady stepped up to the plate, taking the Pats to an 11-5 regular season record. Brady had thrown just three passes the previous season.
It wasn’t just Brady—the Patriots’ defense was and has been outstanding, as well.
The point is that back then New England was not the machine it has become—you didn’t hear the name “Patriots” and think “heavyweight.” These were the days before the supermodels, before people started dropping the word “dynasty.” The Pats were just a football team, and that was their greatness—full of spirit, hard-charging and exciting to watch.
The Baltimore Ravens are at that point now. Here’s hoping that you win the biggest game, but don’t stop living for the hard hits, completed passes, and hard-fought turnovers.
On a sadder note, legendary Orioles manager Earl Weaver died last weekend. With a 1970 World Series championship to his credit as well as four American League championships, Weaver was known for analytical strategizing.
We at the Guide would like to express our sorrow at the passing of this great man in Baltimore sports.