I picked up on Manningâ€™s whining as well. Nothing that went wrong seemed to be Peytonâ€™s fault. I found his "ah shucks" routine walking off the field in the face of adversity to be pretty amusing. His brother has that same Opie look about him as well.
I noticed that the Colts had a hard time gaining separation from the Chiefs defenders even when Manning had all day to throw. The Chiefs seldom put pressure on Manning and if they had half an offense or a QB that didn’t look like a deer in headlights, the Chiefs could have and should have won. If the same situation presents itself to the Ravens, they will have Manning on his back and looking up at a Baltimore sky.
I don’t see Jamal setting the world on fire. But I do see the short passing game setting up the run. If you noticed, the Colts committed a ton of resources to stopping Larry Johnson….sometimes 9 in the box. McNair will make them pay if they do that.
Manning relies on checks at the line of scrimmage. He won’t have that luxury at The Vault. It will be too loud. The Colts have lost 4 straight on the road while averaging only 18 points in those games against defenses that on average ranked 18. I expect the Colts to come out in a no huddle offense on the first series with scripted plays. A three and out there could be huge!
I will say that I think the Colts game will be a difficult task but if they smack this team in the mouth, the rest better watch out. Let’s hope the Chargers buy into all that hype. The Patriots could knock them off….and we could host a championship…
Bill, McNair has made all the difference in the world. He might not be prolific but he has the faith of the defense and he has become the Yin to Ray Lewisâ€™ Yang…and that has created harmony and an all for one approach.
The world will see that this team has yet to play its best game. But it’s coming. I pity the team it comes against….
Ravens 27, Colts 16
Week 6 271.1 per game
Week 17 317.0 per game
271.1 x 6 = 1630.2 yards in the first 6 games
317 x 16 = 5072 Yards in the overall 16 games
5072 – 1630.2 = 3441.8 (this is the number of yards in the last 10 weeks) for an average of 344.2 the last 10 weeks
A full season average of 344.2 gets the Ravens at the number 8 ranked offense.. just ahead of the Bengals.
Points per game: 24.4 (7th)
Rushing Yards Per Game: 107.1 (21st)
Passing Yards Per Game: 247.1 (5th)
Time of possession is even more lopsided with 33:45 per game.
Please read this e-mail to determine if the Ravens, after benefiting from my loyalty for so many years, have given any consideration to a segment of the root level fan base while in the act of distributing (or not) their rare and ONLY tangible offering back to them.
It is rumored, however, that Ticket Masters currently is selling an abundance post-season seats at a premium (of course). Is any of this fair, and most importantly, legal? Hello, My name is Christopher and I have been a PSL owner since the team first arrived in Baltimore from Cleveland. I have paid my accounts in full and on time during that entire period. I have requested the maximum allowable post season tickets on both of these accounts every year the Ravens were eligible for post-season.
I accepted all terms and delivered all payments for those tickets, as well, and in some cases these payments exceeded my balance due for the following season’s tickets. Most importantly, I financially supported a team in 1993, which at that time did not exist, by depositing funds in an escrow account with 3,500 others in an effort to help entice an owner or even the NFL in their consideration of expanding the league into Baltimore. After a disappointing result to the expansion drive, I continued to support our governor and the stadium authorityâ€™s efforts in bringing a team to Baltimore by leaving the escrowed funds in place along with 446 others. I did these things because I strongly desired a professional team to represent Baltimore and I hoped that if we were successful, I would be given at least SOME consideration from the ticket office in the event this imaginary team became successful.
This brings me to the purpose of this e-mail and may explain why I am so confused about recent events. My two PSL accounts each received e-mails yesterday from the Baltimore Ravens ticket office indicating that "…unfortunately we are unable to fulfill your request for post-season tickets". I was struck by the realization that my select employees and family members can no longer count on attending ANY playoff games with the Baltimore Ravens at the end of this year. I find it hard to believe that the combination of the extra order forms, which offered the potential of purchasing up to 20 additional Club level (preference) down to end zone (last option) tickets for each game, yielded no extra tickets. To put this in perspective, a fair lottery would provide my two accounts 10x or 1000% greater chance of winning over an applicant that requests just 2 tickets. Since one of my accounts are located on the Club level, which are *weighted heavier during a ticket lottery (*specifically stated in Ravens ticket literature), there stands almost no chance that a fair lottery would produce zero (0) tickets for the applicant. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened!
One must wonder what rules truly govern this supposedly fair and equal process. I now must call up and question my history and support for this team as it is becoming painfully obvious that my heart is being pried away from my beloved team by a shiny money clip that is attached to the clammy hands of an unseen force. Should I choose to dry swallow and continue supporting this team throughout the playoffs, a dark cloud begins to form if the Ravens continue to win because a similar event, also touted as "equitable", will arrive in the form of a Super Bowl lottery. As a once proud fan, how am I really expected to act about all of this nonsense? I can only hope that a big mistake has happened and that it may be rectified before it is too late for me. As the Ravens locked up the playoffs I made commitments to friends, family, and employees because even if my first option was not available, I knew that a downgrade would still be a nice gift on Christmas to the people that I love. Can you please help me and make some sense of all of this? God bless you and I look forward to hearing from you soon!
OFFICIAL RAVENS RESPONSE…
Thanks for passing along an example of some of the e-mails you are getting related to playoff ticket distribution. It is very consistent with many of the e-mails and calls we have received from people who were unable to purchase additional playoff tickets.
Usually this frustration typically relates to assumptions being made on inaccurate information. What everyone needs to understand is that we simply have more demand than tickets. Not matter what our process there will be people who do not get tickets, plain and simple, and in their frustration they believe we must have made some kind of mistake. They will then make some justification why they should get tickets over someone else (i.e. longevity, spending level, they are "better fans" than others, etc). And often this comes from people who already have tickets via their PSL ownership and are looking for more. All is great because it shows the passion our fans have for us.
The vast majority of our tickets are season tickets, leaving a small amount for individual game purchase. We allocate the majority of remaining tickets for the PSL owner lottery, some for our hospitality packages and very small amounts for our wait list and general public sale – just as we do for the regular season. We want to spread the opportunity for tickets around while still giving out PSL owners the best chance because they have made a strong commitment to our ability to succeed. We don’t ever want to forget that.
Confusion also seems to stem from our relationships with TicketMaster and TicketsNow. TicketMaster sells available games tickets on our behalf at face value plus contracted convenience charges. They sold our public sale tickets and do not provide any secondary ticketing services. TicketsNow is strictly a Ravens sponsor and a company that sells tickets on behalf of ticket brokers. They get no tickets from us but I think that people believe that we provide tickets to them. That is not true – they get tickets from brokers who get them from fans who have chosen to sell them.
I hope I have helped you to better understand why some fans are frustrated. It is clichÃ© but itâ€™s a good problem to have and I usually ask frustrated fans to enjoy the ride however they can – whether at the game or watching on TV with others. This is too much fun to let frustrations and negative emotions ruin something that we’ll all remember for years to come.
Senior Director, Ticket Sales & Operations