First off, let me say that I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season. Things kicked off wonderfully on Festivus (Christmas Eve Eve) as the Bengals won in Pittsburgh to eliminate the Steelers from playoff contention, then with the Ravens thoroughly dominating the New York Giants to seal their second-consecutive AFC North title.
Now we get to spend our New Year’s Eve Eve watching the Ravens play those same Bengals in Cincinnati, in what will likely be nothing more than a glorified preseason game. While there is a remote chance that the Ravens could jump the New England Patriots for the third seed in the AFC, there is no sense in getting all worked up about it.
Meanwhile, I’ve spent a good chunk of my holidays catching up on some television shows. One that I’ve been constantly watching via the “On Demand” feature of my DVR box has been HBO’s Game of Thrones. I’ve been watching an episode or two every night, and, although I watched when they originally aired, have found myself even more riveted this second time around.
What’s this have to do with the Ravens?
Well, I’m glad you asked, o’ theoretical blog reader.
Those familiar with the show* (which I’d imagine is a lot of you – the season finale drew over 5 million viewers last June) will recognize the term “The King in the North,” the title of Robb Stark.
*Or with George R.R. Martin’s books, of course
As I was watching last night and Stark’s new moniker was spoken for the first time, I got to thinking about Baltimore’s own “King in the North,” John Harbaugh.
Since coming into the league in 2008, Harbaugh’s Ravens teams have dominated competition in the AFC North. The Ravens went 6-0 against division foes in 2011, and are 4-1 in 2012 headed into Sunday’s regular season finale. They have won 12 of their last 13 such games.
In fact, since 2008, the Ravens have a record of 21-8 in division play, good for third in the NFL during that time.
Source: Baltimore Ravens PR
While we Ravens fans are all quite thirsty for more than just a division crown this year, it’s still good to spend some time reflecting on the positive accomplishments that are already in hand.
All hail John Harbaugh, King in the (AFC) North!