Hello, my name is Kris Jones, I am a Ravens fan and cover the team for RussellStreetReport.com.
Following the Ravens 34-31 win in Super Bowl XLVII, you and I engaged in a debate on Twitter. The exchange started when I saw the following message come across my timeline from your account.
You are a respected journalist. Did you actually write this? Maybe you didn’t. This may be a good time to say that your log-in information was hacked.
I’ll admit, I’ve been critical of John Harbaugh and some of his coaching decisions at times, but on the grandest stage of them all, he out-coached his brother, Jim, who I had previously thought to be a better football coach. For instance, the decision to have punter Sam Koch take a safety in the game’s final minute, while milking as much time as possible off the clock, was a stroke of genius.
Is John Harbaugh worthy of winning a Super Bowl? Absolutely. However, to suggest that the Ravens only won because of Harbaugh’s coaching ability and not because they have talented players is absolutely ludicrous.
I challenged you on this because your stance is to be frank, rather asinine. These same “talentless” Ravens had just hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy a few hours previously.
Do you really think that they are not a talented squad?
Your season-long bias against the Baltimore Ravens has been laughable. I understand that I am a fan; however, I am professional enough to not allow my personal feelings to cloud my judgement. Chances are, you’re not familiar with my gimmick, but I lead the charge of all anti-Steelers remarks coming from the Baltimore fan base. They’ve won two Super Bowls this past decade, and as much as I despise them, I’d never sincerely declare that they had no talent.
I commented on the recent release of 32 of CBS’s Rapid Reports NFL beat writers following the conclusion of the regular season. This was my remark:
And here was yours:
While you weren’t happy with the questioning of your employment status, I know some of those personally affected by this layoff, and it’s unjust that these people are unemployed but you remain on the payroll despite making such remarks as these.
You blocked me; so be it. I apologize for questioning your job status, but can you really blame me?
The question I posed to you was to name me five of the Ravens 22 starters’ (and now Super Bowl Champions) that are untalented. I asked you to clarify your remarks, and your opinion suddenly became a moving target.
You decided to flip it and ask what five Ravens are elite? First off, the word “elite” has worn out its welcome in Baltimore. I never said that the Ravens had five “elite” players, nor do I think they do.
I can, however, quickly name a handful of players who I think are top 3 at their respective positions. Off the top of my head, Jacoby Jones (KR/PR), Marshal Yanda (G), Haloti Ngata (DL), and Vonta Leach (FB) for starters.
This is a team. It’s a collection of men who played for each other and did something remarkable. Is Joe Flacco a damn good quarterback? Absolutely. Have Ray Lewis and Ed Reed lost a step? Sure. Can Terrell Suggs play as well as he runs his mouth? Probably not. The bottom line is the Ravens won, this team won when it mattered and that’s why they’re having a parade through Baltimore on Tuesday.
So Pete, in your expert opinion, you believed the Patriots would go 16-0, while the Ravens would miss the playoffs. Clearly that didn’t happen but since you think a good team has to have five elite players on the roster, please feel free to list those five that apply for the Patriots.
I have a feeling we’ll be waiting a while.
I’m a fan, I know in mainstream journalism that is frowned upon but at least I don’t allow it to shape biased thinking. I may wear a stupid beak hat, and sure, it looks dumb, and I don’t really like wearing it but it’s what Baltimore fans associate me with. The fact is that when I’m around the players or in the facility covering the team (twice per week), I’m professional. I put my fanboy outfit aside and do my job, unbiased reporting on the team.
You may not want to be lumped into the same category as Skip Bayless, but you sure are heading in that direction.
And that’s disappointing for a writer who was once respected by so many.
So please, instead of just blocking me, how about you try to defend your irrational statements?