We’re switching things up a bit for BUY OR SELL this week…
With the Ravens missing out on the postseason for the first time since 2007, we Ravens fans find ourselves in some unfamiliar territory. The holidays are over, the purple and black are out of it, and now there’s several inches of snow on the ground outside – the misery of “just winter” has set in earlier than usual in Charm City.
However, there’s a silver lining – we get to watch the NFL Playoffs pretty much stress-free! The (completely undeserving) Steelers didn’t squeak into the postseason (thanks, Ryan Succop and incompetent refs!), so I for one am stoked to not have to worry about them lucking into another Super Bowl. And with no Tim Tebow around, there is no way they could lose as hilariously in the playoffs as they did in their last trip.
Full disclosure: I stole the idea for this post from a Steelers fan – Ian of The Steelers ‘n at. While part of me just wants to print his list backwards – hey, just root for whoever will make Steelers fans maddest! – I’ll actually put some thought into it. Still, I think it might end up darn near a backwards version of Ian’s list.
So, who to root for this postseason? While it’s going to be nice to watch without getting TOO worked up, these games are still much more fun if you have a rooting interest. Let’s run down my personal list of Power Rankings for Ravens fans to root for this postseason!
Note: Fellow Ravens fan (and friend) Phil Gentile did another one of these over at Purple Reign. Check it out here.
DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, ROOT FOR THESE TEAMS
12. New England
The Ravens’ second biggest rival behind Pittsburgh, New England also just came into our house and embarrassed us. Patriots fans are insufferable, and it’s nice to still be able to pull out the “You haven’t won anything since Spygate” card on them. Another Super Bowl for Tom and Bill would end that.
Also, the Red Sox JUST won the World Series. These people have had something like 18 Championship parades in the last 12 months (or something like that…whatever).
The Patriots should lose in the most excruciating fashion possible.
This is a nod to the old-timers. I know many Ravens fans will still put “The Irsays” at the very bottom of their list – I get that, I just don’t personally agree. Even a few years ago, it was easy to root against Indy, not only because of the Irsays, but because Peyton Manning had owned Baltimore for so long while he wore that horseshoe on his helmet.
Andrew Luck has no such resume against Baltimore. Throw in that Chuck Pagano is their head coach, and you could almost pull for them…if only it wasn’t for their owner’s last name.
The Bungles winning the Super Bowl…woof. What a weird thought. Heck, this franchise hasn’t won a PLAYOFF GAME since 1991. While some may suggest that rooting for a (non-Pittsburgh) division rival makes sense, I don’t subscribe to that line of thinking. Sure, Marvin Lewis was once a Ravens coach, but that was a long time ago.
I’m not a fan of the thought of Bungles fans coming to M&T Bank Stadium with a more recent Super Bowl to brag about than the Ravens have. Also, Andy Dalton is horrible.
Keep on Bunglin’, Bungles.