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It’s One O’Clock Somewhere

Lombardi's Way It’s One O’Clock Somewhere

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There’s no denying that Baltimoreans have an inferiority complex.

Maybe it’s a birthright. Perhaps it’s a curse.

Whatever the case may be, just ask your neighbor. Baltimore is America’s Rodney Dangerfield of cities – WE GET NO RESPECT.

Collectively we hate it during national weather forecasts on TWC when Baltimore isn’t shown. We cringe when our city is portrayed as a haven for STD’s, heroin and violence. And it chaps our hind parts when big musical acts skip over our town in favor of those coital cluster venues in DC and Virginia.

And that’s why we watch with pride when our Baltimore Ravens are on a national stage in prime time.

Or at least we used to.

There was a day when hosting a Thursday, Sunday or Monday night game at M&T provided a boost in civic pride.

Not any more.

The newness of those primetime games has worn off in a big way. Instead we prefer the convenience of a 1PM kickoff. Relatively speaking it’s hassle free.

We’ve discovered the downside of hosting during primetime.

  • It forces some to take off the next day or just drag through it at work
  • It’s colder at night
  • There’s less postgame celebrating after a win
  • The traffic heading home is infinitely worse
  • All of which is exacerbated by a loss

This season, potential flexing aside, the Ravens will host seven 1 o’clock starts and for the season ticket holder, the connoisseur of tailgating, THAT is music to your ears.

Let someone else have the primetime spotlight. We’ll take our early games, continue the party in tailgate lots orFootball wink Federal Hill afterwards and make it a Sunday to remember.

We’ll save our griping for the game officials and the NFL who are always out to screw the Ravens!

Hey did you know that the Ravens are the only Super Bowl Champion in decades not to host the following season featured game not once but twice?

“No respect!”

Do you prefer 1 o'clock starts or primetime games?

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