Ravens Get No Respect

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Let’s admit it, here in Baltimore we have a bit of an inferiority complex. We’ll ignore the accolades bestowed upon our sports teams yet we’re all over critics like white on rice.

Slight the Ravens or the Orioles even a smidgen and within nanoseconds our inner Rodney Dangerfield emerges.

We get no respect.

And this year, before we could even enjoy a champion’s intoxicated glow, the NFL decided a Wednesday night game was fitting enough for their precious TV ratings and decided instead to force the defending Super Bowl Champions on the road for their opener.

Alleged expert analysts across the ever-expanding sports networks have chastised the Ravens for dismantling a Super Bowl winning defense. Were they watching even a little?

And now Vegas wants to pile on and perhaps capitalize on the lack of respect that is Baltimore-bound.

Currently the Ravens are listed as 9-point underdogs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on September 5. The defending champs are also listed at 30:1 to repeat.

Meanwhile the Saints (20:1), Falcons (18:1), Texans (18:1), Packers (15:1), Seahawks (8:1), Patriots (8:1), 49ers (6:1) and of course the Broncos (11:2) are all much more highly thought of than the Ravens.

Oh and the over/under for wins this season for John Harbaugh’s troops – 8½.

No respect!

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12 Raves on “Ravens Get No Respect

  1. HollywoodHeiz on said:

    Anybody else getting tired of all the love constantly given out to Matt Ryan and the Falcons. What have they ever won? We have two rings in just seventeen years.

    • MarylandGirlinGeorgia on said:

      Try being a diehard Ravens fan living in the Atlanta area. They talk about precious Matty on the sports radio stations here (which is nice and understandable for the homers here) and dismiss Joe. That’s okay. We have rings, they don’t. The funny part is they compare Matty a lot to Eli Manning. Oh yeah – they also had a HUGE discussion about whether Matty was as good as Romo. HELLO – Romo????

      Anyway, they’ll only talk so much about the Falcons here. They’re much more interested in the Bulldogs.

  2. Greg on said:

    You have to do what I do – embrace the hate, the criticism and take pleasure in knowing that we are the BAD GUYS as Suggs likes to say. We are the Villains and we love that role.

    No one wants the Ravens to win. Yet we do anyway, and people can’t STAND it. In many cases that stems directly from Ray Lewis’s perception in other people’s eyes but also because we have that hard-hitting ferocious swagger that people wish their team had.

    So again, I say embrace the disrespect. Take pleasure in knowing that they are still mad about what happened 6 months later like many Broncos fans I talk to.

  3. Tgun#42 on said:

    I like our bandwagon full of just true fans! It makes our success so much more gratifiying. Last I checked we have the 6th highest winning percentage in the NFL. Not bad.

  4. JerryB on said:

    Frankly, flying under the radar didn’t hurt them a bit last year! Here’s hoping that because of all the roster changes, which many so called analysts see as a negative, they’ll surprise again this year and be even better than last year! Hope spring eternal…….

  5. Unibomber on said:

    I think they just hate being wrong. It seems like every year they have predicted our downfall. The usual, almost clichéd excuses are given, “Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are too old.” “Joe Flacco is not elite. ” Last year, the prophesied demise of the Ravens was somewhat fulfilled, with Ray injured and being a shell of the player he once was, along with Ed, in addition to various injuries to star players. Then we won the bigun’ that same year. If my ego was constantly abused like that, I’d probably be bitter too. Of course, I’d also have learned not too bet against this team, because you regret it everytime.

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