I woke up on Sunday morning, as usual, with a feeling of excitement and optimism. I was ready for the Ravens’ game in Nashville, a scenario that has produced some of my all time favorite games. Waking up on Ravens’ gamedays still makes me feel like a kid on Christmas. Well, it makes me feel like most kids felt on Christmas. When I woke up on Christmas morning as a kid, I had to go steal three dollars from my neighbor so I could take the bus downtown and look for my parents who were usually passed out, half naked under the JFX. But, anyway, there is just something magical about waking up on Sunday mornings during football season and anxiously awaiting the game. And then they kickoff. And then I wonder why in the hell I was ever excited about this damn game in the first place. The Ravens are no longer fun to watch. Not even a little bit. I love the Ravens and I will continue to watch each Sunday, hoping that something clicks and everything changes but holy hell. There is something missing from this team. I’m not sure if it’s strictly personnel, a lack of creativity or a stubbornness to change and adapt to what the league has become, but whatever is missing, it’s glaring.
It’s an odd time to be a Ravens fan and it has been for the last few years. There just isn’t the same joy and excitement in the city about this team as there has been in the past. You can sense it at M&T Bank Stadium, as the crowds are smaller and not nearly as raucous as they once were. There are a lot of factors that go into this change of atmosphere but I think the number one reason is Ray Lewis. When you have an absolute legend, face of the franchise, first ballot hall of famer that was insanely fun to watch play and fired up a crowd more than anyone in any sport I have ever seen who retires and is suddenly gone…it’s almost impossible to replace that. I don’t think the Ravens have even come close to regaining the feeling that Ray Lewis brought to this city and to the team. You see guys like Terrell Suggs (a potential hall of famer in his own right and Ravens legend) try and put on a Ray Lewis like show in the pregame tunnel with his gladiator mask and the pyrotechnics and it just isn’t anywhere close to the same. While Joe Flacco is one of my favorite all time Ravens he clearly doesn’t have that overwhelmingly engaging persona that Ray had. Steve Smith was a fiery player that seemed to be a leader and would get the crowd going but he wasn’t more than rental that fit “The Raven Way,” which was created and molded by Ray Lewis. Obviously not having Ray around is not an excuse for poor draft picks, questionable personnel moves or lack of creativity and big play ability on offense. I’m not giving a pass for the current regime and players that are here. I do think, however, as an organization and fan base, the Ravens no longer have the mindset that they could go into any environment and kick the hell out of their opponents. When Ray was around, it was hard not to have confidence, swagger and the mindset that any game was there for the taking and I’m talking as a fan that never had a god damn thing to do with winning any game. I had confidence and swagger about being a Ravens fan because we had Ray. It feels different now. The Ravens need to figure out a new identity that works for them. Maybe the, “Raven Way,” is a thing of the past. A fantastic model for victory that worked beautifully for over a decade but maybe doesn’t keep up anymore. Ray isn’t coming back. The Ravens and Ravens’ fans need something new to feel fired up about and get behind. What that is… Who the hell knows?
My homework assignment for this week was to create a list of actual attainable guests that we could have on the podcast. That was also my homework assignment for last week but for some reason the guys didn’t think that my suggestions were realistic or helpful. Jerry thought that Cristiano Ronaldo is a corny creep who probably had something to do with the death of Sister Cathy and would make the podcast even more cringe worthy than it already is and Jason thought Jim Hunter is way too famous and sexy to give us a second of his time. Wait…did I mix those…ehh whatever. I thought Jordan Spieth would have been a good guest but I come to find out that he ran into Jerry outside the Under Armour tent at Preakness a few years ago and refused to sign Jerry’s bare chest. Jerry then shouted at him about his male pattern balding and told him he was going to choke at next years’ Masters. Turns out Jordan couldn’t get Jerry’s bare chest or his evil spell out of his mind as he shot a seven on number 12 in the 4th round of the following Masters blowing his chance at back to back green jackets. I also suggested that we get John Angelos on the pod but the guys weren’t big time enough to make that happen. So here is a list of attainable guests with a connection to Baltimore that should be on the B-More Opinionated Podcast
– Juan Dixon
Juan Dixon would be awesome because he’s my all time favorite basketball player and an absolute Maryland legend. He is also the head coach at Coppin State so he could shine some light on a Baltimore college basketball squad. I also served him a chicken salad sandwich which he seemed to enjoy and when I told him I was in Atlanta for the final four he gave me a fist pump and said, “my man,” so we are basically old homies. Montel Williams came to mind because he went to high school with my Dad. I asked my Dad if he ever talked to him and my dad said, “black guys didn’t talk to me back then.” Ok, fair enough. Pat Sajak is a giant cornball but that’s his job and he’s really famous so I guess that could be fairly interesting. He’s an Orioles fan although he was sitting front row in Dodger blue at the World Series so I guess he’s a S _LL_ _ T.(buy a vowel)
It would be especially great if we could get Julie Bowen in studio (and by studio I mean Danny’s dining room table). Julie Bowen is a co-star in Happy Gilmore, one of the all time great movies, and now stars on Modern Family. This probably means that she isn’t all that attainable for the podcast but she is from Baltimore.
Adam is a local, up and coming Baltimore comedian who will be performing as part of Magooby’s New Comic of the Year Competition at Magooby’s Joke House in late November. He also writes a blog that is getting more and more traction and is a reoccurring personality on the B-More Opinionated podcast. He is widely regarded as intimidatingly handsome yet approachable. I think he would be an awesome guest on the podcast and is about as attainable as they come.