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THE NFL HAS AN IMAGE TO UPHOLD.
SO DO I.
It hurts. Physically and emotionally. Like the time Bill Gramatica lept in absurd celebration, tore his ACL and missed the rest of the season.
The Ravens lost a heart breaker to the Patriots on Sunday and it came down to the final drive. The Ravens were right where they needed to be. They had momentum & they were moving the ball with ease – a few yards here, a first down there. Completion after completion. You could feel it building. Joe Flacco has em on the ropes! We’re gonna score and win this game!
And then? A perfect pass for first and goal. Dropped. Game over. The excitement, the rush, the screams of joy…gone. Just like that.
I’ve had that feeling before. At my girlfriend’s place. She was looking hot, we both had a few drinks and things were heating up. I was right where I needed to be. I had momentum and I was moving with ease – a bra here, panties there. Completion after completion. We felt it building. It was inevitable. I was gonna score!
And then? Doorbell. Her parents. “We brought Taboo!” Game over. The excitement, the rush, the screams of joy…my erection…gone. Just like that.
I don’t mind losing. Been doing it most my life. It’s the way we lost that stings. Fundamentals. It always comes back to the basics. You could look at a number of plays that hurt the Ravens but the one that everyone will remember is Mark Clayton’s dropped pass. I’m not saying catching a potential game saving pass, under pressure, with other professionals trying to stop you, while thousands of fans scream at the top of their lungs is easy. It’s not. But when you get paid millions of dollars to do it? Catch the damn ball! If you were paid millions of dollars to make creamed corn, wouldn’t you make the creamiest damn corn anyone’s ever had? You’d have to for that kind of $! If not, you’re fired. You’re not getting another opportunity next week. They’ll find someone else to make the creamed corn. Someone younger, quicker, smarter and better. Who knows? Might be Mark Clayton.
Next up, the Cincinnati prison squad, AKA, the Bengals.
New England. See ya’s in the playoffs…
– Ryan Sickler, Ravens Blogger