“Hit, Hustle, Believe.” A phrase I read on a tattered tee on one of the coaches for the Joppatowne-Edgewood Recreation Football team. Hit. Hustle. Believe. If only it were that simple.
Through the eyes of Ravens’ fans we have only one of those resources available to us: Believe. Sure we can hit Steelers fans with our venomous words and we can hustle with vigor through our chants to Baltimore’s pride, Dee-Fense (clap, clap); De-Fense (Clap, clap) but to believe?
Yeap. That’s what we’ve got to try and wrap are arms around. Believe that our rookie quarterback from Delaware, Flacco is going to trigger some offensive explosion? Who is this Todd Bowman anyway since Boller is out and Smith is well…skinny and still ailing (get better Troy!)? How long can we bank on Stover as our only gem on the scoreboard? Are we to Believe that our secondary is healthy and it’s game on for them? Where is Ed Reed? Are we to Believe that our new young coach John Harbaugh, who ran a hard-hitting camp compared to Billick, is going to work miracles and orchestrate a winning record? Believe that our o ffensive line has regained its’ footing without our very first draft pick J.O?
Sheesh! That is a lot to ask even from the most ardent fans. Hopefully we can at least enjoy our growing pains as we watch the football fates unravel. So with things looking somewhat gloomy, we always have one thing that can get us by. What is that?
Well, we can always take pride in our trash-talking. And I mean the good, clean kind. Who doesn’t like lambasting the Steelers (Carlin, Adam it is on…any other Steeler fans want to go?)
Welcome to Pigskin Prophesy, Daggerstyle. This will be an interactive forum to ta lk up the local homers and talk “down” to the scabs. In addition, I’m going to take out my mystical crystal ball laced with deep purple and take a stab at picking winners. All of them. I hope you’ll join me.
In spite of what you might think, there is no science, and often-times no reasoning behind picking football winners. No football team is ever guaranteed to bring home the win. Remember the recent SuperBowl? You don’t have to devote ten plus hours a week on getting into Tom Brady’s psyche or studying the lines. In fact, I strongly encourage you NOT to pay any attention, it’ll be more fun for everyone else that way. Go with your instincts.
So, if you think you’ve got the BALLS, please join me. At the end of the season, the person with the most wins, wins. You will be crowned King or Queen of=2 0Dagger’s inaugural Pigskin Prophesy.
Rules, no rules. Pick one game, pick all games. Play every week, play when you want. Obviously you’ll have a better shot at bringing home the crown the more you participate. Bring your smash-mouth game all the time though, play or not.
FYI: It’s never too late to join in on the fun. Don’t be shy…football gods are open and loving to both Democrats and Republicans.
Leave you picks in the comment section, and we will tally up the leaders each week.
Sunday, Sep. 14
Buffalo at Jacksonville
Chicago at Carolina
Tennessee at Cincinnati
New Orleans at Washington
Green Bay at Detroit
N.Y. Giants at St. Louis
Oakland at Kansas City
Indianapolis at Minnesota
San Francisco at Seattle
Atlanta at Tampa Bay
Miami at Arizona
New England at N.Y. Jets
San Diego at Denver
Pittsburgh at Cleveland
Monday, Sep. 15
Philadelphia at Dallas
Baltimore at Houston