Team 21085 wants to know: Joe Flacco, where you have been all our lives? Deemed player of the game, (arguably…he had loads of competition – namely, C-Mac, Leron McClain and the entire O-line) by Mike Dahl, Jr. (Mt. St. Joe’s sophomore and varsity football player who recorded a sack Friday night from J-towne,) the rookie QB put on quite a show. Incidentally, Mike and his younger brother Jake are honorary seat-fillers on Team 21085.
But what a day! After a grueling season last year, a blind-sided Terps loss Saturday, 21085 went into the game with low expectations, at most hoping our Ravens would “put up a good showing and not get embarrassed.” After all, Cinncy has had our number lately, taking the past three. 21085 carried maybe the lowest expectations since Marchibroda’s days. (Speaking of Buffalo how about them Bills?!)
Flacco was poised in the pocket, smart and savvy on the read. He was all over the place, providing blocks even! He was the perfect antidote for a town screaming for some offense. “Let’s go Flacco” washed over the stadium. When is the last time, the crowd actually cheered in unison for the offense? Welcome aboard Cam! The Dee did their job. McAllister made things happen. MacClain proved to be a truculent workhouse against Cinncy’s defense- nailing the running game with positive yards and chewing up the clock. Fun, fun, fun!
I was lucky enough to sit next to Josh and Andy Eisner. A father and son team from Fallston. Josh was working his camera – it was his first Ravens game and he was exceptionally enthusiastic. He was for sure, “protecting this house.” (Under Armour theme and my personal fave commercial during games.) At one point, when the cheerleaders were on the big screen shaking their pom-poms in their sultry new uniforms Josh said “Those cheerleaders are hot.” Sheesh! Josh is like 11!
Turns out the Eisner’s are the family who hosted The Simple Life with Nicole Ritchie and Paris Hilton not so long ago. Are they really that pretty when the cameras are off and the makeup is gone? They are beautiful. But according to Andy they are nowhere near as ditzy as they are portrayed. Interesting! Also turns out that Andy is a volunteer for the Ed Block Courage Awards. We’ll get more on that later.
Anyway, a pre-game tradition for 21085 (implemented by me of course) is predicting the final game score prior to kickoff. It’s all about bragging rights. And also seeing who is fare-weather.
Unfortunately, three out of six picked Cinncy to win, I won’t shame them by naming names- but that is disappointing girls, Jenny- Debbie and Lisa. What were you thinking? The winner: “Double D” aka, Dan Dahl: Baltimore 17- Cinncy 13. Way to go Double! You own the title (for now).
17-10, Ravens win. Wow! Last year, Cinncy jutted into town, trampled our hopes and deflated our ego. This year? Who knows, is 21085 ready to book their trip to the Super Bowl? Not just yet. We’ve got a long road but at least we have more hope. Todd Heap, are you okay? But as Debbie Dahl so eloquently put it, the motto of 21085 is simple and it is this: “It doesn’t matter about wins and losses, as long as you have fun.” Hmph.
Still, not sure about that, but at least week one was a success!
Right up until we found our way onto Joppa Farm Road and headed to Rumsey Island. We got behind a motorcycle with a passenger – a woman with a black lacey top on. The motorcycle was swerving. Neil mentioned it, Mike saw it. Neil, the DESIGNATED DRIVER, slacked off behind keeping us out of the way. The nit-wits ended up dumping the bike on the side of the road. They had no business being on the road. It appeared they were hammered, stammering to pick up the bike. These idiots are the kind of people that give bikers a bad name. Are you crazy? There is no excuse, just no excuse. Stay off the roads if you touch a drink. Period. It’s that simple.