New York, the city and the sports fans are not exactly known for their sportsmanship.
It is no secret that losing doesn’t bode well here in the Big Apple.
That cannot be so surprising considering the city’s divine right to win is considered an unwritten law.
So last night as I plodded home from a post Super Bowl XLVII soirée, I started reminiscing.
– Also realizing that the last time the Super Bowl was on February 3 (my birthday) was back in 2008 when the Giants were 13-point underdogs facing an 18-0 Patriots super team. But somehow the G-men won and it was the best and biggest birthday I could have ever dreamt of.
Right as these memories were making me very sad, I looked up at the NYC skyline and saw the Empire State Building.
The Ravens were the underdogs too but against vs. the 49ers.
This Baltimore team also defied the odds, as they lost five of their last six regular season games with the only victory against my pathetic Giants who seemed to have lost their heart somewhere along the way.
At that moment, I was so proud of New York City for saluting the team who will now be called the Champions, a word that 24 hours ago belonged to the Giants.
My sadness turned to thoughts of how awesome the city of Baltimore must feel.
I smiled knowing that my good friends from Charm City were experiencing that bond that only fan-ship and winning can bring.
And irrevocably there is Ray Lewis.
A Raven lifer, who was the face of the franchise for 18 seasons, that even made cocky New Yorkers, like myself respect the city of Baltimore.
The odds that any sports fan will get to experience the utter honor of encountering a player as fervent, and inspiriting as Ray Lewis are zero.
So the only proper way to send this man out was on top, so I applaud Ravens Nation, both the fans and the players for making sure it didn’t end any other way.
“You’ve got to go out and show them that I’m a different creature now, then I was five minutes ago, cause I’m pissed off for greatness. Cause if you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that just means you’re okay with being mediocre.” – Ray Lewis
Baltimore proved itself and will never be considered mediocre in this New Yorkers eyes.
So cheers to the apropos Champs, the Baltimore Ravens and their unwavering fans to a job well done!