Few annual events trigger over-the-top saturation media coverage like the
Our favorite moments of high absurdity, however, have been reserved for the endless explorations of the
Never before have two
Suffice to say that after all is said and done — from John's infamous player bear-hugs to Jim's purloining of a family catchphrase that John deemed too corny for the NFL ("Who's got it better than us? Nooooo-body") — Baltimoreans know two things for certain: first, Jack and
All of which is to observe that the notion of a family torn by sport and allegiance is an instructive one for the residents of Maryland in 2013. We feel the Harbaugh pain. And not just because of a few out-of-towners living among us.
Maryland is home to two National Football League teams, and for the most part, fans of the
Here's the kicker. This week, a lot of Washington fans have been climbing on the Ravens bandwagon. That didn't happen when the Ravens won their first Super Bowl, in 2001. And it bucks the national trend (a recent Facebook survey of "likes" found most of the country on San Francisco's side, for some unknown reason).
Maryland, a state divided by two metropolitan areas, may actually be demonstrating a Harbaugh-like closing of the ranks. Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry announced his support for the Ravens. Rep.
But maybe that's what being one Maryland family is like. One day you're working against the team up the street and the next your betting a case of crab cakes on them. Ravens fans believe that the late Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke had a big hand in persuading the NFL not to offer Baltimore an expansion team after the
Would Baltimore be as thrilled had the roles been reversed? It's a little hard to imagine. But perhaps the day will come when it will be much harder to draw a line between the political spheres of influence in this state, and sports teams and their fans will reflect that détente.