For Baltimore sports fans, now is the early spring of our discontent.
Could it really be that just six weeks ago, we were living in sports fandom ecstasy? The
You have to go back decades to recall a time when Charm City's baseball and football teams fared so well simultaneously. This was the American Dream, at least for the
How did it go from king of the hill to "my kingdom for a starting free safety" so quickly? Let us count the ways.
Top of the list, of course, has been watching the Ravens lose free agents faster than Berger can sell fudge cookies. The latest was nine-time
Even the signing of Super Bowl MVP
Meanwhile, the Orioles treated baseball's off-season like they'd already had their fill of talent for the foreseeable future, thank you. Supermodels partake more at the Golden Corral's steak night buffet lines than the O's did in free agency. Guess 35-year-old
We don't know what the Orioles' future holds (they are certainly winning a lot of games in grapefruit country, for whatever that's worth), but it sure seems like baseball writers around the country have already written them off. Hardly anyone predicts the Orioles finishing any better than fourth place in the
But at least that's better than
Oh, and did we mention that
All of which brings us full circle back to the Ravens and Orioles, who can't quite work out a way to allow the world champions to host the
There are really just two remedies for all this. Fans can give the O's and Ravens' respective management teams the benefit of the doubt and wait to see how that turns out. They can discover women's college basketball and root for Towson academics (it is a college, as you may recall). Or they can pick the last bits of confetti out of their Boldin jerseys and head to the nearest sports bar. Just remember, the triumph of a championship wouldn't mean much if there wasn't some adversity to overcome on the road to getting there.