There’s something interesting going on in Baltimore. This purple painted town has suddenly become a little more orange. It’s been two weeks since the Orioles were eliminated from baseball’s postseason and articles about the Ravens still seem to be taking a backseat to our O’s coverage.
Fans have embraced the World Series, despite having no rooting interest and local sports talk radio seems to be flooded with fans criticizing the coaching staff and front office of the Ravens.
Though the Ravens lead the AFC North with their 5-2 record, concern about the team’s aging defense and inconsistent offense has been growing. Everyone is talking about their inability to score away from the comfy confines of M&T Bank Stadium and for the first time in the team’s existence, some fans are even criticizing owner Steve Bisciotti for the contracts given to Ray Lewis, Ray Rice and the urgency of re-signing Joe Flacco.
It’s a quiet and subtle change, but a change nonetheless. Historically, Baltimore has been known as a football town, but I’ve always argued that it’s really a city that only supports one team at a time.
The Ravens have been the belle of the ball in Baltimore since their arrival from Cleveland, mostly because of the Orioles decade and a half of losing. But that isn’t the case anymore.
The fall sellouts and orange towels waving at Camden Yards are fresh in our minds while doom and gloom seems to be hovering inevitably over The Bank.
We’ll see if I’m wrong. Perhaps excitement about the Ravens will pick up and we’ll have two reasons to celebrate this year.
I hope so. Right now it seems like a change is a coming and baseball is back in Charm City.