One of those rare real sports moments occurred after the Ravens beat the Texans on Sunday. It was a moment that left many fans feeling satisfied, thinking to themselves that despite the men on the field making more in a week than they will make in a year that there actually is a human element to the game they spend an entire Sunday watching.
I’m talking of course about that moment that Ravens head coach John Harbaugh hugged his former player and current Texan, Derrick Mason, and said in is his ear “always a Raven.” The twitterverse exploded with joy over that Hallmark moment. How incredible was it that the camera was in the perfect spot and the microphones were pointed in their direction?
Not so fast.
I don’t think for a second that Harbaugh wasn’t aware of what he was doing. You think he didn’t see the four man crew following him out to mid-field and the microphone on the end of a ten foot pole aimed in his direction? Don’t be naive.
This was an ideal opportunity for Harbaugh to look good and he did just that. As he said, the family name is in enough controversy this week.
Derrick Mason was dealt to the Texans by the Jets for a conditional seventh round pick. That’s basically the Jets way of saying “get the hell out of here and we’ll take whatever we can get for you.” He didn’t exactly leave on good terms. Rumors had circulated that he went to head coach Rex Ryan with complaints about offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Though Mason denied those claims, he was tossed out of New York days later.
As for Mason and Harbaugh, the two weren’t exactly old pals here in Baltimore. The Ravens cut Mason after the NFL lockout and reports indicated that they never even made him an offer. Rex Ryan told the media that Mason “wanted to be” in New York. Remember that Derrick Mason complained about the Ravens offense before. Just last year Mike Preston of The Sun reported that things got so heated last November that Mason grabbed Joe by the face mask in a heated sideline argument. The two had to be separated.
Remember that Mason retired in frustration after the 2008 season.
Always a Raven? I’m not sure Harbaugh meant it, but it definitely made us all feel good.
Zach Wilt is the Founding Editor of BaltimoreSportsReport.com. You can follow him on Twitter @zamwi or send him an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
what up my bro’s? chow rike bro’s before hoe’s. Harbaugh just trying to ret everybody think he good man when he really a jerk. ravens win because of ray rewis, ed reed, t-sizzer, ray rice, haroti nata, anquan bordon, ree evans, and not harbaugh.
chow shout out to he buddy mister pole, mister bm1959, and mister winky. chow want go raven game with he three buddy. chow know mister bm1959 steerer fan but that ok cause mister bm1959 one of good steerer fans. mister pole good man who carr it rike he see it and chow rike that. mister wink keep winking at me at oriole game this past year when we all go together and chow thought mister wink was on down-row but others say it just habit with mister wink. chow was frattered that mister wink think chow good rooking guy and want go out with chow. maybe mister wink and chow hook up for some wine and cheese one night before raven game.
YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT CHOW.
Chow the “Ayatolla” of “Rock n Rolla”! swarm rike a butterfry sting rike a bee, Idiot Spy never get one over on Chow Ree. take out papers and trash cause Crown Spy got diaper rash.
Mister Wink and Chow going watch Raven game at Mister Winks pad Monday night. Everybody invited to Mister Winks house Monday night watch Raven game. No bring food cause Mister Wink wife be fixing arot of food for us. Chow know Mister Cobb, Mister Jimbo and Mister Mekin coming over cause they say. 7pm Monday night over Mister Winkies. Be there or be triangle.
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