Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Ravens 'Good Luck' Charm

Football is a big part of our lives every Fall. From mid-September through January, you can find us cheering on our teams every Sunday afternoon. Every year, each of our teams has another chance to get to the Super Bowl. Perhaps that is what keeps me coming back for more. 

This past season was especially memorable. Since the Jets were pretty abysmal, I jumped onto the Ravens ship about Week 10. It was fun helping B cheer on his team, and even more fun since they were actually winning some games. 

We found out we were expecting in mid-November as the regular season was starting to wind down, and playoff hopes were being solidified or slashed. For those of you who don't know (or care) about the Ravens road to the Super Bowl, let me recap it for you and show you how B named our soon-to-be first child the good luck charm of the Charm City heroes this season.

Neither of us thought much of the Ravens making the playoffs since they were heavily favored to do so for most of the season. Week 1 of the playoffs brought on a home game against the Colts. At that point, we had shared our news with our families, so we watched the games with his brothers.

Playoffs Week 2 took the Ravens on the road to play Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. By then, we had told a few of our close friends that we were expecting, and invited a few couples over to watch the game at our house. That game was nothing short of crazy entertaining and emotional. At more than one point, we thought the Ravens had blown it, and the end of their season was in sight.

But miraculously, and after two overtime periods, the Ravens came out on top and they were on their way to the AFC Championship game to play my least favorite team in the NFL, the New England Patriots. This would be the exact same AFC Championship match up as last year's.

About this time, B decided that our 'bun in the oven' might just be the extra good luck charm that his team would need this year. He then said that 'having a baby and winning the Super Bowl in the same year would be the best year ever.'

Well, you probably know the rest of this story, but the Ravens went on to crush the Patriots on the road, and as of two weeks ago, they were headed to the Super Bowl. The look on B's face when they won that game made the whole thing all the more exciting. Sort of romantic in a way.

And then just this past weekend, the Ravens won the Super Bowl. The game wasn't the prettiest I've ever seen, but it sure was exciting. The Championship was brought home to Baltimore, and I was surrounded by some of the happiest grown men I've seen in my life on Sunday night.

The Ravens team is full of talented players and awesome leadership, and sure, our baby really had nothing to do with the whole story. But, this baby's Daddy placed the two things hand-in-hand this year, and for that I am thankful. After all, I can only romanticize about the whole notion for a few more weeks until the big win starts to wear off.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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