It didn't make sense, the Baltimore Ravens winning Super Bowl XLVII 34-31 over San Francisco Sunday. Not when considering how the Ravens played late in the regular season, losing four of their last five games. But then again, based on how the Ravens performed in the playoffs, it did make sense. This team somehow got it together to knock off the feel-good bunch of the year in the Indianapolis Colts, then Peyton Manning in Denver and Tom Brady in New England. We should have seen another upset coming. As the final seconds were ticking off on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome scoreboard, I couldn't help but think about so many Ravens fans I met while in Baltimore in the days leading up to the Colts' 23-9 AFC wild-card playoff loss at M&T Bank Stadium. Even after the Ravens won that game, our hotel waiter that night, who was wearing a purple No. 52 Ray Lewis jersey, admitted he didn't think his team would survive the Mile High City. Even diehard fans in Baltimore didn't see this coming. And you could make the argument that when such success is unexpected, it's that much sweeter. As I have reminded Colts fans since I was in Baltimore, there are still fans there who will never forget nor forgive late Colts owner Robert Irsay for moving the Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis in 1984. So many of us say that's old news, get over it, but the reality is it's a scar. And scars don't heal. They are reminders of the past. That said, the Ravens have now won two Super Bowls, one more than the Baltimore Colts ever did. And one more than the Indianapolis Colts, too. And the Ravens did it in just 17 years. If anything can distance Baltimore fans from a past they would like to forget, it has to be this team winning another Super Bowl. If that doesn't do it, nothing will. And these unfortunate followers will live the rest of their days with bitterness and contempt in their hearts until the days they die.
Ravens have won more Super Bowls than Baltimore Colts; OK, Joe, now do it again
Indianapolis Star | Feb 4