Today we're talking football through a baseball lens. While I watched my Ravens improbably steamroll the Patriots last Sunday, I was also checking Adam Jones' Twitter feed and it was heartening to see that he was rooting openly for the Ravens. Somehow, I don't think that will be the case tonight when the Ravens travel to Indianapolis for a high-stakes playoff game; winner advances to the AFC Championship, loser goes home.
Adam is a self-professed Indianapolis (ugh) Colts fan, and a great admirer of their star quarterback Peyton Manning. When the Colts visited Baltimore during the regular season, Jones did the wise thing and showed up on the field level with a Johnny Unitas Baltimore Colts jersey on his back. That's what I love about Dr. Jones - he gets it.
Even if Charm City's emerging young center fielder isn't pulling for Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Ed Reed, Joe Flacco, and company, you can bet that I will be. It was beyond my wildest dreams for this particular team to beat Tom Brady and the Pats for the first time ever and advance to the second round. To exorcise their Manning demons and the haunting memories of the horseshoes driving out of Baltimore in Mayflower vans 25 years ago would be a best-case scenario. Hey, why not? Go Ravens!