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November 25, 2008

Ravens: No respect?

Maybe this isn't necessary, but I'm going to explain something to the football fans on this blog who get testy when the reporters and columnists covering the team predict that the Ravens are going to lose a particular game.

It isn't personal. It isn't about supporting or not supporting the home team. I picked the Ravens to beat the Eagles this past weekend. I also picked the Giants to beat the Ravens the previous week. In each case, I tried to look at the matchup objectively and give my opinion about the outcome. The notion that anyone should predict the Ravens will win to show "respect" for the local team is absurd.

I can't speak for anybody else, but I think the weekly staff predictions published in The Sun are a lot of fun and -- judging from the comments I get -- of interest to a lot of readers. Of course, what else am I going to say when I'm on top of the standings and making my co-workers (especially my fellow columnists Rick Maese and David Steele) look like a bunch of rubes?

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 5:40 AM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Just football
        

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As if what you and your fellow writers are going to affect the outcome of the game. It is still a game after all.

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Pete's reply: My point exactly.

Pete
It isn't the way the staff picks the games. it is the general opinion that Mr. Preston and Mr. Steele are racially motivated in their columns. Be this true or not is immaterial. That is how they are seen by a number of your readers.

Rick Maese is a nattering naybob of negativity.

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Pete's reply: Thank you very much, Mr. Agnew.

I think people realize this point of view. But, when Mike Preston picks the Eagles because they are a "good" team and then when the Ravens beat them and he says we beat a "bad" team it makes no sense. I guess he needs something to write about instead of badmouthing Billick now.

Pete,

Certainly nobody is going to fault anyone for picking the Giants over the Ravens. The Giants were huge favorites and playing at home. What I was upset about yesterday is how 3 of the 6 could pick against the Ravens at home when they were favored. Then after the blowout win there were articles outlining just how terrible the Eagles were and diminishing the victory. I am an avid reader of the sports section and you notice certain trends and biases after a while. I won't call these guys out by name and put you in an uncomfortable situation (obviously you're not one of them) since they are your colleagues but it's obvious they don't respect the Ravens because in the weekly breakdowns they also rank the Ravens regularly as being inferior in the matchups, yet here they are at 7-4. If you look at any other home team paper for a team that's 7-4 I guarantee you that half their staff isn't picking against the home team when they're playing at home and favored. Did anyone even check the Ravens record at home the past 5 years?


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Pete's reply: I still say they are just trying to be right. I considered picking the Eagles. It was a close call at the time.

I woold rather have the columnists write what they really think anf feel than to be homers just to support the home team, I also thought the RTaven's would lose , I was wrong and very glad I was , it doesn't mean you don't support your team if you predict a loss in a certain game , you are very coreect on that point! I want the Ravens to win every game and root for them to do so , that does not mean that I think they will win against every team, in their super bowl year I still think there were teams that would have beat them in the playoffs but got beat befor ethe Raven's had to meet them and yo uneed that kind of good fortune to win the super bowl no matter who yuou are , and that is true evry year!

Can you post "the picks" standings Or provide the link if they are out there some where?

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Pete's reply: They haven't been updated for next week yet, but I can tell you this much. The Schmuck Stops in first place by three games.

So what's the leading score as far as the Ravens are concerned? Is it more than 7? If not, you could've picked the home team every week and still had the lead. (and maybe a larger reader base)


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Pete's reply: I don't know the breakdown on that and am way too lazy to go back through all the papers to find out. I'll just tell everyone I'm 9-2 and hope no one checks.

It would be nice if Maese could actually give some coherent one-liners with his predictions. Talk about obscure references. The good news is that Maese has been wrong nearly every week in his picks against the Ravens. But the guy just seems like McNabb at this point - going through the motions with no passion at all. I predict Maese's time with the Sun is short.

Brookins, Mike Preston picked the Ravens, not the Eagles.

Secondly, unless you expect the Ravens to go undefeated, how can anyone be bothered that someone did not pick them? The picks were just about unanimous for the Steelers and Giants game and what happened?

I used to hate Preston's columns because he never gave the Raven's credit. He was negative about them all the way up to the super bowl. Then he said in the 2004 or 2005 season that the o-line and d-line would determine the outcome of the season and he was right. He gained a lot of credibility with me after that. Just because he's not drunk off the Kool Aid does not mean he doesn't respect the Ravens. How about going back and reading his columns from earlier in the season when he said that the Ravens are the real deal?

Sorry for talking about Preston so much in your blog, Pete. For the record, you are right about the prediction thing. Some people need to get over it. There was good reason to pick the Eagles. I mean, they were in a must-win situation.

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