Ravens-Steelers: what's wrong with this picture?
An 8:30 p.m. start, tailgaters sucking down beers in the parking lots hours earlier, Baltimore fans and Pittsburgh fans wearing their colors and jawing at each other . . . the Ravens-Steelers game Sunday night definitely had the potential for mayhem.
Alcohol was flowing and IQ's were lowering everywhere you looked.
But the strangest sight of the whole evening was Ravens fans and Steelers fans trying to out-do each other in the towel-waving department once the game started.
Steelers fans waved their Terrible Towels and Ravens fans waved their, um . . . well, whatever you want to call those purple and white towels the Ravens handed out to their fans.
Unlike Steelers fans, Ravens fans aren't notorious towel-wavers. Which is a good thing, since a lot of the ones I observed didn't have the whole towel-waving thing down pat.
Maybe it was the lateness of the hour, maybe it was the effect of all that beer.
But whatever it was, the Ravens fans I watched seemed to wave the damned things half-heartedly, as if they felt slightly embarrassed by the whole exercise.
I kind of felt embarrassed for them, if you want to know the truth.