DC sports radio has a feature on in the afternoons, "The Sports Reporters" with Steve Czaban and Andy Pollen and Chris Knoche. This is on ESPN980, formerly Sportstalk980, which was a Fox sports outlet. This is a great show, I'm always pleased when I get a chance to listen to it.
The first 2 guys, Czaban and Pollen, are longtime sports radio guys, "journalists". They've got that slightly jaundiced air about them, of guys who've spent too many years scrabbling out a living standing in smelly locker rooms sticking a microphone into the faces of entitled jocks. Heard it all before. Maybe some of that jaundice comes from having Dan Snyder own the local team, and watching him put his own special tarnish on Joe Gibbs' legacy. Anyway, they're knowledgeable, usually pretty funny, don't give a crap about the usual stuff like how many carries the local RB is going to get in the next game, and they're not ESPN's programming. I like them.
The other guy, Knoche, played basketball for Gary Williams at American 1979-81, then served as an asst coach there for 8 years, before replacing Ed Tapscott as the head coach there from 1990-97. He now does color for Maryland basketball games. He's a pleasure to listen to: a calm, reasoned, knowledgeable guy with a wry streak. It's interesting to have him on this show.
So this afternoon Czaban & Pollen are talking about the upcoming wkend's NFL games, and of course they're talking from the perspective of a Redskins fan. The NFC conf championship is between the Cardinals and the Eagles; either Czabe or Pollen says
(I'm going to put quotes around these comments: but I just got home, having heard this on the radio, am quoting from memory, could be misquoting.)
"You know this has got to be making Danny [Snyder] crazy. The Redskins went 3-0 against those teams this season!" And the other one says "You know he's thinking, 'We're close!'"
Knoche pipes up. "Saturday, I'm watching the end of the Ravens game. So I text my buddy, who I know is watching the game with his Todd Heap jersey on, I tell him congratulations. And he texts me back, he tells me he's pulling for the Steelers! And I text him back, I tell him 'You don't want the Steelers.'"
"And he texts me back, 'Danny has stolen your football manhood. If we win but we don't go thru the Steelers to do it, it will be tarnished.'"
The other guys on the show laugh: maybe Snyder has stolen our football manhood. If I can find an mp3 of this, I'll link it. Very fun moment in sports radio.
It also nicely captures the attitude of many Ravens fans this week. Maybe we shouldn't want the Steelers. But we kinda do want them. Looking forward to them. Evidently the Ravens feel the same way:
Bruised Ravens ready for another brawl vs. Steelers
Most of the Ravens who watched the game were pulling for the Steelers.
"You have to appreciate the way they play. I love the way they play," Bart Scott said. "You want to play the best, and I think they are the best right now. You want the opportunity to prove yourself against the best. You want to test yourself. We look forward to it. We didn't want to go to San Diego."