Fight for Old Baltimore
By Jason Woodmansee
[Before I even start, I need to recognize the brilliant efforts of the Washington Post’s own Dan Steinberg, who had the guts to ask Coach Shanahan and the players about the white pants they wore last week. You can’t ask for more, reporting-wise. That being said, if the Redskins don’t wear the gold pants on Sunday night I will lose my fool mind.]
I know it isn’t always popular to consider the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area as one place. There doesn’t seem to be anyone who likes the Redskins and Ravens and Orioles and Nationals. I posed the question on Twitter, and got responses like “I hate the Orioles because they actively fought DC baseball and stole the Nats TV rights. I hope the O's move to Montreal” (@doubleuefwhy) and “I Hate Ravens because I listened to B'More folks cry about Indy ‘stealing’ Colts, then did it to Cleveland.” (@billdollins) The nicest thing I heard was “I consider Ravens and Nats local teams that I'll support, in the same way I guess I support Canada.” (@Prather)
Maybe it’s because I live 3,000 miles away now, but I look back on Washington and Baltimore with near equal fondness. I am a Redskins fan and an Orioles fan. I miss steamed crabs and Camden Yards. I’m nostalgic about the monuments and having to wear a suit in stifling humidity. But my equal love of both cities seems to be unique.
When I filled out the application to blog here, they asked me to check my favorite teams. The first thing I noticed was that the University of Maryland was available, but not The George Washington University (no Georgetown either -- stick it, Hoyas). But the most glaring omission was that there was no “Orioles” check box. It’s hard to believe that The Washington Post doesn’t cover the Orioles anymore -- I can’t tell you how many Boswell columns I read about the O’s over the years. It was The Washington Post that broke the story that Cal Ripken was retiring. Let this be a warning -- when I’m not talking about uniform pants, I’m gonna slip some GW and Orioles stuff in here.
Which gets me back to my original point (I think). This week the Redskins play the Colts. Sure, we should root against the Colts because they are playing the Redskins, and winning this game would important for division standing...blah blah blah. But we should also root against the Colts because they moved out of Baltimore in the middle of the night. And they moved to a tiny city somewhere in one of the flyover states. And this caused a terrible chain reaction resulting in the Browns leaving Cleveland for Baltimore, leaving behind an even more terrible Browns team in their place.
Let’s win this one for Charm City, hon.
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| October 15, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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