Tag:Baltimore Ravens
Posted on: January 19, 2009 11:29 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2009 11:49 pm

Ravens AFC Champions Gear For Sale!

Yeah, you read that right.  Chuck Finder of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette blogs today that the NFL Shop still has a link that's seemingly active where one can purchase an assortment of Baltimore Ravens 2008 AFC Champions merchandise.

What?  No, your eyes are not playing a trick on you.

Personally, I'd go for the "AFC Conference Runners Up Faux Leather Helmet," a relative steal at $36.99 + tax and postage!

And the Runners-Up Tapestry Throw is guaranteed by NFL Shop to be more accurate than a Joe Flacco throw!  $39.99 + tx & post.

Don't forget the lady in your life with the Women's Ray Lewis Super Bowl XLIII Replica Jersey.  She won't know it's a replica, guys, so you'll save a bundle with that $64.99 price tag as she'll think it's one of the authentic models.  And, really, what player endears himself more to the NFL's female demographic than Ray Lewis?

Man, Baltimore could have really rubbed it in Pittsburgh's face had they actually won...with this item, the Trophy Towel.  If I were a Ravens' fan, I'd order a hundred of these today, hopefully the league would give me a nice bulk discount.

And yeah, I realize all this crap is probably available over at the Steelers page on NFLShop.com.  But these items are funnier because, well, the Ravens lost.

I love Chuck's take on it, too.  This stuff may end up as part of a shipment of donated goods.  It's always interesting to read those stories about the unused/loser of the championship gear.  Everytime one of my friends or relatives travels to some exotic faraway place, I tell them to be on the lookout for things like this.  If someone ever spots a 1990 Pittsburgh Pirates NL Champions cap or t-shirt, by all means I want to know!

Posted on: January 19, 2009 1:05 am
Edited on: January 19, 2009 1:08 am

Tomlin Outcoaches Harbaugh

A quick postmortem on the AFC Title Game before I nod off.

One factor being seriously ignored in the postgame hullaballoo is that Mike Tomlin totally outcoached John Harbaugh from whistle-to-gun.

Tomlin is a real, genuine leader.  He does exactly what needs to be done to each player.  Some need yelled at, some need a pat on the back, some need something else and he knows exactly how to treat all 53.  He's not a one-trick pony like so many coaches who are all rah-rah (Sparano, e.g.) or overly stoic (Reid, e.g.).  On the other hand, the only things I saw Harbaugh doing tonight were throwing his red hankie and unsuccessfully needling the officials after just about every play.  Harbaugh also had a whiny look on his face all night (not unlike former Ravens helmsman Brian Billick, ironically).  Mike Tomlin never has a whiny face, ever.

There are other areas where the Steelers are stronger than Baltimore, but by-and-large this game was won by the better-coached team.

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