A Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens guest prognosticator post is coming, but I thought I’d do a little post just for fun.
WTOP radio is pushing this as a local rivalry, probably because they have a couple of Baltimore fanboys in their sports department. This isn’t a rivalry on two fronts though.
- Baltimore isn’t local to Washington, its regional. I can see FedEx Field in Landover, Md., where the Redskins play from an Alexandria overpass I go over most days. That stadium is also visible from other parts of Northern Virginia and D.C. That is local. The Ravens stadium is not visible from any part of the D.C. area.
- The other reason this isn’t a rivalry is because they only play each other every four years in the regular season. I have mentioned before that I’d like it to become an interconference rivalry annually. The potential for many regional/intrastate interconference games exists and I was hoping with an eighteen game season we’d see them added. However, since that seems to be off the table, I don’t see this happening anytime soon if ever.
FedEx Field, for all of its shortcomings (which are overstated), is superior to the NFL stadium approximately 37 miles up I-95 because it has grass. It may be torn up and muddy (DC Sports Bog, The Post), but that will always be superior to the shameful artificial turf in Baltimore.
Sports on Earth has a great preview of the game in this week’s NFL Lowdown which includes this:
Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was walking around on crutches earlier in the week. Suddenly, the clutches broke free of Hall and got open for a 20-yard reception. Hall chased the crutches down the sideline and somehow managed to horse-collar tackle them, earning a 15-yard penalty. Hall complained about the flag to his orthopedist. Dan Snyder responded to the incident by calling Hall an All-Pro, showering him with money and saying dumb things about the Giants.
History is about where it happened and not the corporation involved. As far as I am concerned, the Ravens are the poorly dressed descendants of the Baltimore Colts. Here’s some great video of the pregame of a Monday Night Football match-up between the Redskins and the Colts at Memorial Stadium from 1978.
39-year old Billy Kilmer had just been renamed starting QB, replacing Joe Theismann. This would be Kilmer’s final season.
The Redskins had just switched to gold facemasks — Kilmer looks weird in it. ’78 was also the last year for gold pants until 2010.
This was the first year the Colts wore white facemasks.
This was also the final Monday Night game at Memorial Stadium, inclusive of the two years the Ravens played there.
Joe Washington highlights are featured, but as a Colt. He joined the Redskins a few years later and was a key part of the offense that led the Redskins to two consecutive Super Bowls, one of which the Redskins won.
The Colts upset the Redskins that night (Pro Football Reference), . The Redskins stumbled to an 8-8 finish. The Colts went 5-11, but were 3-2 with Bert Jones at QB.