Ravens disrespect factor from Denver

Ravens disrespect factor from Denver
January 8, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Ravens turn their attention to Manning, Broncos

Back in the days before you could read the sum total of human knowledge on your smartphone, the column by Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post would have been called bulletin-board material. Here’s his lead paragraph from coverage of Sunday’s Ravens-Colts game:

“If this Rust Belt town needed a bib to catch all the sentimental tears shed at the last home game of iconic linebacker Ray Lewis, how is Baltimore going to handle the emotional breakdown when the Broncos force him into retirement as a loser?”

Whoa. Kiszla didn’t exactly back off from there. Unimpressed with a victory over a club led by a rookie quarterback — even one as accomplished as Andrew Luck — the columnist wrote: “Like Lewis, their very passionate but washed-up warrior, the Ravens now seem better at striking a pose than striking fear in the hearts of a foe.”

In asking how much Lewis has left on the field, Kiszla focused on the potential interception Lewis dropped. If you want to pick out one play — which really doesn’t make much sense — why not go with the one where Lewis shot the gap like he was 15 years younger and nailed the Colts running back behind the line of scrimmage? As it turned out, Lewis played longer and better than even most Ravens fans could have hoped.

Agreed, that’s no guarantee of success in Denver against Peyton Manning. And the way the Broncos handled the Ravens the first time around would tend to build confidence in seeing it happen again.

But where’s that bulletin board?

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