Ravens won't be America's team

Ravens won't be America's team
December 30, 2012, 4:45 pm
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Ed Reed talks about facing "father figure" Pagano in playoffs

Ravens fans like to think that everyone is against them. Next week in the first round of the playoffs, they just may be right.

When the Colts come to M&T Bank Stadium for a matchup of the AFC’s fourth and fifth seeds, the storylines will mean most of the country’s football followers will be rooting for Indianapolis. The Colts are a much more sympathetic team this year.

Most importantly, there is the inspiring story of head coach Chuck Pagano. The former Ravens defensive coordinator was diagnosed with leukemia this fall and returned to the sideline Sunday for the first time since beginning treatment three months ago. Pagano’s cancer is in remission, and his battle with the disease has inspired “Chuckstrong” T-shirts, signs and a leukemia research fundraising campaign. Two of the Colts cheerleaders even shaved their heads in support of Pagano and the campaign.

Then there is rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. With him at the helm — looking every bit as good as the hype that preceded the draft — the Colts went from a two-win team to 11-5. Luck has been unflappable and clutch.

The Ravens, on the other hand, are stumbling into the postseason with four losses in their last five games. Their quarterback has looked alternatively elite and quite flappable. They keep committing personal fouls and drawing fines for illegal hits.

So which team do you think most of America will be rooting for?