Monday, January 24, 2011
The Baltimore inferiority complex is real
Baltimore fans have it tough.
In the NFL, they have the Steelers, who made their third Super Bowl appearance in six years yesterday with a win over the Jets. And make no mistake, ladies and gentlemen, "Sixburgh" is about to become "Sevenburgh" or "Seventh Heaven" or whatever cute name Steeler fans invent for themselves. As my friend Jay said after the Ravens loss, the Steelers winning the Super Bowl is the stone cold lead pipe lock of the year.
In the MLB, they have the Red Sox and Yankees, who combined have won seven of the last fifteen World Series. Even the the Tampa Bay Rays have risen from the ashes to win two of the last three AL East Divsion titles.
Think it gets easier for University of Maryland basketball fans? Think again. Duke and UNC have won four total championships since 2001.
And if you count the Capitals as a Baltimore team, which you could, and why not, since it gives the city another chance to root against Pittsburgh, the Penguins are fresh off their own back-to-back Stanley Cups victories in 2008 and 2009.
So when does it end? Each year it seems Baltimore fans are tortured as they forced to watch a bitter rival bring home another title while poor little Baltimore gets nothing but freezing temperatures.
Maybe it's worse this year, since the Ravens were primed to go all the way, and the loss to the Steelers was so epically disappointing that it makes you more aware of this stuff.
I don't know.
But what I do know is that the Baltimore inferiority complex is real. How could it not be?
Thank God for the Baltimore Mariners.