- The Washington Times - Monday, December 8, 2008


BALTIMORE — The howling wind tossing Sir Scribble’s wheels around Interstate 95 combined with the walk from Lot F - F is for “Far away” - to the stadium entrance confirmed it. Those who challenged the elements Sunday night for the Beltway Brouhaha deserve kudos. The best place to watch pro football during conditions like that is on television.

The wind and chill reminded Scrib of last year’s Giants-Packers NFC title game in Green Bay. The wind chill was something like minus-20 that night; it probably wasn’t as bad for Redskins-Ravens, but the folks were bundled up. …

— The players avoided the field until they absolutely had to come out. There wasn’t any of the pre-warmup socializing at midfield, no Chris Cooley-led games. At 6:56 p.m., there was one player - a Ravens big guy - on the field. …

— Just before 7, a roar came from the concourse when Pittsburgh was stuffed near the Dallas goal line. The Steelers and Ravens are battling for the AFC North title. Boos replaced those cheers when DeShea Townsend won the game for Pittsburgh by returning an interception for a touchdown. …

— Like most other teams, the Ravens did this stadium right. Not too big, which would lessen the home-field advantage. Press box at midfield (Scrib’s seat was at about the 20-yard line). And decent food - albeit for a 3-year old - in chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, brownies. As columnist Dan Daly remarked, “I’m surprised they didn’t give us our soda in sippy cups.” …

— Since trips to Baltimore are rare, the Ravens merit a fan jersey rundown: Ray Lewis, Chris McAlister, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata, Willis McGahee, Bart Scott, Todd Heap, Joe Flacco, Mark Clayton, Derrick Mason and former Ravens Tony Siragusa and Jonathan Ogden.

- Ryan O’Halloran

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