Two "professional" writers sound more like insecure teenagers, instantly penning articles that the Ravens have no chance and will be blown out by Denver. It was almost like they were simultaneously having wet dreams about Peyton Manning when the phone rang, telling them the Ravens won, causing both to furiously light up cigarettes and slam open their laptops.
Fox takes a buzz quote by Pollard, where he called Manning a MacBook, and uses the quote about 47 different times to describe Manning's amazing awesome greatness while explaining why the Ravens should not even travel to Denver because of the impossibility of bearing this Manning squad. She then reminds us that Manning may very well be a 5x league MVP and 2x SB MVP in just a few weeks. In fact, it seems more like a sworn confession than a stab in the dark. Read the last paragraph for a real laugh. She may actually believe that Manning is superhuman and must have missed the earlier 15 years of his postseason career.
No-win situation for Baltimore Ravens - ESPN
Banks is slightly less crazy. He existentially ponders the meaning of life for an inevitably losing team who will get slaughtered next week by Peyton Manning. The best quote is this:
Lewis, playing with a brace on his injured right triceps area, wasn't exactly instrumental in the Baltimore defensive effort, but he did get credit for a team-best 13 tackles
Yeah, the scorekeeper just gave him credit for those tackles, but in reality, he was on the sidelines. The whole tone of the article is to dump water on faces of anyone who thinks Manning can be beaten by the Ravens. The Ravens are frauds and their emotional ride is about to come to an end (Baltimore's emotion has a one week expiration date, while Denver's Manning SuperEmotion) will last for eternity.
The article seems angry in its tone, how dare the Ravens celebrate when they are about to play the mighty Peyton Manning? This article is also hilarious for its one-sided fanboy chest thumping for Manning.
NFL Playoffs -- Ray Lewis, Ravens win to set up tough matchup vs. Broncos - NFL - Don Banks - SI.com
Over the last few years, much better teams have flopped in the driver's seat, including the 14-2 Patriots, 13-3 Falcons, and 15-1 Packers. All three of those teams lost to teams they'd already beaten late in the year. The Ravens clearly showed today that they turned the corner and are back to playing their type of football. If I were a betting man, I'd take the Broncos, but I would not be surprises if the Ravens came in and made the MacBook pee his pants for the 11th time in 20 chances. It's amazing how obviously emotional (and apparently scared) these two writers are at the thought of a team spoiling their annual Peyton Manning worship-fest yet again.