Baltimore Ravens fans, I envy you—enjoy your moment.
The run the Ravens just completed to hoist the Lombardi trophy was epic, and it deserves an amazing celebration. Luckily enough, there is the perfect forum for a massive-group celebration: a victory parade.
In case you are lucky enough to have the chance to attend, here are the vitals as we know them:
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. EST
WBAL TV's Donna Hamilton reports that the parade will start at City Hall and end at M&T Bank Stadium:
Donna Hamilton @dhamiltonwbal
Breaking news: Baltimore parade 4 World Champs Ravens will be Tuesday at 11am, starting @ city hall and ending at M &T Bank Stadium.#11News2/4/2013, 4:31:11 AM
Why This Title Deserves an Epic Celebration
Enjoyment for sports fans is all about expectations. For example, if a heavily favored team wins, fans will feel contentment and some happiness, but if a big underdog wins, fans are blitzed by pure jubilation.
Well, the Ravens have been riding the underdog train.
Baltimore ended the regular season having lost four of their last five games. This left them with a tough road through the playoffs, and they were an afterthought when it came to picking which team would win the Super Bowl.
The Ravens beat the Colts in the wild-card round. That was not an unexpected win, but it left them with the task of having to head to Denver to take on a Broncos team that had just beaten them 34-17 in Week 15.
The Ravens defied the odds there, and repeated that the following week as they authored a second-half comeback to take down the Patriots and reach the Super Bowl.
Then in the closing moments of the Super Bowl, the Ravens made an impressive goal-line stand to save the win. What a wild ride, and that's not all.
This team had to battle an inordinate amount of adversity.
First was the death of former owner Art Modell. Next came the sudden death of wide receiver Torrey Smith’s younger brother.
Meanwhile on the field, this team had to deal with a rash of injuries to key defensive players.
Then the offense fizzled, which led to the dismissal of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron leading up to Week 15.
Yet, here are the Ravens on top of the football world. It was a unique and inspiring run of perseverance and camaraderie, and it deserves a joyful celebration.