Photoshop by Ian Oland
While the Capitals and Red Wings were busy boring a mostly full Verizon Center, a sporting contest of greater import was taking place in the Boston suburbs. With a spot in the AFC Championship Game on the line, the 2013 Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens took a 28-14 lead on the New England Patriots. With five minutes left in the game, however, Tom Brady threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to give New England a 35-31 lead and send the entire state of Maryland into Old Bay-seasoned tears.
After the Capitals’ 3-1 victory over Detroit, I caught up with Joel Ward, a massive Ravens fan. Though Ward scored in Washington’s 22nd victory this year, he become downtrodden when I brought up the game.
“I knew they were going to be tough,” Ward said. “I saw that they were up by a couple scores earlier on. Foxboro is a tough building. I can only imagine how they are feeling right now because it was such a battle with what they accomplished. I think a lot of people counted them out early on.”
Photo via longtime reader Elyssa K!
Mike Green has gone to lots of Washington Redskins games, usually distinguishing himself by being the most fashion-forward in groups including Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. But with Backstrom examining overseas lockout offers and Ovechkin playing for the KHL’s Dynamo Moscow, Green celebrated the last day of his birthday weekend at a Baltimore Ravens game with 9:30 Club owner and local legend Seth Hurwitz. The Ravens narrowly defeated the Redskins’ biggest rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, 31-29, with the Hand of God pushing Dan Bailey’s game-winning kick wide-left.
[Editor’s Note: How about some free tix to the Nada Surf show? That’s a free plug, and Ian’s got a birthday to celebrate too!]
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