|Flacco invokes Dangerfield as he wonders why the media doesn't respect the Ravens. (Getty Images)|
By Ryan Wilson
Joe Flacco was "The Situation" for Halloween last year. Next October he should go as Rodney Dangerfield (or perhaps Rodney Harrison during his days with the Patriots) because he thinks nobody respects the Ravens, currently 10-3 and atop the AFC North with a bead on a first-round bye in the playoffs.
During an appearance on WNST radio in Baltimore earlier this week, Flacco chuckled about irrational fans and talked about what he perceives to be unfair coverage of the Ravens. (He even manages a Tim Tebow reference!). Via SportsRadioInterviews.com:
“Yeah (fans reacting and sometimes overacting to wins and losses is) pretty hilarious. I mean, everyone reacts week to week and I mean most people really have no idea what really went on in the game and how everybody played and what was supposed to be happening," Flacco said.
"I can look at an NFL game and say ‘hey this is what I thought should have happened’ but I can be way off base because I don’t know what they game planned for the week and things like that. It’s funny to see all these things."
Flacco then wondered why Tebow gets more national media attention than the Ravens.
"I like Tim, but you have a tendency to want to, I don’t want to see Tim do bad, but look what happens after he wins a football game," he said. "If you watched SportsCenter [Monday] it was Tim Tebow then something else, Tim Tebow then something else, and Tim Tebow then something else. When we beat the Steelers were we on TV? No. I couldn’t even find a Baltimore Ravens highlight. I think that’s kinda the way it is around Baltimore. We don’t always get our respect but you gotta deal with it and go out there every week and just win football games.”
Surely, Flacco doen't "want to see Tim do bad," because that's just asking for trouble. Look what happened to the Bears after Lance Briggs said he'd be "pissed" if Chicago lost to Denver, and that while Tebow "is one heck of a football player … we’re going to have to stop that crap.” The Bears, up 10 with less than three minutes to go, lost in demoralizing fashion.
Of course, the Ravens don't face the Broncos this week, they travel to San Diego. And if they win there, they'll pretty much have the division title sewn up. If they lose, however, and the Steelers beat the 49ers on Monday night, Baltimore would drop to the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoff race. And guess who their likely opponent would be in the wild-card game? Yep, the Tim Tebow All-Stars.
Flacco then suggested that the media doesn't treat the Ravens fairly.
"I just think we’re disrespected as an organization when it comes to the media. We’re not a very big market, the bottom line is we don’t need a lot of help because we have a great fan-base every week and we win football games," he said. :We’re not a losing football team that needs to be out there in the media and be talked up like we are all-world."
We hope Flacco isn't referring to Tebow. Philip Rivers we get -- the Chargers have been a mess this season -- but besmirching Tebow's name, even indirectly, is dangerous.
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