For all those disappointed in the Baltimore Ravens' playoff loss, 23-17, to the Los Angeles Chargers Jan. 6, I have only one point of perspective: last summer, the Orioles lost 115 games.
The Ravens won six of their last seven regular-season games this year. They won their conference title. In a stereotyped, pass-happy era in the National Football League, they came up with a kid quarterback, Lamar Jackson, and a bunch of electrifying running backs and a smothering defense, all of whom helped bring an enthusiasm back to Baltimore football that was missing the last several seasons.
And that enthusiasm is what we should carry away from the wild-card loss.
Looking overmatched and dispirited until the final minutes, the Ravens almost pulled off a miracle. Let's make that our lasting memory.
Everybody wants to win, but every team except one goes home disappointed when the blocking and tackling and grunting are all done.
For the last couple of months, it's been nice to feel like a winner again, to feel the juices flowing a little bit. And it's not just the comparison with that disaster of a baseball season.
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