John Harbaugh thinks the Washington D.C. area should pull for his Baltimore Ravens.
In fact, Harbaugh said he’s more of a Philadelphia Eagles guy than a Washington Redskins supporter.
Hear that sound? My forehead just slammed against my desk.
Harbaugh was asked about both teams’ fans’ loyalties Sunday, and said the Ravens should be king in D.C., northern Virginia (where the Redskins’ headquarters are located) and in southern Maryland (where the Redskins’ FedExField is located).
“I’d like to see all the fans in Washington , southern Maryland, northern Virginia, let us be your AFC team, and [the Redskins] can be our NFC team,” Harbaugh said. “Except I am always going to kind of be with the Eagles myself. But we can be fans of more than one team. It’s a great sports area, and the Ravens are a big part of that.”
The big problem I have with this comment — other than the fact that he plugged the Eagles as an area team to root for — is the “we can be fans of more than one team” thought.
So what happens when the Redskins and the Ravens play each other? Who do you root for then?
The funny thing about Harbaugh’s comments is that he seemed to dance around the question, but then apparently couldn’t help but take the reporter’s bait.
“You’re going to get me in trouble,” Harbaugh said. “It seems like most of the people here are definitely big-time Ravens fans, and it’s very encouraging to see all the fans down here. We’re in a small area – it’s a tight area. There is enough room. There are enough people to support all the teams.”
I will say this: the Ravens are year-in and year-out a very good team, and have been more successful than the Redskins in recent years. That alone might make some fans jump off the Redskins’ bandwagon and onto the Ravens’.
But I also didn’t see the Redskins packing up and leaving in the middle of the night — and alienating their fan base — at any point, either.
Nope. The Redskins franchise simply has 75 years of devotion to the Washington D.C. region.
Question: What do you think of John Harbaugh’s comments? Do you think the D.C. area should root for the Redskins or the Ravens? Feel free to comment below.
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