When the Baltimore Ravens arrived in New Orleans on Monday night, they more than likely expected the culmination of the month-long Ray Lewis Farewell Tour that the media had been throwing him since the start of the postseason.
Instead, those Ravens have dealt with controversial comments from Bernard Pollard, even more controversial comments from Ed Reed and a whole lot of talk about deer-antler spray.
And guess what?
None of it matters.
Another team? Maybe they'd be affected by the apparent distractions from a surprisingly hectic week leading up to the Super Bowl. Another group of guys? For sure.
But these Baltimore Ravens are not like any other team in the league. If anything, all this "hate" and "work of the devil" (Ray Lewis's words, not mine) will galvanize them. They'll rally around this like few teams ever have gathered around adversity ever before.
I picked the Ravens to beat the Giants in Week 16 of the regular season. They'd lost three straight games, they were coming...