because I grew up in Baltimore during the 80s and 90s. They were all we had. Cal Ripken!
- I grew up without a hometown team so I bounced back and forth between the Broncos and Saints as a kid. The Broncos were the first football team I ever loved because one of the first games I remember was the legendary Denver vs. Cleveland "Drive" game. I thought that finish was the most amazing thing ever and John Elway was just the greatest. I think my dad hating Elway & the Broncos so much put me further on the Broncos side because I was one of those contrarian kids
Then I gravitated to the Saints in 1987 because their storyline of being longtime loveable losers finally made good appealed to me. But I always had a soft spot for the Steelers due to watching a bunch of NFL Films stuff. (They always seemed to get the best music
Fastforward a few years. Baltimore finally gets a football team. I was happy at first, and I did support the Ravens those first few years, but a nagging voice in the back of my head kept reminding me that Baltimore stealing the Browns was no different than Indy stealing the Colts. This seemed lost on the rest of the town. Hating the Colts was practically a religion in 80s-90s Baltimore. Now we went and did the exact same thing to Cleveland! The years went on. The Ravens had a bunch of obnoxious players and a thoroughly unlikeable coach. Then they started winning and the Ravens bandwagon around town just grew and grew. People I knew who liked the Bills, Niners, Cowboys, or whoever were suddenly diehard Ravens fanatics. This was too much for me. At some point during their first Super Bowl season I turned on them completely. My heel turn was complete when I adopted their new arch-rival Pittsburgh Steelers as my new favorite team at some point in the early 2000s.