I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and now I’m about to make my own dream come true. Skip Bayless can be seen regularly on ESPN‘s First Take on weekday mornings. He is widely considered to be one of the most hated and controversial mouthpieces in the world of sports talk. Give credit to the guy though, he knows how to get attention on himself, but over the years I’ve become more bothered for what seems to be biased hatred on my favorite team, the Baltimore Ravens. Don’t believe me? Just take a look and some of the quotes I take from his own mouth.
“I think there will be more pressure and expectations than ever on Joe Flacco” Is that so Mr. Bayless? According to Las Vegas the Ravens are currently a 22-1 shot at repeating as champs, behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (20-1) and New Orleans Saints (18-1), two teams that didn’t even make the playoffs last season. Clearly Vegas doesn’t have high hopes for the Ravens.
“I don’t think he has any idea yet just how much now that he got the franchise quarterback contract. He is now the face of the franchise without Ray Lewis, without Ed Reed, without a shut-down defense. I think the defense will struggle early next year – more pressure than ever on Flacco to outscore opponents and I’m just not sure he’ll live up to it.” Did this man even watch any Raven games last year? I can buy the fact that the leadership of Lewis and Reed will be missed, but shut-down defense? This was easily the worst Ravens defense I’ve seen in quite a while. A shut-down defense doesn’t give up over 200 yards rushing in back to back games or lose to a 37 year old backup QB (Charlie Batch) or nearly blow a 22 point lead in the Super Bowl.
Mr. Bayless, you’re entitled to your opinion just like everyone is, but when you ignore and gloss over clear facts, it only makes you look foolish. If Mr. Bayless ever comes down from his pedestal and reads this article, I strongly encourage him to respond back. That’s if you have the guts, Mr. Bayless.