With a parade on Tuesday, the city will celebrate a world championship that was Baltimore to the bone — perfectly imperfect, an overachievement by an underdog and a surprise to sneering outsiders.
“I tell you what, we don’t make it easy,” said an uncharacteristically eloquent Joe Flacco as the Ravans quarterback held the Lombardi trophy, savored his selection as the Super Bowl’s most valuable player and, in this town, elevation to Johnny Unitas status. ”But that’s the way the city of Baltimore is, that’s the way we are. We did this for them back home.
Though it started out that way, there was nothing easy about the Ravens’ win in the Big Easy. Even the lights went out in the Superdome.