It might not — yet — have the online fanaticism and cachet of baseball, but the NFL and its fans are starting to catch up in the world of team-devoted blogs. To this end, Deadspin salutes these modem-addled souls and proudly presents Blogdom's Best, given to the most outstanding blog for each NFL team. There are fewer than there are for baseball, but they're out there, if you look. If you would like to nominate a blog (yours, even) for selection, just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Today: The Baltimore Ravens.
Let's see. Bob Irsay moved the Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis in 1985, taking the logo, colors and most of the furniture with him. A decade later, Art Modell moved the Browns from Cleveland to Baltimore, but left the Browns colors behind. So now Baltimore, one of the oldest, proudest NFL cities, has to start a team and a tradition from scratch. We think we've got it. We'll never know how many of the Ravens faithful are closet Colt fans, but it doesn't really matter. Charm City is a football town once again, and all is right with the world.
The most significant events in Ravens history occurred in 2000 — as linebacker Ray Lewis was put in trial for murder, and Baltimore won the Super Bowl. Ah, memories. Things are not quite so memorable now. Here's one thing to be thankful for though, Ravens fans. Your team was all set to sign Terrell Owens in 2004, but at the last minute he backed out and signed with Philadelphia. Remember that? Baltimore fans have built a thriving Internet community, and there were plenty of blogs to choose from for our list. Here are three of the best:
3. Ravens Huddle. Check out the Bang Cartoons section. Outstanding. We got lost in there.
2. Ravens 24x7. Although a lot of their news and features are hard to find, this is a great site once you get the lay of the land.
1. Ravens Roost. Great writing, consistent coverage — this guy is seriously on top of the Ravens.
(Thursday: Detroit Lions)