BALTIMORE, Md.,-- Earlier today, the Seattle Seahawks celebrated their 48-3 thumping over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII with a crowd of 700,000 plus fans to watch the parade. Putting a bow on their Super Bowl championship season.
Here in Baltimore, a year later with the bitter cold of ice and snow along with an 8-8 record and what was an exciting, but disappointing season for the former defending champions. Granted the weather are on both ends of the spectrum, but with everything frozen and in Maryland, the warm memories of the SuperBowl XLVII parade for Ravens' fans were on the minds of local Baltimore callers.
105.7 the fan's morning show shared memories as fans called the station talking about various stories ranging from where they watched the parade to those lucky to touch the stadium and or field to be among the 200,000 plus Ravens' fans.
And who could forget Ray Lewis' last dance for the fans with special guest Ed Reed and Jacoby Jones? To finally glance at what was a shiny Lombardi trophy on a cloudy February day was worth the wait. To see future and current legends in real life in the stadium was surreal, leaving some to wish it would never end.
A year later to the date, the Ravens look different, Boldin was traded to the 49ers and was an important piece to bring them back to the NFC championship game for the third year in a row. Ray Lewis, now retired has had a season of becoming apart of the media under his belt and multiple players who won the championship have gone on to play for multiple teams across the NFL landscape.
Caldwell is now the coach for the Detroit Lions, and most of the Ravens Superbowl coaching staff have left for other jobs around the league. A new Offensive Coordinator in Gary Kubiak.
The major concerns after last year has to be the reconstruction of the O-line, finding another deep threat for the offense as talks of the forefront changing yet again in the NFL due to the dominance of what the Seattle Seahawks did during the pass happy era.
While all these things have happened in the year since the Ravens' tremendous parade, one thing is for certain. The day has come and gone and has put the cap on one of the last things done at the end of the NFL season. The memories of what made last years SuperBowl team will always be etched in the hearts of the people in Baltimore and will not go away anytime soon.