Ravens’ Ayanbadejo say he won’t watch “unSuper Bowl”

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With all sorts of allegations and smack and excuses landing on Twitter in the wake of the conference title games, Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has chimed in.  Specifically, he says he won’t be watching the upcoming game between the Giants and Patriots.

“Truth being told I am not sure I’m going to watch the unSuper Bowl since the two best teams are sitting at home #ravens #49ers,” Ayanbadejo said.

We re-tweeted the message to our 200,000-plus followers (you can easily become one, too), after the Ravens had re-tweeted it.  And that may be the more significant development.

It’s one thing for a player to chew on sour grapes.  It’s quite another for his team to essentially endorse that viewpoint via the “RT” function on Twitter.

The reaction to our re-tweet has been fairly strong.  For the many of you who don’t, won’t, and never will use Twitter, you can sound off in the comments.

120 responses to “Ravens’ Ayanbadejo say he won’t watch “unSuper Bowl”

  1. There were 2 tight contests, and the best teams won. If you point to mistakes (Cundiff’s miss & Williams’ fumbles) as reasons why the best ream may have lost, please note that these 2 players are part of that “team” you are referring to.

  2. Sore loser. Ravens played a great game but to say they were the better team is sad.

    If the Ravens were the better team going in why did they play the game at Gillette? Because the Patriots had the better record during the season.

    49ers were the better team going into that game but the Giants proved they were the better team that night.

    Looking forward to another great SB.

  3. Awwww, they are so cute at this age. Take your ball and go home Brendan…that’ll show em.

    I’m sure we’ll see the ratings of the Super Bowl down ten fold with the 53 or so Ravens not watching.

  4. He shouldn’t have said it.

    BUT –

    This was the “kissing your sister” of Championship weekends more memorable for personal failures than team victories.

    And for the rest of the world that isn’t in Boston and NY – I’ve seen my twitter and facebook blow up with generalized malaise over having two weeks of NY and Boston teams shoved down our throats.

  5. what a bunch of sore losers. Kids, Please don’t look to the Ravens as role models for how to lose gracefully. It’s why they play the games. The alternative is to have what College football has which is the worst.

  6. Typical show of class by the Ravens. I am amazed they are not blaming the officials for the loss.

    I respect Ray Lewis. He stood up and took the loss like a man.

  7. Brenden and Ravens, duh…

    The teams who win are the best teams. The losers are the ones who don’t go to the Big Show.

  8. My only question to Ayanbadejo and all the Ravens/Ravens fans would be this: if the Ravens had won the game in the exact same fashion that the Pats won it, would they consider the Pats the better team?

  9. Ayanbadejo tweeted it. Suggs said it on TV.

    I don’t mind Suggs’ comments because he never watches the Super Bowl.

    But Brendan’s just seems like the knee jerk agony of defeat.

    Respect the game man. Players, coaches and teams come and go. The beautiful game lives on.

    Respect the game.

  10. I am a HUGE “Ravens” fan but I even think him saying this was UNCALLED for. We lost and there will always be those “what-ifs” and “only if” and so on and so forth,but we lost. Dont down the other teams because we lost. Sucks but its the truth.

  11. What a whiny little girl. No, girly, the two best teams are not sitting home. You lost, now grow up, and take it like a man.

  12. No one cares what you will be doing on Super Bowl Sunday turd. NO ONE! How does it feel to be the new Eagles? Loser.

  13. “Truth being told I am not sure I’m going to watch the unSuper Bowl since the two best teams are sitting at home
    ================================
    And what does he know about being the best team?

  14. Is there anything “dorkier” than “tweeting?” That said, all it really does is give whiners another avenue to complain through.

  15. Rex Ryan is salivating, praying this delusional loser is a free agent so he can sign him. Just his kinda guy. You fail in front of the whole world and then talk like it never happened.

    Meanwhile on earth, the winners are doing exactly what Sean Connery told Nicolas Cage they do in “The Rock.” 🙂

  16. Stay Classy Baltimore.

    seriously though. they haven’t been to a superbowl since 2000 but you listen to them talk you’d think they won the last 5. Its great that they have confidence and believe they are the best but routinely they don’t get it done on the field. if you wont more games you could have hosted the AFC championship. if you made mo e plays you could have won the AFC Championship, you did neither, you aren’t the best team.

  17. “Truth being told I am not sure I’m going to watch the unSuper Bowl since the two best teams are sitting at home #ravens #49ers,” Ayanbadejo said.

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    Really?

    If the Ravens were the best team in the AFC and the Niners were the best team in the NFC, why didn’t either of them win yesterday?

    The Ravens are good, no doubt about it, but they weren’t better than the Patriots …. the scoreboard says so.

    Say whatever you want, Ratbird fans; your team wasn’t quite the best team on the field yesterday, or THEY would be headed for Indy.

  18. Brendan – The ‘Winners’ are the best. You’re not, the 49ers are not.

    You lost – be mad at yourself and cry in silence.

  19. While I tend to agree that the two best teams may be sitting at home, the fact is the Giants and Patriots made the plays they had to make, and the 49ers and Ravens didn’t. Both those teams are exactly where they deserve to be … out. Don’t confuse being better with deserving to win. The two teams in the SB executed. I am looking forward to the “unSuper Bowl.” Should be a great game.

  20. Who cares if they tweeted that? Its true. Also, they’re just spouting off their point of view, and thats what twitter’s for.

  21. Ray Lewis handled it well, though I usually hate the guy. Brendan here needs to learn from his leader.

  22. you know, the Patriots are hated, yet would they ever disrespect their opponents like this after losing to them? No. Never. So America, keep hating on the Pats and lets endorse the sore ass losers from Maryland and the idiots who are after poor Kyle Williams up in SF. Hey Ravens, u think the Pats havent had some painful and questionable things happen in losses? U think the Giants havent had a couple? The Ravens lost because they didnt make plays when needed and the Pats did. 15-3 brotha, your 14-5. Pretty sure the best team in the AFC made it. Also, everyone knows the Giants are damn good, especially Pats fans. So here is the deal, Brendan- let it go. You have a great team who will be right back here next year.

  23. I guess he doesn’t realize how it works. The team who scores more points and wins is considered the better team. That is called winning! Charlie Sheen knows a lot about it.

  24. Well they could both thank 2 retards who lost the game for each team but they rather take to twitter.

  25. Judging by the record playoff game ratings, with the Giants and Pats proving especially popular, the superstar appeal of the Super Bowl and enough story lines to fill a volume of encyclopedias… Brendan may end up the only person in America not watching

  26. I believe the way the playoffs work is the team with the most points at the end of the game are declared the better team, and they advance, but maybe I got it wrong.
    It is funny that people still regurgitate that hack cliche ‘Defense wins championships’ in spite of the fact that only 3 teams in the last 30 years fit that model, and the top rated defense in the entire NFL (squealers) got tebowed, and the next two are gone in the division championship.
    Maybe offense wins championships?

  27. Refs let holding and PI go all day, slanted the table.
    “The let ’em play theory”.
    Pats turned over the ball repeatedly,
    Brady was far from his best, Pats disappearing D, still Ravens lost.

    I respect Ray, Ed, Ravens toughness.
    But there is something in the lack of discipline, letting emotions and mouths run off, losing focus every single time that hurts that team in the end.

    It is not the talent that fails them, it is the attitude.

  28. I’m a Ravens fan and Ayanbadejo should have never said this. You played a solid game man and you are not to blame for the loss, don’t give the idiots more material to rip on your team.

    That said, I hate to sound like a broken record but would it have hurt to just review the potential Evans’ Td? I’ve seen the spot of the ball reviewed for 5 minutes early in games throughout the year, why not make certain you got the right call with 20 seconds left and a trip to the super bowl for both teams hinging on a play? If the ruling is confirmed incomplete on review anyway, then what did it hurt?

  29. Obviously they weren’t the best teams on Sunday but man do I wish they had been. I’m sorry but a Giants-Pats SB rematch is not that much of an exciting matchup to me. I may be an oddity but I much prefer to see different teams that either haven’t won a SB or haven’t in in at least a decade play for the title. Which unfortunately for me went mostly out the door after the wildcard weekend.

  30. ravenscaps48 says:
    Jan 23, 2012 10:19 AM
    Got a point… Giants and Patriots both deserved to lose yesterday and I truly believe that the Giants will win by at least 20 points

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    Uh…How did the Patriots deserve to lose? If I remember correctly, a field goal would have sent the game into OT, not defeated them.

    Was a pretty even game otherwise.

  31. Maybe if it wasn’t for the “unSuper” dropped pass by Lee Evans or the “unSuper” kick by Cundiff the outcome would have been super then. Stop whining like a little bitch Brandon. You little bitch.

  32. ampats said it best. I’m a diehard 49er fan, and really wished they’d have hung on to their lead, plus I can’t stand Manning and all the big blue crap, but they did smack the pack, my Falcons, and edged the Niners. They’re a good team. Baltimore is simply not as good as the team that BEAT them when it counted. They don’t use the ‘best 2 out of 3’ system in the playoffs.

  33. Hard to believe this crap came out of a 35 year old man. He acts like he is 12. “I’m not gonna watch.” (cry, cry, pout, pout).

  34. Just once I would like for the Patriots to dominate the Ravens so I don’t have to hear these excuses. I knew they would be coming, because it happens just about every time they play. One year it’s a “questionable” call by the officials on 4th down that gives the Patriots new life. The next year it is a dropped pass on 4th down by the Ravens. This year it’s a “dropped” pass and missed FG. It’s always something because ultimately these teams are real close in talent and they match up well to constantly get these close games. But it is comical that the Ravens think they are the better team even though they have lost more often to the Patriots then the Patriots have to them. I think the teams are pretty equal and the Ravens are just better at self destructing in crunch time.

  35. He would probably rather watch reruns of Will and Grace than the superbowl. He just seems like that kinda guy…

  36. @ ampats

    Did you really just use the Pats regular season record where they didn’t get a single win against a winning team as evidence they are the better team? Cmon son.

  37. @giselleisasucubus says:
    “you know, the Patriots are hated, yet would they ever disrespect their opponents like this after losing to them? No. Never.”
    ————
    Exactly. You’d never hear anything like this, no matter how they lost. Can you imagine Welker or someone saying “I’m not going to watch the unSuper Bowl because we are a better team.” Bah.

    The Ravens fans, however, I have to say, have been a mostly classy bunch on these boards. Definitely a step up from the average hating Jets fans on here.

  38. If you are the better team then blame your coach for your loss. Better teams should win without excuses. Now stay home and think “what if..” and “That call should have been..” on Feb 5th.

  39. Truth be told US PATS fan expected to hear dis from a guy dat had no stats on yesterday game… Yu was to busy worrying bout making dis tweet dat yu couldn’t focus on da task at hand my qb sucked yesterday(Brady) n we still got da W to bad sore looser maybe next year n if ray ray retire maybe next 3 years

  40. I figured it out. Rex Ryan is really a Gremlin, someone got him wet, fed him after midnight, and from his belly spawned the Harbaughs. Mystery solved!

  41. Considering the Ravens only beat the Texans because their starting QB was hurt, I’d say the Ravens have a lot of nerve.

    Oh and did I mention, the Ravens will never go to the Super Bowl with Flacco as their QB?

  42. elementaleffect says: Jan 23, 2012 10:36 AM

    Tough titties. Get over it

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    Well put.

  43. By the way, the people who say they will not watch the superbowl now are not real football fans.

    If the Giants lost, I would still watch the super bowl no matter what because I love football. Would it be as intense as if my team was in it? no, but that doesn’t matter to me because I truly love the game.

    The front runner fans can go watch their movies because they are not real fans of the sport.

  44. He sounds like a 10 year old, wah wah, we lost but we are better!!!! Coming from a Pats fan, who was in attendance yesterday, the Ravens DID play better for most of the game. But when it counted, they choked. Same with the 49ers, they choked. Chocking happens, and it happens to every team (yes, including the Pats, we have seen this.)

    Grow up, move on, and get stronger. Whining that ‘the best teams are sitting home’ is childish, though right. The best teams in the league were sitting home yesterday, the Packers and the Saints.

  45. Sour grapes here, someone please explain Ayanbadejo that you have to win to get to the Superbowl, the Unsuperbowl would be the 49ers and the Ravens. Correct?

  46. Hey ravens your team lost fair and square don’t start crying cause you lost and the better team won the patriots your team had a chance to win but your player Evans got the ball stripped love it hey billy cundiff nice kick buddy

  47. @reallykeepingitreal says:
    Jan 23, 2012 10:37 AM
    Who cares if they tweeted that? Its true. Also, they’re just spouting off their point of view, and thats what twitter’s for.

    Dude, they lost, so his statement would not be true. Unless you live in a Barzaro football universe.

  48. I see Ayanbadejo is just a classly as the NY and Boston fans. Yah I think I’ll rent a movie on SB day myself, boring match up. Arrogance VS Cheaters, Ya f’ing hoo!

  49. Okay, so the Ravens “outplayed” the Patriots yesterday. Truth be told, the Texans “outplayed” the Ravens the week before.

    In the end, nothing matters but the scoreboard.

  50. I love when the Ravens lose a big game. And thankfully it happens a lot. I can be sure that there will be lots of crying and whining by their players for days. They’re always the better team when they lose and there is always an array of excuses. Is there any team that talks more trash before a game and whines more after a loss? lol. I hope the Jets and Ravens keep Sanchez and Flacco for another ten years. Then I can rest easy neither team will win a Super Bowl. Goodnight Ratbirds. Nevermore…..

  51. Well he might not be watching but the rest of the world will be!! This will easily be the highest rated super bowl in history!!!!!

  52. The 2 best teams are in the Super Bowl. What could have, would have, and should have happened means nothing. Congrats to the Giants and Pats. Good luck and good game; believe me it will be a great game that I won’t miss.

    Tough game for the 9ers, but my head is held high today. The won games like that all season, but they weren’t technically sound enough for this one. They need a #1 WR bad. G-Men beat the 9ers at their own game…congrats.

  53. Regarding the issue of the Pats “easy schedule”, excluding playoffs, the Ravens were 6-1 vs QOs vs. the Pats at 0-2. The 6-1 is totally legit but the Pats 0-2 is not statistically valid. If we include teams as low as 7-9 in the measure, the Ravens are 9-3 vs the Pats at 7-2 (higher winning %). Can’t include 7-9 teams you say? Guess what, a 9-7 Giant team just hammered 13-3 and 15-1 teams and beat a 14-2. If that can happen, I can include 8-8 and 7-9 teams. Further, the Pats, 13-3 overall, were 13-1 agst non QOs. The Ravens, 12-4 overall, were 6-3 agst non QOs. They lost to an 8-8 team, a 7-9 team, and a 5-11 team. Great teams beat great teams, good teams and mediocre teams.

  54. The two best teams?

    The Packers or Saints would have destroyed any AFC team in a dome, provided that they were firing on all cylinders.

    Besides, Brady missed the throws that he normally makes.

    Even on a bad day for Brady, the supposedly “best team” in AFC couldn’t put the game away.

  55. I agree. While both teams in the SB deserve to be there, they botessentially backed into the game. A dropped touchdown pass, AND a missed kick? Then two muffed punts.

    Luck has always been part of the game, and yesterday was no exception. Congrats to the Giants and Patriots for being able to capitalize on games that were handed to them at the very end.

  56. skinsrock says:
    Jan 23, 2012 10:24 AM
    Neither will I!!! IT’s movie night!
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    It’s been movie night for Skins fans for what, 2 decades now! LOL

  57. You’d expect this from fans – not from players.

    The players had a chance to score more points or prevent points from being scored.

    They could not, they lost.

    Maybe if they’d accept responsibility for that, one day they could get back to the Super Bowl.

  58. @silverback9999 says: Jan 23, 2012 11:48 AM

    I love when the Ravens lose a big game. And thankfully it happens a lot.
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    And I thought I wouldn’t laugh all day, but I can count on PFT to cheer me up! The crap that fans come up with to torment each is great although I am conveniently not reading anything that is bashing the 9ers or their fans. I am doing a great job of tormenting myself about last night. Still proud, but a tough, tough loss.

  59. Too bad the missed field goal would have tied the game. So who knows what the outcome of the game would have been if the field goal was made. Anyways it is a moot point and your team choked twice with a missed field goal and a dropped TD pass.

  60. I refuse to watch the Superbowl. I will not partake in a game that has no interest to me. Let me know when it is someone other than the Patriots/Steelers/Cowboys/Giants/Packers/49ers even (although I would’ve been okay with them this year given how bad they have been for years, would have been at true feel good story but that’s for another time). I will be excited when teams like the Texans, Bengals, Browns, Chargers, Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Jaguars, Vikings, Falcons, Titans and Lions start getting to the dance on a regular basis and/or winning Superbowls. It would be nice to see every team win at least one during my lifetime, I know it is doubtful but one can hope. And of course I really hope the Buccs find a way to come back and win one more in my lifetime as well.

    Back to the post, sorry, off-topic and slowday at the office…but I don’t think these comments are too far off. I thought the Ravens and 49ers were the better teams, just costly mistakes at the wrong time. JMO.

  61. WTF?? That’s sad. You got beat. 49ers got beat. Get over it! The best teams don’t get beat at least that’s what I thought!!!

  62. If you’re a better team than they are, then you should have beaten them. Bottomline. The Patriots and Giants are in the Super Bowl because they are the two best teams in the league. If the Packers wanted to be called the best, they should have beaten the Giants. If the Saints wanted to be the best, they should have beaten the 49ers. Ravens? They should have beaten the Patriots.
    There are no excuses like “Well if we hadn’t fumbled” or “If we would have made that field goal”. Guess what? You did. That’s what the playoffs are for, to show who really is the best team in the league. Not just for a portion of the schedule, but for all of it.

  63. I agree..and I wont watch either. I dont mind having the less-than-best teams in the SB…it has happened plenty of times before. But,they should call this the “gift bowl”..cause that is how both teams got in…..i hope the Giants and Pats are proud of their accomplishments! LOL

    Both got their XMas gifts a little late this year.

  64. mobuccsfan says:
    Jan 23, 2012 12:54 PM
    I refuse to watch the Superbowl. I will not partake in a game that has no interest to me. Let me know when it is someone other than the Patriots/Steelers/Cowboys/Giants/Packers/49ers even (although I would’ve been okay with them this year given how bad they have been for years, would have been at true feel good story but that’s for another time). I will be excited when teams like the Texans, Bengals, Browns, Chargers, Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Jaguars, Vikings, Falcons, Titans and Lions start getting to the dance on a regular basis and/or winning Superbowls. It would be nice to see every team win at least one during my lifetime, I know it is doubtful but one can hope. And of course I really hope the Buccs find a way to come back and win one more in my lifetime as well.
    ==================================
    You are a true fan of the game. 😉

    The problem with your argument is that you don’t like the Super Bowl because there are teams that get there on a regular basis. But you will watch it when different teams are there on a regular basis. My head is spinning.

  65. if the “best” teams had won the week before, it would have been texans vs patriots – ravens got some serious breaks agst Texans; they had 17 points on drives covering 66 yards. Pats obviously had some luck this weekend. and according to CHFF, the giants 08 upset was statistically the largest ever SB upset. some years or some games, weird stuff happens.

  66. I wouldn’t say the either team played better than the other, because they both had their share of miscues. Unfortunately, the Ravens were the last to have a miscue. Still hard to grasp that Cundiff, the best kicker in the league a season ago, blew a 30+ yard kick. Completely missed the safety net! That kick was even worse than Lee Evens dropped TD pass.

  67. The problem with his argument is that the Patriots were actually a number 1 seed and the Giants have actually won a Super Bowl recently. What have the Ravens done to be Super? I’m pretty sure their offense is anything BUT super.

  68. For a casual fan i can see the frustration – the league does everthying it can to even the field – salary cap and scheduling plus good teams lose coaching talent every year. This leveling is much more powerful than in any other pro sport. I think the Titans, Cards, Panthers were there, and the Vikes, Jags were darn close, and the Texans are on the rise. Good owners, coaches and managers are a big part of the “problem” you have and they can last 10-20 years. On the other hand the giants and Pats have plenty of FAs or practice squad players or players undratfed or dumped by other teams – for them this is all new – the best teams are not necssarily doing it with the same players each year. Dont be too frsutrated about Dallas – been a decade + for them.

  69. I would not discount his comment, as he, like ALL of us, are entitled to our opinion. In his mind, the two best teams are going to be sitting at home when the Super Bowl is played. The only question I have is, if they really are the two BEST teams, then why would they be sitting at home and not competing in the Super Bowl.

    Enough is enough, I have heard from everyone from sour 9er fans to bitter Ravens fans about everything from officiating to bad breaks during the game and it is just really too much. Take it like a man and just walk away graciously.

    Seriously, it seems like everyone has an excuse when they lose. Everyone is looking from someone to blame other than themselves. Enough already. And for the 9ers and Ravens fans who wouldn’t want to hear and/or see two weeks of NY and Boston, guess what, there is cable and satelite TV, change the channel, watch a movie or play some video games. Guess what, that’s exactly what we’d be doing if the 9ers and the Ravens are the ones playing in the Super Bowl.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  70. We get this every year from the Ravens…their fans…their coaches…the Baltimore Sun writers…

    Ya know guys, in order to be called the best team, maybe ya should once win the last game of the season…

    Sheesh!

  71. ampats says:
    Jan 23, 2012 10:07 AM
    If the Ravens were the better team going in why did they play the game at Gillette?
    ___________________________________

    Because the Pats played two playoff teams all season and lost to both.

    While the Ravens were playing seven and going 6-1. You about done?

  72. niner-giant game was like ali-frazier awesome. much prefer that than 41-35 with no defense. go gmen from this skins fan.

  73. Regarding the issue of schedule, excluding playoffs, the Ravens were 6-1 vs QOs vs. the Pats at 0-2. The 6-1 is totally legit but the Pats 0-2 is not statistically valid. If we include teams as low as 7-9 in the measure, the Ravens are 9-3 vs the Pats at 7-2 (higher winning %). Can’t include 7-9 teams you say? Guess what, a 9-7 Giant team just hammered 13-3 and 15-1 teams and edged a 14-2. If that can happen, I can include 8-8 and 7-9 teams. Further, the Pats, 13-3 overall, were 13-1 agst non QOs. The Ravens, 12-4 overall, were 6-3 agst non QOs. They lost to an 8-8 team, a 7-9 team, and a 5-11 team. Great teams beat great teams, good teams and mediocre teams.

  74. The Giants were 9 – 7, a quality opponent. You’re talking about teams with losing records. Please, stop it. You’re embarrassing your family.

  75. You don’t hear the Packers crying that the “best team” won’t be playing in the Superbowl.

  76. I’m a Ravens fan and bruh, I know you are upset about the loss, but you are giving these arrogant Patriot fans ammunition to crush us. We had a nice season lets look foward to Kickoff Weekend 2012! It hurts but its the past now.

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