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The Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins play each other tomorrow, but the teams’ most interesting battles these days come off the field.
Ravens’ management has declared a desire to paint D.C. purple and black, and if you look at our town’s TV schedule, where the Ravens preseason games are now broadcast on Washington ABC affiliate WJLA, or ask local youngsters which of the two teams they prefer, you’ll get a sense that the Baltimoreers are suddenly enjoying market penetration deep enough to make Dirk Diggler jealous.
This hostile takeover makes our our northern neighbors seem like real ingrates, considering that we already gave them the greatest offensive player in Ravens history.
Jonathan Ogden, a soon-to-be Hall of Famer, played his high school ball at St. Alban’s. While here, Ogden earned the Washington Post‘s Offensive Player of the Year honors; no lineman has been named POY since.
I imagine Ogden, who as a pro was listed at 6-foot-9 and 345 pounds, stood out on the St. Alban’s campus on the way Will Ferrell‘s Buddy stood out in the North Pole in Elf.
But for all his local and non-local gridiron glories, Ogden’s most memorable moments came not on the field of battle, but as a thespian.
His turn as himself in a series of Gebco Insurance commercials provided giggles for anybody who ever watched non-network-affiliate television shows at really odd hours, clearly Gebco’s target demographic.
Bottom line: They’re genius.
And genius never gets old. So as the Ravens/Redskins renew their rivalry, it’s time to enjoy some of Ogden’s brilliant acting. Another Gebco spot comes after the jump.