In CBS’ reality series Survivor, contestants often have to lie to fellow castaways or blindside alliance members to further themself in the game. This is tricky because the players you vote out end up voting for the million dollar winner.
The key to having the “jury” vote for you after the final tribal counsel, the part of the show when you state your case as the “Sole Survivor”, is to own your game. Own that you lied, own that you were willing to do whatever it takes to win. You are, of course, playing a game for a million dollars and the objective is to win.
On Sunday afternoon, the Ravens stomped on the Titans offense and then stomped on the logo at midfield after a game-clinching interception. All fine in my book, because if you don’t want that kind of thing to happen, just win.
The part that irked me came after the game. When Calais Campbell claimed he “was just following his teammates”. Or after denying the Titans a postgame handshake, Lamar Jackson stated that they were being the “bigger men” by sprinting off the field.
That’s not how it works, believe it or not. The Ravens knew what they were doing, so own it. I would have more respect for you, and your game. If there was any doubt that the Titans/Ravens rivalry was back, the last two games should eliminate it. It’s back and it’s getting as heated as it ever was.
The end of every season is so jarring, especially when you make the playoffs. You go 17 weeks being invested in this team. You get your hopes up, you get your hopes up for the playoff game, and potential playoff run. Suddenly, it’s over.
There’s no advantage in 2021 for winning the division in 2020. You start from scratch. It’s both exciting and daunting, and the Titans will have a ton of work ahead of them in the next few weeks and months to ensure the 2021 edition is better than last year’s.
Some poor decision making from Mike Vrabel stood out on Sunday, as did a disappearing act from Corey Davis and the offense.
The Titans are the fourth team voted out of the 2020 playoffs. The tribe has spoken.