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John Harbaugh likes slogans.
There have been seasonal or playoff themes such as “Relentless,” “Play Like A Raven,” “W.I.N (what’s important now) and “What’s Our Name?”
There’s one from his father, “Attack each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.” There was the sword and the shovel, and the 53 Mighty Men of Baltimore. There’s “Team, Team, Team,” which Harbaugh stressed from the day he was hired.
Add a new one to the list:
4 Fights Every Day
Harbaughhad T-shirts printed and handed them out last week to every player and coach.On the back of the shirt, it details the four fights:
Us vs. Them
Division From Within
Harbaugh came up with the line during last year’s training camp as a way to talk to the team about having the ability to endurechallenges the team faces – both physically and mentally.
“We all have at least four fights every day, don’t we?” Harbaugh told reporters last week when he debuted the T-shirt.
“We had it last year; it was part of our approach to things – part of the challenge of building a team and holding a team together in the face of adversity, and criticism, and all the challenges that you face. And these are things that you have to hold on to and fight for every day.”
This week, ESPN blogger Jamison Hensley wrote that he thinks the Ravens will drop to nine wins in 2012 because, “this is the year when the off-the-field distractions cause the Ravens to drop off a bit.”
But it’s not as if the Ravens haven’t had distractions before. It takes a lot more than slogans, but they are something the team has rallied around in years past.
I’ve seen countless players wearing their new T-shirts around the building, as if they’re showing them off.
Who knows? Maybe “4 Fights Every Day” will help guide Baltimore through its next set of challenges.