Forget Bush versus Gore (if you haven't already). The most heated rivalry around the nation's capital is the one between Baltimore and Washington sports fans. The two cities, separated by a mere 40 miles, have never been the most sporting of neighbors—Washington stole the Bullets from Baltimore in 1973, and Orioles owner Peter Angelos staunchly opposes a big league team for D.C.—but these days the jockeying among jockheads in the two towns has grown into Athens vs. Sparta.
The latest hostilities involve the cities' NFL clubs. Over the summer the Skins violated a gentleman's agreement not to advertise in an NFL rival's market when they took out an ad in The Baltimore Sun to lure folks to FedEx Field. The Ravens responded with their own ads in The Washington Post. Each team flouted another good neighbor policy by airing its preseason games in the other's market. When Baltimore visited Washington on Oct. 15, the Skins made three buses loaded with Ravens employees pay for parking. Before the game, the PA. announcer pumped up the crowd by declaring, " Ravens fans suck!"
Ironically, the two cities have joined in an attempt to land the 2012 Summer Olympics. Under IOC rules, should they reach the final stage of consideration only one city can have its name on the official bid. Can anyone say Annapolis?