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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 14!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Week Fourteen  -  Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins (#flyingdog)

This week features the closest thing to an inner city rivalry the NFL has (lets face it - Giants vs Jets is like when Varsity scrimmages the JV squad).  The Ravens are constantly at the top of the AFC North and always in line for a playoff spot - no matter who's kicking field goals, and the Redskins went from a few re-building years with Shanahan and Sons to a wildcard in the NFC East race.  Let's see who takes Mid-Atlantic bragging rights in this weeks hashtag battle!

In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our second season of NFL hashtag battles! Using hashtagbattle.com we will pit two fan bases against each other when their NFL counterparts are facing off on the gridiron. Are you ready for some football? And drinking? And #hashtag battle?!?!?!

What's a hashtag battle? When you're drinking a beer of a brewery competing in the battle, throw a #hashtag of the brewery and tweet it (or setup your foursquare or untappd to push to tweet and include the #hashtag) and we'll use hashtagbattle.com to declare a winner after the Monday Night football game on ESPN. Support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Fourteen  -  Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins (#flyingdog)

The Baltimore Ravens have been doing it on defense for a number of years... Remember when they won the 2000 on the arm of Trent Dilfer?  You must've have been drinking because Dilfer had very little to do with the win... much like a waiter carrying a tray full of drinks - he was doing his job and trying not to screw it up too much.  The Ravens always remind of us this SuperBowl winning 2000 team, because it's basically the same team.  Ray Lewis and Ed Reed still command the troops and although Lewis has been sidelined with an arm injury, he's still a presence on the sideline and the heart and soul of the defense.  The offense is a completely different story - Joe Flacco calls himself an Elite QB, yet doesn't realize you don't need to be elite to win, you need a RB.  Ray Rice is a solid choice for Fantasy players and game winning drives, but the Ravens avoid him like they've got the opposing defense on fantasy (it is Fantasy playoff season).  Even after a 4 and 29 conversion in San Diego (leading to the win) - the Ravens against their biggest rivals were outscored in the 4th quarter 10-0, when after the 3rd quarter leading 20-13.  The turning point?  With 9:49 left and the ball, instead of safe hand offs to Rice to kill the clock (and get me extra yards), Flacco drops back and is strip sacked, giving the Steelers the ball on the 30 yard line, which meant it would have only taken 5 maximum distance throws by Charlie Batch to reach the 5 yard line.  Let's see how they avoid Ray Rice this week, lose to the Redskins on the rise and continue to ruin my fantasy football season.

The Washington Redskins have changed head coaches so many times, a Tea Party representative spends more time in the D.C. area.  Dan Synder is always going after the big name head coaches and hooked Mike Shanahan after he was let go of in Denver.  Shanahan brought his son along and setup the offices of Shanahan and Sons LLC in D.C. in search of QB talent.  In his first season he dealt with Beck, Grossman and an aging McNabb causing him to rotate QB's like he used to rotate RB's in Denver - last year he lost McNabb and ended up 5 -11 but in position to trade up to #2 getting Luck or RG III (whichever the Colts didn't take).  Enter a season of rebirth.  Shanahan suddenly has the second coming of John Elway and a RB picked in the 6th round (Terrell Davis anyone?) to bolster his offense.  The defense is still questionable, but so is the NFC East with the Cowboys and Eagles preparing "Help Wanted" signs and the Giants struggling to win against the lack of division rivalries/competition.  The Redskins are 6-6 with 4 winnable games left; and save a dumb WR play in the Rams game, an unsportsman plenty drive killer in the Bengals game, and just 1 of 2 defenders stopping Victor Cruz (the Giants only offensive weapon) from running by them - the Redskins are 9-3 and the toast of the town.  Let's see how they shock the NFL world by winning OR blowing up in the 4th quarter for the rest of the season, and watch the growth of a very exciting prospect in RG III.

Flying Dog Brewery is so good, it has no competition in the D.C. / Baltimore area.  Flying Dog has it's origins in Aspen, Colorado and moved to the Maryland area in 2008, taking their Dog themed brews and Hunter S Thompson inspired bottle art with them.  With Belgian roots, Flying Dog doesn't impress all the beer friends (#callingoutphil) but the Gonzo Porter is always tops on the list this time of year and the Garde Dog Saison and Snake Bite IPA find their calling in the warmer months.  I guess there is always something to look forward to - just like this Redskins vs Ravens game.  This week we're taking one brewery and using hashtag battles to call out fans - use the hashtag "flyingdog" and put "Ravens" or "Redskins" behind it to support that team.

Let the battle begin! Remember to Tag with #flyingdogravens vs #flyingdogredskins, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!