There's nothing quite like the locker room scene the day after an NFL team has been eliminated from the playoffs, a scene that's surreal and tinged with sadness, as the Ravensdemonstrated again Monday morning.
Still reeling from Sunday's heartbreaking 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, they reported to The Castle for their season-ending position meetings and to clean out their lockers, some of them for the last time as Ravens.
Joe Flacco signed helmets for Lardarius Webb and Terrence Cody. Cody blasted tunes from in front of his locker until teammates requested that he turn the volumne down, because this wasn't a party. Terrell Suggs hugged players and filled trash bag after trash bag with his gear. Haloti Ngata spoke quietly with a few reporters in one corner.
Billy Cundiff showed up, too, and was quickly beseiged by the media. But the Ravens kicker, after what must have surely been a difficult night of little or no sleep, patiently and with great dignity answered every question posed to him about his missed 32-yard field with 15 seconds remaining that would have sent the game into overtime.