Oh, Boston. This time last week, you were a city overflowing with confidence about your professional football team.
So confident, in fact, that a corporate giant in the area decided to post a billboard counting down the minutes until the mighty New England Patriots ended Ray Lewis' career by dispatching the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.
Clear Channel -- the billboard owner -- acknowledged its vast underestimation of Lewis and the Ravens in a new message posted Monday morning.
Welp. pic.twitter.com/qzI1iy2U- CCO_Boston (@MassBillboards) January 21, 2013
Lewis said after Sunday's win that the initial billboard both bothered and motivated him.
"I was hurt when I saw a sign that actually said my retirement would (start) tonight," Lewis said, via The Boston Globe. "Man can't dictate that. God dictates that."
A twist to the story happened Monday, when a new, tersely-worded billboard was spotted in Baltimore. It reads: "Ray's Retirement Party Moved to Feb. 3. New England Not Invited."
And thus concludes our coverage of outdoor advertising signage.
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