While most Vandalia area fans failed to get excited about this year’s NFL playoffs with no Missouri teams represented, perhaps the loudest cheers heard in the area were coming from the Monachino family.
Ted Monachino, son of Laddonia’s Ono and Nancy Monachino and brother to Candace Bertels, who works at First National Bank of Audrain County, was the Baltimore Ravens’ linebackers coach this past season. His family cheered on his team either in person, watching games on television, or listening on the radio throughout the Ravens’ run to their second Super Bowl championship in franchise history.
The Baltimore Ravens began the playoffs with Ray Lewis’ retirement announcement just before a game that reconnected the team with former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, who was on the road to recovery from a battle with leukemia.
After a 24-9 victory over the Colts, the Ravens needed a ‘miracle’ touchdown with under a minute left to tie the divisional round game with the Denver Broncos before beating the nine point favorites 38-35 on a game-winning field goal in OT.
As 9.5 point underdogs, the Ravens then traveled to New England and beat the Patriots 28-13 to advance to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Read more in The Vandalia Leader’s April 3 issue.