BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 24: Baltimore Ravens fans hold up foam logos during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Today was purple Friday in Baltimore and it completely amazed me just how far reaching the love for football and the Ravens has become in our city. I know many of the readers on this site are from out of town and even out of the country. I wish that you could be here to experience the love for your team.
You can't drive down the street without seeing fans walking around in there Ravens gear. Most of them stopping to converse with each other and talk a little trash about this weekends game. Storefronts are decked out with purple streamers and confetti. Buildings all around the city have changed out their night lights for purple tinted ones.I was at Hightopps Bar in Timonium tonight and about one out of every four people there where either dressed in purple or wearing a jersey. Every now and then you would here a couple of people yell "Go Ravens!" and start high fiving, just like it's game day.
Earlier today the Ravens cheerleaders were going around to many of the bars in town on a bus doing Ravens cheering and autograph-signing events. Some of the people from the marketing side of the team have been out stenciling Ravens logo's around town as well.
It really is a great sight to take in. This team is doing an amazing thing for this city. People are just generally happier and they talk to each other more. I love what football is doing for this town and could not imagine if we didn't have a team. We should all be very thankful that Baltimore has such a fine organization from top to bottom.
Honestly I would hate to be a Steelers fan living in Baltimore right now. Or a fan of any other team for that matter. Half the local news tonight was either about the Ravens or about the city celebrating them. If the Ravens can win on Sunday it will get even crazier and if they make it to the Super Bowl this city just might explode. I can't wait!