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Coronavirus Tales: If you want fancy, wait until next year

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Clarence Haskett, better known as Fancy Clancy the beer man, has been sidelined during the pandemic.

On the July opening day of this year’s strange and shortened baseball season, Clarence Haskett pulled out his phone and texted nearly 100 friends.

The group was “people that I’ve developed good relationships with over the years and see over and over again,” Haskett said. “I just hope everyone stays safe, so I can see them next year.”

Those friends surely appreciated getting a text from Haskett. But they probably would have preferred a cold beer.

Haskett, 61, is better known to legions of Orioles and Ravens fans as “Fancy Clancy” or “Clancy the Beer Man.” They cheer him on as he bounds up stadium steps carrying heavy buckets of brew, bending perilously over railings and striking muscular poses to serve his clients.

Haskett is one of scores of stadium workers and ancillary businesses who are sidelined by the year of the coronavirus, as players compete in empty stadiums with cutout figures propped in the front rows.

Ravens defer 2020 season tickets, expect crowds of fewer than 14,000 if fans can attend

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Photo by Brandon Weigel

The Baltimore Ravens are deferring 2020 season tickets to the following season, and if any fans are allowed in M&T Bank Stadium amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be a significantly smaller amount than a typical game day, the team announced.

Ravens Vs. Titans Key Matchup: Baltimore Linebackers Vs. Derrick Henry

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Photo by Kenya Allen for PressBox.

Who: No. 6 seed Tennessee Titans (10-7) at No. 1 seed Baltimore Ravens (14-2)
Where: M&T Bank Stadium
When: Saturday, Jan. 11, 8:15 p.m. EST

The Ravens host their playoff opener Jan. 11 when the AFC’s top-seeded team welcomes the sixth-seeded Tennessee Titans to M&T Bank Stadium. The Titans, winners of eight of their last 11 games after a 2-4 start, reached the playoffs as the AFC’s second wild-card team and then advanced via a 20-13 win at New England Jan. 4.

Mayor calls on residents, businesses to ‘Light the City Purple’ for Thursday Ravens game

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

With Baltimore getting a primetime spotlight on “Thursday Night Football” this week, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young is calling on residents and businesses to “Light the City Puprle” when the Ravens take on the New York Jets at home.

Reminder: It’s Matthew Judon Day at area Taco Bell locations

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A Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco. Image via Taco Bell’s Facebook.

Among the many wonderful things to happen during the Baltimore Ravens’ dominant win over the New England Patriots last Sunday was linebacker Matthew Judon’s on-air introduction.

As the “Sunday Night Football” production team cycled through the Ravens defense, with each player saying his name and college program, Judon made the beautiful, out-of-left-field pronouncement “Matthew Judon, body built by Taco Bell.”

Orioles, Ravens groundskeepers challenged by climate change

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Baltimore Ravens groundskeeper Don Follett brushes rye grass seed into the turf at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore in September 2019. The head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Ravens said extreme weather is something he grapples with. (Andy Kostka/Capital News Service)

By Nora Eckert and Andy Kostka
Capital News Service

During the baseball season, the weather radar is Nicole Sherry’s steadfast companion. It’s the last thing the Baltimore Orioles head groundskeeper checks before bed. When she wakes up, she reviews it to be sure nothing has drastically changed overnight.

“I have a plan A, B, C, D, E, F, you know?” Sherry said. “We’re always willing to adjust and ready to adjust at a moment’s notice.”

Those plans aren’t just for the next game. They’re for the coming years.

Boldin, Ingram and other NFL vets leading policing town hall today

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Anquan Boldin. Image via Boldin’s Twitter.

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin left football in 2017, but he hasn’t been far away from the game.

Along with Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, the wideout co-founded the Players Coalition to promote racial justice and push back against systemic inequality. Their nonprofit has tapped a committee of more than a half dozen current and former NFL players for a variety of social justice initiatives, including the launch earlier this year of the league’s social justice platform Inspire Change.

Ravens name Greg Davis as new public-address announcer

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Image via the Ravens.

Greg Davis, who serves as public address announcer for several teams at the U.S. Naval Academy, will take over for Bruce Cunningham when the Ravens play their first home game of the year on Sept. 15, the team announced.

Cunningham stepping down as Ravens public-address announcer

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Bruce Cunningham covering the Orioles for Fox 45. Image via Facebook.

After more than 20 years as the public-address announcer for the Baltimore Ravens, Fox 45’s Bruce Cunningham is stepping down effective immediately, he announced in a post on Fox’s website.

Last Thursday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers’ was Cunningham’s final time in the booth recapping plays and making public service announcements.

The Ravens have finished upgrades to M&T Bank Stadium

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Photo by Brandon Weigel.

Three years and $120 million later, the Baltimore Ravens have finished upgrading M&T Bank Stadium, the team announced this morning.

As of today, the Ravens have completed the addition of escalators and elevators to take fans up to the 500 level–one escalator was open last season–and party suites below the four high-definition video boards added to the corners of the stadium last year.

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