When the Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills face off on Saturday, so too will a pair of breweries in the football teams’ respective hometowns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.