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"Ravens Nation" Video Goes Viral


“Ravens Nation,” a video by Ravens fans from Pasadena and around Anne Arundel County was posted two days ago and already has over 28,000 views.

According to the youtube description:

“They’re professionals, so even if hip-hop isn’t your thing the crisp video editing will keep you engaged. The footage cut together of Johnny U throwing a bomb to Anquan Boldin is really nice touch. If you dig it, support the artists, send ’em a comment or something on their You Tube page. You can also download it for free if you send ’em an email.

Enjoy & GO RAVENS!”

Here are the lyrics to the song, Ravens Nation:

We are the Ravens Nation

Smash mouth is the game
In the town that we claim
Home crowd taking aim 
Baltimore’s so relentless
On the ground it’s no gain
Through the air it’s the same
“Purple Reign”
You know how our defense is
Sugar Ray’s got the gang fired up 
Crowd pumped, Ray Rice about to break another one loose
Ball so hard, Sizzle’s in charge
And you know you’re getting nada running toward the big nine deuce
Joe Cool’s bout to school your D
My team wants nothing less than some jewelry
We’ll smash through your line with another quick blitz
And here comes Ed Reed with another pick six
Leach is drilling, Torrey’s thrilling
What more can I say? We killing ’em
Anquan’s illing, Webb is stealing
Wait till it’s Sunday… We killing ’em

Beast mode is achieved, let it feast, let it breathe
Let it demonstrate technique talent and speed
Ray Rice so nice like he has thrice feet
And the full back’s full stacked, “lights out Leach”
Ball Hawkin’ Reed, Webb that weaves,
A city and a team full of MVPs
Four quarters and a dream, legendary
Harbaugh, hard ball weaponry
Smith so quick that they think it’s the shoes
Joe pitching to Pitta or Q getting loose
Ray Ray with the play behind the big six two
Or 53 with the D and Ngata busting through
Once we do, the rest will follow
55 on the side, he’s a real big problem
Pollard’s on the prowl popping collars
Ball So Hard Alma Mater, Passionate Scholars

We’ll protect this house, this home, castle, throne, battle zone
When the pass is thrown, even the pastor knows
Hail Marys can’t save you, we’ll crack you bones
Chuckie P’s got the scheme and my whole team knows 
It’s “W.hat’s I.mportant N.ow”
Got the D. and the O. so we DO big things
And “the Raven’s touching DOwn”
Lombardi, I’m sorry it’s a Bmore party the trophy’s leaving town
In the hands of the flock to the city by the dock
Johnny U would be so proud
Charm city’s feeling good from the Harbor to the hood
Cuz we move those chains, move those chains, move those chains, HUUUUU!


Thank you to the Free State Workshop for uploading it on youtube and making it available to us.




Write a Fan Letter to Win Ravens Playoff Tickets


The fan letter is a uniquely moving genre, with all the passion of a love letter combined with the irrational fervor of a fanatic’s rant.

And who could deserve your fan letter skills right now more than the Ravens, who are gearing up for this Sunday’s playoff battle against the Texans? There’s something in it for you, too — one lucky letter-writer will win a “VIP Ravens Playoff Home Game Experience,” which includes four tickets to Sunday’s game (!) and a pre-game party in a heated tent (!!!). (Make sure to drop your letter in one of the purple mailboxes in a Giant grocery store anywhere in Maryland, by January 11.)

Not sure what to say? I’m sure the team would love to hear about how you had to visit the school counselor’s office because you sometimes fight with your friend who’s a Steelers fan, or see a photograph of your pet bunny dressed up in a tiny Ravens jersey. Or you could slip Joe Flacco your phone number. These are all actual fan letters submitted this week. What do you want to say to Flacco, Ray Lewis, & co.?

Smile: Ravens’ Fan Pix Photographer Tells Tales from the Stands


The ad on Craigslist looked too good to be true. “Photographers needed for Ravens exhibition games. Please send details about your qualifications with contact phone number.” 

I am a firm believer in the rule that if it sounds too good to be true it’s most likely a scam. But on the net, as long as it doesn’t require opening or downloading files, or giving out your social security number, I’m game.

I sent my brief photographer bio: yearbook editor (albeit many decades ago in the previous century), more than 25 years’ experience in PR (taking photos for employers and clients), and a few stints as an assistant to wedding photographers. My email included links to my photography website and my address on Flickr tm.

During the phone interview, I learned the job was for Fans Pix, a business that takes photos of the Ravens’ faithful tailgating before the game and capturing them celebrating, hopefully, during the game. The photos are then posted on a website for sale. 

After persuading my interview screener that I not only love photography, which I do, and I’m a rabid Ravens fan, which I am, I got a tryout for the first exhibition game. The assignment sounded simple enough. Shoot at least 400 photographs of fans but not candids. You must ask permission before you take a person’s photograph.


Pay is 20 cents per photograph of a person or group, and no payment for multiple pictures of the same subject.  However, if you add or subtract someone from the group, it’s a new photograph. 

My incentives are watching the Ravens games and honing my photography skills so the money isn’t an issue. (Two years ago, I decided, after a quarter-century career in public relations, to aspire to a new career as a professional photographer.)

Based on my past but limited experience as an event snapshot shooter, I thought, “How difficult can this job be?” Turns out, it’s not quite as easy as I thought. The job requires sales skills: Surprise, some people hate — and this is not too strong a word — having their picture taken. Other people view you as being akin to those guys on the beach who ask to snap your photo and sell you those mini thing-a-ma-jigs with your photo inside. People snarled, “No!” when I asked in my most polite tone, “Can I take your picture for the Ravens’ Fans website?”

(We received instructions not to ask only, “Can I take your picture?” We were told to emphasize, “Ravens Fans website.” It’s a selling point that never escaped me.)

Fortunately, many people enjoy posing for the camera. My first goal: to learn how to identify the ones who like it and then shoot enough photographs to make the cut, while meanwhile still watching the Ravens game. After the first game, I was among the eight out of 15 wanna-be Fan Pix photographers invited back for the second game. 

The second game was easier; I’m learning. At both exhibition games for tailgating photos, they assigned me to Ravens Walk, the path from Camden Yards to the front of M&T Stadium. It’s lined with businesses featuring attractions and games to lure fans, such as throwing footballs through tires for a prize. 

I saw what looked like a flash mob…it was the Ravens cheerleaders pep squad strolling through Ravens Walk signing autographs. Men stalk them like they are celebrities — they are as far as these guys are concerned. The guys pose with the cheerleaders, handing their cell phones to friends to get their picture so they presumably can text it far and wide. Seeing an opportunity to cash in on this, I scurried to the spot like a halfback scrambling to daylight. No permission needed here, I just snapped away, then handed them my Fans Pix card. 

Maybe it was moments like these, and others getting shots of kids with their parents, that helped me make the cut and get the job. Like any rookie, I was thrilled to be on the roster for Opening Day, Ravens versus the Steelers on 9/11. This was potentially the game of the year. My goal: to meet my quota before the game so I could concentrate on the game. 

The game, as we now know, was one of the best Ravens performances of the year. They kicked Steelers butt. I observed that day, there is a direct correlation between the Ravens’ performance and people being willing, even clamoring, to have their picture taken. When the game was going well fans asked me to take their photo and then thanked me for doing so. 

As the season progressed, I developed the photographer’s equivalent to a quarterback’s pocket presence. I began to know who was around me, who to avoid and who to target. And I learned not to judge prospects prematurely. Just because someone looks like a sourpuss who would spit in my face if I put my camera lens in front of them doesn’t mean that dour look won’t metamorphose into a smile. While sometimes I was surprised, more often my gut was right — but I followed the salesman principle that if you don’t ask they can’t say yes. 

On Monday mornings, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh likes to cite what players and the team learned. I assess my game day as well. After all, for me, this is also practice for weddings and events. How do I get people to smile, open their eyes, and loosen up? (When I am finally able to take easy photos of people tailgating in the parking lots, getting people to relax will not be an issue.) 


People’s presence in front of a camera lens fascinates me. There are women who immediately, comfortably, flash a wide smile. There are men who grimace their best grin as if they are about to have prostate surgery without an anesthetic.  

After one game I received an email from my Fans Pix supervisor complimenting my photos. I wanted to frame it because I do take pride in my work. I may not meet my quota because my goal is for people to really like their photo. I show them what I shoot and I’m surprised by their surprise when they say, “Hey, that’s really good.”

I’ve been fortunate. Most of this season, my assigned area during the game has been on the 100 level, with sections that are in between the 50 and 20-yard lines. I could never afford to watch a game from this vantage point. But I’ve stood with the cops and security detail taking in the action and watching the Ravens compile an undefeated home record. It’s been a winning season for the team, their fans and me. 

Ravens Players Cause Tween Frenzy at a Towson School


I remember thinking that gym class was a waste of time… but if Ray Rice had shown up to my school, I guess I might have thought otherwise. Which is exactly what happened at Towson’s Immaculate Heart of Mary School earlier this week.

Rice (along with Ravens teammates Ricky Williams, Torrey Smith, Lee Evans, and Andre Gurode) stopped by to recognize the school as an official NFL Play 60 Super School. Which is to say that the school was recognized for encouraging healthy lifestyles and physical fitness, along with 33 other schools nationwide.

According to the Sun, the Ravens were welcomed in true teen idol fashion, with tweens shaking, screaming, and proudly wearing purple. The school’s team spirit benefits everyone:  students who wear Ravens gear on Fridays must pay 50 cents for the privilege, and the funds get donated to various charities (including Rice’s non-profit). The school wins, too — the designation as an official Play 60 Super School came with a $10,000 check to be spent on wellness programming or fitness equipment.

Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh: We Weren’t Kidding about the Hype


Last night, the stories on the Harbaugh Bowl, or the Har-Bowl as the San Jose Mercury News calls it, started appearing all over the internet. Just in case you haven’t heard about the historic match-up (have you been in a coma?) between the two brothers, we thought we’d share our findings. As the Baltimore Sun points out, every radio show and website seems to be touching on the game between Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh, 49, and San Francisco 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh, 48. But as the San Francisco Chronicle explains, this isn’t the first time the two brothers have competed against each other. There was a baseball game back when they were teenagers (John’s team won). Our favorite detail comes from the Atlanta Constitution, which had this quote from Jim: “It’s very considerate of the NFL to fly us out there,” the devilish younger brother said, “I haven’t seen him on Thanksgiving in I don’t know how many years.”

You know who we’re rooting for.

2x Sexiest Man Alive George Clooney Goes To Ravens Game


Actor George Clooney, who was twice named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine, attended the Ravens-Bengals game yesterday.  He was at the game with his latest girlfriend, Baltimore native and former Ravens cheerleader Stacy Keibler who is best known as a former wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment. Former Raven Jonathan Ogden and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake were also with the actor, according to The Baltimore Sun.  

Wonder if they’re sticking around for Thanksgiving with her family?  

Your Pet Wants You to Buy These Things


Now that your dog’s hogging the TV, watching commercials broadcasted in frequencies that you can’t even hear, how are you supposed to spend your spare time?

We humbly suggest a peek at the online “Shop-a-Paw-Looza” auction, a fundraiser for the Maryland SPCA. They’ve got everything from club-level Ravens tickets to custom Charm City Cakes confectioneries to wine tasting tours to spa gift certificates to dolphin breakfasts (that is, breakfast WITH, not OF, dolphins). If you really want to make your animals feel appreciated (or guilty), consider bidding on a pet photo shoot, or a “luxury getaway at the Perfect Pet Resort!”

And, of course, the best part is that the auction funds go to the homeless dogs and cats at the Maryland SPCA. Bidding opens today, October 4, at noon, and runs through October 25 at 9 PM… and there are special prizes for early bidders.

"Soft Side" Campaign Aimed at Baltimore Teens


In West Baltimore in 2008 a young pit-bull terrier was set on fire in the middle of the day. This and a shocking number of similar incidents prompted Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to create the city’s Anti-Animal Abuse Commission. The commission is responsible for “Show Your Soft Side,” a billboard and poster campaign whose goal is “to change the mindset” of would-be animal abusers.

Each billboard features a local athlete (so far Raven Jarret Johnson, Oriole Adam Jones, and mixed martial arts fighter John Rallo have participated), his pet, and the slogan “Only a punk would hurt a cat or dog.”

For a billboard campaign, it’s particularly aggressive and unambiguous (compare the vague optimism of “Leadership… Pass It On”). The commission notes that animal abuse is perpetrated almost exclusively by teenage boys who see the violence as a step toward manhood, so the campaign features men who fit perfectly an adolescent’s notion of masculinity. The slogan is reminiscent of “DUI is for LOSERS,” but the stern, unforgiving tone is more appropriate here, where the subject is not an irresponsible decision with disastrous potential, but a deliberate, horrifying act of sadism.

The commission hopes to reach teens before they ever harm a cat or dog, as young animal abusers frequently graduate to even more serious acts of violence.

Are You as Ravenous as a Raven?


As football training gets into full swing, we find ourselves asking some tough questions about the Ravens:  namely, how much do they eat!? We checked in with Nick Goff, head chef at the Baltimore Ravens Training Facility (which is run by the Classic Catering People). Turns out, these are some pretty hungry men.

Baltimore Fishbowl:  How much food goes into an average meal for the team?
Head Chef Nick Goff:  On a typical day the protein options may include 120 pounds of poultry, 80 pounds of beef, 70 pounds of seafood, or 70 pounds of pork. These numbers change depending on the menu, which changes daily. For example, when I prepare BBQ Ribs as the main entree, I make 120 pounds of them.

BFB:  Are there any lucky meals?
NG:  You’re asking me to give away a superstitious tradition? That might be bad luck. I am not going to be too specific about this, but I have been asked to make Cajun Chicken Penne each time we play a certain team on the West Coast.  Additionally, I have been asked to make my Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya for when we play a certain team on the East Coast.  Usually, both of these dishes have been found to be successful in bringing back a win. If you want me to reveal what I make before a Steelers game, you’re not going to get it.

BFB:  What are some of the most popular dishes you prepare for the players?
NG:  Some of the players’ favorite dishes include Cajun Chicken Penne, Apricot and Ginger –Glazed Sea Bass, BBQ Ribs, Texas Beef Brisket, Garlic and Lemon Italian Herb Roasted Chicken, Grilled Lemon- Pepper Salmon, Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Jambalaya, and Grilled Flank Steak. Additionally, my homemade soups are a favorite as well, especially later on into the season when it gets colder. A few of the top requested soups are Seafood Gumbo, Maryland Crab, Minestrone, and Chicken with White Bean Chili.


BFB: What’s the most difficult part to coordinate?
NG:  The whole process is difficult. I arrive to work at 5 A.M. and I’m moving as fast as I can to prepare almost 300 pounds of food for lunch service at 11:30. We have an all-star team here in Baltimore and I take pride in serving them gourmet food every day. There are no short-cuts. Everything has to be done to the highest quality standards. We’re feeding people who work hard for us, and I want to work hard for them.