Tag: superbowl

Mardi Gras North in Fells Point


It’s Mardi Gras, so today we must embrace extravagance and opulence.  Find your purple, green and gold beads.  Bake a baby into a cake.  Find amazing drink deals, and put on a funny mask.  Sure, Baltimore may not be the Big Easy, but I feel like winning the Super Bowl there means we’re at least distant cousins now.  Tonight, head on over to Kooper’s, Slainte and Woody’s in Fells Point, and let Thames St. be your Bourbon equivalent for the night.

Couldn’t Make it to the Ravens Parade? Be There Virtually, At Least


If you didn’t follow my advice and play hooky from work today, you can at least enjoy this livestream of the Ravens victory parade courtesy CSNBaltimore.

I Don’t Really Care if Courtney Lenz the Ravens Cheerleader Goes to the Super Bowl



Maybe you’re familiar with the tragic story of Courtney Lenz, 23, the only veteran Ravens cheerleader – she’s been on the squad, like, literally forever, since she was 18 – who won’t be allowed to join the dance team in New Orleans for Super Bowl Sunday. Why? According to Lenz, it seems that Lenz had announced plans to retire at the end of the season and, therefore, the powers that be chose to ban her from the final pyramid. But close reading tells me it’s not as simple as that.

The 10 Best Versions of Ray Lewis’s Squirrel Dance


ray_eyfghThere’s just little more than a week before the Superbowl, which means we’ve all got a little more than a week to practice our Ray Lewis Squirrel Dances. (For those of you who don’t know how it goes, Business Insider has a nice breakdown of the moves involved.) For inspiration, check out our ten favorite versions below:



Some Jerk Tries to Trade Ravens Tickets for, Uh, Favors from a “Hot Girl”



Maybe you love the Ravens. Maybe you really want to go to the Super Bowl. But do you really really want to go to the Super Bowl? Now’s your chance to find out, I guess: A guy who I feel I can safely characterize as a jerk posted an ad to Craigslist yesterday afternoon offering a free ticket to the Ravens-49ers Superbowl game in New Orleans. How sweet, right? There were only three catches.

Purple Reign: A Photographic Recap of the Ravens Triumph



The streets of Baltimore were packed last night, but the Ravens’ road to the Superbowl wasn’t a smooth one. Let’s take a quick look back over how we got here — “here” being on the cusp of a Superbowl victory, of course.

Playoff Victory Riot Wins New Ravens Fan



Like many middle-aged dudes reliving his teenage years as a weekend rock-and-roll warrior, I play in a band with a regular gig at a bar in Hampden. That means there is a regular time we show up, load in, set up, and play. However, this past Saturday night, a wrench was thrown into our plans: the Ravens in post season!

February Faceoff: Super Bowl vs. Oscar



University of Baltimore Asst. Prof. and Bohemian Rhapsody Columnist Marion Winik knows how to throw a theme party — it’s coded in her DNA.

Jane and Hyman Winik were sports fans, they were partiers, and they liked to play games for money. As soon as the first Super Bowl was televised in the late ’60s, they saw the possibilities. Unlike Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter and Passover, all of which my parents countenanced in a lukewarm, chocolate-bunny way, the Super Bowl reflected deeply-held Winik family interests and values. Step aside, Santa, make way for Bart Starr.

Under Armour To Use Rookies for Endorsements


It’s difficult to believe, with its two million dollar Superbowl commercials and products ranging from women’s underwear to hunting gear to sunglasses, that Under Armour was once just a guy with an idea looking for retail space. In the years since it was founded, the company has grown from a small, home run organization to a hugely successful corporation partnered with some of the top names in sports. But the company couldn’t always rely on the brand-name power it has today to seal those deals. In those early days, it turned to rookies–young athletes with star potential, but without the seven or eight figure salaries of some of the big names in their respective sports.  

More than ten years ago, Under Armour signed an endorsement contract with the Dallas Cowboys’ Eric Ogbogu, and although he wasn’t always a standout on the field, he made famous the now proverbial slogan, “We must protect this house.”  The method worked then, and it works now. While many star athletes would probably gladly endorse such a popular brand, the Baltimore-based company has stuck to the original formula, and recently joined forces with a small group of young NBA players, including rookie sensation Kemba Walker, to promote its new basketball line.

Isn’t this avant-garde advertising approach a bit risky? Why does such a lucrative company remain quirky with marketing? According to the company, endorsement for them has always been more about building brand integrity than it is about the money. That’s easy to say when you’re a multimillion-dollar corporation, but the company actually has a team that follows the careers of college athletes and handpicks them after graduation, so their mission seems legitimate. Now I just have to figure out how I can get on their radar.