Pigskin pop quiz Football: Don't know your tight end from your elbow? Wake up and smell the sweat! It's Ravens time.

July 28, 1998|By Rob Hiaasen | Rob Hiaasen,Sun Staff

The Baltimore Ravens have broken training camp. This should be a time of fanatic interest, as Our Very Own professional football team prepares for its third season. We have a new quarterback, a new stadium, and new toilets that flush on cue.

What more do we need to get juiced about the Ravens?

For whatever treasonous reason (the Orioles streak since the All-Star break?), some of us aren't on board yet. Team spirit remains lackluster, and team knowledge is weak. We should be ashamed. Even if we never become a die-hard Ravens fan, we should know a few fundamentals.

To prevent you embarrassment, take the following Ravens quiz. The results will be confidential - unless, of course, you miss all eight questions. Then we will tell everybody.

1. As members of the American Conference, the Ravens are in what division?:

A. Central Division.

B. Western Division.

C. Long Division.

2. Tell us again why the Ravens got rid of Vinny Testaverde?

A. He couldn't win the "big" game.

B. He couldn't win the "medium" game.

C. We couldn't spell his "name."

D. All of the above.

3. Which team is considered the Ravens' arch-rival?

A. Their second team.

B. The Pittsburgh Steelers.

C. The Baltimore Colts.

4. What happened to the multi-talented, multiply arrested ex-Raven Bam Morris?

A. Has a Fox sitcom.

B. Spokesman for Bubba Gump Shrimp.

C. Partnered with Dennis Rodman for "Wrestlemania XX."

D. Last seen in a gym, lifting discs of impossible weight.

5. Name the starting center for the Ravens:

A. Wally Williams.

B. Walter Sondheim.

C. Wes Unseld.

6. With training camp under way, which Ravens safety is fighting for his job?

A. Greg Brady.

B. Bubba Gump Brady.

C. Donny Brady.

D. Brady Anderson.

7. What was the Ravens' record last year?

A. Something like 4-22.

B. 6-9-1.

C. 2-9-59. (Excuse me. That's my birthday)

D. "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."

8. What is the key for the Ravens this year?

A. Winning.

B. Not losing.

C. Flushing stadium toilets.

D. All of the above.

(Answers: A, D, B, D, A, C, B, D)

Pub Date: 7/28/98

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