Marching Ravens band will help kick off Bush II

This Just In...

January 10, 2001|By DAN RODRICKS

I WOULD LIKE to bring today's meeting of TJI readers to order. We'll forgo the reading of the minutes and the usual sing-along and get right to new business. First, some good news: Baltimore's Marching Ravens, the band formerly known as the Colts Marching Band, will for the first time strut in the presidential inaugural parade next week in our nation's capital. Please put your hands together for band president John Ziemann.

"Thank you ... and that's right. The band will be marching in the inaugural parade Jan. 20. The Modell family [owners of the Ravens] is handling expenses. David Modell said he'd pick up the bill and furnish hand-warmers. The band was invited to march once before - to the first inauguration after [Bob] Irsay became team owner."

Irsay became owner of the Baltimore Colts in 1972, so you're talking Nixon's second inaugural, in January 1973.

"Right, and [former Maryland Gov. Spiro T.] Agnew was vice president, and the theme of the Maryland contingent in the parade was `Maryland sports,' but Irsay refused to pay for the band to go to Washington."

He hated Nixon and Agnew that much, eh?

"No, he was just cheap."

John, if the Ravens beat the Raiders this Sunday, any chance the band will go to Tampa for the Super Bowl?

"I'm told that, if it were just up to the Modells, we would. But it's up to the NFL."

I guess the halftime show is out, right?

"Oh, yes. They plan those things months ahead of time."

Yeah, right. Gotta give Ricky Martin, Janet Jackson and the cast from "Les Mis" ample time to work out that big finish.

Getting it straight

Before we go on, I need to point out a mistake in an earlier TJI. In my Jan. 1 column about Ray Lewis, I mistakenly referred to former pro football player Rae Carruth as being accused in his wife's killing. Carruth was not married to Cherica Adams; she was his pregnant girlfriend. The former Carolina Panthers player is on trial in Charlotte, N.C., for his role in the killing. Sorry about the slip.

Now, on to other, more pleasant business ...

Made in Baltimore

Marc Silverstein, the Baltimore-based host of the Food Network's "The Best Of" show, has a report on a made-in-Baltimore movie he caught on DVD. The chairman doesn't have a DVD player and is very interested in Marc's findings. Marc ...

"My wife and bambino were out of town so I rented `The Replacements,' a tough-guy football movie for the temporarily liberated tough guy sitting on his couch.

"Not only do I watch the flick, but since I have extra time on my hands, I actually watch a second time to listen to the director's comments available on DVD. How pitiful am I, right?

"Anyway, there's a scene early in the film where Jack Warden as owner of the team and Gene Hackman as new coach are riding on a golf cart through PSINet Stadium. As the director tells the story, the NFL wouldn't let them use any stadiums because the film is about a bunch of replacements for striking players. But since Art Modell had his own problems with the league, he decided to let the filmmakers use `Ravens Stadium,' as he calls it, to stick it to the NFL. `And that's how we ended up in Baltimore,' he says.

"Anyway, if you get really far down on the list of things you have to do, you might want to check it out. It's obvious I'm in dire need of `a life.' Maybe I can rent one of those at Blockbuster the next time the family splits town."

Don't be so hard on yourself, Marc. Thanks for the report. Next ...

Tribute for Byrd

Our cultural correspondent Joey Amalfitano is here to suggest an entertaining winter evening. Joey ...

"Thanks, Danny. Hey, everybody. The late Charlie Byrd was one of our great jazz guitarists. His brother and some friends are getting together to celebrate the man and his music tonight at Baldwin's Station, 7618 Main St., in the old B&O railroad station, in historic Sykesville. Tickets are $15. Show time is 8 p.m. Charlie's younger brother, Joe Byrd, who sings and plays bass, will be joined by Steve Abshire on guitar and Chuck Redd on vibes. Says here they're going to do a Charlie Byrd sampler, a little bossa nova and some standards. Sounds like a nice time. Maxine and I are thinking of going."

Plan for city's homeless

A month has passed since the O'Malley administration rolled out its "winter plan" for the homeless, the centerpiece of which was the edict that "street feeding" take place near the city jail and no longer in front of City Hall. I asked Sister Catherine Gugerty, who's associated with a Loyola College outreach group, for an update. Loyola students have been feeding the hungry at City Hall for 10 years. Last month, they did as instructed and moved their "Care-A-Van" to the city's new designated feed lot at the Fallsway.

Here's Sister Catherine:

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