Three Levin sisters cheer together - and from afar

Setting the scene

Ravens Gameday

Ravens 19 Bills 7

January 01, 2007|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER

For Ravens fans, there's nothing like celebrating a victory with a family member. Even when that family member is on the other side of M&T Bank Stadium and separated by what seems to be miles of humanity.

That's what Laura, Susan and Mary Levin of Owings Mills have been doing for all eight home games this season and for the past two years. Many Steve McNair touchdown passes, Matt Stover field goals and defensive takeaways have been followed by a chorus of screams and then frantic typing on cell phones.

"Thank God for text messaging," Laura Levin said before the Ravens' regular-season finale against the Buffalo Bills yesterday.

Hopefully, the Levin sisters - Laura, 30, is two years older than twins Susan and Mary - have a good network plan. The sisters are on the Ravens' waiting list for the permanent seat licenses that are required to purchase season tickets. So, for three years they have had to scour the Internet and contact ticket brokers to find tickets for home games.

The sisters have managed to find tickets for all 24 home games, but the search has not been easy. They've paid as much as $175 each for $100 seats and an additional $100 for each parking pass, and Laura Levin, an intern at Carroll Hospital Center who handles the ticket research, has trudged to her computer at 5 a.m. on game day to see if her bid in an auction has prevailed.

"Sometimes I can't even leave the house because the auction closes in 10 minutes," she said.

As taxing as that sounds, the Levin sisters agreed that it's not a problem when they factor in their loyalty to the Ravens.

"It does take some effort, but you get to do something that makes you feel like a part of Baltimore and a part of Maryland," said Mary Levin, a general manager at Don Pablo's restaurant in Laurel. "It's a good time."

Yesterday, the sisters got three tickets in two sections. Susan and Mary sat in the lower level, while Laura sat upstairs.

That meant more text messaging. "That's what cell phones are for," said Susan Levin, who works for the state's Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. "This is something we have in common, and it's more time we get to spend together."

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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