Prove your purple passion with team trivia

candus thomson's ravens 101

January 18, 2009|By CANDUS THOMSON

Congratulations, new Ravens fan, you've made it through basic training. Now sit back and enjoy the game with your family and friends.

But beware, someone might test your loyalty. Be ready to meet fire with fire. Here's some Ravens trivia:

* Who was the first player drafted by the Ravens? (Jonathan Ogden)

* In their first game, what team did the Ravens beat? (The Oakland Raiders, 19-14, with Earnest Byner scoring the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run.)

* Bruce Matthews has a place in Baltimore football lore. Why? (The Hall of Fame offensive lineman played against the Colts in their last game at Memorial Stadium and against the Ravens in their last game at Memorial Stadium.)

* Before it was called M&T Bank Stadium, what was the Ravens' home field called? (PSINet Stadium)

* What cable network ran a series on the Ravens and what was it called? (HBO, Hard Knocks)

* How many men are named on the Ravens' Ring of Honor? (13; five Ravens and eight Colts)

* Who is the Ravens' all-time leading passer? (Kyle Boller, 7,846 yards)

* What is the name of the Ravens' mascot? (Poe)

* What team did the Ravens beat in the 2001 Super Bowl, and what was the score? (New York Giants, 34-7)

* Finally, be sure to point out that should the Ravens win - and you've got to believe - they will bring the Lamar Hunt Trophy back to Baltimore close to the stroke of midnight on Jan. 19 - 200 years after the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the original Raven.

This concludes our crash course in Ravensology. Your education is now complete.

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