January 28, 2013
To understand how very conflicted Washington is about rooting for Baltimore, consider what happened to one of its biggest football fans when she dared suggest that Redskins supporters offer the Ravens a congratulatory word. The superfan in question dresses as a caped crusader and goes by the superhero name RG3 Woman, in honor of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. After Baltimore trounced the Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday, she tweeted: "DC supports Baltimore! Let's go Ravens #semihometeam.
January 20, 2013
The Ravens game on Sunday wasn't expected to hit restaurant businesses as hard as last Saturday's game did. For one thing, Sunday isn't a traditional money-maker for restaurants. But Sotto Sopra, which hosts popular monthly opera nights on Sunday evening, appears to be taking a hit. On Sunday afternoon, the restaurant used its Facebook page to drum up a replacement cast of diners. "Wow we just lost 40 people for opera night thanks to the Ravens game," the post said, quickly adding, "Well we support them all the way and you get a "Ravens" deal.
January 15, 2013
The man appears in a No. 5 Joe Flacco jersey weeping, leaping, pounding his fists on the floor, flinging himself on a couch, grabbing the TV screen with both hands, looking for all the world as if he's about to explode. He's screaming at the top of his lungs, at a pitch that would surely shatter glass if sustained, lamenting that he can't take it anymore, that the play he just saw is unbelievable, that he'll surely die if this continues. And, now, he's Internet-famous. The series of videos capturing Keith Letourneau's reaction during the Ravens' 38-35 overtime playoff win in Denver have been viewed, collectively, more than 200,000 times since they were posted Sunday on YouTube.
January 6, 2013
There are some people in this town who think that Ray Lewis is washed up ("'My last ride,'" Jan. 3). Some people think he isn't fast enough anymore or that he can't tackle hard enough. These people focus on the fact that his retirement will free up salary space. However, for an entire generation, this is more than the end of a player's career. I was born in 1986. I wasn't around to experience the Baltimore Colts. I've only heard the stories. I know about Johnny Unitas and I've heard about the Mayflower moving vans.
December 27, 2012
The chant began the instant the Colts' placekicker set foot on the field. From deep within Memorial Stadium, football fans growled his name in near-ritualistic delight. RAAAOOOOL ... RAAAOOOOL. Raul Allegre would save the day, they swore. Often, he did. Four times as a rookie in 1983, Allegre booted game-winning field goals for the Colts (7-9), who boasted his right leg and little else on offense. The Mexico-born kicker accounted for 112 points, or nearly half of the team's output that year, its last in Baltimore.
December 20, 2012
With the possible exception of Mayan calendar followers and all others who expect the world to end in a matter of hours, is there a gloomier bunch around metropolitan Baltimore than Ravens fans? Rarely in the history of professional sports have people with so little to grouse about made themselves so miserable. It can't be a Baltimore thing. Just three months ago, this city was thrilled over the unexpected good fortune of a hometown team that hoped to - in the final days of its season - capture a playoff spot.