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By Mary Carole McCauley and Sam Sessa | January 10, 2010
If sales of T-shirts are any indication, Baltimore still has a passion for purple - just not as much as last year. Like spurned sweethearts, Ravens fans have had their hopes dashed by a so-so season. They are wary of commitment. They're reluctant to display their hearts, let alone their car flags. "I don't want to get hurt again," said Linnea D. Johnson, an administrative coordinator for the Johns Hopkins University, who admits to pessimism about her team's postseason chances.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
With four seconds remaining in the Super Bowl , fans across the Baltimore area clenched fists and clasped hands in prayer. "This is the longest four seconds of my life," said Karen Connell, 36, who stared at a television at 3 Miles House in Baltimore's Remington neighborhood. Baltimore spent most of three quarters of the Super Bowl in jubilation, only to descend into anxious quietude as the San Francisco 49ers clawed back into a game that the Ravens seemed to have had in hand.
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NEWS
January 12, 2012
Do you sport a Fu Manchu because Joe Flacco does? Are you not only proudly wearing purple but following strict pregame rituals such as avoiding all things that smack of Texas (sorry, chili, cowboy boots, Lone Star Beer and excessive bragging)? Have you named your first-born Haloti? Then you, my friend, are a Ravens fanatic, and your time is at hand. This Sunday marks the ultimate experience of professional football fandom for any city, the home playoff game. The Super Bowl may be bigger, but it rarely takes place anywhere close to a team's field.
FEATURES
By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2013
There are Ravens fans, there are passionate Ravens fans, and then there is Cindy Pierce. "I go by the fan name of Purple Dame," said Pierce, who lives in Severn and said she's missed just one home game in the past 13 years. When she cheers on her team, "I'm just head to toe in purple," wearing a No. 98 jersey for former Raven Tony Siragusa, she said. Pierce, who was honored last year by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Hall of Fans, is involved with several Ravens fans groups, and has been urging fellow members to support the Brigance Brigade Foundation, the nonprofit organization started by former Ravens player O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda, after he was diagnosed in 2007 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease, a progressive motor neuron disease that robs people of their ability to control their muscles.
FEATURES
By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2013
There are Ravens fans, there are passionate Ravens fans, and then there is Cindy Pierce. "I go by the fan name of Purple Dame," said Pierce, who lives in Severn and said she's missed just one home game in the past 13 years. When she cheers on her team, "I'm just head to toe in purple," wearing a No. 98 jersey for former Raven Tony Siragusa, she said. Pierce, who was honored last year by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Hall of Fans, is involved with several Ravens fans groups, and has been urging fellow members to support the Brigance Brigade Foundation, the nonprofit organization started by former Ravens player O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda, after he was diagnosed in 2007 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig's disease, a progressive motor neuron disease that robs people of their ability to control their muscles.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker | December 14, 1997
The roll swelled to four straight wins for Purple Passion yesterday at Laurel Park.In a strong field of older sprinters, Stella Kavazis' 3-year-old colt blazed away in the stretch and scored a 2 1/4 -length victory in the $54,725 Bowie Stakes.Purple Passion's six-furlong time of 1 minute, 8 2/5 seconds was two-fifths of a second off Fighting Notion's 1992 track record."This is a real horse, probably as fast as I've ever had. These were all tough horses, and that is major-league time," said trainer Donald Barr, who took charge of the colt early last month.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | February 15, 1999
In recent years, the General George Handicap's post-time favorite has arrived on a van or plane from Kentucky or New York or Florida, primed to cart away the majority portion of the $250,000 purse and return to home base. Royal Haven stormed in from the north last year for a two-length victory and returned to New York -- soon to reach retirement. But in honor of the first president of the United States, it would not be telling a lie to believe that, yes, a locally stabled runner will be the bettors' choice in today's Grade II, seven-furlong test for older horses at Laurel Park.
SPORTS
By KENT BAKER | February 13, 1999
The second and third finishers in last year's race and several solid New York invaders head a nine-horse field for Monday's Grade II, $250,000 General George Handicap at Laurel Park.Purple Passion, the runner-up to Royal Haven in 1998, will return to his favored Laurel surface, and Wire Me Collect, third last February, returns on a two-race winning streak.From New York comes Star of Valor, a Team Valor entry with a Grade III victory to his credit, and Esteemed Friend, a game second to Say Florida Sandy, in the Grade III Graves Handicap.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | November 22, 1998
Purple Passion has won 12 of 19 lifetime starts, so he has the ability to run well on almost any track. But he seems to have a particular fondness for Laurel Park.The son of Northern Raja proved that again yesterday, turning back a strong field of speedsters to score a length victory over long shot Jove Stone in the $75,000 Lite the Fuse Stakes, which is named for the two-time champion of Maryland's richest sprint race, the De Francis Dash.Timed in 1 minute, 9 1/5 seconds over six furlongs, Purple Passion raised his career record to 4-for-5 at Laurel.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sam.Sessa@baltsun.com | January 7, 2010
Much like the game itself, watching football is a team sport. The crashing tackles, hard-fought yardage and nail-biting field-goal attempts are all the more intense when you're in the company of a hundred or so other hard-core Ravens fans. And Sunday's playoff game, when the Ravens take on the New England Patriots, promises to be a bruiser. Baltimore restaurants and bars are gearing up for the game with food and drink specials galore. One lucky fan will get to sit on a couch and down free beer and wings during the game at Luckie's Tavern.
NEWS
January 12, 2012
Do you sport a Fu Manchu because Joe Flacco does? Are you not only proudly wearing purple but following strict pregame rituals such as avoiding all things that smack of Texas (sorry, chili, cowboy boots, Lone Star Beer and excessive bragging)? Have you named your first-born Haloti? Then you, my friend, are a Ravens fanatic, and your time is at hand. This Sunday marks the ultimate experience of professional football fandom for any city, the home playoff game. The Super Bowl may be bigger, but it rarely takes place anywhere close to a team's field.
NEWS
By Mary Carole McCauley and Sam Sessa | January 10, 2010
If sales of T-shirts are any indication, Baltimore still has a passion for purple - just not as much as last year. Like spurned sweethearts, Ravens fans have had their hopes dashed by a so-so season. They are wary of commitment. They're reluctant to display their hearts, let alone their car flags. "I don't want to get hurt again," said Linnea D. Johnson, an administrative coordinator for the Johns Hopkins University, who admits to pessimism about her team's postseason chances.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sam.Sessa@baltsun.com | January 7, 2010
Much like the game itself, watching football is a team sport. The crashing tackles, hard-fought yardage and nail-biting field-goal attempts are all the more intense when you're in the company of a hundred or so other hard-core Ravens fans. And Sunday's playoff game, when the Ravens take on the New England Patriots, promises to be a bruiser. Baltimore restaurants and bars are gearing up for the game with food and drink specials galore. One lucky fan will get to sit on a couch and down free beer and wings during the game at Luckie's Tavern.
SPORTS
By CANDUS THOMSON | January 18, 2009
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.
SPORTS
By RAY FRAGER | October 10, 2008
Purple Passion 7 p.m. [MASN] This is just by way of warning. It's a show about the Ravens, featuring former players. The name of the program might make it sound like one of those things on late at night on Cinemax. Not that I ever watch them. I'm far too dedicated to soaking up every bit of sports programming I can find.
SPORTS
By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN REPORTER | December 7, 2007
The Ravens' emotional outbursts late in Monday night's 27-24 loss to the New England Patriots not only took some of the attention away from their best game of the season but it also reinforced their reputation as an out-of-control team on the field. Five years ago against the New Orleans Saints, cornerback Chris McAlister ripped off Donte Stallworth's helmet and threw it into the end zone after getting tangled up with the receiver. Two years ago in Detroit, linebacker Terrell Suggs got so incensed after he was flagged for a questionable roughing-the-passer penalty that he jumped into the face of referee Mike Carey.
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