So if you know me….you know that I am a HUUUUUUGE Ravens fan! Even though I grew up in Montgomery County (MoCo shoutout!!) and my dad is a Redskins fan….by the time I actually started enjoying football, I was in college at Towson, and Baltimore had its very own football team. I vividly remember the first time the Ravens went to the Super Bowl 12 years ago…and my girlfriends and I watched the game at Casa Mia’s. I can close my eyes and remember the purple glow of the town, and hear the horns honking in celebration.
The days leading up to 6:30pm yesterday evening were exciting, anxious, and almost torturous – having to watch friends and former colleagues posting that they were IN New Orleans for the big game. Jealousy hit me HARD. The last time we were in the Super Bowl – there was no Facebook or Twitter, and I was blissfully unaware of how much fun everyone who was AT the SuperBowl was having. In the middle of the game last night – I messaged my brother and told him that if the Ravens ever make it back to the Super Bowl – that he and I were GOING!! My brother and I share a love for the Ravens, and even though he currently lives in Germany (with a 6 hour time difference – making him a super fan to stay up for the game!) we still message during every game – sharing in our elatedness and commiserating in dismay.
I watched the Ravens seal the deal in the last few seconds of the game, went outside of the bar I was in (Delia Foley’s) and revelled in the insanity that had become of Federal Hill. And I imagine that 12 years from now – I’ll still be able to close my eyes, and see the purple glow of my city, hear the horns honking in celebration, feel the vibration of the helicopter overhead, and remember the enormous pride in my heart.
Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens!! Can’t wait for the parade tomorrow!