Reporting Ron Matz
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — If you’re a Ravens fan, you’re probably wearing a lot of black and purple these days. Purple pride is bursting all over Baltimore.
Ron Matz has more on what’s hot as the team gets ready for their road trip to Pittsburgh.
At Maryland Screen Printers, the new “Road Trip” shirts are hot off the presses.
“The new Road Trip shirt commemorates Baltimore’s longest playoff trip. We figured it out that between all the trips it could be well over 6,000 miles,” said Craig Pfeifer, Maryland Screen Printers. “We started printing them yesterday. We’ve had a great response. We’ve got them in almost all the Giants around town, Shoppers Food and Mars and our usual guys, Poor Boys, D.J. Liquidators, Wild Bill’s T’s, The Sports Page, Greetings and Readings, all the regular guys who’ve done a great job with all our apparel throughout the years.”
They’ll print 3,000 of the new shirts Tuesday.
Ravens-Steelers excitement is building at retailers like The Sports Page.
“We’ll have days in the store where people get into arguments, get into fights, it’s lovely. There’s nothing like working in a sports store during this time of the year. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else,” said Jeremy Allen, The Sports Page owner. “Ravens fans are definitely some of the best fans I’ve ever been around. I’m originally from Alabama and I thought Roll Tide fans were the best, but Ravens fans this year are definitely showing up.”
If you think stores are busy now, this is just a preview of what could happen if the Ravens make it to the Super Bowl.
“If we can win one more week we’ll really be looking at the promised land and that would be great for the whole town, the retailers and the fans,” said Pfeifer. “If the Ravens do win and then we get by either New England or the Jets, then Reebok comes to town. They’ll drop off a tractor-trailer with about 100,000 T-shirts. We have to count it all in. They give us the designs and we just help them get them out the door.”
“This means a lot. A lot of people’s livelihoods are on the line. We employ 32 people, we can keep staff on payroll and that’s huge for the economy. It’s huge for me as an employer,” said Allen. “I definitely feel a lot of excitement. It was huge when they won and knowing they were going to be playing the Steelers.”
Maryland Screen Printers has 35 employees.
You can watch the Ravens take on the Steelers Saturday at 4:30 p.m on WJZ.