Reporting Jessica Kartalija
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore Ravens will take on the New England Patriots. As Ray Rice said, they are a “team of destiny.” Ravens fans everywhere hope that destiny leads them to New Orleans.
Jessica Kartalija has more on purple pride and the Ravens players.
Planning a Ravens road trip is hard work. Just ask these guys.
“We are expecting to have almost 200 or 300 Ravens fans with us,” said Brian Snyder.
Snyder and his company, BMore Around Town, is taking a bus to tailgate to Foxborough.
“We will load the buses Saturday morning, head to Boston. We will stay in downtown Boston; we will throw a pep rally in downtown Boston Saturday night with all the Ravens fans and we will depart Sunday from the hotel,” Snyder said.
Steven Rigg is ready to roll.
“You show up, you give them your name, they say, `Have a seat on the bus,’ you show up to the hotel, check in and there’s no cleanup after the tailgate. They do it all,” Rigg said.
Ray, Ray, Ed, Joe and Anquan are on a new T-shirt and at a printer near you. At Nightmare Graphics in Columbia, it’s hard to keep up with demand for new shirts.
“The phone has literally been ringing off the hook,” said Dan the T-Shirt Man.
On Roscoe Boulevard in Essex, Dan the T-Shirt Man is incredibly busy.
“We’ve been open 24 hours since Friday,” he said.
The excitement has everyone talking.
“I think this is great, all this hoopla going on. People are jumping around and I think the city is excited. I think it looks great this time,” said a fan.
“Oh my God, the hoopla is so great! Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon again. Here we are; we are going to go all the way,” said another fan.
Fans are ready for an exciting game with the Ravens taking home the win.
“42-17, Baltimore,” said a fan.
“It’s gonna be like 34-16,” said a fan.
“Ravens, 28 to 21,” said a fan.
“27-20, Ravens live for another day,” said a fan.
“Final score I believe is going to be just like the last one: 38 Ravens, 35 that other team that we are playing,” said a fan.
You may recall a bet made between the mayors of Denver and Baltimore over last Sunday’s game. Denver’s mayor, Michael Hancock, says he has every intention of holding up his end of the deal and he will perform the famous Ray Lewis dance. The mayor’s office says he hasn’t done it yet because he tripped and hurt his leg Monday night.