Ravens Fans Out In Full Force For 1st Purple Friday Of The Year

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Less than 48 hours until the Ravens’ season opener, and Baltimore is primed for what is hopefully the start of another Super Bowl run. Fans were out in force for the first Purple Friday of the year.

Rick Ritter has more on the excitement that’s only going to get bigger.

Purple Friday was in full swing. Ravens cheerleaders started touring Maryland at 3 a.m. Friday morning. Fans are fired up, with a Super Bowl on their minds.

Less than 48 hours to opening kickoff and Ravens fans are already framing up a win on Sunday.

“It’s exciting. It energizes the entire town,” said Tom Burns.

Three caravans are circling the state. At Zissimo’s Bar, cheerleaders strolled in chanting “Seven Nation Army.” Hardcore fans are fired up.

“Ravens are finally coming back, and it’s exciting,” said Mike Egbert.

At the Clipper Mill Inn, careful planning went into the season’s first Purple Friday.

“As the one in charge of laundry, I try to make sure we have all our purple ready for Friday,” said Caitlin Paradiso.

Ravens fans are confident to say the least.

“I think when Baltimore gets behind their team, there’s no stopping us,” said Jamie Makarobich.

Fans say forget about last season. Even though the team went 8-8, a Super Bowl run like 2013 is the only thing on their minds.

“After 8-8 last year, it’s time to get back,” Burns said.

“If everybody stays healthy, I think we got a shot,” said Egbert.

A shot that all starts on Sunday against a familiar division rival–the Cincinnati Bengals.

“There’s no nerves right now, but the nerves will be here on Sunday,” said Burns.

The three Ravens caravans hit Howard County, Harford County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City.

WJZ-TV will bring you the game against the Bengals live at 1 p.m. Sunday. Then, the first ever CBS Thursday Night Football game Sept. 11 against the Steelers.

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