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It’s that time during the football season when fans and players alike heighten their belief in superstitious actions and belief. My son, on college break, brought his Ray Rice jersey home. After he wore it to Saturday’s game, I wanted to toss in the wash. In an attempt to grab it he leaped over a pile of dirty clothes and he exclaimed “You can’t wash my jersey! That would bring us bad luck! I haven’t washed it all season!”

Eeeew, he has worn this jersey for 15 games plus every Purple Friday and every Monday win or loss! Ugh, that means it hasn’t seen soap in 15 weeks! I was about to disregard his plea and toss it in for its first well deserved washing when I started to wonder, “If I wash it, will I be the one to put a jinx on this Sunday’s game?”

We haven’t we won in Cincinnati in three years and only once in the last 6 years.

Let’s face it, we need all the luck we can get.

Yep the very superstitious bug had me too! I tossed the stinky jersey back to my son – there was no way I was going to take a chance.

Everywhere I turn there are signs of superstition. We have invited friends to come watch the game on Sunday. Our guest’s responses have included “I‘ll be there as long as I can sit in the same spot on the sofa as I did the last time.”; “We’d love to, but we have to watch the game at my brother’s house – that’s where we were the last time we won!”

For the past 3 years my husband wears the same tattered gold Ravens hat and the same long sleeve shirt for every game. He is sure that if he wears something else it will bring
bad mojo to the team. How soon he forgets that we have both won and lost games since he started wearing the gear. There is no reasoning with a fan and the realities of his or her superstitions!

Even players don’t want to rock the boat. Players have routines and traditions that they follow before each game. Common rituals that athlete’s follow include eating certain foods, warm up routines and wearing specific gear. This year it’s the “hair thing” that many players have gotten hooked on. Long dreads and even longer locks of hair are hanging out of the bottom of the helmets of many NFL players. Even our beloved yet always controversial, Joe has grown a Flacco Manchu!

Back in November Joe started growing the stash that surrounds his mouth and drops to his chin. Fan reactions to the Flacco Manchu are mixed. Most females favor him getting a close shave ASAP! Though you can bet he isn’t shaving it off this weekend!

Nope! No way, no how!

It doesn’t matter that even since wearing the stash he has lacked consistency. We may think that the key to playing well is athletic talent and teamwork. Joe is not about to leave his team’s future in just plain talent, hard work, determination or coaching. He appears to have added in the notion in that superstition also plays a part in winning.

Maybe Joe’s superstitious idea is that growing a bit of facial hair will bring the Ravens the success they need to achieve home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Well we are in the Playoffs! You go Joe! With the crazy season of play that we have had anything is possible and every kind of help is needed.

Call it illogical, gullible and delusional. I’m not about to mix with our QB’s mojo. If the Flacco Manchu gives Joe the extra confidence he needs to take us into the Super Bowl… I’m Whacko for Flacco! Coach H and the entire team should sport the Flacco Manchu!

Do you have thoughts on Joe’s Fu Man Chu? Share your comments here or meet Ravens Chix at Liberatore’s Perry Hall this Thursday Dec 29 8-11pm. We will be interviewing fans about their thoughts on Joe and the Ravens!

Rave On

Kosmo Krys

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He's just an average Joe

Posted by Tuesday, December 27, 2011 24 comments

I’ve tried for a long time to keep the faith in Joe Flacco. Like the Ravens organization, I wanted to believe that he was going to be our franchise quarterback. But I just don’t see it.

It’s not that he’s bad. He does some things that make you go hmmm. But his inconsistencies drive me nuts. One day he’s leading the team 92 yards with about 2 minutes to go in a game needing a touchdown and delivers; the next he can’t even manage to direct the team to a first down until the midway point of the THIRD QUARTER!

With the Ravens history of outstanding defenses, we don’t need Tom Brady or Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers (but wouldn’t that be sweet?). We just need consistently above average quarterback play.

A couple of years ago Ozzie Newsome sat at a press conference and told us all that on the days his defense can’t measure up, he wants to be able to win that shoot out. Well I don’t see it happening with Flacco I’m afraid.

During the broadcast of the Ravens @ Chargers on Sunday Night Football (there’s three miserable hours I won’t get back) NBC threw up a stat that the Ravens had lost 18 straight on the road when they trailed at halftime. Well that streak now sits at 19.

Now I didn’t bother to look but I’m guessing that some of those losses are on Kyle Boller and maybe even Steve McNair. And I’ll venture to guess that most of those deficits at the break during those losses had more to do with the team’s struggles on offense and not defense.

Do you think the Patriots or Saints or Packers will ever have such a sad streak?

I watch their quarterbacks and marvel with the same sort of “I wish I had one of those” gazes when I see that save-the-world-wench Angelina Jolie with Brad Pitt. Sometimes I even think that there’s a better chance Brad will serenade me outside my bedroom window before the Ravens get a stud QB.

Is it too much to ask for consistency at QB?

Is it greedy on my part to want my team’s quarterback to kick ass during a playoff game against a tough opponent?

Is there more than a snowball’s chance that maybe, just maybe the offense could carry the defense in a postseason game? Hell I’ll even take an important season finale game.

I guess it could be worse. We could have New England’s defense and go one and done again in the playoffs.

Well, if you’ll excuse me I DVR’d this scene from Salt where Jolie gets beaten like a red-headed step-child. I’m sure I’ll even throw a challenge flag at the TV just so I can watch it again. Is that bad?

Go Ravens!

Go Joe the Quarterback!

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Santa gave Ravens fans a win against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. Though the win wasn’t pretty, it was still a win and kept the Ravens on track for a first round bye and a home playoff game.

The Ravens started off on a good note. In the 1st quarter, CB Lardarius Webb intercepted the ball and TE Ed Dickson caught the first touchdown pass of the game. In the 2nd quarter, RB Ray Rice scored another touchdown and K Shayne Graham, who filled in for the injured Billy Cundiff, kicked a field goal to make it 17-0 at half time.

It was a different story after half time. The defense looked tired and the offense couldn’t get it going. Special teams floundered when Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs scored a touchdown on an 84 yard punt return. Cleveland RB Peyton Hillis ran all over the Ravens defense, but thankfully they were able to stop him from running into the end zone.

Cleveland scored another touchdown in the 4th quarter, but ultimately they suffered from bad play calling and poor clock management and the Ravens had a 20-14 victory over the Browns.

The win gave the Ravens a perfect home record and head coach John Harbaugh gave the game ball to the fans.

The NFL is salivating over week 17’s match-up between the Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. It is essentially a playoff game for both teams. If the Ravens win, they will claim the AFC North. If they Bengals win, they will clinch a wild card playoff spot.

The Ravens NEED to win on Sunday to give them a first round bye and a home playoff game. Reaching the playoffs is one thing. Getting to the next level is another. The Ravens have a spotty road record and they owe it to themselves and their fans to bring a playoff game to M&T Bank Stadium.

It’s been a long season full of ups and downs and some key Ravens players have the injuries to prove it. They can still control their destiny, they just need one more road win to do it.

Keep playing like Ravens!

In purple we trust.

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Ola Chicas!

Happy Holidays Ravens Chix! Like most everyone the past several weeks have been a bit hectic for me. Besides the usual running around to make the holiday season jolly and bright for my family, I jumped on a plane to San Diego for the Ravens game! Ugh! Whew! Between the holiday rush, the travel and the Ravens pitiful west coast loss, my stress level has hit an all-time high!

As usual traveling by air was quite an adventure! Six hours on plane with no movies, no internet and no food! Exactly when did providing a bag of peanuts become a gesture above and beyond costumer service?

Whenever I travel out of state I dress in my Ravens gear. I want to be sure that everyone across the nation recognizes that I am a fan of the best team in the NFL! Since this was a vacation built around a Ravens game I proudly wore my Ravens tee, purple jeans and several “adorable purple” accessories, which got me nods not only from fellow Ravens Chix but other travelers as well! Even my husband, who usually reserves his fan gear for Sunday home games, proudly wore his purple pride!

So you can imagine our delight when we passed through airport security and arrived at our departure gate to a crowd of purple clad travelers! Yes we were on the nonstop Love the Ravens plane to San Diego! Oh this was a great way to start off the very long trek across the country.

Yep. Road trips with Ravens fans are without a doubt a fun way to travel. Win or lose (I won’t discuss the particulars of that loss) meeting fellow fans in other cities is a blast. It makes you feel connected and heightens your hometown pride. The unspoken bond between Baltimore fans is entertaining to say the least.

All weekend long fans wore their Ravens gear. Hats, shirts, jerseys, purple hair, pomp-pomp, face paint, you know how we roll. You name it someone had it on! Whether we were walking down San Diego’s Gaslamp District, having brunch in Coronado or working out in the hotel gym, we came across hometown fans. And when Baltimore fans meet up in other cities they do much more than smile or nod at each other. They give out hugs, high fives, scream out of car windows, lift their drink glasses and in true Bawlmer fashion they hoot and howler! Oh yea Hon! The energy and excitement that came with these greetings was exhilarating.

On game day the enthusiasm spilled over to the parking lots! It was amazing how many fans were in California to represent our Ravens. When it comes to hosting a tailgate party the West Coast Baltimore Ravens fans (The West Wing LA) do our hometown proud.

California fans are every bit as dedicated and as hospitable as we are here in Bmore. They had a line of busses and a party set up that took over an entire section of the parking lot! They filled it with music, food, drink, dancing and tons of Purple Pride!

Once inside the NFL’s ugliest stadium, a sea of Purple and Black fans filled the sections behind the Baltimore Ravens bench. Yep 3,000 miles from home the Ravens 12th man was loud and proud! Unfortunately for us the Ravens never got the memo and didn’t post for the west coast. Standing silently for 4 quarters the sea of purple and black left the game baffled and numb.

Even after the embarrassing loss, Ravens fans slowly composed their disappointment and continued to sport their colors proudly. On the streets and in the airport they rallied around each other to give support and lift spirits. Yep the best part about the road trip to San Diego was the fantastic fans that we shared it with. Ravens fans are definitely the best fans in the NFL!

To the 12th man heading southwest this weekend to the Queen City, wear your Purple proudly. Let’s hope that those fans traveling to Cincinnati will have more than fan camaraderie to celebrate.

Rave On

Kosmo Krys

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"Who Dey" gonna be on Sunday?

Posted by Monday, December 26, 2011 3 comments

Home Ravens or Road Ravens?

I’m sure you’ve heard this before or maybe you’ve even said it or felt it:

“The NFL has it in for the Ravens!”

Of course if you ask any other fan from any other NFL city they will say the same thing. Bad plays, bad breaks, bad calls must be someone’s fault, right? I mean it can’t be that your favorite team messed up, can it? And when it happens more than once it morphs into a conspiracy?


Now if you told me that certain quarterbacks get preferential treatment I would agree and unfortunately Joe Flacco isn’t one of them. Knock Flacco if you wish but one thing no one can criticize him for is his toughness. He’s taken shots and gets up every time and that cannot be undervalued.

Something else that shouldn’t be undervalued is the Ravens good fortune the Ravens have enjoyed this season via the misfortune of their opponents. Uh, in other words they’ve been lucky and here’s why:

* Dial it back to Game 4 against the Jets. No Nick Mangold and the Ravens exploited that weakness from the outset of the game and won that game easily even though Flacco couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.

* A tough Texans squad comes to town without their two best players – Andre Johnson and Mario Williams. Think of the Ravens going into Houston without Ray Rice and Terrell Suggs.

* The pesky Bengals come to town without ace rookie AJ Green and despite a favorable non-TD call the Ravens just squeak by Cincinnati and rookie QB Andy Dalton.

* A few days later the 49ers are forced to fly from the west coast to the east coast late in the season (Thanksgiving) during a short week, something that hasn’t been done in decades. And if not for a bad call during a long Alex Smith to Ted Ginn scoring strike that took the TD off the board, the outcome may have been different.

* The Colts come to town without Ravens nemesis Peyton Manning who held an 8 game winning streak against Baltimore.

* The Browns and Pat Shurmur come to town and bumble and stumble all over themselves, soil the bed of clock management and still almost upset the Ravens.

We are not looking very good at the moment and this game in Cincinnati scares the Who Dey out of me!

I thought the lame crowds out there in the Queen City might be a help to the Ravens but now I hear they are doing a 2 for 1 special on unsold tickets.

If only the Ravens could do a 2 for 1 on touchdowns.

Yep, color me nervous.

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Bolts Zap Birds

Posted by Wednesday, December 21, 2011 1 comments

The Ravens clinched a playoff spot for the 4th consecutive season before Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. Clinching was the only bright spot of the day as the Ravens put on a lackluster performance in another nationally televised game.

The game was ugly and painful to watch. The Chargers aren’t a great team and struggled this season, but their toughness outweighed that of the Ravens and the bolts “charged” through them to win the game 34-14.

The heart and soul of the Ravens defense, LB Ray Lewis, was back after missing the last four weeks with a turf toe injury. Sadly Lewis’ return failed to generate enough drive to keep the Ravens alive. He looked tired and off stride and the rest of the Ravens defense followed his lead and looked lifeless.

The offense didn’t fare any better. QB Joe Flacco regressed again and fell short in throwing to his receivers and was picked off twice. Kicker Billy Cundiff is still nursing a calf injury and missed another field goal. His injury is a major concern to the Ravens, especially when they fail to convert in the red zone and need a healthy kicker to add field goals to the score board.

We can only speculate about the reasons for the Ravens inconsistencies all season. Coaching? Play calling? Shortened preseason? Injuries? While we will never know the cause, we can only hope the Ravens learn from their mistakes and move on.

And with that the loss, the Ravens were knocked out of first place and pushed down to fifth place. However, luck was on their side Monday Night when the San Francisco 49ers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens can thank their head coach’s younger brother for the win which moved the Ravens back to the No. 2 SEED and kept the dream alive of hosting a home playoff game. The dream only stays alive if they win their last two games. They have a winning record at home and home is where they need to be.

The last two weeks of the regular season bring divisional match-ups against the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. Both promise to be tough games, especially the week 17 road game against the Bengals who are currently in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Once again the Ravens can control their destiny and this week’s match-up is a home game against a team without a winning record, a combination that may help them walk away with another win.

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That’s what my brother calls them. The PTFI. It’s appropriate. I can’t blame him. He was a huge fan when the old team left in ’83. I was still a kid (and a chick) so I don’t have the deep scars like my brother and Dad.

That PTFI has had our number since their first meet with the Ravens in October of ‘96and so my battle scars around that damn blue horseshoe are much more recent and raw. Since the Ravens were born, they’ve beaten us NINE times (I’m hearing Ed Rooney’s voice from Ferris Bueller in my head right now). Twelve matchups, nine losses gives us only 25% win percentage against them. And if it feels like our other nemesis beats us a lot? We’ve actually won 40% of our games with those black and gold punks. Not impressive but it’s still better than 25%.

I was in Indianapolis when the Ravens played there in October of 2002. We were down most of the game until the 4th quarter when we pulled ahead 20-19 only to lose to a field goal in the final seconds.

We went on to have two more losses to the PTFI in 2004 and 2005.

Then, it was the end of the 2006-07 season. We had posted our best record ever (13-3). We had clinched the AFC North Division. We had a first round bye. We were feeling the power of our Ravens and knew this was our year to get back to the big game. And to sweeten the deal, that PTFI was coming to OUR house.

I was sitting in Section 543 of Ravens Stadium in January of 2007 when we played the PTFI in that divisional round of the playoffs. Once the battle of the kickers was over and we lost 15-6, I slurped out of the stadium with 70,000+ other fans and listened to the crickets chirp because not one fan…said one word…the entire way down the ramp. (Of course, this is the season the PTFI went on to win their only Super Bowl).

Then we had 4 more years of losses between 2007 and 2010, which I’ve pretty much blurred out.

Which leads us to this past Sunday.

I was at Ravens Stadium this past Sunday. I watched. I waited. We played against an 0and 12 team that doesn’t even deserve to be in this elite league called the NFL this year. A Ravens “W” is always a great day, but this “W”? Against that Professional Team from Indianapolis? It felt kind of hollow to me. Maybe it was because their Captain was watching from the sidelines. Maybe it was because I feel those boys are throwing their season on purpose just to get a little “Luck” next year.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m ecstatic that we racked up another win in this amazing season. But in my mind and memory, this year’s “W” against that PTFI gets a little asterisk next to it.

Mind your x’s and o’s

The Purple Maven

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Ola Chicas,

Yep! It’s the holiday season and I’m packing my suitcase with tons of purple tees and shorts! Ravens are on the road to Indy by way of San Diego and Ravens24x7 is tagging along! On this cold and frosty morning, the West Coast sounds like the place to be.

As I’m throwing in all of my lightweight Ravens purple apparel in my bag I’m wondering “have I lost my marbles?” It’s December for gosh sakes! Just two weeks before Christmas! I ‘m a mom and wife with Holiday shopping to do, cookies to bake, presents to wrap, eggnog to make and tons of decorating left! Santa will be here before you know it! I have children and a family expecting me to make the Holidays bright jolly. Here I am flying across the country to watch a football game?

Well, it sounded great when we booked our flight back in September.

So now I have to try to rationalize this trip. I’m not crazy. I am a die-hard Ravens fan!

But when did I become such a fanatic?

It might have started with my childhood. Everyday my parents would rearrange the living room furniture so all 9 of us (YES 9) could watch the Colts game on our tiny rabbit eared TV... Our traditional Italian pasta family dinners were served during half time and clean up postponed to the end of the game.

Maybe I became a fanatic when I attended by first professional game. I fell in love with the excitement that I got from the roar of the crowd, the horns in marching band and the grunts and groans on the field as the players banged up and down the field.

My best friend took me to my very first game on my 21st Birthday. The Baltimore Colts beat the Jets at Memorial Stadium. It was the first of only 5 wins that year. Bert Jones (aka Hurt Bones) was out again and starting in his place at QB was an aging Greg Landry. By the end of the year Coach Ted Marchibroda was out, much to my dad’s dismay.

Loving Baltimore football back then was akin to loving Orioles baseball today!

Years of football despair came next when we lost our beloved Colts. Trying to find a replacement was impossible. I waited patiently until that wonderful Sunday in 1996 when I returned to Memorial Stadium to welcome our new Baltimore Ravens.

It felt great to be back amongst the fans. Early on fans had to work to embrace the Ravens as our own team. When the thrill of a Super Bowl victory came in January, 2001even the most obstinate Baltimore fan became a believer in the purple and black.

That super year has been followed by years of hanging onto the edge of triumph. Fans like me expect and thrive on the ups and downs the highs the lows. The team rivalries and the player antics on and off the field all make the sport appealing.

We can rant, rave, and root for this unpredictable but always engaging and entertaining team. How could I not be a fanatic Ravens fans?

It’s not that crazy that I am jumping on a plane to see our Ravens! YES! I am a die-hard fan! I may not study play formations, know all of the rules (does anyone anymore) or track the stats of each player (I know enough that Sizzle has 13 sacks). However I do have the most important element to being a football fan, I have the 12th (wo)man enthusiasm and adoration for the game! I know enough to know that this trip to the west coast is ever so important to our rankings in the playoffs.

So here I go ready or not! This is my first trip to an away game but I know it won’t be my last! Bah Hum Bug I may not have all my Holiday list complete! Cheers to basking in the warm west coast sunshine with my awesome travel companions! We have great seats right behind our Ravens bench where, wearing my Ravens Holiday hat, I will rave rant and root us onto victory!

This year presents, cookies and decorations are taking a back seat! This little side bar trip is my present to that very special Ravens fanatic I know and love…ME!!!

San Diego or Bust!

Rave On!

Kosmo Krys

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So I’m at the mall looking for some new Ravens’ gear for MYSELF! You see I also am taking MYSELF to San Diego this week to watch the Ravens move another step closer to the No. 1 seed in the AFC. How bad ass would that be? The road to Indianapolis is through B’more.


Ok back to the mall…

I zeroed in on this hoodie and knit cap. Naturally after a Ravens win coupled with the “season to be jolly” spending, the lines were sick. So I’m waiting and waiting like I was in the bathroom line at M&T. Finally, I’m on deck.

Unfortunately it was my dumb “luck” that I was behind a Steelers fan who was returning a James Harrison jersey and the dude at the counter just so happened to be a Steelers fan too. My lucky day!

Before you know it, they are engaged in this discussion about how the NFL hates the Steelers and Harrison because of all the fines and how the league doesn’t protect Ben like they do Tom Brady. I thought I was about to hurl.

It took everything in me and the lessons learned from the road rage segment from The Doctors TV Show that morning to keep from tying the arms of that hoodie around the neck of this not so svelte chick in front of me who when considering her brown pants and matching sweater (who wears brown pants?) reminded me of a UPS truck.

Finally this pity party ends and that coupled with the lengthy line made this buying experience seem about as pleasant as a trip to the GYN. Now I’m thinking that this hoodie has bad mojo and if I could be certain that the same line and the same Yinzer behind the counter would NOT be there, I might return this thing like now!

Maybe I’ll wait until after the Holidays but I know at least two things: 1) I’m buying my gear online from this point forward; and 2) This thing ain’t going to SoCal in MY suitcase! I can’t be bringing that bad karma out there to Qualcomm Stadium. The Ravens need to go on a roll!

And hey, if the Ravens can manage to run the regular season table, I love our chances of going to Indy for SB XLVI! How ironic would it be that the BALTIMORE Ravens visit the city that stole our BALTIMORE Colts to claim a World Championship for BALTIMORE during the same season that their lame team makes history by going 0-16?

Talk about giving new meaning to the old cliché, “What goes around comes around.”

But really, why is the Super Bowl in Indianapolis? The NFL is all about making the Super Bowl the centerpiece of a vacation week in some fun, warm place like Miami or New Orleans. Indianapolis? In February? This might be the first time that the teams fly in the day of the game.

Well it could be worse I guess.

At least it’s not in Pittsburgh.

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Indianapolis Bound

Posted by Thursday, December 8, 2011 0 comments

First and foremost, this is the year Baltimore goes all the way. The Ravens started out their season with a bang, defeating our rivals the Steelers 35-7. Sitting in the nosebleeds that game, it gave me chills to see Roethlisberger throw 3 interceptions leading to a rumbling stadium of fans cheering for the Ravens. Last season, the AFC divisional playoff game ended with a heart breaking loss to Pittsburgh. It left a bad taste in every Baltimore fan’s mouth and now we are out to bring it home.

The Ravens were able to bring out the broom for the first time since 2006 and sweep Pittsburgh in the season series. Coming off that incredible win and going into the Seahawks game, I had no clue it would end in a 22-17 loss. Luckily we were able to redeem ourselves in a nail-biting win against the Bengals. Torrey Smith gained 165 yards that game which is the third highest in Ravens history.

Moving on, it was time to get ready for the Harbaugh Bowl on Thanksgiving. With the heart and soul of the Ravens on the bench, Ray Lewis, Baltimore had to keep mistakes to a minimum and play with high intensity leaving it all on the field.

The Thanksgiving game was built up on emotion and the players were proud to bring home the W for their coach against his younger brother. Terrell Suggs had a big game the second half and the Ravens tied their franchise record with 9 sacks in one game.

Going into the game against Cleveland, some fans may have been nervous because of the saying “the Ravens are only as good as the team they are playing.” Baltimore sure proved that statement wrong. Ray Rice set a new record for himself rushing 209 yards with 29 carries and a score. Granted the Browns defense is not top-notch, Baltimore took advantage of this and played to their potential.

The Ravens next opponent is the 0-12 Colts at M&T Bank stadium. Baltimore has not lost at home all season. A loss at home is not a possibility because the way the Ravens feed off their fans energy. After the Colts, we play the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium, The Browns at home and the Bengals in Cincinnati. It is never good to look past any team, but it is fair to say the remainder of our schedule could be cake if we can get our heads in the game against Cincinnati. If the logistics work out to Charm City’s liking, there will be 2 playoff games in Baltimore and the Ravens will be Indianapolis bound.

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Ravens Beat Broken Browns

Posted by Tuesday, December 6, 2011 1 comments

After back to back home wins against the Bengals and Niners, the Ravens played the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday. It felt weird to be nervous about the game, but it was only natural to feel that way following the Ravens pattern of beating the competitive teams and playing down to ones with losing records.

The game had the potential of being long and ugly. Mother Nature was cruel and sprinkled the field with rain during the entire game. Playing on a cold, muddy field with a wet football is not favorable for any football team. Add a dash of a divisional match-up in the city where the Ravens originated from with Cleveland fans who still despise them made the Ravens faithful cross their fingers and pray that another ugly loss would not take place.

The Ravens stuck to their tried and true method of running the ball. They were good at running the ball, RB Ray Rice was the workhorse of the team, he had 29 carries for 204 yards and one touchdown and RB Ricky Williams had 16 carries and one touchdown.

While weather conditions weren’t ideal for throwing the ball, QB Joe Flacco went 10 for 23. TE Ed Dickson and WR Anquan Boldin led in receiving, but unfortunately weren’t able to score.

This was the third consecutive game without defensive leader LB Ray Lewis. Lewis stood on the sideline as he cheered and motivated his team. It was still hard not seeing #52 on the field. In his 16th season, his number is the centerpiece of the Ravens defense. During Lewis’ absence, other defensive players stepped up and took charge. DL Pernell McPhee sacked Cleveland QB Colt McCoy two times and DE Arthur Jones took McCoy out of commission for a bit when he hit him and hurt his knee.

Perhaps the most frustrating part of the game was K Billy Cundiff’s two missed field goals. Thankfully the score wasn’t close and the missed field goals did not affect the outcome of the game, but one cannot help to worry about what would have happened if that game (or any other game) was close and a loss was attributed to those six points being left on the field.

The Ravens 24-10 win over the Browns ended the fans’ frustration of the Ravens playing down to less competitive teams. Were they perfect? No. Did they need to be? No. They did what they needed to do; they ran the ball and shut down the Browns offense. They found a way to win and that’s all we needed them to do.

The Ravens still control their own destiny. With a quarter of the season left and two division games on tap, they need to stay focused and keep their eyes on the prize. Take it one game at a time and keep playing like Ravens.

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Ola Chicas,

Whew! We won! I know I was a bit worried about Sunday’s game. I couldn’t help but worry that we would play down to the level of competition on the road as we have in previous losses away from home. Fortunately we broke that ugly cycle! Let’s keep the momentum going! The Ravens will blow Indy out of the water!

For Ravens fans it is the playoff hunt time of year. It is also time to do some holiday shopping for those we love. While you are making your gift list and checking it twice, please keep in mind ways that you can find gifts for your loved ones while helping others in need.

TONIGHT from 5-9pm, Ravens Chix is hosting a holiday event at the Greene Turtle in Hunt Valley to benefit the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The program provides holiday gifts to deserving children in the area. Greene Turtle will donate 20% of your tab! (click on the picture above for more details)

We will have vendors (some who are Ravens-centric) with holiday gift ideas and door prizes. So shop the Hunt Valley Towne Centre then stop by the Greene Turtle
for a bite and check out our vendors!

Holidays are a special time of year for everyone. Help us make it special for the children in need and enjoy some Holiday Chix Cheer!

Rave On!

Kosmo Krys

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The Blame Game!

Posted by Thursday, December 1, 2011 0 comments

I just broke a freakin’ nail!

My dog just whizzed on my new throw rug!

I’m hustling to my next appointment, get my heel caught in some sidewalk vent and now my left leg is two inches too short!

And of course the worst – THE WORST! I wait in some un-godly long line at a world famous coffee shop, finally get my Caramel Machiato only to find that I was mistakenly handed someone’s rock gut caffeine explosion that could probably burn rust off any corroded pipe.

It’s all Cam Cameron’s fault!

There, I said it!

Freakin’ Cam Cameron!

Surely I jest but I’m sure there’s a clueless Ravens fan out there somewhere ready to blame Cam for most if not all of his life’s miseries.

Go to any game or visit any sports pub dialed into the Ravens that day and as certain as Entertainment Tonight will headline a Kardashian forehead pimple some fan will blame Cam Cameron when Joe Flacco does his version of the Hokie-Pokie in the pocket.

C’mon people!

Now I’m not suggesting that Cam doesn’t have flaws. The dude has more flaws than Joan Rivers has face lifts and that chick has had so many she should be able to dunk on LeBron James by now.

I get that he’s the coach and ultimately someone needs to be held accountable. You can’t fire all of the players but there needs to be accountability with them too.

Joe Flacco can lock in on a receiver like Maverick does an enemy MiG in Top Gun; Ray Rice can at times look like a blind-folded hyperactive child who skipped his Ritalin meds and opted for a case of Red Bull instead; Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin sometimes look like they are playing hot potato out there; and of course the offensive line has resembled a team of accommodating matadors allowing the “bulls” to stampede their quarterback.

So the next time Flacco throws to the wrong color or Rice is dropped for a 2 yard loss on first down or our star receiver Boldin drops a touchdown pass, just remember – it’s not always Cam’s fault even though he is B’more’s scapegoat of choice for all things wrong in Ravens Nation.

Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for me to choke the cute little Starbuck’s girl behind the counter.

And please note, it's not the manager's fault…

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Should Suggs Lighten up on the Sizzle?

Posted by Wednesday, November 30, 2011 1 comments

Ola Chicas,

Thursday night’s Harbaugh Bowl was a true holiday feast for Ravens fans! The nation’s eyes were on Baltimore and our Ravens shined in the spotlight! Turkey dinners at home did not slow the Ravens fans down. They came wearing their purple pride and tailgated with turkey and all of the sides. All night M&T was loud and proud!

Amid the national hype over the competition between the Harbaugh brothers, our Ravens’ own No. 55 Terrell Suggs sizzled in the limelight on and off the field. Congratulations to “T Sizzle” on the distinction of being named AFC Defensive Player of the Week! He was definitely fired up and played an amazing game.

No doubt Sizzle was born to play defensive football. Nor any doubt that he loves the attention he gets from playing in NFL. With Ray Lewis on the sidelines this past week, Sizzle rose to be the team leader and energized not only the Ravens but the fans as well. When Sizzle looks up to stands and raises his arms up and down or when slaps himself up side his own helmet he gets the fans involved and pumped.

Suggs along with many other players use their field performances as a platform to draw attention to themselves. Most fans seem to enjoy it
but the NFL , the media and other fans are finding it a bit over the top. Sizzle’s antics have not gotten him into hot water but others in the league have. Players can’t seem to help showboating and over celebrating after a touchdown or much needed play. And referees don’t mind flagging them on their displays.

The question becomes does the “showboating” by the NFL players belong in the game? Sports commentator Bob Costa made a big deal out of this topic on the Sunday Night Football’s half time show. He referred to the NFL players who showboat as “knuckleheads” and suggested that they “confine their buffoonery”.

The antics of the players are a reflection of how NFL has grown to become a multi-billion dollar entertainment business. The field “antics” are a reflection of what is now acceptable as entertainment.

Are the player displays in line with the type of entertainment that fans want? It seems that way. The cameras are always on these displays and it draws reactions from fans and critics! Showboating has evolved into part of the game and is here to stay.

As long as it’s our T Sizzle sizzling across the field he can dance, smack his head and pump his chest all he wants!

Just bring home the “W”!

Rave On,

Kosmo Krys

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Boys Will be Boys!

Posted by Thursday, November 24, 2011 0 comments

Ola Chicas!

Don’t know what I’m more excited about; hosting Thanksgiving Dinner with my family, or watching the Ravens football game and the Harbaugh brothers go at it on National TV Thanksgiving night! Ravens need to pull this game off. It is a very important win, which will prove our dominance across the conferences.

Having family in the NFL isn’t all that uncommon. Some the most famous brothers are the Manning’s, Peyton and Eli, and the Barbers, Dominique who plays safety for the Texans and Marion Barber who plays running back for the Bears. Cousins are also common. Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson of the Bengals is related to former NFL Wide Receiver Keyshawn Johnson and Samari Rolle.

This Thursday matchup is a first in the NFL. There have been head coaches who are sons of former head coaches in the NFL, but never two brothers coaching in the same season for two different teams. How exciting is this game for the fans, the teams, and the nation? How stressful will this night be for their Mom?

My heart goes out to Mrs. Jackie Harbaugh. As a mother of sons I know the competitive nature that brothers engage in. I recall when my boys where young, the rage, fury and terror that resulted from a little loss in a video game, a name calling match or a backyard one on one lacrosse game.

There were wrestling matches on the living room floor, name calling and shouting from room to room, and ultimately my consoling the one who lost. Yeah boys are tough and they hate to lose, especially to their brothers. Mrs. Harbaugh’s sons are going to take sibling rivalry to a whole new level. They will display their aggression and resentment on national TV.

For my boys, I’d have to bring the ole’ wooden spoon to break them apart.

If the coaches were my sons, I don’t know that I could watch the game. I certainly know that I couldn’t watch my son’s face spread across the jumbo screen after a loss to his brother! That would just rip a mother’s heart out! After the game, I would be torn, who do I hug first? The son who wins or the one who lost? What a dilemma.

Mom Harbaugh is gonna be stuck between a rock and an 800 pound offensive line.

But at the end of the night, I know the sense of pride that she will feel when her sons go to shake each other’s hands. If all goes our way, tradition will prevail and the older of the two will prove victorious. As for Mrs. Harbaugh, I’m sure she will be warmed to have her family under one roof for Thanksgiving night.

Counting my blessings,

Rave On!

Kosmo Krys

P.S. Happy 50th wedding anniversary to Jackie and Jack Harbaugh! What an amazing holiday weekend!

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This is an interesting week for the Baltimore Ravens. Sunday they had a home win against the Bengals and on Thanksgiving Day, they have another home game against the Niners. It is the first Thanksgiving Day game in the history of the team and will once again feature the Ravens in the national spotlight.

At 7-3, the Ravens are currently leading the AFC North, though it’s been a bumpy ride with inconsistent games all season. They played tough against the better teams and fell short in losses to teams with little to no wins. They played well against the Bengals despite the absence of middle linebacker, Ray Lewis. Although Lewis was missing from action, his presence was still felt from the sideline and he helped to rally the team.

The offense looked good, Cam Cameron adjusted his play calling and Ray Rice ran the hell out of the ball with 20 carries for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Joe Flacco looked jittery at first, he eventually calmed down and went 17 for 27 with two touchdowns. Rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith was outstanding with six catches and one touchdown.

Thursday’s game, dubbed the “Harbaugh Bowl”, is unique as it is the first time two brothers will face each other as head coaches of opposing teams. Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh, is in his fourth season and has taken the team to the playoffs every year since he started in 2008.

John’s younger brother, Jim Harbaugh, is in his first season as the head coach of the Niners. It is interesting to note that Jim is a former NFL quarterback and played with the Ravens in 1998. This season, Jim has done an outstanding job coaching his 9-1 Niners. Quarterback Alex Smith, like Flacco, is not elite, but manages to get the job done. The teams’ crown jewel is their defense, who some say are reminiscent of the Ravens defense in 2000, the one with Super Bowl rings.

The Harbaugh brothers have been competitive their entire lives, but this will be the greatest competition they’ve faced to date and it will be interesting to see how the game unfolds and who wins the battle of the Harbaughs.

Ravens fans are tired of the Jekyll and Hyde act this season, they’ve seen enough and are ready for the consistency that should be evident by this time in the season. If the assumption that the Ravens only play tough against the “good” teams holds true, then they should play tough and walk away with a win (fingers crossed).

On this Thanksgiving holiday, we have lots to be thankful for, but another win would make us even more thankful.

What do you think? Who will win the battle of the Harbaughs?

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Recap, Regroup and Move On

Posted by Saturday, November 19, 2011 1 comments

The second half of the Ravens season started last week in a disappointing and frustrating loss to the Seahawks.

To say it’s been a challenging season so far is an understatement. Before we can look ahead to the next seven games, let’s look back at the first nine.

The Ravens started the 2011 season with a bang when they demolished the Steelers in a spectacular win. We rejoiced and had high hopes for the rest of the season.

Week two burst our bubble when the Ravens imploded in an ugly loss to the Titans. The Ravens from week one were nothing more than a faded memory and we hoped that they’d return to their former glory.

Week three brought back the Ravens we all know and love when they put a hurting on the Rams and Torrey Smith had his breakout game with 3 TDs. Ray Lewis won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week and the fans rejoiced.

Then Rex and the Jets came to town. Rex did his usual smack talking, but the Ravens shut him up and sent him home with his tail between his legs. The game wasn’t pretty, but a win is still a win and we were happy to beat one of the top teams in the AFC (at that time).

After the bye week the Ravens played the Texans, a team that played without two of their best players (Andre Johnson & Mario Williams), but the Texans played a tough game and the Ravens had a nice win.

Then there was fright night in Jacksonville when the Ravens embarrassed themselves and their fans by imploding against the Jags. The ugly loss couldn’t be explained and it was painful to watch, but thankfully the defense held the Jags to field goals and no touchdowns.

Just when we thought we saw the ugliest game ever, the Cardinals came to Baltimore in week eight. The first half of the game was a nightmare for Ravens fans – it was almost too painful to watch. However, in the second half of the game, they turned things around with an amazing come back from being down 21 points to winning the game. And we rejoiced and had hope again…

Week nine brought the Ravens to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers. This time it wasn’t a smack down, the Steelers put up a good fight and it was a typical match-up between these two defensive powerhouses. The Steelers pulled ahead of the Ravens late in the fourth, then Flacco did what seemed impossible…he lead the Ravens down the field, all 92 yards of it and won the game with a touchdown pass to Torrey Smith!

In week ten, the inconsistent Ravens headed to Seattle to play the Seahawks and again it was ugly, the offense was awful, Cam Cameron forgot that he has a star running back named Ray Rice and the defense couldn’t force any turnovers. The Seahawks, a team of young players and an injured quarterback, smacked the Ravens around and beat them in another embarrassing loss.

Sadly we’re getting used to the Ravens inconsistency. They take one step forward and two steps back. They keep beating the top teams and losing to the bad ones. The Ravens have some tough match-ups left on their schedule starting with a division game against the Bengals on Sunday and a Thanksgiving night game against the Niners, a team with one loss so far this season. If this trend continues, we *should* win both games, but since this team is all over the place, no one knows what will happen, we just have to pray that the “good” Ravens show up.

The second half of the season is here, step it up and play like a Raven.

We know you can do it, we’ve seen it before.

So do it again…please?

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My daughter is a Ravenmaniac. She’ll wake up this Sunday in her purple pajamas because she will have insisted on wearing them to bed Saturday night. She “needs to wake up on Ravens Sunday wearing purple” (her words, not mine).

After breakfast, she’ll race to her room, put on her Joe Flacco jersey, jeans, purple socks, and purple Ugg boots (knock-offs of course, because who buys the real ones for a 3-year-old??? But I digress…).

So this Sunday won’t be different than any other Sunday except that she’ll be a big, bad FOUR year old. That’s right, it’s her birthday. As season ticket holders, we had a big dilemma on our hands. Do we stick her with a sitter all day on her actual birthday? Or do we sell our tickets to a very important divisional game and plan a birthday party instead?

We met in the middle. We did sell our tickets for this Sunday (to good friends who are fellow purple people), but we’re not doing a birthday party. The Birthday celebration will be on Saturday with grandparents who are local (pizza, cake, done).

And on Birthday Sunday, we’re going to lay low at home, maybe have a few neighbors over, and watch the Ravens do some damage in our division.

She’s actually quite excited about it, telling everyone she’s having a “Ravens Birthday Party”. Sure, kid! It’s just that nobody is actually coming. We think it will be cool when one day she can say…

I spent my 4th birthday with Mom and Day, watching the Ravens win their 3rd division game of the season, the year they swept their division, became the AFC North Champions, and went on to win their 2nd Superbowl.

Happy 4th birthday, little Sprout. And GO RAVENS!!!

So, what say you, Ravens Chix? Would you have gone to the game or sold your tickets? Be careful what you say, because I have a few words about Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve games in another post in a few weeks…

Mind your x’s and o’s

The Purple Maven

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Sheila…Chica, Sweetie ….Did you have bit too much coffee this am? Whew Girl… you were on fire in that blog today!

You sound a bit crazed but you are So Right On!

Who can predict our season? This isn’t the first season that we have been so unpredictable. So why all the ranting and raving? Sheila, I agree fans need to take a chill! We’ll make it through.

We are in a league where any given Sunday your team can be on the top or on the bottom. We have seen the Ravens play their best game against our toughest opponents only to let the worst of teams beat us down. Still we have a NFL power ranking of 6 after all the ups and downs!

Coach H is right (not just because he is cute), the end of the season hasn’t been written yet . BUT Coach we are half way there! And we don’t seem to be learning from our errors!

We need to pull together the loose ends. And you said it Sheila T, the key to completing this season with a Big W is determination and consistency! Our coaching staff needs to adjust the game plan to our opponent but also to reflect the best use of each player’s strengths and talents. We have amazing athletes on the field. Each player has an individual skill set to offer. We need to gather those abilities and turn them into Ws. Let Rice run, put Joe in shot gun if that’s where he plays best ! We need to play the rest of the season with a consistent use of these vast gifts that are The Baltimore Ravens!

It’s not over Ravens fans! We need to stop crying for heads to roll! We need to let our team know we believe in them. We need to keep our energies and momentum focused on the PRIZE! The fat lady hasn’t sung yet, but when she does, she’ll be wearing Purple and Black!

Raising my shot glass to Sheila T! Let’s bring it back this week!

Rave On!

Kosmo Krys

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I am so fed up with all the talk about Harbaugh, Cameron and Flacco. I am tired, tired, tired of the wide emotional swings with our fan base from week to week. Last week we could have punched our ticket to the Super Bowl and now this week fans are predicting upcoming losses to the Browns and the Colts.

People will you please get your sh*t together and stop for one moment and look at the big picture.

Do the Ravens have warts?

Of course they do!

Are there flaws?


Can the Ravens still win their division and finish with the conference's best record?

You bet your ass!

Think back to this time last year. Raise your hand if any of you thought Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were going to be World Champions. You know you didn't!

Now I'm not saying Joe Flacco can become Aaron Rodgers but I am saying that the Baltimore Ravens can become last year's Green Bay Packers. But they have to start developing momentum AND consistency.

Let's take a look around the conference…

The Houston Texans are currently the top seed and now their quarterback is done for the season. Do you think Matt Leinart is going to keep them at the top? Not a chance plus the Ravens hold a tiebreaker over them.

The New England Patriots – can a one dimensional team last long in the NFL? I don't think so…

The New York Jets, please…we've already de-feeted them!

The Pittsburgh Steelers…hmmm, Roethlisberger has a broken thumb now and the Ravens have beaten them twice. Why can't the Ravens finish ahead of them? A win against the Bengals puts the Ravens back in first and back at the top in the AFC.

Yes the Ravens have sucked against bad teams this year. Maybe it's part of the growth process. I didn't care for what John Harbaugh had to say during his press conference for the most part (yes girls I get it…he's hot) but he was spot on when he said, "The story of the season is going to be written at the end. I am not writing that story now. The story for us as a football team is this week. You look at last week, and you correct it."

Now go and do it coach and get this Sybil-like team back on track – and while you're at it, ditch Sybil, she's a bee-atch!

Maybe a speech like this might help Harbs or if you can't deliver it, just bring your DVD player and show it. I know it makes me want to scratch and claw for that extra inch of advantage.

I'm out…

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Ravens Jersey-Gate

Posted by Sunday, November 13, 2011 2 comments

Happy Sunday, Ravens chix! As I get all purpled up this morning, I reach for my jersey with a pang of nostalgia…

The Ravens’ 2003 season had turned out to be a season of firsts for the franchise and for me (work with me here).

· Steve Bisciotti took over full ownership of the team for the first time just after the season ended (we still love you Art!).
· Jamal Lewis ran for over 2,000 yards for the season, with almost 300 yards in just one division game (v. Browns, snicker snicker).
· Kyle Boller. ‘nuff said? (Hey, I know, he was really, really pretty, but he sucks in the NFL.)

But the best “first” of all, was when the Baltimore Ravens became the AFC North Division Champs for the first time in franchise history. And despite our run-centric offense, our “new” tight end named Todd Heap could catch the football and he was exciting to watch.

So in the Spring of 2004, after the season had ended, it was time for my “first” Ravens jersey. I had been wearing my husband’s spare Ray Lewis jersey over my sweaters for the past few years. And no disrespect to Ray Lewis (because I love me some Ray-Ray), but I wanted a different name on my jersey.

I left the store that day with a Heap jersey in my bag. I washed it gently and wore it to the next home game which happened to be against the Steelers (September 19, 2004). We won that game 30-13 so I knew my jersey had the good mojo. I’ve loaded it with pins over the years, collected from the cities of the various road games we’ve traveled to. It’s never washed during the season, but gets a Spring cleaning every year before it’s put away in my Ravens bin for summer hibernation.

I felt good about my purchase. Todd Heap would become a Ravens franchise player, or so I thought.

When we released Heap this past summer, I was shocked…hurt…bummed. And I fretted about my jersey situation. As if my dilemma wasn’t bad enough, the kid signs with the Arizona Cardinals who are scheduled to come to Baltimore this year for a game. Can I still wear a Todd Heap Ravens jersey when he’s on my field in red?

I turned to the only guy I knew would have the right answer, my brother Don. He’s the biggest sports aficionado I know. I asked him if I could wear it, since Heap was playing at M&T this weekend. He said I could for 2 reasons:

1. I’m a chick. (still not really sure what this one is all about but I got the answer I was looking for so I didn’t pry)
2. Todd Heap is a classy guy.

And then I saw the ad Heap placed in the Baltimore Sun that Friday before the Arizona game. I got a little teary-eyed when I read it, not because my jersey was outdated, but because I really like the kid. And I miss him. I understand why we released him but I’m hoping we can buy him back for a day at the end of his career, and place him in the Ring of Honor where he belongs.

Todd, you’ll always have a purple jersey on in my mind. And I’ll continue to wear my Heap jersey every Sunday, even if you can’t.


Mind your x’s and o’s

The Purple Maven

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I have a confession. I’m the wife of a football team owner. If I’m not spending my days on the tennis courts, I’m being pampered at the salon. My limo driver thinks I’m crazy, and my personal chef wants me to get fat.

OK, I’m totally lying, but my husband does “own” a team. It’s just a fantasy team. My REAL confession is that I despise fantasy football. There, I said it. And I’ll say it again. I. Hate. Fantasy. Football.

I’ve heard all the arguments – it makes Sunday more exciting… it’s fun to have the rivalry with your buddies…it gets you interested in games other than your own team’s…you learn a lot about the players from other teams…blah, blah, fricking, blah. It’s BS and I’ll tell you why.

1. There is no “fun rivalry” when 10 grown men fight like little school girls on draft day. If a guy takes too long to pick, or eats the last chicken wing, or takes a top-ranked player that he doesn’t even need just to screw the rest of the league – watch out, ladies. You’ll want to become a preschool teacher just to be around more maturity.

2. If the Ravens play at the coveted (to me) 1 o’clock spot, there are tons of other games at the same time, so the boys have their eyes on their fantasy scores more than the TV screen. A few Sundays ago, I was in the kitchen grabbing the next course of appetizers when I heard my husband cussing in the living room. Thinking I had missed yet another false start by Michael Oher, I ran into the living room to find that the source of his ire was because Stat Tracker wasn’t working. Give me a heart attack, would ya?

3. I do have to give my husband some props because he’ll bench one of his stronger players if they are playing against the Ravens that week. While his focus might not be 100% on the Ravens game, his loyalty is thankfully purple through and through. Or so I thought! My husband’s FIRST pick this year for his fantasy team was a running back from that team-who-must-not-be-named. Ah hellfire, we can say it out loud now that we SWEPT them this season. He picked Rashard Mendenhall from the Steelers.

Really? So some part of you every weekend has to ROOT for our mortal enemy. Really? It was the first round of the draft, there were surely other good players still available!

I could go on, but I doubt any of you want to listen to me whine any longer so I’ll wrap it up. I suppose if my husband ends up in the money, the fantasy football thing might be OK for me. But even if he wins his league this year, we won’t break even.

So for this Ravens Chick, I’ll just stick to watching my Ravens. This season’s roller coaster ride is about all I can handle any given Sunday. I know a lot of you ladies out there have your own fantasy teams, so I’d love to hear your comments.

Mind your x’s and o’s...

The Purple Maven

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Show your Purple Pride!

Posted by Wednesday, November 9, 2011 1 comments

Do some Ravens fans go too far?

Ola Chicas!

I am in a PURPLE loving mood this week! If the season were to end tomorrow I‘d say the Ravens had one of their best! How can it be that winning against the Steelers (twice) can bring such joy to an entire city?

In the midst of my Purple Haze, I have begun to take a closer at some of the Ravens gear that I and others wear. Some of it seems pretty silly and outrageous. Guys dressing in fan wear are the worst. There is nothing more ridiculous than seeing a group of grown men displaying purple painted faces and flabby chests while standing in a freezing cold stadium! UGH! And then there are those fans dressed in tons of beads, feathered capes, and goofy beer can hats! Fan wear definitely puts the “man card” in jeopardy. Oh my, some men need their mothers or wives to help save them from themselves!

On the other hand female fans look to wear purple attire that is fun but also fashionable. On game day women love our cute little tees, NFL logo jewelry, and purple feather hair accessories. But what do you wear to that Purple Friday business meeting? Thank goodness fashion designers have made shades of purple a trend on the fashion runways! It is so great that ladies have tons and tons of options! On any Friday, in any office throughout Maryland, you will see gorgeous purple pumps, sweet jeweled sweaters, and cute dresses! Yes Chicas, your Purple Friday top doesn’t have to have a number or a logo on it!

But I wonder do you think you can have too much Purple Pride? What is over the top? Could it be my purple suede knee high boots? No way! They are too hot! What about my purple and white tie dyed tattered jeans? Uh No! They rock! Then maybe too much is my hand painted Ravens bracelet, my big purple hoop earrings, the black and purple Burton hoodie, or the purple rhinestone cowboy hat. There are so many suitable Ravens items in my closest that my classic basic blacks have taken a back seat.

You know, now that I’ve analyzed the issue, I’ve decided you can never have enough Purple Pride! Every purple piece I own has been selected with the joy and excitement that comes from being a die-hard Ravens football fan and a fabulicious fashionista!

I’m keeping it all!

If our Baltimore Ravens can rock the socks off the Pittsburgh Steelers then my closest can continue to grow into a beautiful array of Purple Haze!

You’ll have to excuse me, I’ve got to run out to get a pair of those adorable purple boot warmers!

Rave On

“Purple” Kosmo Krys

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All week the rivalry between Baltimore and Pittsburgh has been brewing. It’s been suggested that it is the biggest in all of football – some even say in all of sport.

It’s a rivalry exaggerated by the national sports media, a hype to get the nation to watch. Ravens fans don’t care about what the nation or the NFL thinks about this game. Fans know it is a rivalry of personal and hometown pride.

Why do we take this rivalry so personally?

Steelers Country is just across the Mason Dixon line and that’s too close for comfort. Drive around the beltway any time of day and you can find their silly looking logos on far too many cars. Steelers’ fans invade our town and bang through the gates of our HOUSE! They are loud and obnoxious. They have the nerve to tailgate on our lots and come waving stupid towels! Steelers are a mean and nasty team and they love to play Ravens kinda football. Our match ups are always smash mouth and hard hitting. Steelers’ players are big-headed, smarmy and they trash talk on us.

The nation and the media just love to talk up Steelers and love to find ways to put the Ravens down. Without even mentioning the wins to losses factor, Ravens fans have plenty of reason to make this rivalry big and personal.

So is this the biggest sports rivalry? – We are the Baltimore Ravens and you bet you’re a** it is!

So listen up Baltimore Ravens... Tomorrow is all about hometown pride! It’s our time to shut down Steelers Country! Joe and the boys must bring home a win for the town of Baltimore!


Kosmo Krys

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Ola Chicas!

Can you believe it? Wow! On Monday Night Football in front a national viewing audience and all of the NFL watching we played our most disastrous game yet.

I usually leave the Monday morning quarterbacking to other bloggers. There are plenty of men and women who break down the game play by play far better than I can. However last night’s game left me fuming and so ridiculously baffled that I have to voice my frustration.

Where to start? The oblivious is the horrible way in which the Raven O line covered Joe. It appeared that our offensive team didn’t understand the basics of how the game works. What part of protect your quarterback, get your receivers open and cover your running backs did they misunderstand? How about all of it!

How can an entire line of professional athletes forget that their job for 60 minutes a week is to protect their quarterback? And our receivers could not get out of the way of the Jaguars secondary! Who even knew that Jacksonville had a secondary we had to worry about! And to have Rice run so ineffectively and fumble was just inexcusable. And Oher with so many penalties again! It’s so hard to watch such a talented group of men play in such a horrendous way.

Then we have to take a look at Joe. Though he is an awesome athlete I don’t think he will ever be the quarterback that Baltimore needs. He doesn’t have the composure or leadership skills. Yes his line often leaves him out to dry, but by now he should have been able to compensate for them. And Cam doesn’t allow him to man up and take charge. You have to wonder why?

Is it that Cam is a control freak or that Joe just doesn’t have the skills?

Joe doesn’t appear to think on his feet. He doesn’t know how to adapt to the game as it plays out. I’m not sure that the players have confidence in Joe and see him as their leader. I do know that the fans don’t see nor do they believe it. Baltimore is a diehard football town with a hard core blue collar mentality. Like it or not, the Ravens have been known to sign on bad ass players and are perceived as a hard-hitting and dangerous team. Joe doesn’t fit that mold. The fans don’t want a “calm and cool” Joe and the Ravens need a forceful, tough guy and smash mouth Joe! Joe needs to have the leadership skills of Bart Starr and the understanding of game like that of Joe Montana.

The same goes for our coach; he is a nice, calm guy who likes to stay under the radar. He makes questionable play decisions and fails to satisfy his fans concerns. Baltimore needs a coach that will light a fire under the team! When the play goes bad the coach needs to step up, hold the players accountable and give them a plan that is comprehensive and uses their individual talents. The Ravens need play calls that show confidence, determination and character. And when a dubious play call doesn’t go as planned the coach needs to be accountable for his decision. Maybe we need to swap a John for a Jim?

Once again the defense played hard and long. Regrettably they had a tough time stopping Maurice Jones-Drew. It was also unfortunate that they weren’t able to make a game breaking defensive turnover that we needed so bad. The special teams had a tough night with a missed field goal and a short onside kick that was a misunderstood plan from the start. Though we lost because we didn’t show up for the game the NFL referees didn’t make our night any easier.

Let’s hope that the team and the coaching staff go back to the drawing board and develop a new more aggressive game plan for Sunday. All too soon we hit the road to meet up with our divisional opponents. If we continue to look like we did last night….it’s going to be a very long exasperating winter…

Rave On

Kosmo Krys

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What an unlikely pair!

Posted by Saturday, October 22, 2011 0 comments

NFL Football and Breast Cancer Awareness!

Lots of thoughts come into mind when I think of October. I immediately think “back to school”, cool weather football, fall leaves, sweaters, boots, my birthday and Halloween. In recent years my thoughts include the color pink and breast cancer awareness month. I’m not the only one.

I’m amazed at the extraordinary promotional campaign that the Susan G. Komen Foundation has developed (I refrain from using the term “marketing strategy” as I like to think altruistically about non-profits and don’t care for the concept of businesses increasing sales by “selling” cancer prevention ).

To stimulate awareness and support, the Komen foundation has developed the largest national run/walk fundraising event, encourages individuals to host their own passionately pink websites, and they have succeeded in collaborating with a huge number of businesses and corporations. Go to the website and take a look at their two hundred + major corporate sponsors.

The entire NFL shows support for this foundation for an entire month! What other cause do they show support for all month long? Throughout October everywhere I go there are pink ribbons and a way to make a donation. I walk into a grocery store and pink ribbons are on everything from yogurt to lunch meat to box cake mixes. Clothing lines have a “cure” line, automobile and airlines are onboard, even my much-loved Zumba fitness sponsors this worthy organization.

Even Baltimore businesses step up to do their part in spreading awareness and raise funds for “the cure”. Throughout the month local restaurants, merchants and community organizations host events and specials to support this important foundation. has designed an original long sleeve Ravens Chix tee shirt that supports the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

It makes me proud to see such a vast array of businesses and corporations rallying together to help stop this devastating disease. The foundation has made a major impact in preventing breast cancer by encouraging early detection, screenings and self-examination. Early diagnosis and treatment is improving and lives are being saved. Unfortunately, cancer diagnosis seems to be on the rise. More and more “warriors” are facing the fight against breast and other cancers.

When we think of October we think of breast cancer awareness month. I suggest that in the future, when we think of October we think about all of the types of cancers we may face. I hope that each of us makes a point to identify other cancer fighting foundations and show support for them. There are so many other foundations large and small that are making a difference in the lives of individuals with cancer. They also need donations and volunteers to help spread awareness.

To the NFL, BRAVO to you for proudly wearing pink! I suggest that each month the NFL identifies other important foundations and promotes them by displaying it throughout the month!

So Chicas put on your pink and purple! But let’s not forget about the peach, teal, and yellow ribbons that represent the fight against other devastating cancers. We are all in the fight to cure all cancers!

Hope to see you Monday Night at Liberatores in Perry Hall for Ravens Football!

We’ll be doing our part with these shirt sales to help but we need you too!

Rave On!

Kosmo Krys

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Ola Chicas,

Yah Ravens congrats on Sunday’s win!

Hey Jen, thanks for your comments on resolving fan issues at the stadium.

I’m with you on thinking that fans should be respectful of each other and first try to handle simple issues amongst ourselves. Before complaining to security the “fry ladies” should have politely spoken to your son. However, the truth is that some fans are just plain jerks, drunk or not. We all know people who “need” to find a problem. They get satisfaction out of “making a mountain out of a mole hill”.

Not allowing your son to enjoy the game and show his excitement by occasionally popping up when he felt the need, was just ridiculous. Someone has to get the crowd on their feet, why not a young enthusiastic fan! I suggest a bit of “sugar coating” at the next game. Perhaps you can “butter” the “fry ladies” up by offering them the concession stand’s “heart healthy” dogs. They go great with a large cola and a “mound of greasy” fries! The ladies might be so grateful for the extra snacks they won’t have time to look up from their laps! Just sayin…be nice… it’s a Ravens game!

As for the drunken fans, I don’t engage in a conversation with them. I have found that addressing an issue with an intoxicated fan usually increases the disruption. Once they learn that you have a problem with them it’s like putting gas on an already out of control fire. I stay clear of them and let security know as soon as possible if there is a problem.

Speaking of people standing during the game I have a similar issue with the S.A.F.E. security guards. The stadium’s security is awesome; they really do a great job of keeping the fans safe. Their policy on how they have staff monitor the crowd during the game is tricky for me. We have great stadium seats, right next to a stairway, overlooking the corner of the end zone. We are so close to the field that when the play is at our end we can actually “high five” the players. The stadium security ensures that other fans don’t rush down the stairwell or lean the railings.

Yet what security has over looked is how annoying it is to have the S.A.F.E. staff obstruct our “prime PSL real estate”. During various times throughout the game the guards are required to stand at the rail and watch over the crowd. This problem is an issue in just a few sections of the stadium. While we appreciate security’s important role to ensure crowd control it is annoying to say the least. The guards block our view of many critical plays that happen right in front of us!

Even though when they come to the rail we are often already on our feet, we are still unable to get a clear view of the field. The guards are always very nice, aware that they are in our way and try hard to not block our view. They often squat or bend down and mention they would love to have a seat! We realize they have a job to do and we appreciate them trying to accommodate our needs.

It would be helpful if the stadium security would provide those guards who may interfere with fan viewing an alternative. Perhaps they could sit on a stool or cushion during key game moments. I accept that having security stand in front of me is a price that I may have to pay to have a safe game environment. On the other hand, I am a paying fan and the cost of a PSL and individual game tickets are expensive. I hope that the stadium will want to ensure that every fan has the finest home game experience possible. I suggest they give the guards an attractive purple and black “Ravens Roost” bench and make us all happy!

Thanks to all the S.A.F.E. security guards you do a great job!

Rave On

Kosmo Krys

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I love my seats for the Ravens' games. I've mentioned in the past that we are on the visitor's side near the marching band. The fans from the opposing teams are usually benign, and the Ravens fans in my section don't taunt them...not even when the Steelers fans slunk out of their seats during the third quarter with their heads bowed in shame during the first game of the real season.

Because I have such a good relationship with the PSL owners or people, such as myself who have bought season tickets from a PSL owner, I bought two additional seats this year for my sons. My boys are 14 and 16, and there is probably not too much that they would see at a game that they haven't seen on 'you tube' or online somewhere else.

For the 8:20 game against the Jets, my boys opted out of going to the game since they had school the next day. My husband and I invited two close friends, one of whom had never been to a Ravens game before. The guy who owns the 3 seats beside us sold his tickets to "a friend of a friend." Those people were so rip roaring drunk, one of them fell over straight to the ground for no reason.

I went up to my favorite purple shirt dude and complained. This group was not tipsy; they were 3 sheets to the wind. Rob, my security S.A.F.E buddy pulled the 3 people out of their seats and issued a warning. I wasn't thrilled about that. A warning for falling head first on my friend's feet? But Rob assured me that he would keep his eye on the situation.

Rob came back about two minutes later. The guys behind the drunken trio texted Rob with a complaint that the inebriated woman of the group punched him for thinking he stole her bottled water, which she was holding in her non-punching hand.

As it turned out, this trio was given one more chance to come back to their seats before they were kicked out of the game and a letter written to our PSL owning friend.

We were up in arms.

Since when is public intoxication legal? About five minutes into the first quarter, Rob came down to inform me that the trio managed to get themselves arrested before coming back to the seats.

So this Sunday, we were glad to see our regular neighbors were back in place and the new season ticket holders of the two seats behind us were also in attendance.

The game started, we were all on our feet cheering, clapping and trying to distract the Texans' offense. My younger son continued to stand as the ball went down the field, and my husband was tapped on the shoulder by a S.A.F.E. guy. It wasn't Rob. This guy didn't bother introducing himself to us; he was all business. "Sir," he said to my husband, "is this your son?" My husband said yes and the S.A.F.E. guy said that my son had to sit in his seat. My husband suggested that S.A.F.E. guy talk to my son directly; which he did.

He told my son that the proper etiquette for standing at games is that you only do so when the person in front of you stands. Fine. Lesson learned. The thing that got me? The woman sitting behind my son never tapped him on the shoulder to ask if he would sit. She went right to her cell phone and brought out the big guns.

My son sat. I was totally into the game and was standing, so I don't know what the problem was. S.A.F.E. guy came back and said that my son had to sit completely in his seat and not be half in and half out. My son was furious. "Mom! This is a Ravens game! What do you mean I can't stand?!"

I told my son to switch seats with me, and that's when I saw that the two women behind my son and husband had their laps covered with a super sized order of fries with a river of ketchup. They couldn't see over my son, and they couldn't stand because of the feed trough of fries. Okay. Common sense would dictate that a more portable sized portion of food is best. Or, you watch the game on one of the televisions set up, just for that purpose, until you have finished eating.

I had no idea if the person who owns our PSLs would get a letter of warning if S.A.F.E. guy had to come back again, so I nervously watched my son and motioned for him to sit when the person in front of him wasn't standing. This was insane. I then decided to ask the PSL owners of the three seats next to us if my son could sit/stand in one of their seats which happened to be right in front of the really tall guy that took the punch from the drunk lady at the Jets game. My son stood when he wanted and sat when he should. We all relaxed and watched the Ravens clobber the Texans.

Was my son wrong to stand when others were sitting? Probably.

Was it right for the women behind him to text the S.A.F.E. guy right off the bat without trying to explain to my son that their view was obstructed? I say no.

Some things can be handled civilly by talking it out. So, I anticipate a season of musical chairs, but I hope that the women who texted the S.A.F.E. guy realize they caused more of a disruption to the game than my son did.

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For many years TV cameras have zoomed in on football players along the sidelines after they scored a big touchdown. Some engage in trash talking, others pound their chests and some hold up that famous digit.

There was also a day when these proud athletes would look into the camera and simply say, "Hi Mom!"

It's a very simple response to the presence and pressures of the camera really. It's also very honest and genuine because when you stop and think about it and you remove all of the other distractions, fan hoopla and window dressing, the most vital, natural, safest and essential connectivity to another human being is that to our mothers.

I lost my Mom on September 27, 1989. She was 51 years young. There has never been a day since when she's escaped my thoughts.

When you lose someone that you love dearly, particularly your Mom, there is a journey that nearly everyone travels in order to complete the mourning process. In many ways it's like a one year cycle during which you experience their birthday, your birthday and all of the holidays in a calendar year without them. You reflect upon the memories and it's those memories that keep them alive in your mind, heart and soul.

Perhaps you have lost a wonderful woman in your life. Maybe there’s a special lady suffering today and their survival rests on hope, prayer or a miraculous remission.

Cancer took my Mom and in this the month of awareness we are reminded daily that there is still a long way to go to find a cure. But together, the world is getting closer.

I would give anything to hug my Mom one more time. I’d trade my life to allow those I love to share in her because death robbed them of that chance. Death is exactly that – a robber.

But caring people who practice random acts of kindness are helping. Small contributions from everywhere are slowly but surely developing a home security system to keep the robber from all homes. Every little bit counts.

We hope you can help by either sharing this column or better still by joining Ravens Chix on October 13 at 6PM at Liberatore’s in Perry Hall where t-shirts, bracelets, a great gift basket and other items will be raffled and sold while celebrating life and contributing to Susan G. Komen.

Together we can help others prolong or even save their lives.

And just maybe we can help one more athlete look into a camera after a big play and say those heartwarming words just one more time – “Hi Mom!”

Details of the October 13 event at Liberatore’s can be found HERE on Facebook.

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