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12th Man Pride on the Road

Posted by Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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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