Chris Schisler, Expert:
I love the Ravens because I grew up with them. From the time I was a ten year old kid all the way to the Ravens second Super Bowl championship, the Ravens had a certain personality. It was an edgy one. Ray Lewis was my childhood hero, and I did the Ray Lewis dance any time I got excited. It didn’t matter if it was the time or the place, like my hero, my energy was not containable. There was a toughness and a swagger to the Ravens, and most important an undying well of positive energy. I truly believe that the Ravens shaped my personality. I love the Ravens because living vicariously through their games molded me into who I am today.
My passion for the Ravens is just part of who I am. Ravens football is waking up on Sundays with hope. I was there the day Jamal Lewis ran for 295 yards. I was there when Corey Redding intercepted a pass from Drew Brees to win a huge game against the Saints. M&T Bank Stadium is heaven on earth for me. I make three to five trips to the stadium a year.
Dad and I enjoyed the comeback against the Seattle Seahawks together. Football helps me connect with my family, especially my Dad, who I have little in common with. I’ve gone to many games with my Mom, and several with my Dad and my brother. Ravens football has just become part of my life and sharing the joy of a win with family is a big thing for me.
I love the Ravens because I just can’t help it. There have been so many times that my passion for the Ravens has manifested into me throwing pillows and the television remote as I curse my way down the hallway next to the living room. Loving the Ravens isn’t always easy, but it’s not a choice. Baltimore football is just a part of who I am.
I love the Ravens because when they go up to New England, they’re the one team that does not cower to the Patriots. I love the Ravens because I love defense and smash mouth football. I’ve had the pleasure of watching Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Jonathan Ogden, Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs. How could I not love the Ravens. I bleed purple.