Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Brandon Copeland has already settled in nicely with his new team and gotten to know the Ravens fanbase pretty well.
So well, in fact, that one Ravens fan is set to make a life-altering decision in part due to Copeland. Heading into Week 3, a popular Ravens fan account on Twitter, @HoodieRamey, pledged that he would shave his entire head if Copeland got a sack against the Patriots on Sunday.
Copeland, who was signed earlier this week along with Jason Pierre-Paul, had bounced around on four different teams before landing in Baltimore. While notching a single sack isn’t a very impressive feat in itself, the last time Copeland got a sack was in 2019 with the New York Jets.
Ramey was willing to bet (on his hair, apparently) that Copeland wouldn’t get past New England’s offensive line, but lo and behold, Copeland took Mac Jones to the ground in Week 3.
Patrick Queen and Justin Madubuike also recorded a sack, but Copeland’s sack had dire consequences for one particular fan…
Don’t bet against Ravens’ outside linebacker Brandon Copeland in 2022
Copeland and Ramey have since been interacting on Twitter with Copeland telling Ramey he’ll go to the barber shop with him if his tweet gets 10,000 retweets.
Ramey has cracked a few good-natured jokes about shaving all his hair off, saying he’d rather go for a “Nick Boyle” bald look than an Eric DeCosta or Jeff Zrebiec bald look (Zrebiec is the Ravens’ beat writer at The Athletic).
In any case, it’s time to pay the piper. We doubt Copeland was thinking about Ramey’s bet while he was going after Mac Jones in Week 3, but nonetheless, a sack is a sack.
Copeland’s first sack of the season — and his first in three years — bodes well for Baltimore’s pass-rushing corps, the depth of which has thinned after season-ending injuries to Vince Biegel and Steven Means.
Odafe Oweh and Justin Houston remain the team’s starting pass-rushers with Malik Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Copeland as rotational pieces behind them.
All things considered, the stakes weren’t that high, and hair will always grow back.
Ramey rolled the dice and lost, but he gets to be potentially escorted to a barbershop by an NFL player — that’s not a bad way at all to lose a bet.