Post by: Scott Habicht
The Baltimore Sun loves Ravens Roost #4, and the day of the Ravens Super Bowl Victory parade was no different.
The air was freezing and the streets were packed, but spirits were high at the Baltimore Ravens Victory Parade Tuesday in Baltimore, and fans from Howard County are calling it the experience of a lifetime.
“It was unbelievable, to see the fans of Baltimore come out and show their support like that,” said Mitch Hooper, of Columbia, and a member of Ravens Roost #4 in Ellicott City. “It was a moving experience. It’s hard to explain.”
Theresa Griffin, a member of Ravens Roost #4, said seeing so many young people at the rally and parade was the best part of the festivities.
“I’m going to be 50, and to watch the younger generation experience this, to know what we have carried, that was my favorite part,” she said. “Now the younger generation can carry this team on.”
Hooper went to the celebration when the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2001, and while “that was fun,” this year was truly “once in a lifetime,” he said.
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As for my day at the event, check out the photo gallery.
Ravens Roost #4 is holding a Sports Trivia Challenge at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 9th up at Jilly’s to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. Cost is $10 per person – up to four people per trivia team. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams. Contact Jeff “Frosty” Volmer to sign-up. C’mon out, continue the celebration of the Ravens winning Super Bowl, and test your sports knowledge!
It seems Raven’s Roost #4 is a newspaper favorite again with it’s members being featured in the paper with both pictures and quotes.
While many experts predicted a close game, local Ravens fans were feeling confident in the days and hours leading up to kickoff.
Scott Habicht, who watched the game at Jilly’s in Ellicott City along with his fellow members of Ravens Roost No. 4, said before the game he was very confident the team would win.
“I felt we had the momentum, and we carried it in,” said Habicht, of Elkridge, in the second quarter.
Before the game, Mitch Hooper, of Columbia, said he felt that the Ravens would pull out the victory.
“They are focused,” said Hooper. “They want to go out and win this game, and it’s going to happen.”
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Roost 4 members Candace & Jack Skurnik, Kim & Dennis Colhouer, Anna & Frosty Volmer, & Mitch Hooper were in Laurel this morning supporting the Laurel FOP and their Strikes 4 Special Olympics. All proceeds from the charity bowling event go towards the Deep Creek Dunk and SOMD.
With all the success of the Ravens, and human interest stories of how we got there, what does the media hone in on? Ray Lewis and the double murder charges of 2000 in Atlanta, and a publicity stunt by SWATS to claim that he used banned PEDs to recover and take the field. First of all, the double murder is 12 years ago. He did his time for obstruction of justice, and paid off the family of the so-called victims (true victims wouldn’t have found themselves in an alley fight). ’nuff said there. Now, with regards to the Deer Antler Velvet Spray, here is what I have summarized from the whole stink: There are small amounts of IGF-1 in the live antlers, but by the time the antlers get processed, little to no amount of the hormone can be passed on in pill or spray format (confirmed by JHU professor); There is no reliable test for the substance because it is so similar to a comparable human hormone; the players have not approved any test that might produce a positive result in this area. Long story short, this story came out of Boston after the Pats lost the AFC championship game, in what appears to me as a publicity stunt to get alternative natural medicines on the radar. I’m done with it. Move on.
Now that this “distraction” has taken over, Ray Lewis has been the center of attention (his preferred location), allowing everyone else to stay relatively low and focus on what they are in New Orleans for in the first place: prepare for the biggest game of their lives. Going by the Stats, the Niners have a better Defense, and the Ravens have a better offense. Flacco is currently on a post-season tear that ranks among the top 6 performance all time by any quarterback in the post season. If he can continue that progression for one more game, he will not only have back up his claim as being an elitest quarterback, but he will probably have the Super Bowl Ring to back it up. The Ravens have guaranteed that Flacco will be back with Baltimore next season, and the only question at this point is if it will be as a franchised player, estimated to be worth about $14.6M, or signed to a long term deal. I’ll discuss this more in the coming weeks.
Two weeks off is a long time to wait, but it does allow both teams to get healthy before the big game. Unfortunately, it can also destroy momentum. Current Vegas odds are still favoring the Niners by 3+ points, which suits the Ravens well, still carrying the “No Respect” card. Raven players have presented themselves more relaxed and comfortable in their surroundings then the Forty Niners, which could mean… just about anything. I predict a good game. Look for the Ravens to present a balance attack with runs and passes, with Flacco periodically testing the cornerbacks and stretching the field. On Defense, they need to be wary of the versatility of Kaepernick, and shut down gore. The real x-factor in the game will be special teams: The Ravens are certainly built to break one loose with Jacoby Jones… but the coverage team is almost as apt to give it right back. Anything goes, but GO RAVENS!
The AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens are already in New Orleans to face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, February 3rd. Game time is 6:30pm.
C’mon out to Jilly’s and join our Roost #4 members and friends and watch the game as the teams battle for the World Championship! Roost #4 will again hold a 50/50 raffle and run a block pool for the Super Bowl - all proceeds benefit Special Olympics Maryland. Let’s get the place rockin’ on Sunday … and bring that trophy back to Baltimore!
Special note … since the Super Bowl starts at 6:30pm, we can’t reserve tables for the game. Seating for the Super Bowl will be 1st come / 1st serve! Please plan accordingly and get there early if you want a seat in the bar!
Candace and Jack Skurnik went to the Ravens Super Bowl Rally in Baltimore and wanted to share the pictures they took from the event.
The super plungers (plunging once an hour for 24 hours) made their 23rd hourly dip. You need to raise $10,000 to be a super plunger.
Nothing like an “O” to let you know you are in the Baltimore area.
Go time!!! We all made a way into the water for the ice cold plunge!!!!
At the time of this post the Roost had raised $785. Check this page for more information or to make a donation:
Ravens Roost #4 has a general meeting scheduled for this coming Monday, January 28th, 7pm up at Jilly’s! C’mon out and celebrate the Ravens playoff run to the Super Bowl!
Election of Officers for 2013 will take place at this meeting.
Bull & Oyster Roast reminder - our 2013 Bull & Oyster Roast is Saturday, March 23rd, 7pm at The Lodge in Catonsville. Tickets are $50 this year. Please turn-in ticket money and stubs for tickets you’ve already sold at this meeting. If you have tickets in your possession that you don’t think you’ll sell, please return them to Kim Colhouer – we have members looking for more tickets. Deadline for turning-in money and tickets is our February 25th meeting!
Also, if you recently received an order of Roost #4 merchandise from Tom Thompson, please bring the amout you owe him to this meeting.
If your traveling to N’awlins for the Super Bowl next week, please forward Mitch Hooper your travel plans and contact information … he’ll provide the Roost #4 contact list to all those making the trip next week.
Frosty Volmer, Geoff Lakis, Scott Habicht, and Mitch Hooper will all be jumping in the Chesapeake Bay tomorrow in support of Special Olympics Maryland at the Polar Bear Plunge! Air temperature is forecast for 32 degrees … water temperature is forecast for 33 degrees … the shrinkage factor will be near 100% … disappearage could occur! Wish our Roost #4 Plungers warm thoughts for tomorrow!
Let’s go get one more win!
Daniel “Dano” Harth & Steve “Zeke” Zelkosk watched this past week’s game at Champs in Columbia. The Baltimore Sun was on hand doing interviews, and they were picked to be included.
Ravens’ season ticket holder Daniel Harth was still on a high from the Ravens’ shocking 38-35 win over theDenver Broncos on Jan. 12.
“That was one of the greatest game I’ve ever seen,” said Harth of Columbia. “This game was special too. All of the elements were there with Ray Lewis retiring and getting revenge. This was a lot of fun.”
The stage is now set for Ravens coach John Harbaugh to meet little brother Jim, coach of the NFC championSan Francisco 49ers, in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3. Steve Zelkoski, of Ravens Roost #4 in Ellicott City, is heading down to New Orleans for the big game.
“My dad is 74 years old and we’ve been to every single (home) game together,” Zelkoski said. “All he wanted to do was go to the Super Bowl, so I just called him and told him that we’re going.
“Ravens Roost #4 is a great organization. We do a lot of charity work and those guys are all fired up to go down. We’re going to represent the Ravens well in New Orleans.”
In Another article Geoff Lakis, Jeff “Frosty” Volmer, Bill and Theresa Griffin were interviewed:
“Did I think they could possibly get there, yes, but I never had the thought, ‘Oh, we are going to the Super Bowl,’” said Lakis, who, along with his wife Amy, will be flying to New Orleans for the Feb. 3 game against the San Francisco 49ers. “If I did, I would’ve made my reservations a long time ago and saved a lot of money.”
Lakis, a season-ticket holder and member of Ravens Roost No. 4 in Ellicott City, found out Monday, Jan. 21 that he was a winner in the Ravens’ lottery, allowing him to purchase two tickets at face value — $850 each.
“We basically had no thoughts of going to the game until we won the lottery,” said Lakis, 52. “We figured it was a once in a lifetime deal. … so, we decided to buy the tickets and try to piece it together from there.”
While other local fans make plans to travel to New Orleans, many more are conspiring to bring a bit of the Super Bowl to Howard County.
From a county government-sponsored breakfast giveaway, to printing Super Bowl T-shirts, to buildings draped in purple light, it looks as if there will be enough Ravens fever in Howard County to turn even the most enthusiastic fan purple in the face.
Leading up to the game, County Executive Ken Ulman is giving away the “Ultimate Ravens Breakfast,” complete with menu items like T-sizzle sausage and eggs, Brendan Ayanba-bagels, Michael Eggs Over Easy, and a Box o’ Morning Joe Flacco, to the school, office or organization with the most Ravens’ pride.
While there is plenty of competition for the best place to go in Howard County for the big game, you would be hard-pressed to argue against Jilly’s Bar and Grill in Ellicott City, the official home to Ravens Roost No. 4.
According to Ravens Roost President Jeff Volmer, about one-third of the 130-member roost spends away games at Jilly’s, making up just a portion of the normally raucous crowd.
For the AFC Championship game on Jan. 20, Volmer arrived six hours before kickoff to ensure he got a front row seat.
“It was standing room only,” said Volmer, 51, of Columbia. “Everyone was rambunctious and excited before the game. It was a really good crowd.”
Among the attendees were Ravens Roost members Bill and Theresa Griffin, who, along with the Lakis’, will be representing their local contingent in the Big Easy.
“I can’t believe it, I’m flying high,” said Theresa, whose tickets are on the 50-yard-line. “I’m a huge Ray Lewis fan, so to have this opportunity to see him play one more time is unbelievable.”
Theresa said that at first, she and her husband didn’t believe they had won..
“We went to check our email to see if we won the lottery, and my husband read it wrong and said we didn’t win,” said Theresa, who was looking over her husband’s shoulder at the computer screen. “Then we were nervous it was a scam, but sure enough we won.”
Theresa and her husband immediately purchased two tickets as well as two promotion packages, which include tickets to a Ravens’ tailgate party and other special events.
The cost of the trip will run approximately $8,000 — money Theresa said is well spent.
“I’d rather go with the package and be able to do anything,” said Theresa, a resident of Easton.
While you won’t see the Lakis’ or the Griffins at Jilly’s on Feb. 3, you’ll most likely find fellow roost member Chuck Anderson, of Ellicott City.
Anderson was one of the thousands of Ravens’ fans who made the trip to Foxboro, Mass., for the AFC Championship game Jan. 20 against the New England Patriots.
“It was amazing to experience Baltimore winning in an AFC championship like that,” said Anderson, who made the trip with a few colleagues from the Howard County Public School System.
While Anderson, a season-ticket holder, explored taking a trip to New Orleans, he ultimately decided to stay close to home for the game.
“We thought about it, but we’ll be at the local watering hole supporting the Ravens 100 percent,” Anderson said.
While fans still were celebrating the 28-13 victory over the Patriots on Monday, Jan. 21, Nightmare Graphics, in Columbia, was busy making T-shirts.
For the Super Bowl, the company is printing the words “Festivus Maximus” across the front, a tribute to a phrase coined by former head coach Brian Billick before the Ravens beat the Giants in the 2001 Super Bowl. It also says “Ray’s Last Ride.”
Sam Andelman, President of Nightmare Graphics, said he and his crews have been printing new shirts since the first playoff victory against the Indianapolis Colts.
“I think you’ll see us back here two weeks from today printing shirts again,” Andelman said.
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