Iggy’s Baltimore Sports Report – April 14, 2014

With the signing of Owen Daniels, Ed Dickson signs with Jacksonville. Other than that, no arrests this week… Draft starts May 7th… Preseason match-ups have been announced. Ravens open at home against San Francisco on August 7th, before traveling to Dallas, hosting Washington, and then closing out the preseason at New Orleans on August 28. This will be the first time the Ravens have played San Francisco and Dallas during the preseason.

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NFL Regular Season Schedule to be Released Thursday Night (4/18)

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said on his Twitter page today that the league is expected to release its regular-season schedule Thursday night at 8 p.m.

The unveiling is expected to be made on NFL Network.

It was initially expected that the schedule would be released today, but it’s been delayed for two days.

The Ravens will open on the road after they couldn’t work out a scheduling compromise with the Orioles on the night of Sept. 5. The Denver Broncos are believed to be their most likely opponent that night, but the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears are also possibilities.

Weekend Happenings

Hey Roost #4 Members & Friends!

Ravens are the World Champions! … and no more football for months.  What do you do with your weekends now!?

Here are a few ideas …

Saturday, February 16thMaryland Terrapins host Duke Blue Devils at 6pm.  Why not head-up to Jilly’s and watch the game!?

Saturday, February 16th – former Roost #4 member, Tom McCabe, and his classic rock-and-roll band, Against the Grain, are playing at 8pm at Buffalo Wings & Beer in Glen Burnie (Burwood Village Shopping Center at 7089 C Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard … 410-760-BEER).  Why not head-out and enjoy a set or two with Tom & the band!? 

Sunday, February 17thMother’s of Federal Hill is hosting their Pajama Brunch … wear your PJs and get 50% off your entire check!  Sweatpants don’t qualify for the discount – you MUST wear PJs!  Note that the Hoopers get there at 8am … why not c’mon out and join them!  You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning!

Have a great weekend!

Ravens Roost #4 goes to the Ravens Super Bowl Victory Parade…And is in the Newspaper, Again

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.

For the full Article read here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/howard/news/ph-ho-cf-ravens-fans-0207-20130205,0,6450003.story


As for my day at the event, check out the photo gallery.

Ravens Win the Super Bowl and Roost #4 Makes the Newspaper…Again

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.

Kel cheers on the Ravens.  Photo Credit: Jen Rynda
Kel cheers on the Ravens. Photo Credit: Jen Rynda

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.”

For the full article, click here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/ellicott-city/ph-ho-cf-ravens-super-bowl-0207-20130203,0,2186096.story

Ravens Roost Members Interviewed in The Baltimore Sun

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.”

For the full article see:

In Another article Geoff Lakis,  Jeff “Frosty” Volmer, Bill and Theresa Griffin were interviewed:

When the NFL season began in September, Ellicott City resident and die-hard Baltimore Ravens fan Geoff Lakis didn’t expect that six months later his beloved team would be playing in Super BowlXVLII.

“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.

For the full article see:

Jilly’s NFL Championship Party – Sunday, January 20th

The Ravens travel to Foxboro Sunday to battle Cry Brady and the New England Patriots for the AFC Championship!  Game time is 6:30pm.  The Atlanta Falcons host the San Francisco 49ers in the 3:00 game for the NFC Championship.

C’mon out to Jilly’s and join our Roost #4 members and friends and watch the game as the teams battle for the right to go to the Super Bowl!  Roost #4 will again hold a 50/50 raffle and run a block pool for the Ravens game – all proceeds benefit Special Olympics Maryland.  Let’s get the place rockin’ on Sunday like we had it rockin’ last Saturday!

Special note … since the Ravens game is the late game this week, we can’t reserve tables for the Ravens game.  Seating this week will be 1st come / 1st serve!  Please plan accordingly and get there early if you want a seat in the bar!

Go Ravens!!!

Roost #4 celebrates at Jilly's as the Ravens defeated the Denver Broncos 38-35 on Saturday, January 12th
Roost #4 celebrates at Jilly’s as the Ravens defeated the Denver Broncos 38-35 on Saturday, January 12th

Ravens Divisional Playoff Party – Saturday, January 12th

Join our Roost #4 members and friends up at Jilly’s on Saturday, January 12th, for Divisional Playoff action as the Ravens travel to the Mile High City to battle Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.  Game time is 4:30pm … but be at Jilly’s early to get a seat!  Ravens rose to the occasion last week against Indy and defeated the Colts at M&T Bank Stadium 24-9 as Ray Lewis made his final lap around the stadium.  Can the Ravens echo the same intensity on the road and overcome their archnemesis Peyton?  C’mon up to Jilly’s and watch with the whole gang! 

Roost #4 will run the usual 50/50 raffle and also throw-in a block pool for the game … both benefit Special Olympics Maryland and the Deep Creek Dunk.  As usual, the Skeeter will be leading the “R-A-V-E-N-S RAVENS” cheer!

Go Ravens!!!

Ray Lewis celebrates the Ravens 24-9 playoff win over the Colts and his last play at the Bank in a Ravens uniform.
Ray Lewis celebrates the Ravens 24-9 playoff win over the Colts and his last play at the Bank in a Ravens uniform.