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Who was a fan the first time around..

Posted: 1/28/2013 10:22 AM

Who was a fan the first time around.. 


We were and I think the excitement this time is through the roof.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:27 AM

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I think the first time was special....miss all the stands selling stuff....seems the more this world moves on the worse it all becomes... Buts hey, I still am glad the ravens are in the Super Bowl and yes, it is exciting but not to me as much as the first one
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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:37 AM

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1ST time was kinda a surprise...it came out of nowhere...bad season after bad season, then BOOM!!! we have the greatest defense ever and are in the Super Bowl..i dont think the city fully embraced the team yet as much, and everyone was more in shock..now we all know what we have, and have been building towards..its more special this time.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:37 AM

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I was a fan, but I was only 14 when they won the first one. It's definitely different for me this time.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:02 AM

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ravennevar wrote: I think the first time was special....miss all the stands selling stuff....seems the more this world moves on the worse it all becomes... Buts hey, I still am glad the ravens are in the Super Bowl and yes, it is exciting but not to me as much as the first one
There are 3 stands here in Ellicott City within 2 blocks of each other, so they're still around.

I'm not sure how to compare the two.  Back then, we were still adjusting to our new QB, Trent Dilfer, who we all knew wasn't very good. And I remember feeling a little skeezy rooting for Ray Lewis after all the mess in Atlanta just a few months earlier.  It's nice that Ray has been a model citizen the last 12 years, so it's much easier to root for him this go-round. And the vindication of homegrown Joe Flacco after 5 years of criticism, both fair and unfair, is certainly more enjoyable than rooting for Dilfer, who was basically just a (rather lame) hired gun, with no major ties to the franchise.

And, really, the whole franchise was still settling in to the region when we came out of nowhere in 2000, and not only had our first winning season, but our first playoff appearance and first championship all at once.  Now, with the much longer history of the Ravens - they feel much more like "Our Team" now - and the different build-up this time around, after many recent "almost" seasons, made it much more satisfying.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 11:44 AM

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There are 3 stands here in Ellicott City within 2 blocks of each other, so they're still around.

I'm not sure how to compare the two.  Back then, we were still adjusting to our new QB, Trent Dilfer, who we all knew wasn't very good. And I remember feeling a little skeezy rooting for Ray Lewis after all the mess in Atlanta just a few months earlier.  It's nice that Ray has been a model citizen the last 12 years, so it's much easier to root for him this go-round. And the vindication of homegrown Joe Flacco after 5 years of criticism, both fair and unfair, is certainly more enjoyable than rooting for Dilfer, who was basically just a (rather lame) hired gun, with no major ties to the franchise.

And, really, the whole franchise was still settling in to the region when we came out of nowhere in 2000, and not only had our first winning season, but our first playoff appearance and first championship all at once.  Now, with the much longer history of the Ravens - they feel much more like "Our Team" now - and the different build-up this time around, after many recent "almost" seasons, made it much more satisfying.
QFT.  I am/was in the same boat.  The 2000 season, cooincidental as it may be, was the first year I really sat and watched every Ravens game.  Obviously it was a great time to have picked to start my fandom but I've been a diehard ever since.

There are still quite a few tents/kiosks in my neck of the woods (Perry Hall) but we've also got the big Ravens/Orioles store right on the corner of Bel Air and Rossville too.

And I too have become a much bigger Ray fan as the years have gone by.  More for his continued ability to stay in the upper echelon of LB's than for his previous dominance.  Although that was a still a sight to behold.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:08 PM

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I remember the week prior to the superbowl I noticed up in Harford County every other car had flags streaming. Wish I could remember more from that playoff trip



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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:32 PM

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I was a fan the first time...took my life in my hands and proudly wore my Ravens gear up here in NEW YORK....man I took some crap too.... This time most of my friends are rooting for the Ravens...

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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:38 PM

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the best thing that came out of 2000 was my daughter being born after every expert Dr. said my wife couldnt have kids...

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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:40 PM

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Feels like yesterday.. My wife was pregnant with our first child and when stokley caught the first TD we yelled so loud she went nuts in her stomach.. It rocked.. now she gets to enjoy it as well.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:43 PM

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I was and my daughter was 2yo back than. She truly didnt understand the yelling and excitement that I exuded during the game. Nonetheless, she whooped and hollered right along with me...13 years later, its still her and I watching the SB again, only this time, she actually knows whats going on and who's involved

         

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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:46 PM

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I still lived in Baltimore in 2000 (I'm in Chicago now). I still have my season tickets, but now only get to go to a game or two + playoffs.

For me, not being in the city is a bummer. We were in the streets blasting airhorns, high-fiving and huggjng strangers until the wee hours of the morning...plus I got to be there for the parade.

I am still about ready to jump out of my skin with excitement, but not being surrounded by 800,000 other people that feel the same dampens the experience some.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 1:02 PM

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2000 sorta came out of nowhere.  It felt like all of a sudden we were in the Super Bowl and I don't think anyone knew how to act.  I remember there were no jerseys to buy except on Ebay and they were crazy expensive, it was impossible to find car flags.  I wore my old #4 Jim Harbaugh jersey all week.  I tried to take his name off the back and put "WEAVER" on the back for Earl.  That didn't work out too well. 

I think this year it's different because after winning in 2000, it has seemed like every season a SB is possible.  In 2000, we were all excited to have the first home playoff game in 23 years or so.  To win that game was epic and then they just kept winning.  There are a lot of similarities to this season.  I also remember in 2000 that there were a lot of radio contests for SB tickets.  Be the 150th caller to win or something like that.  I haven't seen any of those this time around.

I wasn't even married then and watched every game after the home Denver game at my friends place from the same couch.  This time, I'm married with two kids who are just at the age when they start to get it.  It's been fun with them and a lot different.  12 years is along time when you are able to compare where you were then and where you are now.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 1:33 PM

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1999 was my first full year as a fan and the team I rooted for in the Dark Years went to the SB 3 times in 10'yrs so I did not realize how special it was. ( My youngest was 6 weeks old when they announced we were getting the team so I was busy being MOM to 3 young kids too) I am savoring every momement this year, I have so much stuff DVRed to burn to DVD it's not funny. I keep looking for the tents too but hell Walmart has stuff so does Wegmans so it's kinda a moot point lol

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Posted: 1/28/2013 1:37 PM

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I was. My in-laws were still alive and living in Baltimore so they kept us up on all the happenings and sent newspaper articles.




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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:26 PM

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Biggest difference is I didn't spend as much time on this forum and others following the Ravens back then.  For the past 10 years or so, I'm on this board 1st thing in the morning reading and following my team.  REALLY is a blessing when you live out of town.  Have also met a lot of cool people, Skipjacks comes to mind instantly when it comes to classic posts, but there are too many other great posters on theis board, too many to name.

When our seasons have come crashing to a depressing end, and there's been a few, we've been able to commiserate here and look forward to next year.  Today, however, we're on the brink of another World Championship and that will make this year special, being able to communicate here.

I just wish I could get back home for this.

Things have changed around the house too.  My son was three back then.  Sunday, he's watching the game at his girlfriend's house (because her parents want to meet him!).  My daughter was in a crib in 2001, and Sunday, she will be screaming her head off for The Ravens because she's NOT a Bengals fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:34 PM

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Good thread but the title makes us seem like a bunch of fair weather friends. I didn't follow the horse shoe when it left for Indianapolis. I've been a Ravens fan since before the Ravens existed. I was heartbroken when we got dissed in the first expansion. I was elated when we got the Browns but hated that we had to steal someone elses team. Watched us suck for 4 years, gladly I might add. First Superbowl was more exciting and very unexpected. There is a very similar arc to both playoff runs with the divisional game being the most exciting and games we probably should have lost.  Also in 2000 we had a stretch of 5 games where we did not score a touch down and did not look like a Superbowl team. Both times we gelled at the right time and started to steamroll.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:48 PM

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I was. Back then, where I was living I didn't know any football fans. It was strange, we were all car nuts, but I was the ONLY football fan in the crew other than my gf at the time. I didn't watch many games that season, then all the sudden we were going to the AFCCG and I started paying attention. Because of the way I wasn't paying much attention to sports, and our team came out of nowhere, I didn't expect anything out of them. When they won I'm sure my neighbors thought I was crazy. Ran out in the yard yelling and screaming.

This time is much different. Watched every minute of Ravens football the last few years. The hype and expectations this time around are crazy. I really can't afford a trip right now, but I'm so tempted to say screw it and drive up to watch the game in the city. The Youtube vids of celebrations in Federal Hill the last 2 games were nuts. So badly want to experience that if they come through on Sunday.
 
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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:05 PM

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Being a season ticket holder and suffering through the Marchiroda years. Then we beat Jax, and you just knew it was going to be a special season..  And I soaked it all in.
 From the up and downs, the 21 quarter scoring drought, to the first playoff game against the Donkeys, and that special catch Sharpe made to get the ball rolling. The playoff in Tenn, our arch rival at the time and Ray taking the pass away from Eddie the chair. Then on to Oakland and the impossible pass to , guess who.. Shannon Sharpe to break the seal and open the gate to Tampa...

Then the utter distruction of the blue. Art finally holding the trophy that so long eluded him..   Watching Paul Taglibutt's face having to hand over Pro Footballs prize to Brian Billick so we could put it in our "Museum".

The joy, the celebration. The inner harbor exploding with the sound of car horns..  Total strangers hugging on the streets..

For one fleeting moment, All of Baltimore stood as one, and cheered .

The Parade..   I stood at the War memorial building, so far  away I couldn't see the podium, but I was there. In the rain. Enjoying a moment..  My sons were young enough  to understand the excitment, but not old enough to grasp it's significance..  This time, they know.. And its even better now  they can experance the thrill of a Baltimore pro sports Championship, understand,  and soak it all in....

Damn,  lets do it again !!!!!!!!
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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:38 PM

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braven98 wrote: the best thing that came out of 2000 was my daughter being born after every expert Dr. said my wife couldnt have kids...
Mine too, and she got to hold the trophy in her stroller.. LOL
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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:46 PM

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1st time around I was in college so I didn't get to experience it, I was a fan, just not living in Baltimore.

This time it just feels different, special. I think I'm just really happy for guys like Reed, Boldin, and Suggs. Especially Reed. He deserves it.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:50 PM

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first time around was in Tampa to watch the Ravens win the superbowl!biggrin
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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:51 PM

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I moved to Baltimore the same year the Ravens did. It was an easy adoption for me as it was the first place that I lived that had a pro sports team. I had been an NFL fan since I was a young boy.

I remember my first year as a season ticket holder (first year of new stadium), I was the only fan left in my entire row of section 516 while we were getting our butts kicked by Brunell/Smith/McCardell.

The first SB win was a nice reward for loyalty. That said, I have grown more fond of the personalities on this team. I like that we have an offense, and I never felt that Joe Flacco deserved all the criticism. I am savoring this run more.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:52 PM

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I've been around for a long time (first year in the band was '97, and I'm not leaving any time soon). I was a 13 year old kid back then, and didn't appreciate the history at the time. Then came 2000. WOW - What a YEAR! That was big for us too - we had the Bush inaugural parade the week before the Super Bowl. That was an INSANE two week stretch! Then, we all watched as the D curb-stomped New York, and had the victory parade when they got home.

I will never forget that day. The week before the game (I was a junior in high school - Cardinal Gibbons), my parents told the principal that if the Ravens won, I wouldn't be in class the day of the parade. His response? "That's ok - I'll probably close the school anyway!"

This time around, I've got two kids (almost 3 years, and 7 months). My son knows about 60% of the fight song, and demands that someone sing it to him SEVERAL times a day. It's definitely a little different this time around.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 4:52 PM

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I was in minor seminary in Ohio. MY first year out there was the '99 season and I was surprised that the Ravens had finished 8-8 when I went back home. I was even more surprised as I was getting ready to go back home that the Ravens were on their way to the Superbowl and had a defense that could set a record.

I had a lot of fun watching the Playoffs and game after game that defense would stop opponents. You could tell it was special. I always like Tony Siragussa form his Colt days and the pnakcake he laid on Gannon is etch in my my mind. I still remember my friends raggin' on Dilfer. I could tell he hadn't won over Baltimore.

My grandpa went into a coma a couple weeks before the Superbowl. I went to Honduras to see him before he went and that's where I watched the came with my cousins. My Grandpa died a few days later on February 1st.

I really got into the Ravens after I graduated college. (I left the mionor seminary) The 2003 season was when I really started paying attention to everything the Ravens did. I was so dissappointed that they were one and done. Every season leading up to this point makes me look back at it all and say it was all worth it. I have no doubts we will win and Ray Lewis will go out on top. I'm looking forward to more championships with the Flacco led Ravens. Ed Reed better not leave or he's gonna miss out on more championship before he retires...
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Posted: 1/28/2013 5:14 PM

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braven98 wrote: the best thing that came out of 2000 was my daughter being born after every expert Dr. said my wife couldnt have kids...
Mine too, and she got to hold the trophy in her stroller.. LOL

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Too funny. My first child, my daughter was born in 2000 as well. I have some great pics of her in a Ravens onesy and a purple camouflage hat that I took during the game. There were a bumper crop of little baby girl Ravens fans born that year.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 5:16 PM

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first time around was in Tampa to watch the Ravens win the superbowl!biggrin

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Me, too. This time I get to enjoy all the local hoopla like the send off rally. Had to miss that last time.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 7:33 PM

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Tampa was a great experience, but what Tampa has to offer visiting fans pales in comparison to the Big Easy.  Super Bowl is a game (which I am ecstatic to see our team in it again).  Super Bowl week is an event.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 7:59 PM

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I was a fan the first time not as active as now-- back then it seemed like Def would carry the day and it was not as up in the air as now-- I believed our hype
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Posted: 1/28/2013 8:13 PM

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Geaux Ravens

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I was a fan of the Baltimore Ravens before being a fan of the Baltimore Ravens was cool.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:15 PM

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BaltimoreReeds wrote: I was a fan of the Baltimore Ravens before being a fan of the Baltimore Ravens was cool.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:18 PM

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I've been a fan since they came to Baltimore.  The thing is, this time, I'm a father of four.  My oldest is my only son....he's 7 and LOVES the Ravens and Orioles.  The girls do too...by proxy.  I've been trying to impress upon my son that this may never, ever happen again (Ravens and O's making the post season the same season).  It's incredibly rare and is the first time it's happened in my lifetime (I'm 43).  I've been way more emotional this time around....I actually cried at the end of the AFCC game.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 10:37 PM

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I was six the first time Baltimore was in the Super Bowl and really didn't know what my mom, dad,aunts and uncles were moaning and groaning about. I was too busy in the basement playing with my cousins. It wasn't until a few years later that I learned the Jets had beaten the Colts.  It still stings.

The first Super Bowl I paid attention to and watched in its entirety was Super Bowl V and how thrilled I was when Jim O'Brien kicked the game winning field goal.  I was still a bit young, but it came on the heels of the Orioles winning the World Series. I really didn't understand a whole lot about the game, but it was a thrill.
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Mohara wrote: Good thread but the title makes us seem like a bunch of fair weather friends. I didn't follow the horse shoe when it left for Indianapolis. I've been a Ravens fan since before the Ravens existed. I was heartbroken when we got dissed in the first expansion. I was elated when we got the Browns but hated that we had to steal someone elses team. Watched us suck for 4 years, gladly I might add. First Superbowl was more exciting and very unexpected. There is a very similar arc to both playoff runs with the divisional game being the most exciting and games we probably should have lost.  Also in 2000 we had a stretch of 5 games where we did not score a touch down and did not look like a Superbowl team. Both times we gelled at the right time and started to steamroll.
I don't think so, a lot of y'all were just kids and that is cool too.  My resident toddler has decided all he wants this week is his 'Rabens" sippy cup lol  Hope all the washing does not wash the logos off lol

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Posted: 1/29/2013 7:47 AM

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It's definitely different for me this time around. I was a high school junior in 2000-2001, but I don't think I truly appreciated how hard it is to get back and win the Super Bowl. I also think it was such a surprising run that it wasn't quite the same as now. This team has been on the cusp of this so many times only to fall short that I think finally getting over that hump was so much more rewarding as a fan. While that 2000 team had its share of adversity during the season, it pales in comparison to the different struggles for this team over the past several years.
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Posted: 1/29/2013 9:35 AM

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I was 14 the first time we won, it was the first football game i ever sat down and watched from start to finish and have been a huge footabll and ravens fan since. This time around ive got a 4 year old daughter who already to get setup up on the couch with her stuffed poe doll and watch the game biggrin
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BaltimoreReeds wrote: I was a fan of the Baltimore Ravens before being a fan of the Baltimore Ravens was cool.

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braven98 wrote: the best thing that came out of 2000 was my daughter being born after every expert Dr. said my wife couldnt have kids...
Mine too, and she got to hold the trophy in her stroller.. LOL

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Too funny. My first child, my daughter was born in 2000 as well. I have some great pics of her in a Ravens onesy and a purple camouflage hat that I took during the game. There were a bumper crop of little baby girl Ravens fans born that year.

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Yes there was! My 12 yo daughter is so excited this year. I keep telling her how she would sit in her little outfits, and was always regarded as my good luck charm. She feels so apart of this success year in and year out.
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Downeyoshenhun wrote: I was six the first time Baltimore was in the Super Bowl and really didn't know what my mom, dad,aunts and uncles were moaning and groaning about. I was too busy in the basement playing with my cousins. It wasn't until a few years later that I learned the Jets had beaten the Colts.  It still stings.

The first Super Bowl I paid attention to and watched in its entirety was Super Bowl V and how thrilled I was when Jim O'Brien kicked the game winning field goal.  I was still a bit young, but it came on the heels of the Orioles winning the World Series. I really didn't understand a whole lot about the game, but it was a thrill.
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