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Favorite Memory/Story In Ravens HIstory

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So I was thinking, as I do with most offseasons as the draft approuches, of my first visit to training camp and how my hope were crushed (plot-twist ahead).  I wanted to open this thread to share with eachother our favorite stories and memories as Ravens fans.  Anything from a personal story to a story about the team, share them here as we get closer to the draft with just about every avenue for improvment theorized about. My favorite story this website has published is Ozzies first draft.

 

(http://www.baltimoreravens.com/news/article-1/Byrne-Identity-Draft-Room-Drama-Best-Moments/ad0d38f3-8a9b-4b8a-8091-9472564403fc

 

But here is my story, and how I need to remind myself every year, our personal dreams are sometimes crushed, resulting in an even better reality.

 

So in 2007, I was 14 years old and just beginings to develope my love for this organization.  Coincidentally, this was the year that Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy.  Being a new fan of the sport, naturally I fell in love with him, he was the Heisman winner after all.  So round after round, I was pray for the Ravens to draft this young, Vick-like talent.  Each round, my disappointment grew larger, only to be revitalized by the apparent lack of interest from other teams.  Five rounds later, my hope escalated as I watched the Baltimore Ravens select who I thought would be the next superstar quarterback, giving the Ravens much needed help on offense.

 

The season went by, and my hopes of Smith being our Godsend were slowly crushed, but I hadn't lost all hope as this was just his rookie season.  He could rebound right?  Well, with the first pick in the 2008 draft, the Baltimore Ravens selected "Not-Matt Ryan" and I instantly hated him.  This Joe guy was primed to take Troy Smith's chance of leading this team to victory and I wasn't happy about it. 

 

I went to training camp that year for the first time with my family, and after a fun day of pictures and autographs, I was able to get all of my favorite players autographs.  I got Sizzle, Ed Reed, Mark Clayton (Yes, he was one of my favorites), and even the great Ray Lewis.  I also got to take a picture of the three quarterbacks together.  I couldn't wait to share the picture with friends and family, showing how awesome this picture was of Smith and his two backups.

 

Well, only weeks later, Kyle Bowler became injured and Smith came down with a stomach bug, and the preseason started without them.  Joe Flacco was now the starter by default.  My disappointment was greater than ever, but after showing promise week after week, my hope for a successful offense seemed misplaced in Smith.  Flacco grew as a player and now I stand behind him 100%.  It's funny, thinking back, at how much faith I had in Troy Smith, and how he is now a distant memory. 

Hopefully I haven't bored you!

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Bart Scott's hit on Roethlisberger right in front of my seats. I remember that noise, so violent like a crash. Also how quiet the Steeler fans were after they got shut out

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Bart Scott's hit on Roethlisberger right in front of my seats. I remember that noise, so violent like a crash. Also how quiet the Steeler fans were after they got shut out

Have a big framed picture of that shot hanging on my wall. That hit was a train wreck.
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At the Ravens Eagles game in 2008 when Reed broke his own record for longest INT return. That was such a fun game and a fun season

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SD home game when Heap crossed the goal line. One of the loudest cheers Ive ever heard at a game.

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So many memories, it's tough to pick a favorite, but one of my most fun memories was during Super Bowl XXXV. My family and I were up at a friend's house in PA... my friend's dad was from New York, and naturally cheering for the Giants. All night we pestered him, saying it was OK to change allegiance to the superior Ravens! I thought it was pretty funny, and I will never forget our first Super Bowl :)

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SD home game when Heap crossed the goal line. One of the loudest cheers Ive ever heard at a game.

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I was there too, sitting in the opposite endzone, but could see it clear as day! It was fantastic.

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Walking past Jonathan Ogden in street clothes. Biggest human being I have ever seen.

I saw Eugene Monroe on Sunday.  Also large, but it's crazy how big Jonathan is.

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1996.. I was 8

Watched ravens play oilers and lost it in 4th Q that's about all I recall from game besides guy dressed as Poe in stands wearing a full bird cage costume around his torso

Been absolutely hooked ever since

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Watching Ed Reed's huge INT return vs the eagles. I don't think I've ever heard the Bank get that loud before.

Favorite moment has to be seeing Ed hold that trophy though. I wasn't at the game but I can still see that humongous crazy smile, full of emotions. So happy for everyone, but him in particular. 2012 is the most memorable season ever for me.

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Oh and the Bull chant on national television was probably one of the times I smiled the biggest and was happiest to be a ravens fan..

Was awesome to hear it on tv and it be so loud that al michaels simply had to address it

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Watching Ed Reed's huge INT return vs the eagles. I don't think I've ever heard the Bank get that loud before.

Favorite moment has to be seeing Ed hold that trophy though. I wasn't at the game but I can still see that humongous crazy smile, full of emotions. So happy for everyone, but him in particular. 2012 is the most memorable season ever for me.

 

Yeah we had the Reeeeeeeeeeed chant going for a while after that return

 

2012 was such a great season for us. We overcame so much in that season and seeing those guys get the trophy and sending Ray out on top was great. They deserved it.

 

 

Oh and the Bull chant on national television was probably one of the times I smiled the biggest and was happiest to be a ravens fan..

Was awesome to hear it on tv and it be so loud that al michaels simply had to address it

 

That was great too. It made me really happy to be a fan, especially after that call.

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Having been to all but 2 home games and quite a few road games (and never missing a game on TV unless I was at it), it's safe to assume I have quite a few "favorite" memories. Right up there at the top, though, is sitting in "Raven James" stadium in the waning moments of Super Bowl XXXV knowing that I was there for our FIRST!

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I think being at the Bank for the last time Ray walked out of the tunnel will always be one of my favorite in-person moments as a Ravens fan.  The stadium was so loud, everything around me was shaking.  I may have shed a few tears.  And then for him to come on for the last play and do a lap around the stadium, great send off.

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Thanksgiving night against the 49ers, got a ball signed by 16 players, including the only one Ed Reed stopped to do. The people around us couldn't believe he stopped. Apparently he doesn't often sign things before and after games.

(We did scream out that we came all the way from South Africa…..…which was only kinda sorta true……..but screw it, I have Ray Lewis' and Ed Reeds' sigs right next to each other and right under the Ravens symbol on the ball)

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I'd have to say the game winning drive to beat Pit in Pittsburgh in 2011 and sweep them.  What made it more special was that it was on my birthday, so I just knew we were going to win somehow, some way.  Great present for me  :D 

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I still think about the Denver vs Baltimore playoff game 2 years ago  with the mile high miracle. I personally think that is the best Ravens game I have watched and ranks up there with all nfl games.

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Alright - this isn't exactly a Ravens' story - but it is how I got into football.

 

I don't know how old I was exactly, about 5 or 6. I adored my Dad - and he would disappear to his bedroom to watch football (he was in a house with all women - me and my 3 sisters).

 

I asked my Mom where my Dad was - she told me it was the SB, leave him alone. I didn't.

 

I remember asking all sorts of questions - what's a first down Dad? How many times can they try for 10 yards? What's a penalty? Why is that a penalty?

 

The man calmly answered every single one and not once did I feel I wasn't welcome. So began my love for football.

 

The first game I attended was at Memorial Stadium with my Dad to watch the Colts. Halftime they were down 28-0 and my Dad wanted to go. I said, no, they can come back. And they did - winning 45-28. Never forget it.

 

There was no one happier than me when the Ravens came to Baltimore. No matter where I may roam, Ravens' Nation is my home.

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The 1st snap in the Ravens 1st game. Football was back baby!! They defeated the Oakland Raiders which was my team before we got the Ravens. Now come to think of it it was kinda bittersweet.

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Alright - this isn't exactly a Ravens' story - but it is how I got into football.

I don't know how old I was exactly, about 5 or 6. I adored my Dad - and he would disappear to his bedroom to watch football (he was in a house with all women - me and my 3 sisters).

I asked my Mom where my Dad was - she told me it was the SB, leave him alone. I didn't.

I remember asking all sorts of questions - what's a first down Dad? How many times can they try for 10 yards? What's a penalty? Why is that a penalty?

The man calmly answered every single one and not once did I feel I wasn't welcome. So began my love for football.

The first game I attended was at Memorial Stadium with my Dad to watch the Colts. Halftime they were down 28-0 and my Dad wanted to go. I said, no, they can come back. And they did - winning 45-28. Never forget it.

There was no one happier than me when the Ravens came to Baltimore. No matter where I may roam, Ravens' Nation is my home.

Awesome story!

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Awesome story!

 

Thanks!

 

It wasn't until I was much older that I realized the amazing patience the man showed answering all my questions during the SB!

 

First time I ever saw him cry was when those Mayflower vans pulled out. But he's a die hard Ravens fan now too.

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My favorite RAVENS story?

Pretty simple.

Chapter one:

"Today I told my team mates, this would be my last run...."

Final chapter:

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second place would be when my kid was selected by the RAVENS Rookies Kids club to be the tee kid. She got to run out on the field after the opening kick off and grab the kicking tee. We were on the side lines for the warm ups, National Anthem, and the introductions. It was crazy nuts. I stood behind Michael Oher for the National Anthem. His butt cheeks came up to my chest. The guy is HUGE.

It was a great day, the RAVENS photographers took pictures and sent them to me.

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THIRD would be Rays final home game.

FOURTH would be flying out to San Diego to see Ray blow up Darren Sproles for the WIN.

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second place would be when my kid was selected by the RAVENS Rookies Kids club to be the tee kid. She got to run out on the field after the opening kick off and grab the kicking tee. We were on the side lines for the warm ups, National Anthem, and the introductions. It was crazy nuts. I stood behind Michael Oher for the National Anthem. His butt cheeks came up to my chest. The guy is HUGE.

It was a great day, the RAVENS photographers took pictures and sent them to me.

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THIRD would be Rays final home game.

FOURTH would be flying out to San Diego to see Ray blow up Darren Sproles for the WIN.

 

Awww she must have loved that!  Great memory!!!

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I've feel pretty good about the amount of games I have seen live, and I pretty much always come away struck by how each experience is a "once in a lifetime" type of thing.  Between what time the game is on, who you tailgate with or even if, where your seats are, who the opponent is, and what the weather is like its a crazy witches brew.  But some of those memories stand out more than others because of what happened on the field too. 

 

I (think it was 05-06) I watched the Browns come from behind to tie in a back and forth game.  Devard Darling scored a long TD pass to put us ahead by three by what we all thought was for good.  Phil Dawson kicks a crazy kick that bounces out of the uprights back onto the field and everyone thought it was no good.  As we were leaving we heard the game wasn't really over, and found out by the time we got to the car that the Browns won in overtime.  It was bizare to leave a game with victory in hand and to have it over turned after the fact.

 

Another home stand against the Cardinals a few years back was another game that stands out.  We played about as bad a first half as the Ravens could play.  The crowd was just waiting for something to cheer about, but everyone just kept talking about how nice the weather was instead of complaining.  After halftime the Ravens constructed the biggest comeback win in team history, so we made up for it in the second half. 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAoVxOTw-ME

 

Of course who can forget the BS chant for the MNFG... Lol that was one of the loudest things I have ever heard, and probably have never been as loud in my whole life!

 

Again it feels like every gameday experience is totally unique.  Last year went to the Ravens and Jets game for my friends bachelor party.  I ended up forgetting my gloves at the last minute because I decided I didn't need a 6th layer windbreaker.  The wind was brutal that game, but it was a lot of fun too.  I couldn't feel my face for hours after and I've never been more windblown in my life but we sat in the end zone for Jacoby's long bomb so it happened right in front of us. 

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Bart Scott's hit on Roethlisberger right in front of my seats. I remember that noise, so violent like a crash. Also how quiet the Steeler fans were after they got shut out

i will never forget that bone-crushing hit/sack, it was sooooooooooooooooooooooooo perfect too.

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Watching Ed Reed's huge INT return vs the eagles. I don't think I've ever heard the Bank get that loud before.

Favorite moment has to be seeing Ed hold that trophy though. I wasn't at the game but I can still see that humongous crazy smile, full of emotions. So happy for everyone, but him in particular. 2012 is the most memorable season ever for me.

One of mine too. Finally getting to see the guys like Reed and Suggs win a ring was big for me. The only thing that could've made the 12 season better would have been beating the Steelers in the WC instead of the Colts.

Maybe not the best game, or momemt, but the Cardinals game in the 11 season was one of my favorites along with the Bronco Buster. The Kyle Boller Pats game also comes to mind even though we lost.

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