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#1 Nightman

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 08:59 PM

Today marks the anniversary of the historic first game in Baltimore Ravens history at Memorial Stadium where they won 19-13 over the Oakland Raiders.  Vinny Testaverde scored the first TD for the team.  I was there in the open lower end zone and I remember Art Modell giving the Baltimore Colts Hall of Famers jackets that said Ravens on the back and Former Colt on the lapel.   Back then they couldn't afford a practice squad and I still have some of those Winged B logos in my closet.  Anyone have some memories of that day they might want to share?


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 09:07 PM

Man, I was 14. No wife, no kids, no mortgages and just about no responsibilities. A lifetime or two ago.

Happy Anniversary, Ravens. 2 SBs, couple DPOY, multiple first ballot HoFers and years and years of awesomeness!
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Posted 01 September 2014 - 09:29 PM

Wonder how many people on the boards weren't born yet


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 09:33 PM

I wasn't even 2 lol
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Posted 01 September 2014 - 09:44 PM

I wasn't even 2 lol

I wasn't even born yet... So yeah haha


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Posted 01 September 2014 - 10:14 PM

Just graduated high school. Owned a ravens eric turner jersey
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Posted 01 September 2014 - 10:16 PM

I watched the game on T.V..
I was 27 at that time
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Posted 01 September 2014 - 10:47 PM

Was just about to turn 2.... I remember being so pumped about football coming back to Baltimore. Had tears of joy.

Happy anniversary Ravens and RIP Art. Thank you
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Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:04 PM

Maaan!  Memories!  I was back in Germany as a civilian and not in the military as before at that time living with my family!  We were there for about 8 years until we came back stateside in 2003.  Go Ravens!!

 

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 06:09 AM

I was at the game. We used to take express buses out to Memorial Stadium since there was so little parking. We all had tears in our eyes at the start of the game because it was so emotional to FINALLY have football back.

It was so hard to find Ravens shirts to wear to the games. The selection was pretty small. I still have a couple of the original shirts, though.
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Posted 02 September 2014 - 12:04 PM

I was at the game. We used to take express buses out to Memorial Stadium since there was so little parking. We all had tears in our eyes at the start of the game because it was so emotional to FINALLY have football back.

It was so hard to find Ravens shirts to wear to the games. The selection was pretty small. I still have a couple of the original shirts, though.


I got one of the first shirts by sending in money to Nestor. In the DC area, you cold get shirts at Caldor in Silver Spring or Montgomery Ward in Wheaton Plaza. Nowadays all the local sporting good stores have them.

I still remember the Ravens record under Ted Marchibroda, 16-31-1. We started on the road to being an elite franchise when Brian Billick was hired. Then Steve Bisciotti came on board as a minority, then majority owner. Back then you couldn't watch all the Ravens games on Washington TV like now. Got yelled at in a bar, called a "carperbagger fan", I said "I wear your scorn like a badge of honor"

A line from the Grateful Dead's Truckin' describes my experiences as a fan. "What a long, strange trip its been"

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Posted 02 September 2014 - 12:15 PM

I was at the game. We used to take express buses out to Memorial Stadium since there was so little parking. We all had tears in our eyes at the start of the game because it was so emotional to FINALLY have football back.

It was so hard to find Ravens shirts to wear to the games. The selection was pretty small. I still have a couple of the original shirts, though.

 

 

lol....I have a Baltimore Browns T shirt my sister bought for me.  never worn!


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Posted 02 September 2014 - 12:46 PM

When winter rolled up on us, everybody that had a Ravens coat had the same one. There was only one style available.
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Posted 02 September 2014 - 03:12 PM

Man, I was 14. No wife, no kids, no mortgages and just about no responsibilities. A lifetime or two ago.

Happy Anniversary, Ravens. 2 SBs, couple DPOY, multiple first ballot HoFers and years and years of awesomeness!


I was 13 and addicted to Final Fantasy 3 on the SNES. I lived on the 1400 block of W. Ostend St. I could hear every single cheer from my house
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Posted 02 September 2014 - 05:28 PM

I believe that was four years and a couple weeks before I was born. I should try to find that game on YouTube though.
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Posted 02 September 2014 - 06:15 PM

I was about three years old back then in New York.


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Posted 02 September 2014 - 06:37 PM

I watched the game on T.V..
I was 27 at that time


Ditto & so far ur the oldest... I was 25
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Posted 02 September 2014 - 08:42 PM

Ditto & so far ur the oldest... I was 25

I was 35 back then.  And my ticket cost 27 dollars for that game from phone charge, I think.  Ticketmaster.com internet ticket buying was a few years away.

I admit I was a little late jumping on the bandwagon, only when the Stallions announced they were moving to Montreal did I get on board and have no regrets.

 


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Posted 02 September 2014 - 09:59 PM

so far ur the oldest... I was 25


wow. what an honor. ....
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Posted 03 September 2014 - 05:03 AM

i was 4 at the time and all i remember was my mom bragging about how she cuts vinnys wifes hair, and i remember thinking michael jackson and michael jackson were the same person lol. cant claim much until the mid 2000's when football started to interest me, now im die hard


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