Good afternoon, minions, and Happy Friday.
As most of you know, Fridays are considered my day — The day that you are supposed to praise the ground that your King walks on. However, I’ve learned that most Baltimorians don’t see Fridays the way that I do. Dear readers, I give you “Purple Friday”.
Now, I am in no way endorsing one football team over another. However, I was curious as to why my adopted hometown team was named what they were, and the more I read the more I realized that we kinda lucked out.
So, let us ponder the significance of our Raven icon.
1.Symbolic – check!
I mean, c’mon, Edgar Allen Poe.
How many teams can say that they were named after a famous poem? I’m going to go ahead and answer that for you and say- none. Just because there is a little rhyming action up in New York with the Buffalo Bills and their cheerleaders, the Buffalo Jills, doesn’t make them poetry worthy.
2. B.A. Mascot choice—Check!
(B.A. =Bold & Assertive, obvi.)
Yes, if I had my druthers, I would probably prefer a something akin to what’s boasted by that school down south. But while my brethren can be quite terrifying, a mean bird probably instills a bit more fear in our opponents. Believe me, I’ve heard stories.
(BTW, that’s where the raven would trump a Baltimore Sheldon, since I’d follow in footsteps and use my powers for good and protecting people.)
Yes, I know that there are Lions and Bears and Panthers and assorted other wildfire filling our stadiums on a weekly basis. But really, those are so like 30 years ago that people just yawn instead of being intimidated. Then you’ve got mascots like the Steelers. I could go in a variety of directions on this, so as my parting gift this week I’ll leave some space for you all to fill in the punchline.