Helping the Ravens win the Super Bowl with superstitions
Socks and purple hair and jerseys and divine intervention - oh, my!
Baltimore Ravens fan Jeff Cline hasn't shaved his goatee since his team has been winning. (By Yvette May/Staff Photographer / February 3, 2013)
But those who practiced such quirky superstitions on behalf of the Ravens can take pleasure in the idea they might have played a role in the win.
Following is a sampling of what some area residents did to try to give Baltimore an edge:
Mismatched socks and more
Justin Anthony of Williamsport wears mismatched socks and the same boxer shorts and black University of Maryland basketball shorts for every Baltimore Ravens game.
The local Ravens fan said he started wearing the boxers and a pair of mismatched socks after he wore such an ensemble during the Ravens’ victory at their first home game this season.
The University of Maryland shorts were later added for the game outfit, Anthony said.
Anthony said he didn’t have the basketball shorts on at the beginning of the Ravens recent playoff game against the New England Patriots.
“I ran up into my room and changed,” Anthony said.
He pointed out that after he made the swap, the Ravens scored.
The socks don’t have to be the same ones for every game, just a mismatched pair, said Anthony, who predicted the final score would be 21-17, with the Ravens coming out on top.
Washington County Commissioner Jeff Cline has been sporting a goatee in recent weeks, one he planned to keep at least through Sunday’s big game.
Last week in the Raven’s Roost at Always Ron’s on Burhans Boulevard, Cline recounted how he recently had knee-replacement surgery, a procedure that was delayed by an infection.
Before the surgery, he was advised not to shave as a precaution against any nicks that might get infected, Cline said. He had grown stubble by the time the Ravens and Indianapolis Colts met in the AFC Wild Card Game.
The Ravens won, 24-9.
“When they beat Indianapolis, I decided to let it grow,” said Cline, who was wearing a Ravens fleece sweater. “I’m not shaving it until they lose.”
The Ravens went on to a 38-35 divisional playoff win in double overtime against the Denver Broncos and beat the New England Patriots 28-13 in the AFC Championship Game.
Cline said he thought about spraying his whiskers purple for the Super Bowl, but said, “that might ruin my karma.”