With less than 40 miles separating the Ravens and Redskins, the Ravens practice in Annapolis at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium fell right around the middle, where you might expect to find fans of both teams.
But coach John Harbaugh sees Annapolis as strictly Ravens territory. In fact, we wants Ravens territory to extend all over the Baltimore-Washington region.
Asked about the fans loyalties on Sunday after the Annapolis appearance, Harbaugh said with a laugh: "You're going to get me in trouble. It seems like most of the people here are definitely big-time Ravens fans, and it's very encouraging to see all the fans down here. We're in a small area it's a tight area. There is enough room. There are enough people to support all the teams.
Harbaugh mentioned the Wizards and Capitals, more or less indicating they should get support from the Baltimore area. However, that might not make the Redskins feel better about what he said next.
I'd like to see all the fans in Washington , southern Maryland, northern Virginia, let us be your AFC team, and you can be our NFC team, except I am always going to kind of be with the Eagles myself. But we can be fans of more than one team. It's a great sports area, and the Ravens are a big part of that."
Harbaugh surely knows that real fans arent fans of more than one team, at least not in the passionate, buy the jersey, set aside Sundays to watch, yell at the television way.
You can have a backup team you root for, but for a fan in the traditional Redskins sphere of influence, choosing the Ravens would mean dumping the Skins.
On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.
The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School.
In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.
17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon.
Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.
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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.
“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.
The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.
Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.
The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.
This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.
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