Happy summer Ravens Nation! The time is just about upon us! In just a short little week, we will be gearing up for Ravens training camp 2013!!! Feels like just yesterday we just won the Super Bowl!!! What a glorious run!!! Although we can always relish the victory and memories, it’s time to go to work!
Long gone are they days at McDaniel College. What a great experience it was for the fans! It brought us closer to the action and created a personal touch to the marriage of fan and team. I loved going out there and taking my vacation to do so. (Yes, I was/am that crazy that I took a week vacation to go out to camp) Now, as decided a few years back, the team practices at the Castle in Owings Mills. The Ravens have developed a series of public practices that will be held in lieu of the public open practices at McDaniel. The first will be Sunday, August 4th at 5pm held at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The second public practice will be at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday, August 11th starting again at 5pm. I attended the stadium practice downtown last year. Although it was not exactly the experience McDaniel provided, it was still a blast! Great family day as well! Hope to see you there!
There is one thing missing in this camp that has not been missed at all since the franchises’ beginning in 1996. This would be the presence of #52 absent from the practice field. This will be weird for us to see. Hard to take, but the great memories and leadership we remember from the the great Ray Lewis. Who will replace his leadership?! I can see Flacco leading the “what time is it?!” chant! Come on! Just picture it! Kind of funny!!!!
With the departures of other key veterans and young talent, we welcome a crop of new fresh faces to the huddle. Camp is great for us to see these new Ravens at work: Dumervil, Canty, Spears, Elam, etc…, and as well as the vets in Flacco, Rice, Yanda, Suggs, Ngata, and welcome back Webb, who is coming off the major knee injury he suffered in Ray’s last “unofficial” home game against the Cowboys.
I am just as pumped as you all about the start of camp! With the O’s doing some work behind all stars Davis, Jones, Hardy, Machado, and now Tillman; the excitement will escalate as we move from July into August. Think Baltimore is ready to handle the load! I am primed and ready to see this new Ravens team show the league that we still cannot be underestimated and taken lightly. Remember the underdog role during the playoffs last year?! No one gave us a chance, and it seems like this season is no different.
Let the title defense begin. Remember, we are still the reigning champs until someone takes us out. Will we stand alone at the top once the 2013 campaign is said and done?! One play at a time. One game at a time. The journey starts July 21. Commence Title Defense 2013!