Despite the fact that this die-hard Ravens fan calls us "dumb b*#ches" and "some banjo-playin' motherf@#kers," he's got a certain charm that's hard to resist. (Warning: NSFW, unless you have headphones on, or work at the Scene.)
According to the Maryland Daily Record and Baltimore's WJZ-TV, expect to see lots of purple at LP Field Saturday when the Titans take on the Baltimore Ravens. Southwest flights between Baltimore and Nashville (and there are a lot of them) are pretty much sold out this weekend, and there are still plenty of tickets available online--as this blog post is being written, on eBay alone there are 670 separate auctions for tickets to the game.
Tony Lombardi, founder of the blog ProFootball24x7 and co-host of a Ravens talk show on Baltimore's Fox Sports Radio, estimates that as many as 8,000 Ravens fans will make it to the game. A Baltimore radio station owner is running bus trips that include tickets and hotel, and he's already sold out two busloads.
The WJZ-TV report notes that the 11-hour drive to Nashville should cost about $70 each way in gas, much cheaper than airfare, so expect to see a lot of purple flags flying from cars heading west on I-40. (Note to TDOT: How about a little impromptu weekend construction project around Cookeville, taking westbound traffic down to one lane?)
This site offers "A Ravens' fan guide to Nashville budget travel." Among the suggestions: staying in Lebanon and taking the Music City Star commuter train to the game, which offers the added bonus of "spending some time in Cracker Barrel Restaurant's home town." Hell yeah! Sign me up.
The Titans are currently 3-point favorites, and though I'm far from a die-hard Titans fan, I hope they pummel the Ravens like Foreman on Frazier in the Sunshine Showdown. Why, you ask? As a long-suffering Browns fan, the Ravens will always be the girl who ditched me at the dance. Even though it's been 12 years since world-class ass-wipe Art Modell moved the Browns out of Cleveland to Baltimore and renamed them, he's still the most hated owner in all of professional sports, even though he only owns a 1 percent share these days. (Incidentally, Modell, who will quite likely burn in hell for all of eternity, still won't go to Cleveland out of fear for his safety, and Modell haters the world over can keep tabs on his status here at the Modell Death Watch.)
This li'l fella predicts the Ravens will win 17-13. Of course, he also thinks Vince Young is still our starting QB, and notes that The Titans "have that running back, I don't know his name, but he seems to be OK." Still, give him bonus cred for his poignant use of Boston's "More Than a Feeling."