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January 20, 2009

Why the Ravens lost

Granted, this isn't really totally (or even remotely) nightlife-related, but I want to take a second and tell you why the Ravens really lost. It wasn't because quarterback Joe Flacco choked or anything like that.

It was because Baltimore didn't turn purple.

Do you remember two years ago when we made that awesome 13-3 run? All the streetlights in this city had purple gels on them. Everything was purple.

Not this year. I wonder why? Was it the recession? Were purple gels too expensive? Or was it lack of motivation due to extreme coldness?

Either way, if you're searching for a reason, look no further.

(Photo by Lloyd Fox/Sun photographer)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:11 PM | | Comments (13)
Categories: Random stuff


Get a life

Sam, I guess you missed it. There were plenty of city, state and local business buildings that were lit up purple. Even the Natty Boh sign and the mound of sand by the tunnel were lit up purple. It was nice to drive around my neighborhood and see so many signs in the windows and purple lights in people's homes. I think the purple street lights around the harbor were only up for the Superbowl. I guess this year we'll never know if those were going to be put up. Great season Ravens!!! Can't wait for next year!

"p" is for purple!!!!

Sam - Some buildings did actually light up purple throughout the playoffs. I can't name the exact ones, but there were definitely purple spotlights shining on some buildings (I know one I saw every day coming back from work on 83).

Also, there were two giant Ravens birdie heads painted on grass in the city. One of Fed Hill and one at City Hall. Also also, there were three big Purple Friday rallies.

Admittedly, it wasn't the big purple push they did in 2006, though.

Just passing along the info.

"Do you remember two years ago when we made that awesome 13-3 run? All the streetlights in this city had purple gels on them. Everything was purple"

They lost then too, 15-6 to the colts at home.

I saw alot of purple in Baltimore. I think the big difference was that last time we played a playoff game at home. As for the colored gels, i have not heard of "gels", but there is a company in Halethorpe that has colored plastic paper that many places use to turn their lights purple. I know they were out of them immediately, so it may have been hard to find those. Of course, my family managed to snag some and our house was very purple.

Sessa's Batcave (The Sun Building in South Baltimore) was lit purple.

Today I saw the big mound of sand that was lit purple during the playoffs now has "THX RAVENS" etched in giant letters. You can't miss it going southbound 95 right before you hit the McHenry tunnel. Too cool.

i'm pretty sure the Ravens lost because of the Steelers out of nowhere offense, and always fantastic defense. oh yeah, i just said that. Go Pitt.

The Ravens lost because they got beat by a team that is way better than the Steeler team that won the Superbowl in Detroit.Only thing this team is missing is a crushing tird down back like Jerome was.[this might get off the subject a little bit but if the Steelers D is so dirty then why didn't Aarron Smith light Flacco up on polamalu's return he had a free shot, I think if the shoe was on the other foot the Ravens would have tried to take Big Ben out.Steelers just hit hard! they are a class act or they go the way of plax.

Seriously Sam, don't you have anything constructive to write? The Ravens lost because of a lack of purple lights and you chanting "Obama" on Saturday are more reasons why I am cancelled my Sun subscription. Journalists are supposed to unbiased (though none are). Did you skip that lesson in journalism school? Oh, and stay away from critiquing our sports teams.

Maybe I should have made this clearer -- there were some purple lights around town, but nothing on the scale of what we saw a couple years ago.

And Truth in Journalism, this is a blog, not the paper. And even though you don't have a subscription anymore, I'd like to take a moment and thank you for still reading content generated by the Baltimore Sun. Heck, you even felt so strongly about it, you left a comment. I really appreciate the feedback. Have a great day!

Jeezilly Peezilly TiJ lighten up! Try to have a little fun:-)

Hey Trouble:

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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