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)
Ray Rice in church ...
Washington County resident Arnold Cerezo said he occasionally tries to summon a little divine intervention before Ravens games.
“I have to wear my jersey, my Ray Rice jersey, during the game,” Cerezo said. “Sometimes, I even wear it to church.”
Cerezo said he was a Baltimore Colts fan until the team moved to Indianapolis in 1984.
With the Colts’ departure, Cerezo said he started to root for the Washington Redskins, but lost interest in professional football when his Marine unit deployed to Asia. He said he started to follow the sport again after his discharge from the service.
Cerezo said he has been a Ravens fan since the team moved to Baltimore from Cleveland in 1996.
If the Ravens sputter during games, Cerezo said, he usually turns off the television and gets updates on the score from other sources.
He said he believed the Denver Broncos would represent the American Football Conference in this year’s Super Bowl, and was pleasantly surprised when the Ravens upset the Broncos in the playoffs on Jan. 12.
Cerezo said he plans to watch the game in Middletown, Md., with family and friends, and hopes San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick shows his youth.
“I hope he chokes,” Cerezo said. “I hope (Ravens quarterback Joe) Flacco plays his big game.”
... and elsewhere
Washington County Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Beachley is a pretty serious Baltimore Ravens fan and the subject has been known to come up during courtroom lulls while he is on the bench.
Beachley’s playoff talisman has been a jersey.
“My daughters gave me a Ray Rice jersey for Christmas and I’ve been wearing it during the playoffs,” Beachley said last week. “I’ll be wearing it again on Sunday.”
The Ravens’ running back gained 1,143 yards on 257 carries and 478 yards on 61 receptions, but none more important than the one he pulled in on a fourth-and-29 play with the Ravens down three against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 25.
That fourth down conversion and the Ravens eventual win kept the team’s postseason hopes alive, allowing them to weather the loss of four of their last five games.
A pro’s perspective
Mike Collier, who played in Super Bowl X with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1976 when they beat the Dallas Cowboys, said that for good luck, he focused on what he ate the night before any game, and it was not exactly healthy.
“I had to have two slices of cheesecake and two glasses of milk the night before a game,” he said. “I ate that the night before my first preseason game, and I had a super game. It was one of the games that led to me making the team.”