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)
The former running back and return specialist who played for the Steelers in 1975 and the Buffalo Bills in 1977 and 1979, said many of his teammates had their own superstitions.
“We had guys that had to sit at the front of the bus, had to have the same T-shirt that they wore underneath their shoulder pads, had to drive the same route to the stadium ... it was just crazy,” he said.
Despite remaining a Steelers fan, Collier said he has not maintained his lucky diet superstition since he retired from the game. However, he said, since his co-workers at Martin’s grocery store on Dual Highway, where he is a supervisor, are Ravens fans, he would consider downing some cheesecake Saturday night for them.
Ravens fan Melissa Smith, 43, of Hagerstown, said she colored her hair purple and black during the past three NFL seasons and left it that way until the Ravens were no longer playing. She changed it up this year, though.
“Normally, I just do purple streaks, but this year, the whole head went purple,” she said.
She speculated she might have carried the Ravens to the Super Bowl “this year, since I did it all purple.”
Smith said she intends to sport purple hair every season from now on.
Shopping for shirts
Lori Kesecker, 53, of Martinsburg, W.Va., has been a Ravens fan for 12 years. She was shopping in Hagerstown Thursday, trying to buy some luck in the form of Ray Lewis shirts.
“Maybe if we wear his shirts, it’ll bring good luck, since he’s retiring,” she said. “I think everybody’s pulling for him, since it’s his last game.”
Compiled by staff writers Don Aines, Caleb Calhoun, Dan Dearth and Dave McMillion.