Summer is, by far, my favorite season. I am always pretty sad when it draws to an end, but each fall I look forward to football season. In particular, I look forward to Baltimore Ravens football.
I always hear the same question when it comes to my team, "How did you become a Ravens fan?!" I have always been a fan of the NFL. When I was a kid, I would watch whatever team was playing on the local channels that week-- sometimes the Colts, the Bears, the Browns or the Cowboys. I just love the game of football and the intensity of the sport.
The Baltimore Ravens have always been known for the tenacity of their defense. Guys like Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis, and Ed Reed used to light up other teams every week. I loved watching them whenever I could. When my boy Joe Flacco and John Harbaugh joined the Ravens 12 years ago, I decided I had to be "all in". The team was so much fun to watch and played at such a high caliber... well, most of the time.
For the last 12 years, my love for my Ravens has continued to grow. I own a ridiculous number of Ravens jerseys, and a large Maryland flag hangs on my fence. When I went on vacation to the East Coast, I was sure to plan to go to Baltimore (even though it was in the middle of July). I listen to Ravens podcast and keep up to date through social media.
When I was a classroom teacher, my kids were known as "Miss Berglan's Ravens". The tables in our classroom were named after players, and we celebrated Purple Friday together every Friday. They would draw the Ravens logo on basically everything, and many kiddos (from my class and others) loved to talk to me about the games each week.
I absolutely love watching my Ravens play. I have been described as "animated" during the games, whether my boys are playing well or not so well. (For this reason, I now have the Sunday ticket. haha) The 16 games (with the hopes of a few more in the playoffs) each year are some of my favorite times. Everyone that knows me well knows how excited I get for game days.