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  1. #31

    Re: I'll start it!

    Im 29 and grew up in Lutherville.

    Went to Towson HS and Radford University (Yes, I know the STD situation there) and Im clean

    Got a degree in communications and interned at ComcastSportsnet in Philly. After the internship was up, they offered me a fulltime gig. It was my dream job so I thought.

    After working there through the 2000 football season (it was great celebrating the Ravens SB victory with all Philly people) I transferred down to the "new" CSN in Bethesda. Huge mistake. As most of you know, that station is still horrendous and it was when it was launched. I stayed there for about 6 months and couldn't take it anymore. Talk about 3rd rate operation.

    After that I got into home improvement and worked with another guy for about 4 years.

    I decided to branch off and work for myself doing painting and drywall work. I started in Jan of 2005 and haven't looked back. I love being my own boss. Never thought in a million years I'd be doing this but here I am.

    My girlfriend and I bought a house in Perry Hall in March.

    I've got 2 PSLs. I sit in 510 and have another in 539.


  2. #32
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    Aug 2006
    Southeast England,where the only Raven flag flutters.

    Re: I'll start it!

    Quote Originally Posted by AZRAVEN
    RavenTD, thanks for the Ravens history. Don't know why but learning their names was pretty cool!
    Thanks,I could also tell you about the London Ravens American football team
    which I supported.They were so dominant for a long time.And had a pretty good Raven logo in the 80's.Maybe it was all destiny that all these pieces made a whole.

    Here's one of the Ravens getting a checkup from a Beefeater.
    Put the smile back on your face.This is a 60 minute ball game.

  3. #33

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    Wow. Oh what the hell, I have never had anything to hide.

    Actually born in Milford Connecticut, my family moved down here to Maryland when I was 6 months old. So I consider myself a Maryland native no matter what the law says!

    I'm 32 years old and currently living in Hamilton, but getting ready to move back into the Edgewood/Joppa area where I spent the bulk of my life. I have a wife of 4 years, and a wonderful 22 month old son (who's all of a sudden hitting those Terrible Two's a little early!). I won't lie, life is good.

    I am a graduate of Joppatowne High School and Villa Julie College with a CIS degree. But since I hate programming I switched gears and decided to move to the hardware side of things. I am currently a Network Engineer for a small tech firm in Timonium that specializes in Microsoft Windows networks for small-medium sized companies.

    Also, like PurpleRulez, I have been playing the piano since the age of 9. I am the piano player for Mood Swings Big Band, which I have been doing for the last 8 years. We've played for almost everyone, including 2 Presidents (yes of the United States), Governor's, Mayors, and a host of other big time events. Actually we're playing at Boordy Vineyards on the 26th for anyone in the Loch Raven area that would like to come out. I'll be there. I have also been the music director for B'nai Torah, which is a small Synagogue group in Bel Air. I haven't done that in a while.

    Anyway, Baltimore sports fanatacism hasn't come easy for me. My parent's really weren't into sports much. My mother is what you call a fairweather Yankee's fan (being from the Bronx and all), and we've been to a smattering of Orioles games. Which unfortunately is more than I've been to in the last 9 years. It's unfortunate because up until Angelos ran the team into the ground, my friends and I not only talked Baseball like it was our first passion (because in many cases it was), but in my early 20's I spent 1/4th of my life at Camden Yards. Now my loyalty is at M&T.

    Football is what I became in love with after the Ravens came along. Not really being attentive when the Colts left for Indy, I first tried getting into Football with the Baltimore Stallions CFL team. After watching us get bent over by the NFL on expansion, I credit Baltimore for trying to get SOMETHING Football in here. It was actually enjoyable, and I started to get to understand what was going on. Then as quick as it came, the Stallions left. When the Ravens came, I swore I was going to start trying to get into it. As hard as it was, by 1999 when the Ravens finally went 8-8, I had made the effort to learn the players names and start checking out other teams in the league. And today I call my self a proud and die-hard Football fan, and Ravens fan forever, no matter where I will ever go. I am a proud PSL holder and happily sit up in the 510's right above where the players are introduced. And yes, I still get teary-eyed everytime I hear "God Bless the USA" and watch the various color guards march onto the field.

    Also, as you guys know by now I am an avid gamer, and I love my Football games. I miss 2K, but I'm getting used to Madden.

    Well, since RM showed his picture, I will show one as well. Not that you can't go to NLG and see me somehow. But I totally geeked out last year in New York at the Madden pre-launch event and hung out with Donovan McNabb, Dante Culpepper, Chad Johnson, Byron Leftwich, Marcus Trufant, Tony Gonzales, and a couple other guys. Don't ask me what was wrong with my hair that day. I was embarrassed looking back at these:

    Yes, that is a totally gay moment I had with Tony Gonzales. Really, he put his arm around me first, what was I supposed to do???

    Anyway, that's me. Good ol' StingerNLG.
    Last edited by StingerNLG; 08-16-2006 at 06:42 PM.

  4. #34

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    Quote Originally Posted by FellsPointRaven
    We have been fairly successful in the five and a half years since I opened the office and are right in the middle of downtown Baltimore.
    Fellspoint, I work in downtown Baltimore too -- we should get together for lunch sometime!

    As for me, I was born in Maryland but my family moved to central Florida when I was about two, and grew up there. But I became a Baltimore Colts fan because my mother was a huge Colts fan, and it really hurt when they moved. I never really adopted another NFL team during the dark ages, although I still followed the game, so needless to say , I was thrilled when the NFL returned. (I moved back to Maryland in the mid-80s and live in Columbia).

    I'm a market research analyst, having worked in health care most of my career at places like Georgetown University Medical Center and Sinai Hospital, but now work at an international humanitarian organization that works around the world but is headquartered in Baltimore, where I love to work. I drive by the Vault every day on my way to and from work, which I never get tired of.

    I don't have season tickets but see a game every once in a while, and hope to finally meet some of the very enjoyable people here -- I did finally find Lot J at the preseason game last Friday, but did not have the time to find the group (there was no sign Greg, or whoever said there would be one!).

    I'm glad to see this board, as YBR was getting pretty ugly.

  5. #35

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    Quote Originally Posted by StingerNLG
    I have a wife of 4 years.
    Stinger, your wife is four years old?

    Talk about a fast worker!

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  7. #37
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    Aug 2006
    Cub Hill, MD

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    I guess I should make an honest woman of her soon, particularly given the increasing amount of crap I get about it from my fellow tailgaters...

    Who would that be, Ben?

    Ah..let's see. Grew up in Glen Burnie (the nice part), went to Old Mill HS, then to technical school to be a whiz-bang computer programmer. Ended up bouncing around Millersville, Severna Park, then to southern PA, now back in the People's Republic of Maryland, in Parkville (nowhere near "Bob") where my fiancee and I are enjoying life with her son and my youngest son, whom I just successfully wrestled away from battle-axe #2. A couple of hours and a few beers and you might want to buy the screenplay to that tragedy, trust me no-one could dream it up.

    Never did like programming, but did like operations and management. Transitioned into a career in IT security and compliance a few years ago. It pays the bills, including those of two battle-axes

    Was a Colts fan starting in 1972. Wondered for a while why dad threw his shoes at the TV muttering "Joe Thomas...". Witnessed the great 1975 season and the emergence of a true warrior at QB, Bert Jones. Listened to Chuck Thompson call the 1977 Christmas Eve double-OT palyoff game on radio. Went to as many games as I could. Loved that team, and was heartbroken on March 28, 1984. Couldn't quite throw my soul into the Stallions, but was on top of the world on November 6, 1995. Football was back! Attended many games, what memories. The Denver playoff game, the coldest one of all. The Bengal game in '03 with The Arrogant Moderator, cold as shit but loud as any since JAX '00. The Seattle game in '03. Yup, I stayed. Got my first season tickets in 2004 (Section 536).

    Started posting on the YBR board early in 2002, and hooked up with many members at the tailgate. I've been a fixture since, with so many great Ravens fans and honestly great people. So here I am, and I am looking for great things from this board.

    WORLD CHAMPIONS 2000 * 2012

  8. #38
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    Aug 2006
    Mt. Arrogance in the middle of the .11 rolling acres of The Windbag Estates

    Re: I'll start it!

    Grew up in Glen Burnie (the nice part), ...
    Me too, in the nice NEW section of Glen Burnie Park!

    ... there was no sign Greg, or whoever said there would be one!).
    I don't think I said there would be a sign, are you coming tomorrow? If so I will PM you the type of vehicle to look for and my cell number to find us.

    And Stinger, if you are into that Tony Gonzalez isn't too bad.

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    Born and raised in and around Baltimore...married, twin daughters in college. A Colts fan since I could breathe, endured the 12 lost years before welcoming the Ravens.

    Webmaster of “better than a halftime quickie” for 3 years, including the Super Bowl year, a truly magical journey. Wrote a weekly Ravens column for Comcast’s InYourTown web site and sparred with Ken Rosenthal (a great sport) on a regular basis.

    Had the distinct privilege of partnering with Steve Gardner and the legendary Ravens Nest 2 board, providing content, contests and general goofiness. “Big Steve” may be the most underappreciated man in the internet sports world and I wish him great fortune.

    The thing that I am most happy about, however, is having introduced some top quality long-time members to the board, members like BaltimoreRon, a died-in-the-wool Ravens fan but more importantly, a class act in every way. Ron, myself and others had “rival” sites at the time but went out of our way to promote each other’s space, as we shared a common love of the Ravens --that’s all that mattered. We had no interest in promoting ourselves, only the team, which was still relatively young. That kind of unselfishness and teamwork is rare these days and I’ll never forget those times. The world would be a much better place if there were more...uh, BaltimoreRons.

    Closed the site in 2002 to enjoy more family time and to pursue other interests.

    Other tidbits..…

    Member of a short-lived vaudeville team in the late 90’s, “Bigravensfan & J.T. Facts”, until my partner was committed to a sanitarium in Ohio.

    Introduced the founding members to steriods (before testing) , Gerg & Mr. T had 3 posts between them & Fanatic didn’t know what an exclamation point was until I hooked them up….it’ll all be in my book.

    Led an unsuccessful campaign to institute a national holiday in honor of actress Drew Barrymore (was dragged off the Congressional building steps and beaten).

    Co-authored two books, “Tub Swimming Made Easy” and “Green Eyes: A Pez Addiction”.

    Currently involved in fatherhood, finance, web site optimization, writing and gearing up for another season of the Baltimore Ravens!
    Last edited by Bigravensfan; 08-16-2006 at 11:22 PM.

  10. #40

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    And Stinger, if you are into that Tony Gonzalez isn't too bad.
    You know what's funny? My wife said that while she was looking at the picture. But when I got up she was still looking at the picture.

    I finally had to turn the computer off.

  11. #41
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    Aug 2006
    College Park, MD

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    Okey doke, here we go. My real name is Tom, and I'm a ninteen year old rising junior at the University of Maryland, College Park. I was born in Ba'er Yaakov, Israel, and I've held dual citizenship since the moment I was born. I actually got a draft notice when I was seventeen, and I had to go to the Embassy in Washington to get an exemption. If I ever moved back, I would have to serve. From grades 1-12 I attended Yeshivat Rambam, and probably none of you knows what in the hell that is, even though it's right in Baltimore on Park Heights Avenue.

    I'm currently breezing through school at a record pace. I'm an accounting/finance/economics triple major. Sure, I have a 4.0, but that's because Maryland doesn't weight +/- grading into GPAs (yet). If they did, mine would be 4.09, which very well could be the highest cumulative among 20,000 undergrads (at least according to my adviser). I wish my classes would be harder, but it's really allowed me to enjoy college A LOT. By far greatest time of my life.

    I've been on the Maryland boxing team for the past two years. There is no NCAA boxing (long story short, someone died in the 50's, so it's been banned since then), so although it's technically just a club sport, it's the highest level of collegiate boxing. I'm calling it quits after last year because of the time commitment - essentially the same as if it were a varsity sport - because I'd like to have time to get involved in other extracurriculars. I'm in a theatre troupe when I can squeeze the time, and I also work as a local marketing rep for a big entertainment marketing company based in LA, which is a lot of fun and some nice supplemental income. Once I figure out exactly what field I want to enter, I'll probably be hitting up a professional organization - probably ABA or FBIS.

    Didn't have the male role model growing up, so I had to figure the whole sports thing out on my own. And I'm damn glad I did. I love my Ravens, Terps, and yes, even Orioles, and I don't know what I'd do without them.

    I could probably ramble about tons of other stuff. I'm currently addicted to Final Fantasy XI (yes, I can be a jock and a nerd at the same time - in fact, I'm quite good at it). If anyone has played an MMO before, you'll know what I'm talking about. I love any kind of competition. I like to chill as much as I like going out, and I definitely as happy that I have the free time to do what I want on weekends (though Saturdays and Sundays fall semester are pretty much completely booked solid). Yes, I do still have time for girls with all that stuff. I had a wonderful girlfriend with whom I was (am?) very much in love, but we're taking some time right now because, as bad as it sounds, we both feel that we shouldn't "waste" college on one relationship. Smart money says we get back together, maybe sooner than we think.

    Speaking of which, if you've been on YBR for more than a few months, you know that my absolute passion is the NFL draft. I spend countless hours and hours not only watching college football, but learning about players, seeing different viewpoints, and forming diverse, complete opinions. By the time draft day rolls around, I'm operating almost completely on "feel" rather than reports, and I think a lot of GMs work that way, too. I don't want to toot my own horn, lest my, er, critics get upset, but I make s list of players I "like" and players I "don't like" before each draft, and I seem to be in tune pretty well with FOs, because many of the players on my "like" list went earlier than expected and the opposite for the "don't like" list. I make no claims to being perfect, but this is my love. Honestly, I probably love it as much as the game itself.

    Erm... What else? I forget. If you wanna know anything else, just ask me!
    ERIG20, your local draftnik

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  12. #42
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    Aug 2006
    Parkville, MD

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    Hi my name is Tim and I'm an alcoholic. Whoops wrong board I'm 21 years old and absolutely love football. I've been a diehard fan since the Ravens came to Baltimore. Growing up I was told all about the Baltimore Colts by my family. Johnny Unitas actually used to visit a friend of his that lived right across the street from me. I was born and raised in Baltimore and will probably die in Baltimore. I'm really into music and play both guitar and bass. I grew listening to music like Kiss and Motley Crue. My older brother played that type of stuff all the time and it stuck with me.

    Well I guess that's enought about me for now. I look forward to meeting new people here, and contributing to this board in a positive way.

  13. #43
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    Aug 2006
    Columbia, Maryland

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    Lots of musicians here. Maybe we can get a band started.
    It's a new season! It's a new day!

  14. #44

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    Heck yeah. TT can play guitar. I'll defer the piano to you (since I have a feeling you're probably the better technical player than me), and I'll do synth and bass.

    Any drummers here at 24x7?

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    First thing I wanna thank Mista T., for letting me know about this forum and how people are coming over here from RavensInsiders.

    I've been a season ticket holder since 1996 when the Ravens came here.
    I own 3 lowerbox seats in section 124 on the 20 yard line. I've been known to be on TV and on the jumbo tron alot with FanMan and Ravenmaniac because of my seat location and yes I have been a few of the ravens free programs that they hand out when you walk through the gates.

    I was born and raised in Baltimore and love all kinds of sports but football is my #1 passion.
    Last edited by 3RDRowRaven; 08-17-2006 at 10:24 AM.


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