The Maryland Statehouse in Annapolis was the site of Baltimore Ravens jerseys, purple shirts and accessories Friday.
Following the House’s morning session, more than 30 delegates convened for a cheer led by Delegate Shawn Tarrant, D-Baltimore.
Tarrant played the role of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who regularly leads his teammates in a chant before games.
Channeling Lewis, Tarrant shouted, “What time is it?” The other delegates replied, “Game time.”
Tarrant followed by asking, still as Lewis, “Any dogs in the house?”, which was followed with barking noises from the group.
During the announcements portion of the House session, Delegate Curt Anderson, D-Baltimore, stood up and said, “the Ravens are going to beat the (pause) out of the Patriots.” When he repeated the line – louder the second time – he was met by applause and cheers from a large number of delegates representing areas across the state.
“The Ravens are going to go up there to New England and destroy Tom Brady and the New England Patriots,” Anderson said, when asked for his prediction.
“It’s not even going to be a close game this time.”
“Last year (the Ravens) could have won with seconds remaining,” he said, in reference to an incomplete pass in the end zone to Ravens wide receiver Lee Evans in the 4th quarter of the 2012 AFC Championship game, which the Patriots won 23-20.
The House of Delegates is known for having “Purple Fridays” in honor of the Ravens during the NFL season.
The Ravens travel to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday to take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.