Tonight I, and the rest of Baltimore, will be watching this:
So, without further ado, I present this:
Those boys. Oh, those boys. The picture came from an interesting article in The Baltimore Sun. Read it if you are so inclined.
See also this:
… and this:
The Ravens will have a special guest on their sidelines when they open the season Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Eighteen-time Olympic gold medalist and Baltimore native Michael Phelps will be honored by the team before the game. Phelps will take part in the coin toss as an honorary captain, and he will also be the final person introduced to run out of the Ravens’ tunnel.
This will be Phelps’ second time as an honorary captain, as the team recognized him in 2008 following his historic performance in the Beijing Olympics where he won eight gold medals.
Phelps has been a longtime Ravens fan and attended a recent practice just before the end of the preseason. He delivered a message to the team after practice and also spent several minutes visiting with his friend Ray Lewis, whom he credits with helping him regain his Olympic fire for the London Games.
Phelps is not the only local Olympian being honored Monday night. After the third quarter, the Ravens also plan to recognize David Banks (rowing, 2008), Farrah Hall (sailing, 2012), Katie Ledecky (swimming, 2012), Scott Parsons (canoe/kayak 2004, 2008, 2012), Suzanne Stettinius (modern pentathlon, 2012), Katie O’Donnell (field hockey, 2012).
The pregame ceremony will also include a tribute to former Owner Art Modell, an appearance from the Ft. McHenry Color Guard, and an Air Force flyover. At halftime, the Ravens marching band and United States Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team will perform.
And it must be said… what a gorgeous, gorgeous day today was. It is the perfect day to dominate some Bengals. Ca caw!
And, if you – like me – have started wearing purple, you’ll love this:
(The rest of you probably won’t be so interested.)