The Baltimore Ravens are the 2012 AFC Champions. The Ravens did not have an easy road this season. It was paved with off the field tragedies, injuries, tough games and so much more but the team is going to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2001. Super Bowl XLVII features the Baltimore Ravens and the 2012 NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers. Super Bowl XLVII is being called the HarBowl for Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and his brother and 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh. Super Bowl XLVII will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday February 3, 2013 on CBS. You can read more about the football aspect by following Baltimore Ravens Examiner Samuel Njoku by clicking here .
The state of Maryland is electric. Everything and everyone in Maryland is purple and Ravensnation is electric. There is no football this weekend so many fans need ideas about what to do to prepare for the super bowl. There are so many things you can do to stay occupied and also celebrate the 2012 AFC Champions. Please see the list of things that you can do during the week before the Super Bowl. To the Baltimore Ravens, thank you for everything so far this season. Ravensnation will always support you especially as you make continue your march to New Orleans. Go RAVENS.
1) Vote for Torrey Smith as the 2012 GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year
On Sunday September 23, 2012, Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith’s younger brother Tevin died in a motorcycle accident. Torrey played later that night against The New England Patriots and lead the Ravens to a victory with 6 receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns which lead to a Baltimore Ravens 31-30. Torrey’s courageous performance won the GMC Never Say Never Moment in week three of this season. Torrey’s courageous performance has been nominated for GMC Never Say Never Moment of the year. You can vote for Torrey by clicking here.
2) Plan your Super Bowl Super Bowl XLVII party and send out invitations
This week is the best time to start planning your Super Bowl party plans. You can use Punchbowl or Evite to send out electronic invitations or call people. You can reserve platters at many local restaurants and supermarkets. Since the Ravens are in the Super Bowl, many places will have more orders than usual. So you should place your order early. Also you have the option of making your own dishes. You can go to Allrecipes, Cooking Light, and Food Network for ideas.
3) Pick the place where you will be watching the Super Bowl and make reservations
Since the Ravens are in the Super Bowl, many restaurants are hosting events. You can get a list of great places to go by clicking here. Some places are requiring a reservation. If your favorite restaurant does not have free or valet parking, you can park in a garage. Call your favorite garage to see what their hours are on Super Bowl Sunday.
4) Stock up on Purple and Black for Super Bowl Sunday and beyond
Are you looking for more Ravens gear? You have a lot of options. You can order official Ball So Hard University gear by clicking here or FINAO (Failure Is Not An Option) t-shirts by clicking here. You can purchase this and other Ravens gear by going to Poor Boys in person or by clicking here. You can also check out the NFL Shop, Target, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s and more for gear and other Ravens items like bedding, cups, mugs, toys, auto décor and much more. Click on the links above for more information.
5) Donate to the Foundations Ravens Players and stay in touch
Many Ravens players have foundations which help empower the citizens of Maryland and beyond. These organizations have events all year round. You can make a financial donation, volunteer your time, stay updated and much more. Please click on each link below to find out more information about each foundation.
The LaQuan Williams Foundation
The Torrey Smith Foundation
The Vonta Leach Foundation
The Ray Lewis Family Foundation
The Lardarius Webb Foundation
Matt Birk Hike Foundation
Anquan Boldin Foundation
The Jim Caldwell Foundation
Haloti Ngata Family Foundation
Eye of the Hurricane
Ray Rice Charitable Fund
6) Attend events supporting ABCF and the Brigance Brigade on Saturday January 26, 2012
The American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) is a Maryland based organization that is dedicated to supporting breast cancer patients. ABCF is holding the 2013 FX Studios Experience on Saturday January 26, 2013. You can read more about ABCF and the event by clicking here. The Brigance Brigade Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports ALS patients and their families. It was founded by CFL and NFL champion, Baltimore Ravens Senior Advisor to Player and ALS patient & advocate O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda. The sixth annual Celebrate Life event is being held on Saturday and you can read more about it and the Brigance Brigade by clicking here.
7) Volunteer with your favorite nonprofit organization
If you want to give back in a very special way, volunteer at a local nonprofit organization. You can make this a regular occurrence and go with your favorite group of people. If you need ideas of a great organization to volunteer with please contact The United Way of Central Maryland by clicking here.
8) Watch the Probowl or highlight the Ravens past season
If you want to watch football, you have a lot of options. You can watch the Probowl which will be shown on Sunday January 27, 2013 on NBC. You also can watch a review of the Ravens road to Super Bowl XLVII by looking at the highlights provided by your local provider or by going to the Ravens website by clicking here. This is the best time to look back before the big game on February 3, 2012.
9) Interact with the players and support them on social media and at events
The Ravens are busy getting ready for the Super Bowl but they continue to remember Ravensnation. Many players are doing events to show their appreciation to fans before they depart to New Orleans. The team is great with interacting with fans. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure you show them your support. To see the Ravens players on Twitter, please click here. Torrey Smith and Ray Rice will be celebrating their birthdays this weekend. To read more about Ray Rice’s party, click here. To read more about Torrey Smith’s party, please click here. The Ravens Super Bowl sendoff will be on Monday January 28, 2013. Please click here for more information.