This is Chapter 21 and final of "Purple Reign 2: Faith, Family & Football – A Baltimore Love Story." Nestor Aparicio has released the 2013 book here over recent weeks to prepare #RavensFlock for NFL season. This is the biggest parade in the history of Baltimore.
The first day of the Maryland Crab Cake Tour presented by The Maryland Lottery, Goodwill, Window Nation and the Restaurant Association of Maryland was a busy local Towson and White Marsh day. Dr. Steve Elliott from Elliott Chiropractic and Gregg Landry of Towson Transfer have been friends with Nestor for three decades and shared the local business and community love to kick off 31 crab cakes and 31 breweries in 31 days to celebrate 31 years on Baltimore airwaves and to promote local business and Restaurant Week all over the state from September 16th through 25th.
I hate parades. I don’t watch them on television. I don’t attend them. I don’t even understand the point of them. Prior to Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001, I had been to one parade in my life, and I didn’t like it.
The news reports came fast and furious on the Monday before the Super Bowl. Just a day into the biggest week of my life, and the reporters couldn’t wait to track me down with the latest news. One of the Ravens’ team buses, leaving a downtown pep rally for BWI Airport and a charter flight to Tampa, had been involved in an accident, hitting a police cruiser.
The minute Tony Siragusa landed on Rich Gannon, it was all over for the Oakland Raiders in the AFC Championship Game. Let @NestorAparicio take you back to The Black Hole and experience the day the Ravens went to their first Super Bowl.
“When you go into the lion’s den, you don’t tippy-toe in. You carry a spear! You go in screaming like a banshee and say, Where is the son of a bitch?” The legend and #PurpleReign lore of #RavensFlock win in Nashville and Ray Lewis > Eddie George. @NestorAparicio presents his 2001 SB35 epic tale.
“Next time we play the Tennessee Titans, we’ll kick their ass.” Sam Adams at The Barn in Oct. 2000 to @NestorAparicio during Ravens Super Bowl XXXV run. And then January happened! Remember the Titans? We do... #RavensFlock
It's hard to put into words just how great Brooks Robinson was to everyone he met. He was the gold standard for human beings and Baltimore loved him. So did his teammates. Let them tell you all about the legend of No. 5.
There are no words to adequately express his contributions on and off the field in the City of Baltimore over the last 70 years. The loss of Brooks Robinson on Tuesday night brought the city to a standstill. We will share our Hall of Fame chats with No. 5 here and at WNST-AM 1570 throughout the week as the Orioles attempt to clinch another American League East crown. RIP Brooks! We loved you and we're going to miss you.
With the Ravens offense missing key starters at every level, Luke Jones and Nestor discuss the play of the $260 million quarterback and what Todd Monken – and the fans – expect from him on Sunday afternoons? Six years into the "experiment" of Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh, Lamar Jackson running the football on an RPO is still the team's best chance for success on any given play.
Our Maryland Crab Cake Tour, presented by The Maryland Lottery, Window Nation and Jiffy Lube is always filled with serendipity. Roz Lane was coming by Koco's Pub to help us give away from Ravens scratch-offs and wound up Ko-hosting our segment with the Baltimore diva of the dance floor and celebrating 20 years of Deep Sugar grooves. Let Roz tell you about all of those all night dance parties at the Paradox while Ultra schools Nestor on the roots of house music and her amazing international success as an artist.
Our favorite Editor-In-Chief and social critic Max Weiss of Baltimore Magazine joins Nestor and Ricig at Koco's Pub for a pre-October chat about the history and relevance of Orioles baseball in Baltimore. And her essay wondering just how many folks are coming back to Orioles Magic as postseason bunting looms at Camden Yards and the excitement grows.