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Purple Reign 1: Chapter 15 “Festivus Maximus”

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.

Purple Reign 1: Chapter 14 “Painting The Black Hole Purple”

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.

Purple Reign 1: Chapter 11 “Nevermore (To Lose) – The Miracle Begins”

“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

Purple Reign 1: Chapter 10 “Moving To The Dark Side”

Two things were pretty obvious to everyone who watched the 2000 Baltimore Ravens during the first half of the season. When they passed the ball, they made mistakes and were ineffective. But each time they tried to run the football with any consistency, they succeeded.

Purple Reign 1: Chapter 9 “‘O’ as in Offensive – The Dust Bowl Comes East”

The Ravens came to Miami on Sept. 17, 2000, for the first time in their five-year existence and the fans from Baltimore were out in force. It was the first time a Baltimore football franchise had played in South Florida since Dan Marino’s rookie season. A lot had changed from that day in 1983.

Purple Reign 1: Chapter 8 “First Things First”

It has been said that you need to crawl before you can walk. For the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, much of that crawling was done during the end of the 1999 season. Before Shannon Sharpe came to play. While Trent Dilfer was still sitting on the bench in Tampa Bay, waiting for redemption. While Jamal Lewis and Travis Taylor were still attending college classes and hoping to become first-round draft picks in the NFL.

Purple Reign 1: Chapter 7 “The Greatest Defense in The History of The Game”

While the 2000 Baltimore Ravens will always receive credit from fans and foes alike for being the team that allowed the fewest points in NFL history – and punctuated that task with a defensive unit shutout in Super Bowl XXXV – only four men can properly put into perspective the pain, the growth and the joy of a group that ultimately captured greatness.

Purple Reign 1: Chapter 6 “No Fooling in April – The War Room Breeds a Champion”

From Ozzie Newsome and Phil Savage, the Ravens dominance began on their first draft day in 1996. Nestor takes you inside that inaugural War Room that netted Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis.

Purple Reign 1: Chapter 1 “Meet The New Boss”

Purple Reign, Chapter 1: "The Boss Arrives" “Hi, Coach Billick? My name is Nestor Aparicio. I own the all-sports radio station in Baltimore and I’m about to become your new best friend.”

Purple Reign 1: Chapter 4 “Slapdicks, Quarterbacks and Pranks”

Purple Reign, Chapter 4: "Slapdicks, Quarterbacks, and Pranks". Nestor chronicles the room of Dilfer, Banks and Redman and the Super Bowl XXXV champs that went a month without a TD
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For the love of the extinct Luv Ya Blue magic of the Houston Oilers

Back in 1992 when Nestor Aparicio began doing his own radio show on WITH-AM 1230 and Baltimore didn't have an NFL team, he reached to then-Houston Oilers public relations man Chip Namias for a helping hand with the Love Ya Blue blood running through his young veins after leaving The Baltimore Sun. And here we are 30 years later telling the tales.

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Thirty years of friendship and Peter Angelos owning the Baltimore Orioles

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