Ravens fans rejoice

Holding "Gnometorius," a good-luck charm, Laura Forester, right, of Arbutus, celebrates a touchdown by Ray Rice in the first half, while watching the Ravens playoff game against the New England Patriots at the Mt. Washington Tavern. Joining her are Christina Puglisi, center, of Arbutus, and Barbara Haranski, left, of Pikesville. (Photo by Karen Jackson / January 20, 2013)

Whether it is wearing the same unwashed jersey, eating the same food or drinking the same beverage, superstitious fans of the Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens feel like they have something to do with the three consecutive playoff victories.

Local residents revealed some of those quirks, lucky traditions or repetitive nuances that has guided the team of destiny to the ultimate game.

Billy Slowikowski, 49, can blame his long hair on the Ravens, who defeated New England, 28-13 on Jan. 20 to advance to the Super Bowl against San Francisco on Feb. 3.

"Before the Giants game (a 33-14 regular-season win), I was supposed to get my haircut, but I decided not to and now I'm not cutting it until after the Super Bowl," he said.


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Slowikowski also rotates his Raven jerseys during the week.

"On Thursday, I wear my Deion Sanders jersey. On Friday, I wear my Ray Rice jersey and on Sunday I wear my own (no. 13 Billy) jersey. I've been doing that the whole year," he said. "I've also got a certain hat for when we play at home and a certain hat I wear when we play away."

His next decision is helping his sister figure out a menu for the Super Bowl party.

"We can't eat the same food," Slowikowski said "Tacos might be a good idea."

Perhaps something with a Cajun flavor would be nice, since the game will be played in New Orleans.

Andre LaBate, 58, was invited to a special Super Bowl party, but plans to go to his friend Ray Sites' house, where he watched the first three playoff victories.

"I was invited to a really, really nice party, but I can't go because if I don't go back to Ray's and we lose, I would never hear the end of it," said the Foxhall Farms resident." I sit on the same stool in the same exact spot, wear my same old Tony Siragusa jersey and wear the same old Ravens hat. If we get behind, I take the hat off."

His friends enjoy a purple Raven shooter after a score, but he won't imbibe until after a Ravens victory.

Marty Burke Jr, a 1988 Lansdowne High graduate and Catonsville resident, has worn his Terrell Suggs jersey for every playoff game.

He prefers watching games at home or at a close friend's house with a seafood spread of shrimp or scallops.

"I need the high definition TV blaring loud so I can hear everything," said Burke Jr., who also dresses his dog in a Ravens jersey on game day.

Moe Mosner, 70, will enjoy watching the Super Bowl in his $600 Laz-y-Boy chair in the comfort of his Catonsville home.

"I watched Johnny Unitas win back-to-back championships in 1958 and 1959 and now I'm going to watch this one," said the retired Baltimore County Fire Department captain.

He'll wear his favorite Ravens purple sweatshirt over his black turtleneck top.

Don't be confused if you come across Catonsville resident Rob DiPaula, 41, wearing purple and red.

The Ravens are his second favorite team behind the 49ers.