By Jon Meoli, firstname.lastname@example.org
7:44 PM EST, January 16, 2012
It didn't take Kathy Osbourne of Towson long to figure out what she wanted for her upcoming birthday. On Monday, Jan. 16, a day after the Baltimore Ravens' 20-13 playoff win over the Houston Texans, Osbourne brought her three children — Max, 9, Ben, 7, and Kate, 5 — to the Raven Zone on Joppa Road so the kids could get their mother an appropriate gift.
If the children have their way, she might get an unusual present — they admired everything from football cards and a blowup Steelers punching bag to Ravens-themed Angry Birds.
As long as it's Ravens-related, it'll likely be fine with Osbourne, whose family is like so many others, caught up in Ravens-mania. She said they plan to spend this coming Sunday, Jan. 22, with one thing in mind: Celebrating the Ravens' AFC Championship showdown against the New England Patriots as a family.
Scott David of Reisterstown was at the store as well, celebrating Baltimore's win and shopping for a specific item for this weekend. He said he'll be welcoming a new member to his family Saturday, and she'll need to be appropriately dressed for Sunday's kickoff.
His new, 8-week-old labradoodle will be sporting a new Ravens jersey — just like David.
"We're going to be home with the new puppy, sitting in front of the TV watching the game," he said.
Others local residents also spent the early part of this week lining up their plans for the AFC title game, and setting the stage for what they hope will be the Ravens' second Super Bowl appearance.
Bernard Taliaferro Sr. said he'll go to church on Sunday, come home and watch with several generations of his family — even a grandson and great-grandson whose allegiance lays with the Steelers.
Josie Fontanazza will host a gathering at her Timonium home with a rather relaxed, yet critical, criteria for attendance.
"My kids, all their friends, and anyone who's rooting for the Ravens can come to my house," she said.