For Ravens Roost members, the Unitas-Ravens connection is explicit. The organization emphasizes that it is about Baltimore football, not just the Ravens. In its charter, the group is dedicated "To support professional football in Baltimore."

In fact, the Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts, the umbrella organization, is the continuation of the Council of Colts Corrals under a new name. On the history page posted at its website, the current council dates its origins to 1957, when the earliest Colts Corrals came together and formed a council.

At present, about 50 active Roosts with a membership of 3,500 meet in Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Individual Roosts engage in promotions and charitable activities and the council holds a mammoth bull and oyster roast in February and a three-day convention in Ocean City in June.

Kathy Cobry, a member of Roost No. 60's executive board, said she grew up in a baseball-loving family, but got swept up in Ravens fever when the team arrived.


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She has the T-shirts. She has the Super Bowl flag, which always flies from her car.

And she has the house. On Vale Drive in Perry Hall, where she lives, her home is universally known as the "Ravens House" because it is covered in Ravens banners.

"It's up all the time," she said. "I'm crazy. My husband's crazy. We're all crazy.''

Roost treasurer Mike Holt, who does deliveries for The Baltimore Sun and for Gordon Florist in Stoneleigh, said he inherited his football passion from his mother, Charlotte Krause (mother of the indentically named club president). Getting into Memorial Stadium to see the Colts was a mission from an early age.

"I had a paper route. I saved that money to buy Colts season tickets," he said.

His wife, Karen Holt, who works at Home Depot, "grew up with the Ravens." She's often sporting a jersey with Willis McGahee's No. 23.

Asked to name the team that has the most bad blood with the Ravens, the answer is unanimous — the Pittsburgh Steelers.

McCray put it down to city similarities, not differences.

"You got two working class, blue collar towns without a lot of glamour," he said.

Karen Holt said it's not so much the team. "It's their fans. When they come to our stadium, they are obnoxious."

What does it take to become a Ravens Roost member? Do you have to know team trivia?

"It's not like the movie 'Diner.' You don't have to take a test," Robin said, referring to Barry Levinson's 1982 comedy in which a character requires that his fiancee pass a Colts trivia test before he will marry her.

Roost membership, in fact, is restricted only to those 21 or older. Enrolling costs $20 ($30 for a couple) and dues are $25 annually.

At the start of the 2012 season, the Ravens smashing success against the Bengals was tempered the following week with a narrow loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

But scores and seasons come and go. For Roost No. 60, it's about upholding tradition.

"Baltimore's just a football-loving town," McCray said.