Even though the Ravens have made the playoffs in five of the last six seasons, Bill West relishes this year's home game.

"This one is more exciting because you get to use your tickets," said West, president of Ravens Roost 15 in Arbutus, on the being at the stadium instead of watching the action on television..

West understands that advancing to the Super Bowl by winning the next two games is the goal, but exacting some revenge along the way would make getting there even sweeter.


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West hopes the Ravens get to play, and beat, their long-time nemesis, the Pittsburgh Steelers, on the road to Indianapolis.

"We want Pittsburgh," West said defiantly. "I just think it would put closure to it."

Like the Jackson brothers, West is a season ticket holder and was able to secure his playoff tickets a month ago.

West estimated that half the 122 members in his roost would attend the game.

"What they're feeling is that they hope they get both (home) games," West said of his club members' hoping for a return trip to M&T Stadium the following week for the conference championship game.

While many would consider West, Moran and the Jackson brothers lucky to have tickets to the game, there are a fortunate few who get even closer to the field.

Tim Adams, 49, and his son, Max, 16, for example, share a field perspective with the players and coaches.

The two have played the mellophone, the marching band equivalent to the French horn, in Baltimore's Marching Ravens for two years.

The pair practices with the marching band, which has nearly 350 volunteer members, almost every Wednesday throughout the year and has attended each home game over the past two seasons.

"It's a lot fun because you're on the sidelines," said Max, a sophomore at Catonsville High School. "You look at the field and you're like, 'The game's right there.' "

For the big game, Tim said the band has prepared a couple of special performances to celebrate the playoff game.

Despite the gravity of the game and performing in front of more than 70,000 fans, Tim and Max both said they don't expect to be any more nervous than any other Ravens fan.

Tim and Max moved to Catonsville 12 years ago from Virginia, the year the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

Max grew up a Ravens fan while the Ravens grew on his father, especially when the pair started on the marching band.

"I was a Ravens fan before, but this kind of upped the ante," Tim said 10 days before the big game. "To know that in two weeks we get to go out, march and represent the team one more time is a big bonus."