BY ERIKA BUTLER, Record staff
January 17, 2013
Havre de Grace resident Jaime Hoback is becoming quite the traveler.
He was in Denver last weekend. He's headed to New England this weekend, and if he can "work some magic," he'll be in New Orleans on Feb. 3 for the Super Bowl.
The Meadowvale Elementary School third-grade teacher is following the Ravens in their quest to become Super Bowl champions. The road began Jan. 6 in Baltimore with a win over Indianapolis and a road victory Saturday in Denver over the Broncos. Next, the Ravens face the New England Patriots in a rematch of last year's AFC Championship game, this year at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in Foxborough, Mass. The winner plays in the Super Bowl.
"I'm doing this to support Ravens Nation," the season ticket holder said. "And for Ray Lewis. I hope I don't see one of his last games until the Super Bowl."
For the Broncos game, Hoback stayed with a friend he used to teach with at Forest Hill Elementary who has since moved to Colorado. (They live in the foothills, Hoback said, where it was minus 10 degrees.)
Hoback, who graduated from C. Milton Wright High in 1993, went to the game by himself, but ran into a high school friend, who lives in California, and hung out at a Ravens tailgate.
The fans were pretty nice, he said, not all, but most.
As for the game?
"It was a roller coaster to say the least," he said. "It was... I don't even know how to put it in worlds. It was just amazing to watch in person. It was well worth the trip and then some.
Especially, he said, given that no one even gave the Ravens a chance to win.
Going into Sunday's game against the Patriots, the Ravens are 9-1/2 point underdogs just like they were against the Broncos, and everyone knows how that turned out.
Hoback went to the AFC Championship game in New England last year and is going again this year, hoping for redemption.
"I think we'll get a win. I think it's going to be a competitive game. I personally think it's going to be very competitive, but I feel pretty good. After last week's game, I'm pretty confident."
And if the Ravens pull off a win Sunday, Hoback hopes to be flying to New Orleans in a few weeks.
"I'm thinking about it. We'll see," he said. "It depends on if I can work some magic."