Since the Ravens' first playoff game against the Colts three weeks ago, Ball said he and a group of family and friends have gathered to watch the game at his house.

They wear the same jerseys, without washing it the week before.

They sit in the same spot.

They've even taken a celebratory photo afterward, striking the same pose.


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Although Ball wants to maintain the same ritual to help ensure that the Ravens are successful, he said he would not turn away newcomers on Sunday. They just better not jinx the team.

Ball is predicting a 10-point win for the Ravens.

While fans still were celebrating the 28-13 victory over the Patriots on Monday, Jan. 21, Nightmare Graphics, in Columbia, was busy making T-shirts.

For the Super Bowl, the company is printing the words "Festivus Maximus" across the front, a tribute to a phrase coined by former head coach Brian Billick before the Ravens beat the Giants in the 2001 Super Bowl. It also says "Ray's Last Ride."

Sam Andelman, President of Nightmare Graphics, said he and his crews have been printing new shirts since the first playoff victory against the Indianapolis Colts.

"I think you'll see us back here two weeks from today printing shirts again," Andelman said.

'You've got to believe'

While Crook has helped spread Ravens fever at the Laurel Municipal Center, she's had help from a coalition of other passionate Ravens fans scattered throughout the building.

"The camaraderie is really neat, it's a great group of fans," said Danny Miller, a facility manager for the city.

On a purple Friday, Miller, also a Ravens season ticketholder, can normally be seen wearing his black and purple Ray Lewis jersey. However, on this special pre-Super Bowl purple Friday on Jan. 25, Miller brought some extra Ravens gear; a purple flag inscribed with the words "You're in Ravens Country."

"It's normally on my balcony, but I decided to bring it in today," said Miller.

While Miller realizes the rarity of the Ravens playing in the Super Bowl, he'll tell you that he always believed that they could make it.

"I thought definitely this could be a Super Bowl team," Miller said. "This season has had its ups and downs, but they always say the team that wins the Super Bowl is the one getting hot, and that's the Ravens right now."

Echoing Miller is Ravens fan and city Historic District coordinator Sunny Pritchard.

"I think they are going to win because everyone on the team wants it," Pritchard said.

Pritchard, an employee of the city for eight years, said she was never a Redskins or Baltimore Colts fan, but once the Ravens came to town, she was instantly hooked.

"You don't always click with a team, but when you do, you know it's there," Pritchard said.

For Pritchard, there is something about the Ravens that makes her feel connected.

"When you are a true fan, you live and breathe it," Pritchard said. "There's something about it that gets in your blood. I get nervous, I get sick to the stomach before the game like I'm playing the game. It's ridiculous."

While Pritchard may feel ridiculous, there is nothing ridiculous about her confidence in her team; at least not to Crook.

"I really thought this year would be our year," said Crook. "You've got to believe, you've got to believe."

Blair Ames contributed to this story.