By Blair Ames, firstname.lastname@example.org
11:29 AM EST, February 1, 2013
Karen Nickles, the testing coordinator at the Phillips School in North Laurel, has a pair of lucky boots.
They're purple and white, plastic and plaid, and they carry the Ravens' logo. Nickles says they're "ugly," but when she wears them, the Ravens seem to win.
Two weeks ago, in Foxborough, Mass., Nickles said she was so embarrassed to wear them she took them into Gillette Stadium in a plastic bag. She wore them for a minute before putting them back in the bag as she watched the Ravens beat the Patriots, 28-13.
Before Nickles puts on lucky boots for Sunday's Super Bowl, she and her colleagues at the Phillips School were treated Friday morning to Howard County Executive Ken Ulman's "Ultimate Ravens Breakfast."
"It's been a lot of fun and it's good for the community and team spirit," Nickles said of winning Ulman's week-long contest to recognize local Ravens fans.
Phillips School serves students with disabilities in grades 3 to 12.
Nickles was one of 20 entries in Ulman's contest asking for photos displaying the most Ravens' pride.
Her photo, taken in 2011 during a game in Kansas City, shows Nickles surrounded by Kansas City Chiefs fans holding a sign reading "My husband thinks I'm at a bible study retreat...Go Ravens!"
Ulman, along with his 7-year-old daughter, Lily, delivered breakfast to the staff at Phillips, including some Silver Dollar Pollard Pancakes, Ray Rice Krispies, Anquan Boldin Bacon , Dannell Ellerbe Scrambled Eggs, Suggs Juggs of (Orange) Juice and a Box of Joe Flacco.
The breakfast was prepared in the Howard Cafe, located in the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.
Ulman personally paid for the breakfast and no county funds were used, according to county spokesman Mark Miller.
Nickles said she'll be wearing her boots Sunday when she watches the game. She's predicting a 28-21 Ravens victory.