Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz urged county employees and residents to turn Purple Friday into Purple and Orange Friday in anticipation of "an incredible weekend of sports."
"This won't be easy," Kamenetz said in an email to county employees. "Last year when the roles were reversed, our O's knocked the Red Sox out of the playoffs and got their manager fired. And just last Sunday, the Patriots lost to the Arizona Cardinals — yes, the Arizona Cardinals. Both teams will be looking for revenge."
However, as Kamenetz noted, Baltimore is looking for revenge against New England, whose victory over the Ravens last winter in the AFC Championship Game sent the Patriots to the Super Bowl — and Lee Evans and Billy Cundiff to the waiver wire.
"I keep hoping that I will wake up to discover that we really did win the Super Bowl, but I never do," Kamenetz wrote. "But you know what we can do. We can take Purple Friday to a whole new level, and we've cleared it with Buck (not really, but if we could, he would), and he thinks purple and orange go great together. Well, I'm no Ralph Lauren, but if Buck says purple and orange go together, that's good enough for me. In Buck we trust."
"So this Friday, let's show our Baltimore County pride for Adam (Jones), Matt (Wieters), Manny (Machado), J.J. (Hardy), Ray (Rice), Joe (Flacco), Ed (Reed), Haloti (Ngata), and all of our guys. Grab that Ravens jersey, find that Orioles hat, look for that orange scarf, and let's show the world that no one roots harder for the Ravens and the Orioles than our employees and all of the people in Baltimore County."