Alyssa Jones felt numb Saturday as she gathered with dozens of other girls on the basketball court of the Downtown Athletic Club.
Dressed in teeny shorts and bedazzled bra tops, the 220 ladies, and some guys as well, were all there pursuing the same dream: to become a Ravens cheerleader.
Tryout weekend is an annual event that is as important to some women as getting into college or becoming mothers. It is something they have worked toward for years.
Competition is fierce for just 50 to 60 spots on the team, either on the stunt team or the dance team. All the ladies know many of them will go home disappointed.
“I want this so bad,” Jones said. “I have been...