Relatives and friends of Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz who want tickets to Sunday's game between the Lions and the Ravens will have to endure a rigorous screening process, according to Schwartz, a Baltimore native and Mount St. Joseph graduate.
"There's an issue there because I don't get tickets for anybody that's not rooting for my team," he said during a conference call earlier this morning. "And that started way back with the Titans [where Schwartz was the defensive coordinator for eight seasons] because I got Shanghaied. I had some people that came down to Tennessee one time and professed their love for the Titans and how much they were Eddie George fans and how they couldn't wait to see the Titans. I had some people see them at the game with big Ravens foam fingers and were wearing some purple stuff. So I always had a rule that if you're getting tickets from me, you got to root for the team that I'm with. So that cuts quite a few of them out."
But that doesn't mean that Schwartz or his family no longer has ties with the Ravens.
"I have a sister that's a season-ticket holder. I'm still a season-ticket holder with the Ravens," he said. "I have two PSLs. They're suite tickets. My father-in-law goes to just about every game. but everybody in my family – when it comes time – they all switch their jerseys on gameday and they root for the Titans or the Lions or whoever I'm with. So there will be a bunch, but a lot of them already have tickets. A lot of them are Ravens fans the 15 other weeks during the season."
When asked if relatives and friends who got tickets through Schwartz could wear gear representing the Major League Baseball franchise in town, Schwartz replied, "Orioles? Yeah, I'm good with the Orioles. Hopefully, this is a place that my kids will, when it's all said and done, call home. But my kids will probably be Tigers fans. They're already Red Wings fans and Pistons fans and Lions fans. But the Baltimore Orioles will probably always still be in me. No matter what happens or where I am, I'll always check out the Maryland Terrapins basketball team and the Baltimore Orioles in baseball."