“They’re the gold standard,” Steve Bisciotti said in 2011 about the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Ravens owner told Baltimore that his team would model themselves after their archrival’s success.
Hate ’em or love ’em, the Steelers have won more Super Bowls than any football franchise. Anyone who has ever come in contact with a yellow towel waving fan or driven along side one of their numerous displaced fans on the highway knows all about Pittsburgh’s six rings.
This season the Ravens decided to go against Baltimore football tradition — to buck the trend if you will — and close their public training camp. I’ve been complaining about it since the day the news was quietly released and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
To compensate the fans, the Ravens will hold open practices at M&T Bank Stadium, the Naval Academy and a lottery to watch the team at Stevenson University and Owings Mills. The team released information about their #ComeToCamp! campaign on their official website on Sunday.
Three winners on Facebook, two on Twitter, two RavensReps, two Mobile Alerts and two Message Boards winners will be selected.
Fans are already taking the bait. “I want to come to camp to learn from the best coaches in the nfl. It would be great to see how the ravens put a great team on the field,” one fan tweeted.
Meanwhile, the “gold standard” Pittsburgh Steelers will continue to hold the same open training camp they’ve held for the last 45 years. “The road to seven Super Bowls started here in Latrobe,” school spokesman Don Orlando told USA Today last season.