Last Sunday night I braved the insane Ravens crowd at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. I was warned not to wear my jersey, but I figured if I was going to go down I might as well go down with a Kevin Faulk jersey on.
The experience actually wasn't as bad as I thought. In total I was given 3 throat slash gestures, was cursed at twice, and followed by a drunk and ginger hating Ravens fan once. My friends and I, who were also Pats fans, cheered loudly in the stands for most of the game as the Pats were winning. You'd think that would be a death sentence in itself, but I only got glaring looks a couple times.
What I found was that you can actually have a lot of fun as a road fan at a football game and not fear for your life. Anytime I saw a Pats fan we would slap hands or bump fists. That's the thing about being at a road game, you become closer with your team's fans. I'm not hugging complete strangers with Pats jerseys in Foxboro.
We even got in some good conversation with some Ravens fans in the row ahead of us. Granted we were all pretty chill, besides my friends cousin who is an angry Bostonian, but it was all love for the most part. I think it really all depends on if you act like an idiot or not. If you are respectful and smart the home team won't hurt you(unless you're a Steelers fan I found out). Wouldn't it be nice if we could all just chill, root for our team, and go home happy and cheerful that we have the privilege of watching Football for fun? A crazy concept I know.
Anyway, as for Ravens fans, they are as passionate a fan base as I've ever seen. There were only about 20 Pats fans that I could see(Redskins take note). People cheered on every down and screamed when the Patriots had the ball. I respect the Ravens and their franchise, though come January when we see them again inevitably you better believe I'll be cheering against them. What a great experience this game was. If you ever have the opportunity to see the Pats on the road do it. You only live once.