Oh! Boy, What a Joe!
We think it’s safe to say, he’s not your average Joe – perhaps your “elite” Joe Flacco, or your Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, but average, he is not. Not many outside of Baltimore expected the Ravens to make it as far as Super Bowl XLVII; however, Baltimore fans thought otherwise, and the Baltimore Ravens proved otherwise.
Despite the “lights out” technical difficulties that seemed to impact the incredible momentum that the Ravens had built up, “General” Joe Flacco drove his “team of destiny” up and down the field, throwing 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards and 3 touchdown passes, earning Super Bowl MVP honors for leading the Ravens to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. With Joe putting up numbers that rival some of the biggest names in the NFL, Baltimore Sports Report has officially declared Joe Flacco to be elite.
Meanwhile back on the ranch, while the Baltimore Ravens celebrated their Super Bowl victory in New Orleans, thousands of Baltimore Ravens fans rushed the streets of Charm City to celebrate. Screaming the “Seven Nation Army” chant that Baltimore fans have associated with the Ravens (this chant also oddly incorporates the Baltimore Orioles’ “Oh!” that you could hear loud and clear during Alicia Keys’ performance of the National Anthem), fans hugged each other, jumped up and down and continued to celebrate till the early hours of the morning.
So did Baltimore fans get all their celebrating in last night? Of course not! According to the Baltimore Sun, Baltimore city officials announced today that the city will host a victory parade for the champion Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday beginning at 10:45 a.m. at City Hall. The parade will proceed from City Hall south on Commerce Street, continue to Pratt and Howard Streets, and end at the Raven’s stadium, where a celebration including the team will continue, Baltimore-style!
You probably know that Joe Flacco is from New Jersey, that he went to the University of Delaware and that he just had a baby boy, BUT did you know…
- Joe's maternal great-grandfather was Thomas Madden, a Federal Judge who served on United States District Court for New Jersey from 1945 to1976. He was nominated for the post by President Harry S. Truman in 1945.
- Joe’s first pet was a white boxer named Lacey.
- Joe’s all-time favorite movie? Gladiator.
- Joe started all 26 games during his two years playing for the University of Delaware.
- Joe’s two grandfathers were football teammates at Camden Catholic High School in South Jersey during the 1950s.
- Joe’s favorite ice cream flavor: Classic chocolate.
- Mrs. Jenkinson was Joe’s 5th grade teacher.
- Joe’s mother was a standout at softball in college. She played for Trenton State (now the College of New Jersey).
- That ‘70s Show was Joe’s favorite TV show growing up.
- Joe started playing organized football in 7th grade for a local Pop Warner team.
Despite the seemingly average “stats” above, he is not your average Joe (yeah I know, real original, but it’s fitting). Joe Flacco is an NFL superstar. Yes, he eats chocolate ice cream, and enjoys a good rerun of That '70s Show, just the same as many of us. However, NOT the same as many of us, Joe Flacco was blessed with an amazing throwing arm, the ability to successfully compete in the NFL, AND, lead his team to the 2013 Superbowl!
"It's destiny, Joe!" "Our Elite quarterback!" "We are proud to be in Baltimore!" These are just a few things you may have heard shouted from the flooded streets of Baltimore after last Sunday's win. The energy in this town is unbelievable right now and EVERYONE is bleeding black and purple!
So how can you stand out from the crowd and let Baltimore know just how much of a fan you are? Put it on a billboard, of course!
After we heard about the billboards showcased in New England calling for Ray’s early retirement, we knew something had to be done.
Last weekend we featured nearly fifty messages on our digital billboards in Baltimore from Joe Flacco fans who wanted to proclaim their Flacco love and support to the city. These messages were submitted on our Facebook page last week.
Since our scheme seemed to do the trick this past Sunday, of course we have to do it again! Visit our Facebook page if you would like to submit a message to be plastered all over the city.