Belcamp resident Kevin Jones takes his Ravens fandom everywhere he goes.
With a collection of get-ups that includes a Ravens clown costume, a king outfit and one ensemble he describes as "like the Heat Miser," Jones lives out the saying, "Clothes make a statement. Costumes tell a story."
When he's not wearing his gear to Ravens games or working as executive chef with Parkhurst Dining Services at the Maryland Institute College of Art, he can often be found in his Ravens "man cave." His basement is filled with Ravens memorabilia. Autographed helmets, framed pictures and a Ray Rice graphic line the wall, filling almost every inch of space.
"I made one wall a defense wall, one wall an offense wall, and one wall is a progression of the team from training camp to the Super Bowl," said Jones, 43.
Jones said that the toughest part of this football season had nothing to do with the games on Sundays, but rather a superstorm interfering with his ritual.
"I just had a black Ravens carpet put in right before Hurricane Sandy, and then three feet of water came through during the storm," said Jones. "Luckily, I didn't lose any of my memorabilia. Some of it is irreplaceable in my mind. Going a couple of months without it is heartbreaking in itself.
"Everything was in boxes. ... I had to rummage through my boxes to find my gear, so it was a tough season in that regard."
We caught up with Jones to talk about his newly renovated basement, his Ravens gear and the playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.
What makes you such a passionate fan?
I think it has to do with so many years of not having a football team and finally getting one back.
Is there a thought process involved in choosing your outfits?
I always wear the color jersey the Ravens are using that day, and weather is a major influence as well. I just go with the flow.
My niece [Natasha Sierakowski] started a company called Maryland Wedding Makeup and did a facepainting for me around Halloween with the teeth to the side. I can tell when Natasha does the facepainting as opposed to when I do it because more people will approach me for pictures when she paints my face.
She enjoys it because she's a Ravens fan too, but hopefully she's not painting any brides' faces like mine.
What does your wife think of the basement and the intense fandom?
She's gotten into football and is more knowledgeable about the game now than she used to be.
That has to make it easier when your wife is into the Ravens as much as you are.
Yes, and it made it easy for Christmas because as long as I got her something purple, black or gold, I was good to go.
Have you met any Ravens players?
Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs had signings at Harford Mall that I went to, and I met Trevor Pryce and Kelly Gregg during signings in Forest Hill.
Do you have a favorite player?
Ray is the face of the franchise, but I love them all.
With Ray's retirement looming, are you anticipating a crazy atmosphere Sunday?
It's going to be off the chain Sunday. The crowd is electric as it is when Ray comes out of the tunnel, but it's going to be extra emotional this Sunday. It gives me goose bumps just talking about it.