"I knew I had found my lifelong companion," he said.
But in the ensuing years, whenever folks asked when they were going to get married, Daisy's answer was the same: "When I win the lottery or the Ravens make it to another Super Bowl."
People thought she was kidding. Except she really wasn't.
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"I think in her head, she was buying a little time," said Sam Sudano, Daisy's brother. And he was right.
"I was the one with cold feet," Daisy admitted. "I wanted a little more time to go by and make it interesting. Because if (the Ravens) were ever in another Super Bowl, it would make our wedding special."
For the couple's extended family, it came as no surprise that Daisy would tie her wedding day to the incredible odds of a hitting a Lotto jackpot or seeing a football team play on the NFL's biggest stage.
"Daisy and Jim, they're both strange cats," said Shawn Santoro, Jim's sister. "I love 'em to death. But that's the kind of thing they'd do. "
"This could be the year!" Jim cackled to Daisy. But in a bitter defensive struggle, the Ravens lost 23-14 to the Pittsburgh Steelers at frozen Heinz Field. The wedding plans were still on hold.
In 2010, the couple went on a cruise to the Bahamas. As they stood on the ship's deck with other cruise-goers the night of Dec. 21, watching a rare total eclipse of the sun during a winter solstice, Jim took her aside.
"He gave me a little speech about how I'm the one he wants to spend the rest of his life with," Daisy said. Then he pulled a ring from his pocket and proposed.
Of course, Daisy said yes. And of course, she dusted off the old line about winning the lottery or the Ravens making it to the Super Bowl before they could be married.
On this front, more drama ensued.
In 2011, the Ravens again made it to the AFC Championship. This time the site was Foxborough, Mass., and the opponent was the haughty New England Patriots, coached by the dour Bill Belichick and quarterbacked by the veteran Tom Brady.
Brady scared Jim and Daisy with his smarts, strong arm and assassin's stare at the line of scrimmage. Still, the Ravens were in the game all the way. But when Flacco's pass to wide-out Lee Evans was dropped in the end zone and Billy Cundiff shanked a 32-yard, game-tying field goal attempt, the Ravens were 23-20 losers.
The season was over. All of Baltimore was in shock. So was a certain couple in Overlea.
"We were devastated," Jim said. "After that, it was silence about the wedding."
Even when the Ravens got off to a sizzling 9-2 start this season, Jim and Daisy refused to get their hopes up about a Super Bowl appearance. What's the old saying: once burned, twice shy? How about if you've been burned twice on a vow some took as a throw-away line, except now it feels as if it could haunt you forever?
'This is the year'