It’s time for the “New Old Line,” Del. Curt Anderson announced to a primarily purple House of Delegates on Friday morning.
Maryland’s nickname of “The Old Line State” refers to soldiers from the state who heroically held the colonial line during the Revolutionary War.
The “New Line,” Anderson said, is the starting lineup for the Baltimore Ravens, who are set to play the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship on Sunday.
After Speaker of the House Michael Busch adjourned Friday morning’s session, all of the “dogs” among the delegates took their places on the podium. Del. Shawn Tarrant of Baltimore led the purple people in a state-sponsored official cheer (video clip).
“What time is it?” he asked.
“Game time!” the rest of the delegates responded.
As the cheers were going on, Del. Hattie Harrison, 83, wearing a Ravens T-shirt, tried to maneuver her way with her scooter to the front of the pack to join them. Once she made it, Tarrant led the crowd in a second round of cheers.
Whether the state government support will help the Ravens is still not known, but Del. Sam Arora used Twitter to make a particularly legislative observation about Friday’s cheering section.
“This may be the most bipartisan cause this session,” Arora tweeted.