House of Delegates cheers on the Ravens (with video clip)

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Members of the House of Delegates, led by Del. Shawn Tarrant, cheer on the Ravens in advance of the AFC Championships on Friday.

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.

–Megan Poinski


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Len Lazarick

Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.