By Zach Sparks, The Baltimore Sun
5:18 PM EST, December 27, 2012
Montana native Dan Morgan was no Colts fan. But a passion for Baltimore football runs through his genes, he says.
"My dad and other family grew up in the Baltimore area and had a huge attachment to the Colts," said the 49-year-old mechanic.
Morgan moved to Baltimore just before the Colts left town and lived through the years when the NFL had no local presence. Now the father of three daughters, ages 20, 18 and 16, goes to every Ravens home game.
"I usually take one of my kids or nephews to each game," he said. "I let them fight over which game they go to."
The kids aren't the only thing Morgan brings to M&T Bank Stadium. His game-day get-up includes face paint, beads, a Ravens hat and camouflage pants.
We caught up with Morgan days after the Ravens set season highs against the New York Giants with 533 net yards and 224 rushing yards in a 33-14 victory.
What are your first memories of football?
I played in the peewee league when I was 10 or 11 years old and loved it. I played in high school but was never good enough to get further than that.
What's your game-day routine?
I get up at 6 a.m. to start the crockpot for chili, hot dogs or meatballs to take to the stadium. I start putting the war paint on and leave for the stadium around 7 a.m. I'm on the lot by 8 or 8:30 a.m.
Do you change up your outfit?
Usually it stays the same. Even though I have "I hate the Steelers" badges I wear during Steelers games.
Your favorite play in Ravens history?
I'm a big Joe Flacco fan, so I'd say in 2011 when he took the offense down the field on a two-minute drive and threw the winning touchdown to Torrey Smith to win in Pittsburgh.
Are your daughters and nephews as passionate about the Ravens as you?
My two oldest daughters are. The rest of them attend games for the excitement of the experience. Football is the least of their worries. They like going to see the crowd and the pregame and the tailgating and the Ravens Walk — the buildup to the game.
So they've seen Captain Dee-Fense and other superfans?
They have. We go to the Purple Fridays at Bill Bateman's in Glen Burnie and events like that. So they've seen him and Sports Steve and those guys a dozen times.
Your kids are supportive of the war paint?
Yes, they think it's hysterical. Usually I only put it on during the cold games. I tried it during the summer and it didn't work out too well. I stick to temporary tattoos during the summertime.
What do you think of the Ravens' chances in the playoffs?
I think they're pretty good. I'm hoping the last game against the Giants was a turning point. I think the Ravens can handle the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots. The only team I really worry about is the Denver Broncos, but we were in the game against them for the first half. I think offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell will open things up offensively, so I think we have a good chance.
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