The Super Bowl, it's what every team, player, coach, and front office personnel work for and dream of and our Baltimore Ravens have finally returned to the promise land after a 12 year absence and their victory in Super Bowl XXXV. One of the more interesting aspects of the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl is just how a team's schedule plays out.
Let's take a look at what the Ravens have already done and the remainder of their schedule leading up to Super Bowl XLVII.
Week one (1/21-1/27):
- Monday – Meetings and film study.
- Tuesday – Off
- Wednesday – Off
- Thursday – Return to practice
- Friday – Workout
- Saturday – Workout
- Sunday – Final preparations prior to leaving Monday
The Ravens players got a few days off this week in order to plan for their trip to New Orleans and get things taken care of such as ticket requests, setting up lodging and flights for friends and family members, and personal obligations. Thursday through Saturday will be practice time for Baltimore and coach John Harbaugh stated earlier this week,
"We will be preparing this week as if we are playing the game this week"
The reasoning behind that is simple, get your game plan in now while you are at your home practice facility and are not surrounded by the Super Bowl buzz in New Orleans. Although the Ravens may tweak minor things here and there next week in their game plan, Baltimore will implement it this week.
Week two (1/28-2/3):
- Monday – Send off pep rally and leave for New Orleans
- Tuesday – Media day
- Wednesday – Practice
- Thursday – Practice
- Friday – Practice
- Saturday – Final game preparations and walk throughs
- Sunday – Super Bowl XLVII
Monday morning at 11:30am at the Inner Harbor amphitheater in Baltimore, Charm City will be having a send off pep rally for the Ravens for fans and players a like as Harbaugh and Ray Lewis, among other players and coaches, will be in attendance to enjoy Baltimore sending their Ravens off to the Super Bowl in style. The Ravens will then board their flight and plan to arrive in New Orleans around 4:00pm local time. Tuesday's media day is one of the craziest days for media and players of the entire Super Bowl week as thousands of reporters will be present and for the second time, thousands of fans will be in attendance as well. Baltimore drew the late shift for media day as they will be available from 12:15 – 1:15pm, while the San Francisco 49'ers have the 10:00 – 11:00am shift.
Wednesday through Friday the Ravens will hit the practice field, and will call Tulane University's baseball facility home for those practices as it is retro fitted for football. Friday will also be a very entertaining day as Harbaugh will have a joint press conference with his brother Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the 49'ers at 8:00am. Once Friday is over, the final walk throughs and preparations will take place on Saturday before finally reaching Super Bowl Sunday.
The two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl is very exciting, but frustrating and busy for the two teams involved and as you can see, you will see plenty of both teams on television. The Ravens are now just nine days away from battling the 49'ers for the right to be named Super Bowl Champions, and the city of Baltimore and Ravens fans all over can not wait.
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