As Ravens football takes flight after a 15-year hiatus, fans are eager for the team to cement its triumphant return with success on the field
As the team thundered across the purple turf under threatening skies, the odds were already stacked against the scripted ending Ravens supporters so fervently wished for. Sure, the relaunched Ravens looked fantastic, sporting a slick rebranded logo, but a scheduled debut on the opponent’s home field—that opponent being the perennially robust Western Mustangs—practically guaranteed disappointment. The Sept. 2 game ended in a 71-4 defeat (no mercy rule here), and the young team went home to regroup and prepare, mentally and physically, for a long, tough season ahead against a lineup of far more experienced teams. There will be no triumphant hoisting of the Panda Game trophy this year, no drinking from the Vanier Cup. But Ravens football is back, and that’s plenty of reason to celebrate.