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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published January 19, 2012

GOVERNOR O’MALLEY DECLARES PURPLE FRIDAY BEFORE RAVENS FACE-OFF IN THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME



ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 19, 2012) – Governor O’Malley today wished the Ravens luck as they continue their success in the playoffs and announced yet another “Purple Friday” this week for state employees, where they will be allowed to dress down in support of the Ravens and wear their team gear to work.

“As the Baltimore Ravens continue their successful playoff run, we wish them nothing but the best of luck as they fight for an AFC title on Sunday,” said Governor O’Malley. “We will be right there cheering and watching as the Ravens trample over the Patriots on their way to Indianapolis.”

Recently, the Governor tweeted at Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to remind him of the lobsters he received after the 2010 Ravens’ victory in Foxboro.

In celebration of the Ravens, the Maryland.gov, Governor, Lt. Governor and First Lady’s web sites are all draped in Ravens purple, and the State Capitol dome, Government House and the 6 St. Paul State office building are also illuminated.

Last week, Governor O’Malley visited the Ravens practice facility to wish them luck before their win over the Houston Texans and present Center Matt Birk with the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his leadership and advocacy for literacy and education. This Sunday at 3 p.m., the AFC North Champion Ravens will play the New England Patriots in the AFC title game.