Before I get into my thoughts on the increasing number of empty seats at Ravens home games, I want to make it clear that I am not speaking as the associate editor of PressBox; I'm speaking as a diehard Ravens fan who has been a season-ticket holder since Day One.
I don't know that I've ever been as disappointed watching a Ravens game as I was for the "Monday Night Football" contest between the Ravens and Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium Nov. 27, and my feelings had nothing to do with the game itself.
For more than two decades a Ravens home game meant an electric atmosphere and a sea of purple in the stadium. However, despite this being the Ravens' first Monday night home game in five years, the lack of excitement in the air was unmistakable, and this time the sea of purple was of empty seats. Thousands upon thousands of empty seats.