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Sunday, September 7, 2008
Special honorary guest in Baltimore: Carmelo Anthony

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

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BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Ravens will try to have the golden touch rub off on them today as NBA star Carmelo Anthony was chosen by the team as its honorary captain.

Anthony, a Baltimore native, said he hasn't been to a game since he was 8 years old. Fresh off a gold-medal winning performance with Team USA, the Ravens hope Anthony can bring them some luck against the Cincinnati Bengals, as well.

"I came a long way," Anthony said an hour before kickoff. "It's a great deal to be at the Ravens' first game, their home opener. I never thought I would be doing the coin toss out here. It's just an honor for me."

Anthony joins swimmer Michael Phelps as two Baltimore natives with a combined nine gold medals from last month's Olympics. Anthony brought his gold medal with him and also had a prediction for Sunday's game.

"I'd say 24-13, something like that," he said. "Ravens, of course."