Matt Robins has been a Baltimore Ravens fan for only six years, but his passion is intense enough to last a lifetime.
Robins, 29, teamed up with his father, Stan, and wife, Sarah, to produce this "Bring On Brady" parody video which he posted on YouTube on Wednesday night. It's based on the Carly Rae Jepsen hit "Call Me Maybe."
While most "Call Me Maybe" parodies gave way to the "Gangnam Style" craze that swallowed the Internet this past summer and fall, Robins told Playbook on Thursday that "Bring On Brady" is a natural fit for this version of the Ravens. Baltimore is a 9.5-point underdog to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship Game in Foxborough, Mass.
"I enjoy making parody songs just for fun and this one kind of wrote itself. I feel like this version of the song captures the mentality of the team," said Robins, who plays the drums in "Bring On Brady." "The Ravens were heavy underdogs against the Broncos and they pulled that one out at the last minute. I feel like it's a 'take on the world' mentality. This is my perception of what the fan base is thinking -- we love being underdogs. That, and the whole, 'It's Ray Lewis' final season' thing."
Robins, who lives in Salisbury, Md., grew up without a local NFL team. The Colts left Baltimore in the wee hours of March 29, 1984, when he was 1. "They tried to get us to root for the Redskins for a long time, but that didn't feel right. Dad was a die-hard Colts fan and got disenchanted with the sport after they left," Robins said. When Art Modell's NFL team began play in Baltimore in 1996 after its departure from Cleveland, neither Robins nor his father were interested. They hopped aboard the Ravens "bandwagon" in 2006 when Steve McNair joined the team because their family pastor was a fan of the late quarterback.
Robins wrote the lyrics to "Bring On Brady," which include:
"They said it couldn't be done
Peyton had already won
But we'd only just begun
Now they're outta the way
And now they're sayin' again
Nine and a half points to win
The coronation begins
But they're just in our way
Defense is holdin'
Torrey, Jones and Boldin
Justin Tucker's golden
I know where we're goin', baby!
Hey, everyone else
Might think we're crazy
But we're The Ravens
So bring on Brady"
"I knew we were going to to be playing the Patriots because the Texans weren't that good," Robins said. "It's only fitting we'd be playing the Patriots again on Ray's last year. We have the chance to redeem ourselves for Billy Cundiff and Lee Evans."
Robins tried to get his twins into the music video, but they were uncooperative. There's no question about their loyalty, however:
What's Robins' prediction for Sunday? "It's going to come down to Justin Tucker," he said. "And we have a real kicker this time, so watch out."