LINTHICUM, Md. - Even the sound of bags hitting the carousel at BWI Marshall Airport hurt sleep-deprived Ravens fans making the early trek home.
"I got an early flight,” said Andy Read of Stevensville, “I thought I was making out well, but now I'm just a little bit groggy."
Millions watched the Super Bowl on tv, but these folks got a glimpse of Ravens magic on the streets of New Orleans.
"It was an amazing experience... a once in a lifetime experience walking up Poydres Street with thousands of chanting Ravens fans,” said Melissa Reese of Arnold, “Bourbon Street was full of purple. The town painted itself purple for us. It was an amazing time."
But a trio of siblings from Ellicott city say while the players battled on the field, they faced a different kind of competition in the stands simply because they were Ravens fans.
"(Ravens fans) were all over the streets and that's why we were surprised when we got to the Superdome and saw 49s fans there because prior to (that), you only saw Ravens fans everywhere and there may be one or two 49s fans, but they wouldn't say anything," said Brandon Mumby.
"The problem is that we had to fight off all the 49s fans for you guys,” added Brandon’s sister, Yasmene, “That's the difference between watching it at the Super Bowl and watching it from our couch."
And the spirited banter only grew louder as the game tightened in the second half.
"Did you start getting nervous about the team when the 49s started coming back?"
"I did a little bit, because my Dad is a diehard Steelers fan,” said John Kassar of Edgewater, “He hates the Ravens so we had to go the 49s."
"So you were going for the 49s?"
"No. I was going for the Ravens. He was going for the 49s."
"So you got the last laugh?"
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