GL Shacks exploded with cheers and "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes blasted from the speakers of the Frederick Road bar in Catonsville as the Baltimore Ravens clinched a Super Bowl win Sunday night.
"Unbelievable. It's ridiculous. Mind-blowing. With Ray Lewis' last game and last year, it's just ridiculous," said Arbutus resident Mark Reilly after the win.
"I don't know, it's crazy," he said.
Every seat around the bar was taken and "Flacco" and "R. Lewis" could been seen on the backs of many patrons. Only one red Washington Capitals and one pink Ravens jersey broke up the sea of purple and black inside.
Michelle Sarsitis, an Ellicott City resident who grew up in Catonsville, sported a Ladarius Webb jersey and purple beads during the game. She shared the same sentiments as Reilly.
"There are no words," Sarsitis said.
"It's been an amazing ride with lots of ups and downs. But at the end of the day, it's all about teamwork. And we had more of it. The Ravens had more of it," Sarsitis said.
The conclusion took the sting from a second half in which a power outage of more than 30 minutes at the Superdome and a power resurgence by the San Francisco 49ers had brought the NFC champions had come to within less than a touchdown.
As the Ravens took charge during the first half of the Super Bowl and took a 21-6 lead over the San Francisco 49ers, the streets around Catonsville were quiet.
There were few cars and no pedestrians on Frederick Road, Catonsville's Main Street.
At Ship's Cafe on Frederick Road, about 20 people were enjoying the game and food under purple Christmas lights and a large banner that read "You're in Ravens Country" above the bar.
Jim Andrews and his wife, Sharon, provided a tailgater's spread of hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni and cheese and more to share with their "regulars" as Jim Andrews calls them.
"These are our regulars who come in here every week," Jim Andrews said.
"It's our friends and family that are in here," he said. "Everybody's been looking forward to this."
The halftime lead pleased the Catonsville businessman, but hre remained cautious.
"We feel awesome but still you've got another half of this football game," he said. "We've got to be vigilant and be right on them."
Donald Lehr was at Ship's for the game, wearing a red sweater and a red jacket event though he is a Ravens fan.
Lehr said Jim and Sharon Andrews won't let him wear any purple Ravens gear in their establishment during game time.
According to the Andrews, every time he wears Ravens gear, they lose.
"They won't let me wear Ravens stuff so they'll say I'll jinx them," Lehr said.