It's been a heck of a year for football fans in Harford County.
Fans were treated the excitement of what has become one of the great rivalries in professional sports as the Ravens and Steelers split the pair of games they played in the regular season. The home team then went on to redeem itself in the post season following a heartbreaking final playoff game in 2011.
And, oh yeah, there was the Super Bowl. For those keeping track, it's the second big game victory for the Ravens and the third for a Baltimore team. Fans will recall the Baltimore Colts won Super Bowl V in 1971 and the Ravens also took Super Bowl XXXV in 2001.
As is the case every year, the Super Bowl proved to be a welcome diversion and a pleasant topic of conversation. This season, it came with the added bonus in Harford County and throughout the region, of being a good reason to wear purple, not generally a fashion first choice for most people.
It was a lot of fun and there's every reason to believe fan support played at least a small role in giving the team a little bit of extra get-up-and-go. The team's leadership was enthusiastic in its expression of gratitude as the Lombardi Trophy was presented, giving a shout out to the fan base in Maryland that has been unwavering in its support for the team as a whole and its individual players. Tuesday's parade in Baltimore that ended at a packed M&T Bank Stadium was a shout out of epic proportion from the fans.
By the end of the week, the work-a-day routine will be back in place and what amounts to a hyper-extended holiday season will become a warm, purple memory.
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