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Ulman locked out of Superdome during memorable Super Bowl for county officials

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One Howard County Government official was locked out of the Superdome Sunday, another became the subject of a photo on news websites across the country and a third followed a superstitious ride to the Ravens' Super Bowl victory.

County Executive Ken Ulman picked the wrong time to go outside and call his wife, Jaki, during Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Standing with his back to the Superdome, his wife asked him if he knew the power had just gone out.

“I turned around, the building was dark and they locked the doors,” Ulman said. “It was bizarre.”

Ulman said the stadium went into “lock down mode,” and he was forced to wait outside until power was restored and he was let back into the stadium.

But he was fine with that.

“If there’s no power, I’d rather be outside than inside,” he said.

Ulman attended his first Super Bowl with his brother, Doug, and father, Lou, and witnessed what he said was an “end of an era,” with Ray Lewis winning a championship in his last game.

“There couldn’t be a better way to end it,” Ulman said. “Now we turn the page and it’s time for other guys to step up.”

Ulman was spotted on Channel 11 dancing in the streets after the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31.

Howard County Council member Greg Fox might be found in newspapers across the country today.

While taking photos of the Super Bowl logo floating along the Mississippi River, Fox was photographed by an Associated Press photographer.

The photo can be found by searching 'Greg Fox Baltimore' online.

Fox traveled to the game with his son, Dylan, and said the ending was as much a relief as a celebration.

“When the game finally ended, it was a sigh of relief and utter craziness from Ravens fans,” he said.

Fox said he ran into numerous county residents in New Orleans, but before that he ran into Ulman in the security line at BWI airport.

In his 10th trip to New Orleans, Fox said the hosts were “absolutely phenomenal.”

“Other than the power outage, they were flawless,” he said.

Howard County Council member Calvin Ball stayed true to his playoff superstitions Sunday, watching the Ravens from the same seat in his home, surrounded by the same people while wearing the same jersey.

“It was an overwhelmingly special thing,” Ball said of watching the Ravens win.

Along with family and friends, Ball has watched the Ravens travel through the playoffs by being sure to replicate exactly what he had done the week before.

In what Ball described as an “emotional roller-coaster,” the first half of the game brought energy and excitement before the second half delivered drama.

“It was almost like a vacuum had sucked all of the energy out of the room,” Ball said of the 49ers' comeback.

But when the 49ers' Ted Ginn Jr. was tackled to end the game, Ball said the fans in his home “erupted with a black and purple roar,” leaping from their seats, hugging and high-fiving the closest person.

“The energy in the room was unfathomable,” he said.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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