By Jon Meoli, email@example.com
1:09 AM EST, February 4, 2013
Only the sound of celebratory car horns cancelled out the singing and chanting of Towson's Ravens fans Sunday night just moments after the team sealed a 34-31 win over San Francisco to earn the franchise's second Super Bowl title.
"We waited 12 years for this," Taylor Lutz, a Towson University student from Carroll County, said. After watching the game with her sorority sisters, Lutz arrived in downtown Towson wearing a pair of Ravens pajamas after the game ended.
"This is going to be better than my marriage," she said. "I would rather have a Super Bowl (win) than get engaged."
"It's going to be absolutely insane," Danielle Ford, a Towson student from Montgomery County, said. "People are going to go crazy."
The game featured its share of tense moments that tempered the glee from the first half, but in the end, fireworks were shot off in downtown Towson and fans were treated to a Super Bowl celebration of a lifetime.
"I was a little worried at the end, but they pulled through," Tyler Lederer, 20 of Mt. Airy, said.
Earlier in the evening at halftime, Towson Ravens fans enjoyed watching on TV every second of what was a dream first half of Sunday's Super Bowl, all the while sensing a big Ravens win was within reach.
"A lot of people were doubting us, but we're doing well so far," Baltimore City resident Orlando Walker, 29, said from the Rec Room as the game went to halftime. "I just feel like we're on a high right now — and there's no stopping us."
That sentiment seemed to permeate the Rec Room and Souris' Saloon in Towson during the first half. In the games opening drives, Ravens fans' bravado was quieted whenever San Francisco's dynamic quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, had the ball in his hands.
But with each Ravens possession, 49ers turnover, and big Ravens touchdown, the crowds grew more boisterous.
In the corner of the Rec Room, a pair of tykes periodically stole the crowd's attention with their Ravens cheers.
Toni Newman, 37, of Parkville, brought her daughters, 8-year-old Tori Newman and 2-year-old Dameira Cannady out for Z104.3's all-ages Super Bowl party. The two girls were a hit with some of women sitting at the bar looking for a distraction from the game.
"I can never take them ... so when I saw it was all ages, I said, 'Oh, we're going,' " Toni Newman said. "They're having a great time."
"We were going to watch it at home and order Caesars Pizza, but instead we came here," Tori said.
Towson University graduate Carly Grabatow, 22, of White Marsh, said she remembers the Ravens' first Super Bowl a dozen years ago, but said this was shaping up as a much better game.
That was never more apparent than when wide receiver Jacoby Jones caught a deep ball from Joe Flacco, got to his feet and scampered in for a touchdown to make it 21-3 late in the first half.
"That's why," Grabatow yelled as she and Towson student Sam Delaney, 21, celebrated the score.
Delaney and Grabatow said they'd been to a few bars in Towson and would continue on to Charles Village Pub after halftime.
The quest to find the best place to watch the game started much earlier in the day for some.
Patrons at a handful of Towson bars wanted to make sure they got front row seats to watch the Super Bowl — even if it meant planting themselves at those seats hours before kickoff.
Allison Obinger, 25 of Parkville, and Mary Everett, 26 of Parkville, arrived at the Rec Room in Towson at 1:45 p.m. to secure seats for the big game.
"We went out to a bar last week and got terrible seats, so we had to make sure to get good seats today," Obinger said.
As the staff of the Rec Room milled about and a crew from the radio station Z104.3 set up for its Super Bowl party at the bar, Obinger and Everett tended to some details of showing their Ravens spirit.
"We painted our nails at the bar," Everett said as she showed off her glimmering purple and gold fingertips.
"I'm sure (the radio crew) enjoyed that thoroughly," Obinger said.
The pair said they hadn't watched a game at the Rec Room before, but after what Obinger called some "pretty crushing losses" while watching games at Hightopps in Timonium, they have gone to new bars each week which has proved a good move as the team started winning, they said.
The Rec Room was one of many Towson bars bracing for a big crowd. Every table at Souris' Saloon was booked by late afternoon while crowds also grew before the game at the Greene Turtle on York Road.
Down the street at Charles Village Pub, many of the seats were filled hours before game time with excited fans who came from all over the area for the game.
One group of Charles Village Pub regulars returned to the bar for the fourth straight playoff game Sunday afternoon, even requesting the same waiter so as to keep the good karma going for the team.
Only one thing had changed Sunday, Feb. 3. Jim Stahl, 53, and his 18-year-old daughter Sadie boasted a new pair of matching Ravens tattoos.
The Cockeysville residents got a real head start on celebrating Sunday, a tradition Jim Stahl's sister-in-law Barbara Webber called "so much fun."
Meghan Clarke, 21, of Pasadena, brought a pair of friends to Charles Village Pub on Sunday, which also was the eve of the first day of classes of the new semester at the University of Delaware.
"We had to come back," Clarke said.
Though Clarke and her senior classmates, Taylor Gubitosi and Camille Trasatti, both 21, begin their final semester in college Monday, whether they make it back to Delaware for the morning is still undecided.
"We're going to try," Gubitosi said. "We're not really thinking about that right now."