At Glory Days Grille in Pasadena, the crowd erupted in cheers and chants as the Ravens kicked off with four seconds remaining in Super Bowl XLVII and the clock wound down to give Baltimore its second NFL championship.
"I told him, I was worried when it was 28-13," said Ginger Szydlowski, motioning to her partner at the bar.
Al Szydlowski laughed. "I was never worried," he said.
That may have been a slight exaggeration. Throughout the evening, the bar and restaurant went from jubilant to solemn, to people on the edge of their seats to leaping out of their chairs.
"Brings it home! Bring it home," shouted Walter Foggie, decked out in his Ray Lewis jersey and gold beads, as Lewis lifted the Lombardi trophy. "He's a great motivator."
Foggie, an employee of the Department of Defense, admitted to growing up a Dallas Cowboys fan, but said he's been in the greater Baltimore area for a few years now, and as he watched the game with fiance Jenny Law, he said, "how can you not get sucked into the excitement of Ravens town? I love football, and tonight we saw some great football."
That football came with some tense moments for a bar filled with Ravens fans and friends, some old, some new.
David Frazer and Susan Dehart often come to Glory Days together to watch the game, but they didn't know they would end up sharing a booth with similar die-hard fans.
When Frazer saw a young couple, Robyn Brown and Ryan Barazotto, come in to the crowded restaurant, he said, "'Let's invite them to join us?' and (Susan) said sure."
"It's always great to watch the game with other people," said Dehart.
By halftime both couples — with Frazer and Barazotto each wearing Ray Rice jerseys — were sharing a table and comparing notes.
"They're doing great," said Brown of the Ravens.
"We knew they would," said Dehart. "How dare the (commentators) doubt us?"
A few booths away, former high school friends Erika Bowman and Sarah Bassett, both 23, had come at 4:30 p.m. a full two hours before the game started — to get prime seats overlooking the bar.
"We knew it would be loud, we knew there would be lots of people, we knew it would be fun," said Bassett.
Both were young —"really young," said Bowman — when the Ravens won their first Super Bowl in 2001.
"I remember watching (the 2001 Super Bowl) in the basement with my mom and dad," said Bassett. "Actually, I don't remember the game much, I remember celebrating."
Now they, a dozens of new, close friends, can recall a communal celebration — with some anxious moments.
Brian Clark, one of several managers on duty, said he's been at the store for 10 years, and said the Ravens' run — couple with the Orioles' playoff appearance last fall, has made for great times, and great business.
"There's a lot of optimism out there with Baltimore sports," he said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun