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'Die-hard' Ravens fans keep Harford stores busy on Monday

Bel Air Police report no incidents from post-victory celebrations

BY BRYNA ZUMER, bzumer@theaegis.com

5:40 PM EST, February 4, 2013

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Monday wasn't technically a national holiday, but it may as well have been in Harford County, and a lot of other places in the region, as plenty of local Baltimore Ravens fans ran out first thing in the morning to stock up on Super Bowl championship gear, with some taking a day off from work to do it.

And although there was plenty of celebrating during and after the game, local police from Bel Air, Aberdeen, Havre de Grace and the Sheriff's Office did not report any incidents or any drunk driving incidents, including in the downtown Bel Air bar district, where there was a heavy police presence throughout the evening Sunday.

People were lined up outside Poor Boys in Abingdon for official (and non-refundable) Ravens and Super Bowl gear when the store reopened at 8 a.m. on Monday, after closing at midnight after the big game, employee Taylor Flanary said.

Veronica Jones of Edgewood was one of those in the store by 8:30 a.m., "because I am a die-hard Ravens fan."

Jones was getting a Ravens hat, after she watched Super Bowl XLVII at home Sunday night.

"It was crazy. My grandson and another guy just ran around the neighborhood, yelling and screaming," she said about the Ravens win.

The store was staying busy with a steady stream of people, but Chris Moskis, whose wife runs the store, said the post-AFC Championship rush was busier because the day after was the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

He expected business to pick up later in the evening, when people got off work.

Jeff Brenchick, of Conowingo, said he thought the store would be busier when he came in that morning.

"I thought [the game] was really close and I got the day off," Brenchick said, explaining that made it his job to stop by Poor Boys to stock up on Ravens' shirts and hats.

Free furniture

Hundreds of area residents now also qualify to get a Ravens-related discount on their brand-new furniture.

Gardiners Furniture, which includes a store in Bel Air's Campus Hills, offered free furniture to anyone who bought items between Thursday and Sunday, if the Ravens returned their opening kick-off for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

When Jacoby Jones did, in fact, make that happen, "I was shocked," advertising manager Kasee Lehrl said. "It happened once ever, in 47 Super Bowls. We really weren't expecting it, but we insured [the furniture] in case."

She said 445 people throughout the Baltimore region now qualify to get their furniture refunded, for a total of $600,000, she said.

Lehrl said Monday afternoon that only a handful of people have stepped up to get their refund so far, and the store is asking for patience as it determines how the process should work.

Nevertheless, she said the store's Facebook page Sunday night had people saying, "I want my furniture."

Although the store has had a similar promotion in the past, it seemed more likely to become a reality this year, Lehrl said.

"About halfway through the season, I thought, 'If we ran this, this could happen this year,'" she said. "The stars kind of aligned this year and we were really pumped when Baltimore made it to the Super Bowl."

As for the man who made it possible, Jacoby Jones was in Bel Air on Sunday afternoon the week before the big game, signing autographs at the Dark Horse Saloon.

'Like Christmas'

Most Poor Boys employees said business has stayed very busy for them, right through the Ravens run to a world championship.

"It's been like Christmas since July," Melanie Copper and Taylor Flanary, who were running the cash registers, said.

About the morning after the Super Bowl, Copper added: "This is kind of what we expected."

Lori DiPaula, of Abingdon, said she took the day off to mark the Ravens' victory, although she did not have any real plans besides getting some items at Poor Boys.

Like some other people, she was looking forward to the official Ravens parade in Baltimore on Tuesday.

"I knew we were going to the Super Bowl," DiPaula said about her confidence during the season.

After the Ravens won the big one, "we were screaming. My voice is a little raw."

"It's a good feeling. I couldn't sleep. I was up 'till 4," DiPaula noted.

Shirts, hats and more

Most customers seemed focused on buying shirts and hats, although a few were more ambitious.

Lisa Atwell, of Kingsville, came out of Dick's Sporting Goods in Bel Air with $600 worth of pennants, flags and all kinds of Ravens-related merchandise.

"If they had had my sizes, I would have bought more," she added.

About the Ravens' win, Atwell said: "It was really emotional... For the third quarter, I went upstairs. I couldn't deal with the stress."

Atwell, who is a stay-at-home mom, said she was staying in touch with her children in college by text during the game.

"I wish it was cleaner, but if that's the way we had to win, I'm happy," she said.

"Even the kids were enjoying it, long-distance," she said. "All the naysayers for Joe Flacco can eat their words."

'Just incredible'

Monty Wells, of Bel Air, walked out of Dick's with a Super Bowl hat, among some other things.

"I wish I was there," he said of the game. "To watch it, it's just incredible."

Tom and Linda Liberto, also of Bel Air, were loaded down with pennants, scarves and various Ravens' goodies.

"It's fantastic," the couple said about the Super Bowl win and the state of Dick's after the game. "It look like they were wiped out."

The couple was at a big party for the Super Bowl and said the group they were with wore the same thing and sat in the same spots as for the championship, "to keep the mojo going."

Tom Liberto said he was "not surprised" the Ravens won, but "would have been very disappointed if we lost."

Linda Liberto added: "The lights out [during the game] kind of threw everyone off."

They had also taken the day off, as a number of others did.

Tom Liberto pointed out about the Super Bowl: "It only comes around so often."