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Howard council members split on Super Bowl plans

While one member of the Howard County Council will be traveling to New Orleans this weekend to attend Sunday's Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, another doesn't even plan to watch.

County Council member Greg Fox and his son will be leaving BWI-Marshall Airport Friday, flying to New Orleans for what Fox says will probably be his "first and only" Super Bowl trip.

Fox said they plan to stay with a wife's friend and family for the weekend before heading back Sunday night. They'll be joined by two of Fox's longtime friends, who will be needed early Monday morning.

After the game, the group plans to drive five hours from New Orleans to Brimingham, Ala., where they will catch a flight that arrives at BWI by 9:30 Monday morning, Fox said.

Fox predicts he'll be returning to Baltimore in a good mood, because he thinks the Ravens will win by seven points.

Fox isn't the only Howard County official traveling to New Orleans.

County Executive Ken Ulman has tickets and will be flying to the game with his brother and father for his first Super Bowl. Ulman has predicted a Ravens win 27-14.

While Fox and Ulman are enjoying the game at the Superdome, council member Mary Kay Sigaty says she will probably be reading a book.

Sigaty said she is just "not a football fan" and even when she attends a Super Bowl party, she can be found sitting away from the TV talking with others who also don't want to watch the game.

Council chair Jen Terrasa said she will be watching the game with family and friends while rooting for a Ravens win.

Council member Calvin Ball seems to be the most superstitious of the County Council.

Since the Ravens first playoff game against the Colts three weeks ago, Ball said he and a group of family and friends have gathered to watch the game at his house.

They wear the same jersey, without washing it the week before.

They sit in the same spot.

And they've even taken a celebratory photo afterward, striking the same pose.

Although Ball wants to maintain the same ritual to help ensure that the Ravens are successful, he said he would not turn away newcomers on Sunday. They just better not jinx the team.

Ball is predicting a 10-point win for the Ravens.

Council member Courtney Watson will also be watching the game at home with family, including her daughter, who is driving home from college in Delaware to watch the game.

Watson said everyone will be donning purple and her husband will be making Old Bay wings and other "special food" that will ensure a Ravens victory.

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