Spirits high in Harford County until hearts are broken by Ravens AFC title game loss to Patriots

There's no amount of consoling that can ease the pain of countless heartbroken Ravens fans in Harford County.

After a thrilling game against the New England Patriots Sunday, the dream of heading to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl is over.

Until the Lee Evans missed touchdown catastrophe, followed by the disaster that was Billy Cundiff's missed 32-yard field goal with 11 seconds left, Ravens fans who gathered at Main Street Tower in Bel Air to watch the AFC Championship game never lost hope.

As Ray Lewis appeared on the numerous flat screen TVs and projection screens in the back dining room and bar area in the Tower, the crowd of nearly 100 burst into cheers. The mood quickly changed when cameras turned to Tom Brady, Patriots quarterback, who was booed loudly.

Everyone was dressed for the occasion — Ravens jerseys, shirts and purple attire.

Each good play was met with applause and every play the Patriots made down the field had the crowd screaming, "Come on, defense!" and "Get 'em!"

Sheila Flowers-Kettell was there enjoying the game with her husband, Keith Kettell, and friend, Lynsie Wright.

Flower-Kettell said her husband made her a fan of the Ravens and the game, teaching her about football.

"She's a Ravens fanatic," Kettell joked. The two, like any good Ravens fan, said without an ounce of hesitation that their team would win the game. The Abingdon couple said they hoped the Ravens would play the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl — Harbaugh versus Harbaugh.

Three of Harford's well-known Bus Boys from Ravens Nest No. 1 in Bel Air, Matt "Fan Man" Andrews, John Dongarra, aka "Camo Man," and "Raven Rick" Dixon, as well as their families sat at a table in the middle of the room, the boys wearing the Joe Flacco-esque Fu Manchu mustaches.

They kept the crowd morale up during the entire game, leading cheers, making noise and mingling with everyone.

Fan Man's wife of 47 years, Linda Andrews, and Camo Man's better half, Cindy Dongarra, had the same predictions as everyone else there — a Ravens victory.

"They underestimate our defense," said Dongarra, who wore a purple wig with blinking lights.

A little into the second quarter, the Patriots scored their first touchdown and the mood of the room died down.

Jennifer Dempsey, of Bel Air, said she was feeling "depressed and disappointed," but wasn't losing hope, "not at all"

Dempsey, who attends all Ravens home games, said that if she could, she would have made the trip to Indiana for the Super Bowl.

'I just want to step into Indy stadium," she said.

The crowd's morale quickly picked back up as the Ravens got their first touchdown halfway through the second quarter.

People jumped up from their chairs, cheering and high-fiving.

Flowers-Kettell said she and Wright were sending out good vibes to their men.

The two looked like lifelong friends, laughing with each other and sharing a great afternoon. In reality, they had just met the week before.

"It's a place like this that encourages a [good] environment for the fans," Wright said. The Belcamp woman just happened to be at the Tower watching the Ravens-Texans game and struck up a friendship with her fellow football fans.

Beth Rooney, of Havre de Grace, also came with her friends to watch the game, along with her Tom Brady voodoo doll.

The dolls are a tradition for Rooney, who makes them for every game, always a key member of the opposing team.

"Brady" was made out of Patriots-themed fabric, wore a skirt, a noose around his neck and, of course, had several pins stuck into his soft, little body.

Unfortunately, her "voodoo" didn't work on the quarterback.

Despite the outcome, the crowd rallied for their team the entire time. Drumming on tables as each quarter began and chanting, "Let's go, Ravens!"

It may take some time for these wounds to heal, but, hey, there's always next year.

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