Fans mob Baltimore streets to celebrate Ravens win

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 4, 2013 at 2:03 am •  Published: February 4, 2013
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Fans at Pickles Pub, mere blocks from the Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium, cheered when Lewis was shown on television at the start of the game. And the cheers continued when the team scored the first touchdown. The Ravens never trailed.

Chrissy Ramirez, 22, a first-grade teacher, was one of the fans who emptied out onto South Charles Street in the Federal Hill neighborhood after the win. Ramirez, who was wearing the No. 5 jersey of Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco, Ravens earrings, and a hat shaped like a Raven head, said she was overwhelmed by the victory. She said she planned to "be ecstatic the rest of the week."

Ecstatic was the opposite of how fans felt in San Francisco's Mission Hill district, where fans stumbled dejectedly into the streets after their team's loss.

"Damn, that's all I have to say," said Niners fan David Mejia, 32.

As the game drew to an end, dozens of police officers and sheriff's deputies — in patrol cars and on foot, motorcycle, and horseback — fanned out on both sides of the country to watch for signs of trouble, but neither city reported any serious problems.

"Most of the crowds are dissipating," Baltimore Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (pronounced Goo-YELL-me) said shortly after midnight. Guglielmi said the crowds grew to several thousand before people slowly started to peel off and head home.

The streets in the Golden Gate city also were relatively calm Sunday night, unlike after the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory in late October, when a city bus was set ablaze, cars were overturned and bonfires erupted in trash containers and on the streets. About three dozen people were arrested following that victory.

"Citywide, everything seemed to be pretty good" Sunday night, Officer Carlos Manfredi said. "We did have a couple of flare-ups in the Mission District, but otherwise everyone seemed to be behaving themselves."

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Associated Press writer John S. Marshall in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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