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Ravens Return to the Super Bowl

Excited Maryland residents prepare for the big game

By Emily Shao | January 31 , 2013

Despite dealing with some cold winter weather and snow, people in Maryland are excited. The Balitmore Raves are in the Super Bowl!

The Ravens will meet the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII (47) on Sunday. The game will be played in the Superdome in New Orleans.

This is the first time the Ravens have been in the Super Bowl in 12 years. Baltimore played in Super Bowl XXXV (35) and defeated the New York Giants to win its first NFL championship.

Twelve years is a long time to wait for another trip to the biggest game of the season. And Ravens’ fans are making the most of it!

Jett C. is a sixth grader at Rosa Parks Middle School. He’s already got a new shirt and is bragging about the Ravens everywhere.  He has been watching the Super Bowl for 12 years, which means he watched it even before he could walk! He especially likes the fourth quarter of each game, and he is always fascinated by his Ravens heroes Ray Rice, Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and Torry Smith.

When asked to rate the Ravens on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the perfect score, Jett gave the team an 11!

Kids aren’t the only ones pumped up for the Super Bowl. Adults here are excited, too!

Dave Stewart is a scientist at a biotech company in the Baltimore area. He’s driving down to New Orleans to watch the game. “The Super Bowl is very exciting, the players are tremendous athletes,” Stewart says.

Stewart lives in Eldersburg, a small town just outside Baltimore. He has been watching the Super Bowl for 43 years! This time, he cannot wait to see his favorite player, Haloti Ngata, and the other Ravens crush the 49ers.

But it’s going to be a long, long 18-hour drive for him and a friend – and they don’t even have tickets yet! Still, he wants to be there, rooting for the Ravens in either the Superdome or from the “French Quarter” (downtown New Orleans) fan zone.

Another fan super excited for the Super Bowl is Gary Bulmash. He’s a professor at the University of Maryland who grew up in Baltimore. Like Stewart, Bulmash has watched the Super Bowl for dozens of years. His favorite player is Ray Rice.

“I like watching the Super Bowl because it is very exciting, and also very special,” he says. “It’s also supposed to be the two best teams this year.”

On Super Bowl Sunday, Bulmash will head to a friend’s house to cheer for Ray and other Ravens. He says that besides the shouting, screaming, and partying, he likes watching the commercials. Companies roll out big new ads during the Super Bowl for things like soda, cars, and snacks. They can be very clever, funny, and memorable, Bulmash says.

Local businesses are gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday, as well.

“We always expect a lot more customers on Super Bowl Sunday,” says Taylor Halle, from Coal Fire in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She says that people tend to buy more food, especially burgers and chicken wings (which taste really yummy). During the game, there will be a whole lot of screaming and clapping. By the time they close at 1 or 2 a.m., Taylor expects there will be a lot of clean-up to do.

The last time the Ravens played in the Super Bowl was the year 2001 – and the team came away as winners! Twelve years later, Marylanders are excited and ready to celebrate another big moment!

More Super Bowl XLVII coverage: Kid Reporter Anya Jensen reports from San Francisco about the city getting ready to watch the 49ers in the Super Bowl. And Kid Reporter Amiri Tulloch previews the Super Bowl XLVII matchup.

Who do you think will win Super Bowl XLVII? Let us know on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Blog!

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