That was an insane Super Bowl. My Ravens were on fire for the first half, but the Superdome power outage and subsequent delay of game killed some of their momentum. The 49ers struck back hard, but the Ravens played for their lives and edged them out for a dramatic victory. I did a lot of standing and cheering in the living room.
My favorite rivalry took place between Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library and the San Francisco Public Library. The Pratt Library describes the bet:
If the Ravens win on Sunday, San Francisco Public Library City Librarian Luis Herrera will have to recite Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” in the atrium of the SFPL Main Library wearing a Ravens jersey.
If the 49ers win, Pratt Library CEO Carla Hayden will have to recite George Sterling’s “The Cool, Grey City of Love” in the Central Library Main Hall wearing a 49ers jersey.
Whoever loses will also have to video their director reciting the poem and post on YouTube.
I can’t wait for that video.
Ahem @sfpubliclibrary. Here’s a link to buy a Ravens jersey ow.ly/1RSm7O
— Pratt Library (@prattlibrary) February 4, 2013
After the Ravens win, the celebratory videos flooded in and made me feel a little homesick for Baltimore. The streets of Fells Point, Federal Hill, and Hampden were flooded with cheering fans. I can only imagine how exciting that must have been.
In less than two weeks, I’ll be in San Francisco for Dev Bootcamp. I’ll have to pack my Ravens hoodie.