Baltimore wins the “Send-off Rally” Bowl

Street Talk Baltimore wins the “Send-off Rally” Bowl

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On Monday morning, thousands of Ravens fans gathered at the Inner Harbor for a rally to send the team off to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans in style.

It was, in a word…awesome.

Despite the cold, rainy weather, the crowd was huge and excited.

Video boards showed highlights of the Ravens’ playoff wins over Indianapolis, Denver, and New England.

The Ravens broadcast team, including Gerry Sandusky, Qadry Ismail, and Stan White, then worked the crowd into a frenzy.

Ravens cheerleaders performed.

The loudspeakers were, of course, blaring “Seven Nation Army,” among other tunes.

And, after a bit of a wait due to traffic, the team buses rolled up, and the players and coaches made their way down the walkway (through the glowing Ravens eyes) and onto the stage, where they looked as excited to see the fans as the fans were to see them.

c/o Will Cocks

The flame throwers from the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium were going off.

Ray Lewis and John Harbaugh spoke to the crowd.

Ed Reed led a huddle that included not only the players, but everyone in attendance putting hands on each other’s shoulders and cheering “Baltimore!”

Then, among fireworks and confetti raining down, the crowd cheered as the team piled back on the buses, to hopefully bring a Lombardi Trophy back to Charm City.

c/o Terrell Suggs

We’ll have a video that we took at the rally up shortly (UPDATE – video below), but I just wanted to share a bit of my experience, along with a story that I caught which proves that Baltimore is already beating the crap out of San Francisco this week.

Via ABC7 in San Francisco:

The 49ers left their headquarters to a cheerful and optimistic send-off. We now have to wait a week to see if all that optimism pays off.

Dozens of excited fans waited outside the team’s training camp in Santa Clara to see their team off to the Super Bowl.

Wow, San Fran…DOZENS of fans, huh?

Baltimore has the best fans in sports, and it’s not close.

c/o Sarah Langer

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Derek Arnold

About Derek Arnold

RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek tells anybody who asks that he has the best job in the world.
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