Local Ravens fans charged up

January 29, 2001

Local Ravens fans charged up


Don Stotelmyer, Ravens Roost No. 7 Fan Club vice-president, said having his favorite team play in Super Bowl XXXV Sunday was a dream come true.

"I'm ecstatic. I feel like someone should pinch me," Stotelmyer said at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel on the Dual Highway.

Football fans throughout Washington County gathered to watch the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV victory, 34-7, over the New York Giants at bars and private parties Sunday.

At Replays Sports Bar at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, about 60 football fans came to watch the Super Bowl on a huge 6-foot-by-6-foot screen.


Every table was taken and most eyes were on the game, although a few people stopped to play cards. Sports fans took advantage of drink specials and helped themselves to a buffet of hot dogs, nachos and hamburgers.

Ravens fans Nancy and John Staley and the family watched the Super Bowl from a place of honor after receiving a winning raffle ticket when they entered Replays.

"We came here thinking we wouldn't even get a seat," said Nancy Staley.

From their VIP seats right in front of the television screen, they ate dinner and had a perfect view of the game.

"This is great. Our seats before were clear in the back," said Nancy Staley.

She said their whole family loves to watch football and having the Ravens in the Super Bowl was a bonus.

"We all like having a good time as a family," she said.

A few doors down in a private room at the hotel, the Ravens Roost No. 7 Fan Club gathered for what they called "the ultimate Super Bowl party."

Stotelmyer said about 15 to 20 local fan club members went down to Florida either with tickets or hoping to buy them there to watch the game in person.

About 70 people watched the game at the hotel.

The group showed its enthusiasm for its team by shouting and singing "Who Let the Dogs Out," during big plays. They also decorated the room with purple balloons and a fan-club banner.

A purple Ravens teddy bear was placed on top of one of the two 25-inch screen televisions.

Many of the Ravens Roost members showed their team pride by wearing purple shirts and one man carried around an inflatable Ravens helmet.

Dale Weaver of Clear Spring brought along a crockpot full of his special homemade chili because the Ravens win every time he makes it, he said.

"I had to bring it," he said.

Dressed in Ravens purple, Dale's wife, Linda Weaver, showed her team spirit by dying her hair purple and waving a pom-pon during the game.

Rhonda Burnett of Hagerstown donned a Ravens jersey with the name of her favorite player, middle linebacker Ray Lewis.

"I'm enjoying it but I'll enjoy it more when we win," she said early into the game. Lewis was named the game's Most Valuable Player.

At another Super Bowl gathering Sunday, about 20 firefighters from the Maugansville Fire Department watched the game on a 45-inch screen television donated by Spicher's appliance store in Hagerstown.

The firefighter's party was interrupted about a half hour before kickoff when they were called to a vehicle accident on Interstate 81.

The accident was minor and didn't diminish their enthusiasm for the game, said organizer Mike Weller.

Weller said the party was a way to thank the firefighters for their efforts in running their bingo operation.

"It doesn't matter what team was playing," said Weller. He said he hopes to make the Super Bowl party an annual event.

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