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Hagerstown area Ravens fans shocked by game's finish

January 22, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Bunky Guessford, left, and his wife, Charlene Guessford, react to Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco being sacked during the third quarter of the American Football Conference championship game with the New England Patriots Sunday at Always Ron's in Hagerstown. The Ravens lost, 23-20.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

The room was charged with energy through much of the game as Baltimore Ravens fans jumped to their feet and pumped their fists in the air during the nail-biting AFC championship game against the New England Patriots.

Then it came to an end when Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed a field goal, ending the team’s chances of keeping the game alive with a tie.

The Hub City Ravens Roost room in Always Ron’s Restaurant & Catering on Burhans Boulevard fell suddenly quiet as fans walked out the doors in disbelief.

“You want my post-game reaction? It’s OMG,” said Jess Horn of Hagerstown.

The Ravens’ chances of going to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis ended with a 23-20 loss to the Patriots, but local fans were clinging to whatever hope they could.

There’s always next year, some said.

But it was fun while it lasted.

Fans talked during the game about the excitement of being part of a new Ravens Roost club and how they are working to raise money for a new memorial to pay tribute to local veterans who were killed in the Korean War.

Brian Hadley, one of about 40 people gathered in a special room for the club in the back of Always Ron’s, said he did not know a lot of people in the group.

But Hadley said he was quickly feeling a bond with everyone.
“There’s so little to cheer about anymore. But this is something here,” Hadley said.

Horn was thinking about her mother, who died of breast cancer in October.

Horn’s mother was a Ravens fan and she wanted to make it to this season’s opening game against the Steelers.

Her family came through, getting her front-row seats behind the Ravens’ bench.

“She would have loved something like this,” said Horn, surveying the packed room.

Horn’s father, Ron Horn, was also in the room and talked about his wife’s day at the opening game.

Ron Horn, a retired deputy fire chief for Hagerstown, said he has season tickets to Ravens games and attends every home game. Horn said he has tailgate parties with a group of Ravens fans from Greencastle, Pa., and all of them were relishing the thought of winning it all this year.

“If we win tonight, we’re all going to Indianapolis,” Ron Horn said.

The Hub City Ravens Roost was formed in August and the group is waiting for approval from a governing council in Baltimore to give the local club its charter, said Michael Guessford, president of the local club.

To become a Ravens Roost club, an organization must choose a charity to support, Guessford said. Hub City Ravens Roost club members have chosen to raise money for a proposed Korean War veterans memorial that will pay tribute to about 31 local residents who were killed in the conflict, according to Guessford and other members.

About $70,000 is needed to completed the memorial, which will be constructed on North Potomac Street, club members said.

The design so far for the memorial is a center wall containing names of local veterans killed in the was, Jess Horn said. The design calls for two benches by the wall and an area for flags.

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