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Monday
Feb042013

Ravens Defeat 49ers in Historic, Unusual Super Bowl

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The Baltimore Ravens emerged Super Bowl champions on Sunday after one of the strangest and most incredible Super Bowl games in recent memory.

It's the second championship for the Ravens, who pulled out a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers at the Superdome in New Orleans.

The Super Bowl is the biggest spectacle in American sports, and each year becomes the most watched television event in history.  This year, Jennifer Hudson kicked things off with a touching performance of "America the Beautiful" with a choir of students from Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Alicia Keys accompanied herself on the piano for a long, jazzy rendition of the national anthem, before the coin toss, which resulted in San Francisco receiving to start the first half.

Although the game looked at one point like it was going to be a complete blow-out, with the Ravens leading 28-6 at the beginning of the third quarter, the 49ers got some unusual help that turned the showdown into a much more exciting battle.

About a third of the way into the third quarter, right after a record-tying Ravens rushing touchdown, the power went out at the Superdome, knocking the lights and air conditioning out in the indoor stadium.  The crowd of more than 71,000, along with a lot of antsy players, coaches and staff, waited for 34 minutes for the power to fully come back on and the game to resume.

In a statement, the NFL said authorities were "investigating the cause of the power outage," and law enforcement sources told ABC News it was just an issue with the building.

That didn't stop many people on Twitter from jokingly blaming Beyonce, the halftime performer who reunited shortly with her former band Destiny's Child, for shutting down the power.  After her performance, even her husband Jay-Z got in on it, tweeting "Lights out!!! Any questions??"

The 49ers quickly followed the long delay with a touchdown, getting themselves right back into the game.  Then just a few minutes later, they found themselves in the end zone again, and it appeared the power outage had flipped the momentum towards the 49ers.

With a score of 31-29 and more than 7 minutes left in the game, San Francisco looked poised to make the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, but the team, trying for its sixth title, wasn't able to overcome the Ravens lead.

Baltimore was able to run out the clock, and the game ended with a final score of 34-31.  Purple and gold confetti fell as the Ravens rushed onto the field and celebrated -- with some colorful language from quarterback Joe Flacco audible on the live broadcast, who was caught saying "f***ing awesome" on CBS' cameras.

The game was already historic thanks to the match-up of John and Jim Harbaugh, the first head coach brothers to ever face each other on football's biggest stage.  It was also the final game for the future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis, who is, as of the conclusion of the game, retired from football.

This is the fifth season in a row that the Ravens have made it to the playoffs, led by Coach John Harbaugh, and SB XLVII MVP quarterback Joe Flacco.  It's the team's first Lombardi trophy since 2000.  Their victory Sunday night made them the only team left in the NFL to have never lost a Super Bowl in multiple appearances.

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Monday
Sep102012

Lawmaker Admits Fumble, NFL Players Do Have Free Speech

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- After a testy exchange of scathing letters, Maryland state Delegate Emmett C. Burns has changed his mind and conceded that professional football players have First Amendment rights to freedom of speech.

Last week Burns wrote to Baltimore Ravens owner Steven Biscoitti, saying he found it “inconceivable” that Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo was speaking out in support of same-sex marriage. The state delegate, who represents part of Baltimore, demanded that Biscoitti “inhibit such expressions from your employee and that he be ordered to cease and desist from such injurious actions.”

But after Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe printed a biting, insult-laced open letter berating Burns for trying to strip Ayanbadejo of his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech, Burns backtracked on Sunday.

“Upon reflection, he has his First Amendment rights,” Burns told the Baltimore Sun in a telephone interview. “And I have my First Amendment rights. … Each of us has the right to speak our opinions. The football player and I have a right to speak our minds.”

Burns told the Sun that despite the controversy, he was still a Ravens fan. In his letter to the team’s owner on Aug. 29 Burns charged that Ayanbadejo, who recently raffled off Ravens tickets to support a pro-gay marriage group, was “dividing the fan base” and should not bring politics into a sport that “is strictly for for pride, entertainment and excitement.”

Ayanbadejo responded to Burns' letter on Twitter, saying, “You know something is wrong when a politician is telling you to keep quiet. So much for freedom of speech, Mr Burns.”

Kluwe had quite a few more choice words for the Maryland delegate.

“How does gay marriage, in any way shape or form, affect your life?” Kluwe wrote in the letter posted to Deadspin.com on Friday. “They won’t come into your house and steal your children. They won’t magically turn you into a lustful c**kmonster. They won’t even overthrow the government in an orgy of hedonistic debauchery because all of a sudden they have the same legal rights as the other 90 percent of our population.”

You can read the full letter on Deadspin.com or the edited version on Kluwe’s blog.

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