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January 31, 2013

Superbowl splits Viking
views, fans favor Ravens

People have mostly forgotten about Modell

By Daniel Herda

As Cleveland State University students prep themselves for final exams, there is uOn Sunday, Feb. 3, millions of people will tune in to watch the Baltimore Ravens battle the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

The Ravens’ connection to Cleveland has sparked special interest among football fans in the region. On Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Cleveland State Student Center, two opposing fans were engaged in an intense debate on which of the two teams would win Super Bowl XLVII.

“I’m a Clevelander, and I do not want to see a Baltimore victory,” Paul Martin said.

Martin, 20, is a junior at Cleveland State double-majoring in Criminology and Sociology, and has strong feelings about the old Cleveland Browns transforming into the Baltimore Ravens. Martin said disliking the Ravens is a family tradition for him.

“I was born in 92, so I don’t remember the team moving, but my grandpa hates them, my father hates them, and my uncle hates them, so I hate them too,” Martin said.

Martin still holds a grudge against the late Art Modell for moving the Browns to Baltimore, but gives credit where credit is due to the team he hates so much.

“I expect it to be a close game because Baltimore is tough, but they are the underdogs against San Francisco,” Martin said.

Martin’s friend Jake Titus offered a different perspective on the winner of the big game.

“I’m going for Baltimore all the way,” Titus said.

Titus, 21, is a junior at Cleveland State studying Environmental Policies and Urban Affairs. Titus was listening to Martin’s responses, shaking his head in disagreement and eager to speak his opinion to defend the Ravens.

“Baltimore has a solid defense and with Ray Lewis’s last year, he’s going for the win,” Titus said.

Titus mentioned that he did not care one way or the other about the Browns becoming the Ravens and had not thought about it until the question was asked. His mind was focused on the AFC North, which is the division that the Browns are in.

“Moving the Browns long ago does not make a difference, there is a team from our division in the Super Bowl, and we should be happy about that,” Titus said.

Titus also feels that it will be a close game, still favoring the Ravens to win.

“Both teams have a lot of talent, but I like the underdog, nobody expected Baltimore to beat Denver, or Indianapolis, and they did,” Titus said.

The San Francisco 49ers (13-4-1) are familiar with this territory, having a Super Bowl record of 5-0 and winning their last championship in 1995 when they beat the San Diego Chargers in a smooth victory of 49-26.

The Baltimore Ravens (13-6) have had a tougher road this season and weren’t expected to get through the first round of the playoffs, losing 4 out of 5 of their last regular season games. The Ravens had their only Super Bowl appearance in 2001 when they demolished the New York Giants in a whopping score of 34-7.

Martin and Titus are not the only football fans that have strong feelings about Super Bowl XLVII.

Dave Soltesz, 27, was wearing his Cleveland Browns winter hat and full of excitement as he explained his opinions on the big game.

“Well, the Browns aren’t in it, so I don’t have anyone to root for!” Soltesz said.

Soltesz is a Communication major at Cleveland State and a die-hard Browns fan, having no favorite team in the Super Bowl, hoping one day the Browns would get there.

“For me, it’s about the game, I want it to be a close interesting fight, I don’t want to be bored when the half-time show starts,” Soltesz said.

When asked about the Browns being moved, Solstez had no negative feelings about Art Modell’s choice to leave Cleveland and move the team to Baltimore.

“Modell had to do what he had to do, its in the past now,” Solstez said.
Solstez feels it will be a close final score and is eager to see the Harbaugh brothers face off.

This is the first time in Super Bowl history where the two opposing coaches are brothers, with John Harbaugh coaching the Ravens and younger brother Jim Harbaugh coaching the 49ers.

The impact of the family rivalry has generated a Super Bowl subtitle that many fans are now calling the ‘Harbowl.’

“One way or another, it will be a football game to remember,” Solstez said.

The San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens have never lost a Super Bowl appearance, but on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, one of them will break that record.
The game will start at 6:30 p.m.