@readjack "We love being underdogs!" Frothy Ed Reed shouted at me. And then, when I told him his new name, "That should be my nickname!"
7:06: Colin Kaepernick is picked off by Baltimore’s Ed Reed.
@readjack EDDDDDDDD REEEEEEEEEEEEED!!!! Holy god, Ravens fans love Ed Reed.
@readjack "Yea Reed! Yeeaaaa Reeeed!! This is GAME TIME." One guess.
@RyanSmithWriter You know things are bad when the Niners fans are cheering loudly for an incomplete pass
3:13: The Niners stuff a Ravens fake FG.
@readjack Stupid fake field goal. "That was ill-advised!" Frothy Ed Reed tells me. "Write that too." #redeyesb
@RyanSmithWriter This San Francisco fan is giving the Ravens some birds of his own. #redeyesb
(Editor’s note: Your imagination should tell you what the picture would be here …)
1:45: Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones hauls in a 56-yard TD pass.
@readjack Holy bejezus! Jacoby Jones has the magic!
@RyanSmithWriter Let's just say most of the things yelled by Niners fans just now at Cheesies is unprintable by a family Twitter account.
@readjack "De-fence" chant in full effect. #Ravens fans out for blood. Preferably Kaepernick's.
SCORE: Baltimore 21, San Francisco 6
10:36: First blood is drawn! Anquan Boldin hauls in a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to put the Ravens ahead.
@readjack Fantastic drive by Baltimore, and @fizzchicago erupts with the Boldin TD. #redeyesb pic.twitter.com/GWKIFmBQ
@ryansmithwriter This 49ers fan isn't taking the Raven's first score very well to say the least.
@RyanSmithWriter This is a first, Niners fans chanted “We WANT commercials!” until they turned the house music off @CheesiesChicago.
@readjack “De-fence! De-fence!” And then, after the Kaepernick run, “Hurt him!” #redeyesb
@RyanSmithWriter Niners fans Brian Burke calls this outfit the “49ers tweed special.” It's special alright
@readjack That Vernon Davis catch just made a girl groan like she'd gotten slammed in the ribs with a tennis racket. #redeyesb
@readjack Triple bear hug on that sack between Frothy Ed Reed, calm Ray Lewis, and Siragusa-esque Ray Rice. 7-3 #Ravens, 1st quarter.
3:58: David Akers kicks a 36-yard field goal
@RyanSmithWriter Lots of groans with that near TD but fans still excited about the Akers FG. Brandon points at his David Akers T-shirtSan Francisco treated
For one day at least, one small corner of the Windy City feels like the Fog City. San Francisco 49ers fans—many of them native Californians now in Chicago—packed into Cheesie’s Pub & Grub on Belmont Avenue to cheer on their favorite team in the Super Bowl.
They're certainly easy to spot—roughly 150 people packed into this official 49ers bar, most of them decked in bright crimson red jerseys, 49ers T-shirts, or even their own homemade gear. A couple dozen showed up more than five hours early to secure a good table. Keith Valley, 27, of Logan Square managed to rope several of his friends into showing up at Cheesie’s at 11:30 a.m. in anticipation of the big game. It's quite a sacrifice, especially considering Valley's laundry situation. He hasn't washed his Joe Montana jersey, Niners T-shirt or red socks for more than two months of game days.
"It's worth it," said Valley, who pointed to the ceiling, which was covered in stains from the champagne spray from the 49ers victory in the NFC championship game. "Go Niners."
The book on Baltimore
At 5:01 p.m. Sunday, it was a boisterous, full house at Fizz, a Ravens bar as of this season, courtesy of Ravens friends Dieter and Matt. The pair hosted a Ravens party at Corcoran's in 2011 and packed it for the playoffs but decided to look for a new venue when Corcoran's asked them to guarantee 20-25 people.
At the same time, Fizz (already a Saints bar) was looking for an AFC team. They researched the foreign embassy NFL sports bars in Chicago and realized the Ravens were without a Chicago road-home. Dan from Fizz found Matt at his Ravens group at chicagomeetup.com, and the rest was history.
Dieter said they have a loyal following from Corcoran's, and they've expanded for the playoffs: 35 fans for the Colts game, 60 for the Broncos, 100 for the AFC championship against the Patriots. They were at least 70 on Sunday, per Dieter's estimation.
No matter the number, both Dieter and Matt are thrilled with the spirited gathering. "I always said, 'All we have to do is make the Super Bowl and everyone will show up,' " Dieter said. "And look, we're in the Super Bowl and everyone's showing up."
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