Baltimore was in parade-planning mode Monday, a day after the Ravens' Super Bowl victory, and some fans citywide were still wearing purple to celebrate.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the city's parade for the team will begin at City Hall this morning and end with a free celebration at M&T Bank Stadium.
Parade details were still being finalized Monday afternoon, but organizers expected it to begin with a short ceremony at City Hall complete with purple and white confetti. Team members were then expected to be carried through the streets in more than 30 vehicles, with a police and fire honor guard leading the way along with the team's band.
John Ziemann, president of the team's all-volunteer Baltimore's Marching Ravens, said his 250-person band will be in full dress uniform playing the team's fight song, which he helped write. They'll also play The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," the tune of which has become a Ravens anthem.
Fans, meanwhile, were in good spirits Monday and still celebrating the team's victory, the Ravens second Super Bowl win. At Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Jen Gaskill, 41, of Baltimore, was waiting for her luggage with a large sign reading "52 Shades of Ray" after flying back from the Super Bowl.
NFL had contingency plans to get game in
NFL officials were sure they'd get the Super Bowl finished on Sunday night.
And if they couldn't, the league championship still would not have ended where it temporarily stopped, with less than two minutes gone in the third quarter. The Lombardi Trophy goes to the winner after 60 minutes, not 32.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday the Superdome had a backup power system which was about to be used during the Super Bowl's electrical outage. It wasn't needed because power started coming back at that time, he said.
League officials said that, because of the backup system, the game wasn't in danger of being postponed.
"That was not a consideration last night," NFL vice president of business operations Eric Grubman said at a news conference Monday. "That is not what was at play."
Goodell was sitting with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the game. The Meadowlands will host next year's Super Bowl.
"We already had the conversation," Goodell said about avoiding a repeat of the blackout. "This is clearly something that can be fixed, and it's clearly something that we can prepare for. And we will."
Fans bet record $98.9M in Nevada
Sports fans bet a record $98.9 million at Nevada casinos on the Super Bowl.
The Gaming Control Board says unaudited tallies show 183 sports books made $7.2 million on the action. San Francisco started out as a five-point favorite but Baltimore won 34-31.
Oddsmakers say California fans drove the unprecedented handle, flooding Las Vegas and northern Nevada with wagers on the hometown team. The 49ers hadn't been in a Super Bowl since 1995.
The previous Nevada record was set in 2006, when gamblers wagered $94.5 million.
Casinos say they lost big on proposition bets, including a long-shot on whether there would be a safety.