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J. Smith, Rice leave with injuries in win over Cowboys

Posted on 16 August 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens appeared to avoid a couple bullets in Saturday’s 37-30 win over the Dallas Cowboys after two key starters left the game with injuries in the first half.

Top cornerback Jimmy Smith created plenty of concern as he slammed his back hard on the turf while covering Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant on the opening drive of the game, but X-rays were negative for what’s being described as a bruised chest. The fourth-year defensive back watched the remainder of the game in street clothes after he was seen spitting up blood as he was helped to the sideline.

“Jimmy had kind of a chest contusion,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “He landed on his back and got a bruise in there, so he should be fine.”

Despite what sounds like a minor injury, The Sun reported Smith was still coughing up blood in the locker room and couldn’t recall anything after the first series of the game.

Running back Ray Rice also left the game with an injured shoulder, but X-rays were negative as Rice told the Ravens’ broadcast team he was fine when he was initially taken into the locker room. He finished the game with 21 yards on two carries, which included a good burst on an 18-yard gain.

With Rice facing a two-game suspension to begin the regular season, top backup Bernard Pierce started the game and finished with 55 yards on seven carries.

“That’s a shoulder bruise,” said Harbaugh about Rice’s condition following the game. “It shouldn’t be anything too serious.”

Harbaugh reiterated to reporters that he didn’t expect either player to miss too much time.

Tight end Owen Daniels sat out Saturday night’s game after missing practices on Wednesday and Thursday, but the Ravens have maintained that the veteran is simply being rested and is not dealing with an injury.

 

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Ravens-Cowboys preseason primer: Five players to watch

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Ravens-Cowboys preseason primer: Five players to watch

Posted on 15 August 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens will try to build on an encouraging performance in their preseason opener as they travel to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys in their second preseason game of the summer.

Observers were abuzz over an impressive 10-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown in the starting offense’s only work of the night against San Francisco, but the Ravens have acknowledged throughout the week that they can’t put too much stock into one possession. Even with plenty of strides already taken throughout training camp to grasp new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak’s system, there is plenty of work remaining before the Ravens kick off the regular season against Cincinnati on Sept. 7.

“You have an opportunity to really see progress,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “You’re in a crucible, and every single day, it’s all you do. It’s wall-to-wall football. It’s morning to night. You go to sleep and you wake up, and you’re back at football. There’s no escape. There’s nowhere to hide, [and] there’s nowhere to run. It’s all football all the time, so you make progress rapidly, but you have to because you have a long way to go.”

Harbaugh confirmed starters are expected to receive more playing time against the Cowboys than they did against San Francisco, but the first units will receive their most extensive work against Washington in the third preseason game next weekend.

The Ravens are expected to continue giving running back Ray Rice first-team reps along with top backup Bernard Pierce before focusing more on the latter next week with Rice suspended for the first two games of the regular season.

“Normally, in the second preseason game you get a quarter, maybe a little more than a quarter,” Harbaugh said. “Some of that will be individualized for different players; we’ll have some play counts for a few guys, including Joe [Flacco] and some of the defensive players. We’ll see how it goes, but basically, about a quarter is what you’re looking at — maybe more. It could get close to a half; it could even be a half for some of the starters.”

Saturday will be the first preseason meeting between the Ravens and the Cowboys, but Baltimore owns the 4-0 edge in the regular season and will be making its first visit to AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The Ravens are 43-29 all-time in the preseason and have a 16-9 preseason mark in the Harbaugh era.

Unofficial (and largely speculative) injury report

The Ravens are not required to release an injury report like they do for regular-season games, but I’ve offered my best guess on what the injury report would look like if one were to be released ahead of Saturday night’s game against Dallas.

Most of the players ruled to be out will come as no surprise, but the status of a few will be in question. This list, of course, will not include any veterans who may be held out of the preseason opener due to the coaching staff’s preference. Cornerback Lardarius Webb is not expected to play in the second preseason game as he’s been sidelined with a lower back injury since July 25.

Again, this is not an official injury report released by the Ravens:

OUT: CB Lardarius Webb (back), G Will Rackley (head), DT Terrence Cody (hip), DE Kapron Lewis-Moore (Achilles tendon), DE Brent Urban (knee)
DOUBTFUL: CB Asa Jackson (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Owen Daniels (unspecified)
PROBABLE: LB Daryl Smith (groin), S Brynden Trawick (back), OL Ryan Jensen (leg)

Five players to watch Saturday night

1. C Jeremy Zuttah

While many pointed to the success of right tackle Rick Wagner in the first preseason game, the new Baltimore center appeared to make calls at the line successfully as the starting offense ran the ball effectively and protected Flacco. Zuttah isn’t dramatically bigger than 2013 starter Gino Gradkowski, but he’s held up well physically as a run blocker and in pass protection. The offensive line will remain under heavy scrutiny through the early portion of the series, but the reviews for Zuttah have been positive and the overall concern at the center position last year at this time appears to be a distant memory.

“The thing about Jeremy, he is a professional in every way,” offensive line coach Juan Castillo said. “He is smart, and he studies the game. For him, too, it’s a different technique, and he’s been working very hard at the fundamentals and trying to do the things the way we do it here in Baltimore.”

2. S Terrence Brooks

It was no secret that Brooks was lagging behind in the competition at free safety due to concerns with him grasping the intricacies of the defense, but injuries to Webb and Jackson at the cornerback position have prompted the Ravens to take a look at the Florida State product in the nickel spot, a position he played with the Seminoles. The shift is more of a reflection on how shallow the cornerback depth is at this point, but Brooks may find the nickel and dime packages as his best chance to see the field for meaningful defensive snaps to start his rookie season.

“Everybody is an option right now. We’re just trying to find guys,” said defensive coordinator Dean Pees on the No. 3 cornerback spot. “We’re moving guys around a little bit. We have two more games to experiment with where we want to put guys and see where they fit getting ready for the season. The first two games are [about] playing everybody [to] see what we have, and then after that, we have to start honing in. But we’ll move a bunch of guys around. Terrence is playing well; he’s playing hard. He’s a multi-position guy like all of our guys really are. It’s a possibility.”

3. WR Kamar Aiken

The 2013 practice squad member has turned plenty of heads and certainly took advantage of his opportunity in the preseason opener with four catches for 46 yards on six targets and 29 offensive snaps. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound wideout appears to be competing closely with Deonte Thompson for a potential roster spot, but Aiken has outplayed the incumbent member of the 53-man roster and can further improve his chances by building on what he did against the 49ers. Of course, special-teams contributions will play a major part in determining whether Aiken finds himself on the active roster.

“He is explosive and he’s big,” offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said. “I tell you, in all my years in the league, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen as competitive a situation as we have at receiver right now. I would have no chance telling John [Harbaugh] which five or six I would want right now, and that’s a good thing as a coach.”

4. DL DeAngelo Tyson

The 2012 seventh-round pick has been a steady member of the defensive line rotation in his first two seasons, but season-ending injuries to young defensive ends Brent Urban and Kapron Lewis-Moore may force the Ravens to use Tyson more exclusively at the 5-technique spot to spell veteran Chris Canty. The University of Georgia product can play multiple spots on the defensive line, so it will be a blow to their overall versatility in the trenches if Pees must use Tyson outside, but his presence has become much more important with the overall depth taking a hit this summer.

“The next guy will be up, and we’ll find a way to do it,” said Harbaugh about the injuries to Urban and Lewis-Moore. “There are always going to be injuries. You adapt, you adjust and you fill out your positions.”

5. TE Crockett Gillmore

The Ravens insist the veteran tight end Daniels isn’t injured, but it’s clear there are some physical concerns with him missing two straight practices following an off-day and not showing great separation while running routes in practices. These factors could open the door for Gillmore to receive more opportunities with the starting offense against Dallas and beyond. It’s been an inconsistent summer for the Colorado State product as a blocker and as a receiver, but that’s to be expected from a third-round pick who will be counted on to be used to some degree with neither Daniels nor starter Dennis Pitta considered particularly strong blockers.

“Crockett is a good football player,” Pitta said earlier this summer. “He’s a tough kid and he’s big and physical and a great blocker at the point of attack. I think that’s what stood out the most this early on. He’s going to be a valuable asset for this offense moving forward.”


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Dorsey’s Dugout – Ravens vs. Cowboys and Start Blake Bortles

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Dorsey’s Dugout – Ravens vs. Cowboys and Start Blake Bortles

Posted on 15 August 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

 

Ravens Depart to Dallas

The first pre-season match was encouraging for the small sample size that fans got to witness out of the first team units. The defense did allow the 49ers to run the ball successfully on the opening drive, but they held it down when the defense needed to the most. In the first exhibition, it is better to see a defense bend and not break, rather than giving up six from the get go.

What stuck out the most from the game against the 49ers was the Ravens success offensively. All eyes were anxious to see the new look of the Kubiak-ran offense and the fans got a small glimpse of things to come. The use of tight ends stood out the most with the unique misdirection screen to Dennis Pitta. Kyle Juszczyk is not a tight end, but he assumes the H-back type role and looked solid in the first appearance.

As the Ravens head into Saturday night’s matchup in the house that Jerry built, there are a couple of things to look for. Although the sample size will once again be small, there are a couple different facets to observe.

Joe Flacco and the starters got yanked quickly after a perfect first drive that resulted in a touchdown. The choice of pulling the starters after a successful scoring drive against a defense like the 49ers was a smart decision.

The offense should not show any sign of slowing down against the Cowboys due to the fact they are facing a far less superior defense. The Dallas Cowboys arguably have the worst defense in the league, so it is imperative that the Ravens offense keeps the momentum rolling with productive drives from the starting unit.

The passing offense got it done last game, but the ground game is what to watch for this time around. The rush offense was the Achilles heel last season and it will be interesting to see how Kubiak can turn it around. If the offense shows signs of quality gains through the trenches against Dallas, it will be something to build off of.

Another facet to take note of for the upcoming exhibition is how Baltimore will defend the run. The Ravens struggled to slow down the 49ers rush offense, but they are among the best in the league at just that.

Dallas has a solid look in the run game, led by DeMarco Murray. The offensive line features some solid young starters such as Zach Martin and Tyron Smith. With that being said, CJ Mosley is someone to watch in game two.

The first round pick is coming off of a solid first performance and it would be encouraging to see progress in the second game. His natural football instincts will be put to the test to break down the plays and distinguish where the ball may end up.

Facing the Cowboys offense also means a defense is going against a quality air attack. The Ravens glaring depletion is in the secondary, depending on inexperience and lack of depth. The coaching staff is hoping someone can step up to fill that hole as the nickel corner and the Dallas game is the perfect opportunity to put that challenge on display.

 

Note to Bradley: Just Start Bortles

When the Jaguars made Blake Bortles the third selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, it came across that night as a slight surprise. It should not have been because Bortles was clearly the number one quarterback coming out of college.

Once the Central Florida star was drafted, head coach Gus Bradley made it clear that Bortles would sit the entire season to groom him for the future. All that sounded cliché during the off-season because the landscape of that decision could change once the exhibition season begins.

Bortles now has gotten reps in two exhibition games and he has been nothing short of impressive. In his first appearance against the Buccaneers, Bortles went 7 for 11 and 117 passing yards. In the Thursday night showing against the Bears, the former Golden Knight went 11 for 17 and 160 passing yards.

It is nice to see the yards and completion percentage, but the number one thing to account for in watching a young quarterback is decision making. Bortles has not turned the ball over yet in his two brief stints, which is a good sign since ball security at times was a concern in college.

Bradley has not given a lot of action to the rookie quarterback in training camp when it comes to getting first team reps. It is time now to give Bortles the chance with the first team in the next pre-season game.

The third exhibition in the NFL is known as the showcase game for every team as the starters play at least the first full half. It is somewhat of a dress rehearsal and the Jags would be smart to see what the rookie has in him against an opposing starting defense for a full half.

The Jaguars coaching staff already know what they have in Chad Henne. During his career, he has been a decent quarterback who is better served as a backup. He is not a franchise quarterback; he plays the role of a stopgap quarterback for a franchise. It is time that the staff eats their words from the off-season and throw in the rookie quarterback.

You know you have a stopgap quarterback in Henne, but what you do not know in Bortles is if you have a franchise quarterback. Coach Bradley needs to put the rookie in and see how much promise he has. Everything we have seen so far out of Bortles has been great and one play stuck out the most in his second game against Chicago.

It was second down and a good distance for Bortles as the offense was set up at their own five-yard line. They had the lead and a mistake would cost the team a good chunk of the points. The situation of the game would force the Jags offense to just run the ball conservatively, but it was an exhibition game. So the Jags took a risk to see how the rookie could handle it.

Bortles ran a play action fake and rolled to his right side looking up field. The rookie had a defender crashing down on him quickly and Bortles launched a throw on the run. Over 20 yards down the field, Bortles dropped the ball over and in between four Bears defenders to the wide receiver’s arms.

It ended up as an incompletion, but that was not on Bortles. Jon Gruden, the analyst on the ESPN telecast, went on a rant about the bad decision made given the situation of the game. Once the replay was shown, he was quickly scrutinized by fellow commentator Mike Tirico because the quality of the throw.

It was an absolute perfect throw, launched into the breadbasket of the receiver who failed to keep his second foot in bounds. The first thought that came to mind after that throw was simply just Wow.

Bortles has “it” to be the franchise quarterback for the Jaguars. That’s the same kind of throw that he displayed multiple times on film playing at UCF. He makes those “wow” throws that back up him being the real deal. Like the incredible opposite hash throw, deep down the field against Penn State, he has translated some of that magic to the next level.

So note to Gus Bradley, start the rookie because Bortles looks like he is the truth under center. He gives the Jags their best chance to win because of his playmaking ability with his arm and he has shown so far he can be smart with the ball.

With a good defense in place and a potential franchise quarterback, there is reason for optimism in Jacksonville. If Bortles can get the experience this season and continue to show these signs, the Jaguars can be a team to watch out for during the 2015 NFL season.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 12 August 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-Chicago Sky @ Washington Mystics (Wednesday 11:30am from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV), Washington Mystics @ Connecticut Sun (Friday 7pm from Uncasville, CT live on WNBA Live Access), New York Liberty @ Washington Mystics (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on WNBA Live Access); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour Western & Southern Open (Tuesday & Wednesday 10:30am live on Tennis Channel Thursday 1pm & 9pm live on ESPN2 Friday 11am & 7pm live on ESPN2 Saturday 1pm & 7pm live on ESPN2 Sunday 2pm live on ESPN2. All tennis from Cincinnati); Boxing: Shawn Porter vs. Kell Brook (Saturday 9pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime);

10. Bobby Slayton (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Erik Griffin (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Monday throughout Baltimore County); “The Expendables 3″ (Friday) and “Let’s Be Cops” (Wednesday) out in theaters; Haunted House 2” available (Tuesday)

Nick Miller is why I’m pretty sure I want to see Let’s Be Cops.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqJyaiHvE64

9. Hot August Music Festival feat. Old Crow Medicine Show, Dr. Dog, Nickel Creek, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Saturday 12pm Oregon Ridge); Silopanna feat. The Flaming Lips/Dashboard Confessional/Eric Hutchinson/Jimmie’s Chicken Shack/Sleeper Agent (Saturday 11am Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds); Lil Boosie (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Gavin DeGraw & Matt Nathanson (Tuesday 7pm Pier Six Pavilion); Arcade Fire (Sunday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Linkin Park/30 Seconds to Mars (Wednesday 6:30pm Jiffy Lube Live), Kings of Leon (Friday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Jimmy Buffett (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Victor Wooten (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Cheap Trick (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live); The Ataris (Thursday 7:30pm Ottobar); Nelly’s Echo (Friday 8pm 8×10 Club); Night Ranger (Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Foghat (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Boyz II Men (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Echo & The Bunnymen (Monday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); SOJA (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton), Johnnyswim (Monday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Dick Dale (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), The Zombies (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Kenny Loggins (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere), Trigger Happy feat. Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Steve Gorman (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Tori Amos (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Jonny Lang (Sunday 8pm State Theatre); The Gaslight Anthem “Get Hurt”, SOJA “Amid the Noise and Haste” and Brian Setzer “Rockabilly Riot! All Original” available (Tuesday)

I will be at Hot August for SURE Saturday. In part to see Old Crow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqK6LXOsKmI

In part to see Nickel Creek.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMfEfANEfNA

And in LARGE part to see Sister Sparrow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doOr9vt4GGc

Let’s all go watch That 70′s Show with Cheap Trick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqB9lhHqmsE

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#JennStrong receives the greatest “life and love” letter ever written from Germany

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#JennStrong receives the greatest “life and love” letter ever written from Germany

Posted on 07 August 2014 by Nestor Aparicio

Today, while on her usual visit at the hospital, my wife got a massive surprise. Jennifer Ford Aparicio (aka #JennStrong) received a letter from her donor. It came from her bone marrow transplant coordinator on three sheets of paper in 12-point type. The blanks indicate information that was literally whited out on the original documents to ensure anonymity. We do not know his name. We aren’t allowed to officially meet or exchange names for another 11 months.

This is the most poignant, amazing document I have ever seen. If you think it’s hard reading it, you should’ve seen me trying to re-type this to publish on my blog. Obviously, I might have to ask Mark Cuban or Dirk Nowitzki for a favor…

 

Dear Ms. “;”

Honestly, I don’t really know how to start such a letter. Maybe it is the best way to start by introducing myself as good as I can.

I’m a 21 year old man from Germany. I’ve got several sport activities which I very like. I really like soccer. I’ve played it for almost ten years in clubs. The first time I played soccer, I was a little boy and my father went with me to the football pitch. It was such an awesome feeling to play with other kids and have fun. I didn’t play very successfully, but if I’m honest, it wasn’t my intention to be the next soccer star. I just wanted to have fun. After some years and a few injuries, I decided to give up what I really love. Of course, it was a tough decision, but I had to take care of my health, so it was the only decision I could make.

I’m interested in basketball. The origin of basketball is your country! Of course as a German, I’m a huge  ______ fan, so it’s no wonder, that I’m also a “fan” of the _________. Are you also interested in basketball, or are you prefer another sport activity?

Now, I’ve got a few questions which I’d like to ask you. The first and for me, most important question is:

How are you feeling?

Did you overcome blood cancer, the pain and everything else which is included by this awful disease?

How did you get to know of the diagnosis “blood cancer”?

What were your first thoughts once you got the message of leukemia?

Have you ever doubted that you’ll survive?

What did you feel, when receiving the message, that there is a donor for you?

Of course, I’ll understand if you don’t want to answer some of these questions, because maybe they’re too personal.

Probably it is time to explain to you, why I did donate stem cells.

A couple of friends asked me “why do you donate for a person you don’t even know?”

The answer actually isn’t as easy as it looks like. Once I was in the hotel, previous and after this donation, I often asked myself the question. But if I’m honest, it’s complicated to describe. Sometimes it’s hard to explain with the words I know. Maybe it’s best to tell you how I anyway get into position to donate for somebody.

About two years ago, when I was in vocational school, there was a charity event organized by ____. I was asked if I wanted to sign up or registrate to the database of ______. I didn’t really think about what I was doing and potential consequences for me or other people so after a few minutes I was a potential donor.

My first thought was “Oh, you won’t get the chance to donate” but this thought should become a huge fallacy.

One Year after my registration, it was a Saturday, I came home from work and while I was having breakfast, the doorbell rang. I thought it could be the mailman, because it was the typical time in Germany for post. He gave me the usual catalogues of advertisement and one huge envelope. I was quiet fascinating and didn’t expect that this letter was for me. My mind noticed very quickly “Oh, it’s for you!” I saw the logo of _____ and something in my mind told me, that this letter could change a few things immediately.

While I was reading the first lines, I was shocked in a “special” way. Obviously, at this moment I realized that my name and information about me were remaining in the database of the ____. I really had to sit down for some minutes in my room and had to think about what just happened.

It was unreal to read that I could make a contribution to rescue the life of somebody!

The next weeks were quite a journey for me: I had to fill in a lot of papers about health issues, went to doctors, had a couple of calls from employees of the ____ and got also several letters.

One day I had to go to my family doctor, because I had to give a blood sample. This blood was sent to a scientific institute to check if I’m the right donor for you! My responsible official had already told, that could take a few weeks until I’ll get an answer.

Weeks passed, but at the end of May, I finally got a positive answer. I was snoozing until I looked up on my mobile phone and saw an incoming call. I’ve already recognized the number, because I got several calls from this number in the last weeks. It was the _____! Immediately, I was wide awake and listened carefully the woman on the phone. As she had asked me, if I would like to donate, I did not hesitate for a second. I’ll do it!

So a couple of days later I had to go to ______, because of pre-examinations to check if I’m completely healthy. The donation should start a few days after the check-up, but one day in the evening I got a call from the clinic where the donation should take place. She said the target date had to be postponed.

This was a strange feeling, because I worried a lot and asked myself what could be the reason for this delay. But after some calls on the other day, the worries didn’t exist anymore.

On the 24th of June I went to ____ again, but this time I stayed there two nights in an incredible hotel.

Next day was donation day! The breakfast in the hotel was impressive, but honestly I couldn’t eat as much as I’d like to, because I was too excited about the things which should come later that day.

At eight O’clock, it all began. Of course, I speculated a lot about how this day will look like and I also had a few doubts if I’ll get any pain or side-effects. But was so relaxed, I couldn’t believe it myself.

I lay there about three and a half hours. It sounds like nothing than boredom, however it wasn’t. I listened to music a lot and talked to one of the nurses for some time.

The feeling after donation was unbelievable! I couldn’t realize that I possibly saved a life. I had to wait about half an hour, because the doctors wanted to know if I felt good after this process. I didn’t expect that I’ll feel so good if I’m honest because when I was at the check-up they told me, you will feel like you ran a marathon. But everything was good.

In the evening I finally realized what I had done. If everything went well, I would save a life! A life of a human! The thoughts and the feelings which I have while thinking about it, are so unbelievable! After the donation, friends texted me “we are so proud of you – you’re a hero!” Of course, the support of my friends was amazing and just in the moments as I had worries about the things that will come. I felt a lot more secure.

But am I really a hero?

In my opinion I’m not a hero! Actually, I did something very special and maybe uncommon. Of course, everybody has his own definition of becoming a hero. For me a hero is a person who risks his own life to save a life of somebody whom he or she actually doesn’t even know. A soldier in Afghanistan is a hero! He or she puts his/her life on the line, just to create a little bit of freedom in a country where freedom never could exist. A fireman risks his own life to save a life or even more from people he actually doesn’t know everyday. But why do they do something like that? In my mind, those people do this out of deepest conviction. They don’t do it because they have to. No, they do it because they believe it is right to do it!

What does it mean to my situation?

I did this donation also out of deepest conviction. I didn’t do it because it’s highly regarded in society. No, I did this for you because I believe it is our assignment to help people when they need help the most.

But there is another reason why I did such a thing.

I told you previously, that I was admitted into the database of the ___ because there was an initiative at my vocational school. There was a guy of the same age and his little brother suffered leukemia, so he was looking for a donor for his young brother.

While I was listening to the story of his young brother, I asked myself what I would do for my little brother if I was in his position. I don’t know if you have children or if you are even married, but the thought that you may lose things which you truly love was beyond all bearing. By knowing that I could make at least one person much more happier pushed me a lot. A lot of people want to have so much money that they don’t know even what to do with it, they want to have a fast car, a huge mansion or even a yacht. But what you only wish is, that you can see your kids, play with them in the garden, see them growing up, just do what you want to do and not spending every second thinking about your disease. You just want to live your life! Happiness is one of the things you can’t buy!

I’d like to come to the end of this letter. I actually don’t know how to end such a letter, like I previously didn’t know how to start. But what I’d like to say: I also have to thank you! It may sound strange but I’m deeply grateful that I had such a chance to do something like that. Every time I’m upset, I think back on what I did and that you could be the happiest person on earth. And so I become very happy too. I wish you, your family and your friends all the best and that you will become the person you were before the disease, that you can do whatever you like to do, that your dreams and wishes you have become reality at some point.

Someday, I hope that I’ll get the redeeming message from you: “I’m fine!”

 

Your genetical twin!

 

 

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Report: Multiple provisions on McClain trade for Ravens to receive pick

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Report: Multiple provisions on McClain trade for Ravens to receive pick

Posted on 02 July 2014 by Glenn Clark

While some Baltimore Ravens fans had thought that parlaying a linebacker who had never played a snap for the team into an upgrade in the 2015 NFL Draft was a “deft” or “savvy” move from General Manager Ozzie Newsome-a report Wednesday indicated the move was much less likely to be so beneficial.

The team dealt retired LB Rolando McClain to the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, with reports indicating they would also swap their 7th round pick next year for the Cowboys’ 6th round selection. While there are still possibilities those scenarios could play out, ESPNDallas.com reports it is far from a sure thing.

From the report…

According to multiple sources, if McClain, who was acquired Tuesday, does not make the team or is not on the Cowboys’ 53-man roster for five games or 46-man game-day roster for three games in 2014, then the Ravens will not receive any compensation. 

As it stands right now, the trade calls for the Cowboys to give up their seventh-rounder in 2016 if McClain is on the 53-man roster for five games or 46-man roster for three games only if their pick is better than the Ravens’ pick in the round. If it is, then the teams will swap selections. If the Ravens finish with a worse record in 2014, then there is no swap. 

If McClain plays in 50 percent of the defensive snaps in 2014, then the Ravens would receive the Cowboys’ sixth-round pick in 2015 and the Cowboys would receive Baltimore’s seventh-round pick in 2015.

The former first round pick has not played in the NFL since November 2012. During that time he has been arrested twice, retired twice and has now come out of retirement for a second time (his agent-Pat Dye-told ESPN he was committed to playing after being traded to Dallas).

The Alabama alum worked out for the Ravens earlier in the offseason with NFL.com’s Aditi Kinkhabwala reporting it was “not a roaring success.” McClain reportedly failed the conditioning part of the workout.

The ‘Boys view McClain as a low-risk option in replacing injured veteran Sean Lee-who will miss the 2014 season with a knee injury. They did not give McClain any guaranteed money.

The Ravens drafted fellow former Alabama LB C.J. Mosley in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft to join Daryl Smith, Josh Bynes and last year’s second round pick Arthur Brown in giving the team depth at the position.

We can neither confirm nor deny this as being the official record for most news posts about a single player who never actually played for the Ravens.

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Ravens lose coin flip to Dallas, will pick 17th in this year’s draft

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Ravens lose coin flip to Dallas, will pick 17th in this year’s draft

Posted on 19 February 2014 by Luke Jones

As the scouting combine begins in Indianapolis, the Ravens finally know where they’ll be picking in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft.

The league announced Wednesday morning that the Dallas Cowboys won the coin flip, meaning they will pick 16th in the first round while Baltimore will settle for the 17th overall selection in May.

After failing to make the playoffs for the first time in the John Harbaugh era this past season, the Ravens haven’t been slotted this high of a pick since 2008 when they were originally slotted to pick eighth overall before eventually trading back in the first round to select quarterback Joe Flacco with the 18th overall pick.

The Ravens haven’t made a pick in the top half of the draft since 2006 when they chose defensive tackle Haloti Ngata with the 12th overall selection.

The Ravens currently hold picks in the second, third and sixth rounds of the draft in addition to their first-round choice. They traded their fourth- and fifth-round picks last year to acquire left tackle Eugene Monroe from the Jacksonville Jaguars and traded their seventh-round selection to the Indianapolis Colts for offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley.

The team is expected to receive four compensatory picks in this year’s Draft as they lost a number of impact unrestricted free agents (cornerback Cary Williams, linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger, and safety Ed Reed) without signing any unrestricted free agents themselves. Compensatory picks will be assigned at next month’s NFL owners meetings.

The team holds the 16th pick in the second round, the 15th pick in the third round, and the 18th pick in the sixth round.

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Coin toss to determine 16th pick in NFL Draft for Ravens, Cowboys

Posted on 30 December 2013 by WNST Staff

If we had told you at the beginning of the season that Kyle Orton would end up playing a role in the Baltimore Ravens’ future, would you have believed us?

Okay, we’re stretching a bit-but the outcome of Sunday night’s de facto NFC East Championship Game did end up impacting the Ravens moving towards the NFL Draft.

The Ravens and Cowboys were among six NFL teams that finished the season with 8-8 records. NFL Draft Order tiebreakers are determined by weakest strength of schedule, which handed the Chicago Bears the 14th pick in the Draft and the Pittsburgh Steelers the 15th pick. The Ravens’ 2013 Strength of Schedule was .484, matching the Dallas Cowboys.

Therefore, the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys will be part of a coin flip to determine who will get that #16 pick. Coin flips are traditionally held in February at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The loser of the coin flip will receive the #17 pick in the Draft.

And you thought that the drama of the 2013 season was over in Charm City.

Here is a rundown of the Top 20 picks in the NFL Draft, courtesy of NFL.com. The remaining 12 spots will be determined during the course of the NFL Playoffs.

1 Houston Texans 2 14 0.559 SOS
2 St. Louis Rams (WAS) 3 13 0.516
3 Jacksonville Jaguars 4 12 0.504
4 Cleveland Browns 4 12 0.516
5 Oakland Raiders 4 12 0.523
6 Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0.553
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0.574
8 Minnesota Vikings 5 10 1 0.512
9 Buffalo Bills 6 10 0.520
10 Detroit Lions 7 9 0.457
11 Tennessee Titans 7 9 0.504
12 New York Giants 7 9 0.520
13 St. Louis Rams 7 9 0.551
14 Chicago Bears 8 8 0.465
15 Pittsburgh Steelers 8 8 0.469
16 Baltimore Ravens* 8 8 0.484
17 Dallas Cowboys* 8 8 0.484
18 New York Jets 8 8 0.488
19 Miami Dolphins 8 8 0.523
20 Arizona Cardinals 10 6 0.516

*Draft spot to be determined by coin flip.

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for Dallas Stars (April 1)

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Ride WNST Caps Puck Bus to D.C. for Dallas Stars (April 1)

Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Trips

The 2014 WNST.net “Rock The Red” Puck Bus is back! This time, we’ll be taking a group of hockey fans from White Marsh and Catonsville down to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 1 to watch the Capitals host the Dallas Stars in a 7:05 p.m. game.

All aboard another WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C. for another 60 minutes of old-time hockey with the Washington Capitals. Our Gunther Motorcoaches will depart from the White Marsh Mall at 4:15 p.m. with a pickup from Catonsville/UMBC I-95 Park N Ride (at Rt. 166) at 4:45 p.m.. All tickets are upper level in the Verizon Center and include a limited supply of cold beer (for those 21-and-over) en route and snacks, soft drinks and fun videos and giveaways.

We will be able to accommodate larger groups upon request and always keep groups together.

We hope you join us for a night of hockey and fun aboard the WNST Rock The Red Puck Bus to D.C.

As always, families are welcomed and encouraged to join us!

COST: $75 per person

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Here’s a look at one of our Puck Bus trips via WNSTv:

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The 15-7-0 is still mathematically alive to win the NFC East

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The 15-7-0 is still mathematically alive to win the NFC East

Posted on 16 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.

The 15-7-0 was unthinkably overlooked when the list of the Golden Globe Award nominees was announced. And to think, the performance it gave as “Cord Phelps” in “You Mean You Don’t See It?: The Emotional Story of the Orioles’ Offseason” was particularly breathtaking.

15 Positive Observations…

1. Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way so that we can take like twelve showers and then move on with our lives. We don’t want to say it but we know we have to considering the playoff picture. Okay. Here goes. This is going to suck. Ahem. “Thank You Ste………………………..ve Jobs for inventing the iPad that told me the Bengals lost Sunday night.” Look. You and I both knew this was going to be far too weird to actually say.

Has there ever been a more awkward 10 seconds in the history of television than when NBC  panned to Dan Rooney and no one knew if he was alive?

The Bengals had to spend the night in Pittsburgh getting their asses kicked by a rival and yet somehow it was worse for their punter.

Here’s a two time Super Bowl champion rocking sweatpants.

2. Jamaal Charles posted something in the neighborhood of 5,698,432,921,023,557,806 fantasy points Sunday. It’s more fun to talk about it because when we get to this part of the show Monday I will be able to watch the depressed expression on Ryan Chell’s face when he discusses the guy who knocked him out of the fantasy football playoffs. I live a twisted life.

Charles had three more TD’s than this Raiders fan had middle fingers.

Chiefs fans? Not much friendlier.

The game was lopsided, then not lopsided, then lopsided again so KC’s coaching staff tried to poke in and watch the end of the Patriots game instead.

3. Make it 12 in a row for Navy over Army now. Or as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told me Saturday, “we’re going to be very humble about this and take it one decade at a time”. Yes, the entire point of #3 was to remind you guys that I talked to the Secretary of the Navy Saturday. ARE YOU PROUD OF ME NOW, DAD? What’s that? You are? You always have been? You tell me you’re proud of me most every day? I should probably have gone another direction in my comments. Carry on.

Here’s proof!

Now here’s the most patriotic picture you’ll ever see.

Except for this one.

4. Jay Cutler really put things together nicely in the second half after struggling early to lead the Bears to a really important win over the Browns. In fact, he was so good that he reminded me of a guy that used to play for Chicago awhile back. You ever heard of this guy? Josh McCown? That guy was really good. Whatever happened to him? I bet a team pushing for the playoffs would want to have him.

Bears fans were told not to wear their jerseys when they went to Cleveland. They didn’t fully understand the message.

Jay Cutler got a kiss from Brandon Marshall, which we can only hope isn’t B-Marsh trying to throw him off the scent of secretly stealing his wife’s breast milk.

Alshon Jeffery is stupid good. STUPID GOOD.

5. I wouldn’t necessarily encourage other coaches to use Joe Philbin’s “mass turmoil because of one of the biggest scandals in the history of the sport that lead to losing almost half of our offensive line in order to make us better” strategy with their own teams, but you have to applaud his boldness to try something different.

They won the game, so they can laugh at this-right?

Is hugging the guy who just scored the winner for your team worth losing your beer over?

Something we learned in this game? Julian Edelman dresses the same as Lingerie Football League quarterback Angela Rypien.

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