Posted on 06 September 2013 by WNSTV
Posted on 29 August 2013 by Glenn Clark
So it’s been a wild 36 hours since I learned that a Denver broadcaster was wandering around vandalizing Joe Flacco posters in the Mile High City. We’ve been through a bunch. If you need to get caught up on the first part, here’s this. This lead to another contentious (and, frankly, stupid) on-air chat with my new “friends” in the Rocky Mountains. Unfortunately, there was also a Deadspin article posted with a startling lack of context, which lead me to have to explain further.
Deadspin was right about one thing. Almost everything about “postergate” in the last day and a half has been absolutely moronic.
So we’re going to change that.
As I’ve stated numerous times over the last day, the biggest issue I’ve had with any of this has been the notion that murder-of any form or any kind-is something funny. On Tuesday, I thought the appropriate way to make that point was to remind someone who was making a joke about murder that murder happens in every city (not just Baltimore) and is not something to joke about. With the benefit of hindsight, I could have cut the conversation off completely when my guest that day made a murder joke. I probably should have. In fact, on Wednesday’s edition of “The Reality Check”, I apologized for not doing that very thing. It was an option I had and didn’t choose to exercise. Thinking upon it further, I should have.
And it’s with that in mind that I’m hellbent on doing something good with this.
We’re hosting our next “Grab a Bud” Happy Hour at Hooters in Towson tonight. For those that haven’t made it out to any of our past events, they’re very low-key gatherings to hang out, rap about sports, enjoy the company of the Hooters girls and drink some beers.
For tonight’s “Grab a Bud” happy hour, I’d like to try to do something better than that.
I want to try to help people that are aggressively working to make sure that come next August, we won’t already have 150 murders on the year in our city.
I have five autographed Joe Flacco caricatures (none of which have been vandalized in any way) to give away tonight. They all look something like this.
They’re the real deal. We watched the Super Bowl MVP sign each and every one. We’ve been holding on to them waiting for the right time to give them away. This is it.
The first five people to come by Hooters Thursday night and make a $25 donation to the Helping Up Mission will walk away with them.
That’s right. We’re not looking for anything crazy…but we will certainly be willing to accept any further donations on the Mission’s behalf. We have partnered with HUM before and we will be doing so again this holiday season with our annual coat drive (a drive that has always been much more about this community than it has been about WNST). If you want to know more about what the Helping Up Mission does, I’d encourage you to check out their site. What they do for our city is truly remarkable.
We’re going to have other giveaways tonight at Hooters, including registering everyone to win a pair of tickets to see both Nick Offerman (next Wednesday) and Kenny Loggins (Sunday, September 15) at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. We’ll also have copies of “America’s Game: The 2012 Baltimore Ravens” (debuting Monday 9pm on NFL Network) and more to give away.
But the first five who make $25 donations to the Helping Up Mission will walk away with autographed Joe Flacco caricatures. I hope we’ll raise even more than the $125 for the Mission on the night.
There’s nothing the WNST community-the Baltimore sports community-does better. Even at the height of something stupid and moronic, good will come.
I look forward to seeing you tonight.
Posted on 28 August 2013 by WNST Staff
Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).
Joe Flacco – Total Passing Yards in the 2013 Regular Season
Joe Flacco – Total Passing Touchdowns in the 2013 Regular Season
Joe Flacco – Total Interceptions thrown in the 2013 Regular Season
Will Joe Flacco win a playoff game for the 6th consecutive year?
Yes +250 (5/2)
No -400 (1/4)
Ray Rice – Total Rushing Yards in the 2013 Regular Season
Ray Rice – Total Receiving Yards in the 2013 Regular Season
Ray Rice – Total Receptions in the 2013 Regular Season
Ray Rice – Total Rushing & Receiving Touchdowns in the 2013 Regular Season
Jacoby Jones – Total Receiving Yards in the 2013 Regular Season
Jacoby Jones – Total Receiving Touchdowns in the 2013 Regular Season
Torrey Smith – Total Receiving Yards in the 2013 Regular Season
Torrey Smith – Total Receiving Touchdowns in the 2013 Regular Season
Elvis Dumervil – Total Sacks in the 2013 Regular Season
Haloti Ngata – Total Sacks in the 2013 Regular Season
Terrell Suggs – Total Sacks in the 2013 Regular Season
Posted on 28 August 2013 by Glenn Clark
Perhaps you’ve heard about an awkward moment on “The Reality Check” Tuesday on WNST. Then again, perhaps you haven’t.
Admittedly, I didn’t know a thing about “Postergate” until roughly 6pm Tuesday. We had a great edition of “The Reality Check” and as we were winding down I started seeing some rumblings on Twitter about a Denver sportscaster going after Joe Flacco posters which had been displayed around The Mile High City in the lead-up to the NFL Kickoff Game next Thursday night.
At the top of this story is an example of the biggest Flacco banner, hanging at Sports Authority Field.
When I found out that the sportscaster in question was CBS Denver’s Vic Lombardi, I told my producer Ryan Chell that he should give him a call. My thought in that moment was that perhaps we could have a fun conversation about the weird nature of what was going on. Ryan made the call, Lombardi said he could come on at 6:30 and I agreed to stay on-air late to facilitate the chat.
In the moments after learning he would come on, I started asking listeners for suggestions about good Denver jokes I could make. Legalizing weed, Peyton Manning’s neck, Rahim Moore and the elevation all seemed like fairly harmless topics that could make fun a fun debate.
As I continued to do my research about what had happened in Denver, I stumbled upon Lombardi’s Twitter account. While there, I read a Tweet I didn’t find to be funny at all.
Perhaps people outside of our city think this type of thing is hilarious. I mean, there are some twisted people in this world. I don’t. I don’t think there’s anything remotely funny about the fact that 150 people have been murdered in this city in 2013. I find it to be terribly disturbing.
In fact, I find it to be disturbing in the exact same way I found it to be terribly disturbing when a gunman walked into a Denver movie theater in 2012 and murdered 12 people and injured another 70. I didn’t laugh once about that. I’d like to think no one else did either.
For the purposes of full disclosure, I read this Tweet from Lombardi just before Ryan was set to call him for his appearance. On-air, I suddenly said “I’m not sure this is a good idea.” I realized that it would be almost impossible for me to have any “fun” in the conversation because I was so bothered by what Lombardi had Tweeted.
Instead, something else happened. I don’t exactly know how to explain it. The words that come to mind are along the lines of “freight train”. I haven’t been able to transcribe the whole thing, but I’d encourage you to take a listen here.
I appreciate Alex Strouf for reminding me late Tuesday night of what might have been my best line in the whole thing.
“You are a grown man who defaced posters, and you’re calling me a douche.”
Oh, right. If you listened, you’ll know that at one point Lombardi called me a douche. That happened.
For what it’s worth, Lombardi later offered SOME level of an apology for the absolutely uncalled for references to crime in Baltimore.
I will apparently be appearing on Lombardi’s show on The Fan in Denver Tuesday morning (10am hour EST). I told him I wouldn’t appear unless he reiterated the apology on-air for the people of Denver to hear. He suggested I owed apologies as well, I have absolutely no idea what for-but if I come up with something I’ll pass it along.
People have mentioned to me that if the Ravens had hosted the game (as they should have as defending Super Bowl champs had it not been for a scheduling conflict), it would likely mean that there would instead be Tom Brady posters around Charm City promoting a Ravens-Patriots matchup. I will admit that I probably wouldn’t be okay with it. I’ll also admit that as an adult, I probably wouldn’t have been the one taking duct tape and markers around town.
At the end of the night, all I can keep thinking is “this is all so stupid”. An apparently respected broadcaster melted down on my radio show Tuesday afternoon about posters. For some reason, he decided to take his anger out on Baltimore instead of the NFL, who decided to post the banners-or the Broncos and city of Denver, who clearly agreed to have the banners put up.
But I guess it made for some great radio.
Posted on 27 August 2013 by WNST Staff
AMERICA’S GAME: 2012 BALTIMORE RAVENS DEBUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON NFL NETWORK
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 9:00 PM ET
Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, Linebacker Ray Lewis & Head Coach John Harbaugh Recount the Baltimore Ravens’ 2012 Super Bowl Winning Season
“We weren’t pretty. We weren’t perfect… But at least we were us.”
– John Harbaugh
Oscar-Nominated Actor Edward Norton Narrates
The Baltimore Ravens were 5-2 headed into their bye week. While most NFL teams would gratefully sign up for those circumstances, the Ravens were at a crossroads. Inside a tumultuous meeting room in Owings Mills, MD, a strong-minded head coach was facing his strong-minded team and the season hung in the balance.
While the meeting was described in the media as a mutiny, in actuality, a championship team was molded. The Ravens won their next four games, and despite struggling down the stretch, recovered to win the AFC North. Then, with three wins in the AFC playoffs and a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, the Baltimore Ravens were crowned Super Bowl Champions.
On September 2 at 9:00 PM ET exclusively on NFL Network, re-live the Ravens’ entire Championship journey through the NFL Films-produced America’s Game: 2012 Baltimore Ravens. The one-hour edition of the Emmy-Award winning series features exclusive interviews with Super Bowl MVP & quarterback Joe Flacco, linebacker Ray Lewis, and head coach John Harbaugh.
Oscar-nominated actor, Edward Norton narrates.
NFL Films captures the entirety of a Championship voyage which commenced in 2008 when the Ravens hired Harbaugh and drafted Flacco in the first round of the NFL Draft. The special takes viewers through the season with behind-the-scenes video and sound from Ravens team meetings, locker rooms, fields, and coaching booths. It is an all-encompassing, inside look at the Super Bowl champions.
In addition to the infamous team meeting, events featured in America’s Game: 2012 Baltimore Ravens include:
Quotes from America’s Game: 2012 Baltimore Ravens:
- “People get crazy every now and again. Guys get in arguments and that is what happened.”
– Joe Flacco on the bye week meeting which changed the course of the team
- “It was challenging, it was tough. A bunch of strong-minded men, but the good news was they had a strong-minded head coach standing in front of them. So if there was going to be a fight, let’s have a fight.”
– John Harbaugh on the bye week meeting which changed the course of the team
- “We probably got more accomplished in that half hour towards becoming the Champions that we were going to become than any half hour we had done all year. I couldn’t have been happier when we walked out of the meeting. I wasn’t too happy while it was going on. It was tough.”
– Harbaugh on the bye week meeting which changed the course of the team
- “Sizzle was like ‘You need to get back, everything is out of order. As soon as the General leaves, it is all messed up. I have never had a meeting like that in my life.’”
– Ray Lewis on what he had heard from teammate Terrell Suggs regarding the bye week meeting which changed the course of the team
- “I was in awe of the moment; for that to play out the way it did, that game was the marker to say that this team had what it takes. It was the key to the whole season.”
–Harbaugh on the victory over the New England Patriots in which wide receiver Torrey Smith had a career game in the wake of the death of his brother
- “Ali inspired us with that attitude – it is never pretty, but we can find a way to win.”
– Lewis on the inspiration the team drew from prize fighter Muhammad Ali
- “We weren’t pretty. We weren’t perfect… But at least we were us.”
– Harbaugh on the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens
- “It is an awkward question, but it is what you have to believe. I really believe if you are going to be any good in this league that is what you have to think about yourself.” –
Flacco on saying he believes he is the best quarterback in the NFL on a Baltimore radio station
- “You feel somewhat responsible for that. You are the leader of the offense and what makes it go.”
– Flacco on the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron
- “I thought about the point that we’re going to have to beat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to get to where we wanted to be. I think that makes it a little bit cooler.”
– Flacco on Ravens’ journey through the playoffs
About America’s Game
America’s Game, an Emmy Award-winning series, delves deep into the story behind the making of Super Bowl champions. Each episode is a 60-minute documentary, featuring key members of the winning team telling behind-the-scenes accounts from their championship season. With the signature NFL Films footage, combined with news clips and photos, highlights from team radio broadcasts, inside looks from team meeting rooms, sideline audio and other exclusive features, America’s Gameprovides an epic and intimate portrait of championship teams.
About NFL Network
Launched on November 4, 2003, NFL Network is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this season
Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.
Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers including Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.
For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon. For more information, log on to http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork. NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.
– NFL MEDIA –
Posted on 25 August 2013 by Glenn Clark
If you missed it, late last week a mixtape hit the interwebs under the title “Natural Born Hitters”. The concept is simple. Grammy award winning producer Pharrell Williams (Neptunes, N.E.R.D. and the man behind the biggest mega-hits of the summer-Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”) “collaborated” with former Baltimore Ravens LB (and future Hall of Famer) Ray Lewis. The producer laid beats underneath Ray Lewis speeches to make them sound like songs.
The entire mixtape is roughly only 4:30 and includes three tracks-”Training”, “Practice” and “Pregame”. You can listen to all tracks in the video below.
You can listen to the tracks individually here via Soundcloud. The collaboration cannot be considered surprising, as football players in recent years have admitted to have Lewis speeches on their iPods. It does humorously come on the heels of Ravens QB Joe Flacco telling ESPN The Magazine he didn’t always understand Lewis’ speeches.
“I love Ray, and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn’t even make sense. He meant everything he was saying, but I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time.”
Maybe Flacco will understand better when he listens to them over Pharrell’s beats?
Posted on 21 August 2013 by WNST Staff
SPORTS LEGENDS MUSEUM AT CAMDEN YARDS TO HOST FOOTBALL ROUNDTABLE WITH LOCAL MEDIA ON SEPTEMBER 17th
Baltimore Media Members to Provide Insight on 2013 Baltimore Ravens Season
Baltimore, Md. – Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards today announced that it will host a football roundtable discussion on Tuesday, September 17 from Noon to 1:30 p.m. with members of the local sports media.
The panel of Baltimore media experts will consist of Pete Gilbert (WBAL-TV, WBAL Radio, 98 Rock & Ravens Broadcast Team); Bruce Cunningham (Fox 45 Sports Director & Public Address Announcer at M&T Bank Stadium); Nestor Aparicio (WNST Founder & Author of Purple Reign and Purple Reign 2); and Jeff Zrebiec (The Baltimore Sun). The panelists will discuss the Ravens off-season moves, provide their insight & predictions for the 2013 season and take questions from members of the audience.
“There is an excitement building as the Ravens prepare to kickoff their 2013 campaign, especially after winning the Super Bowl last season ,” said Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation. “Baltimoreans love talking football, so we thought this roundtable would be a great opportunity for the media who cover the team and fans to come together to share their thoughts on the Ravens initial start to the season and the long-term outlook for 2013.”
Tickets for the program are $25.00 and include lunch, the roundtable program and admission to the galleries at Sports Legends Museum. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the latest additions to the Ravens Gallery featuring new artifacts from the Super Bowl XLVII Championship season. Artifacts include Ravens Kicker Justin Tucker’s cleats worn during Super Bowl XLVII; Ravens Defensive End Arthur Jones’ jersey (#97) worn during the Wild Card game against the Indianapolis Colts; a reproduction Super Bowl XLVII ring that is an exact replica of the one presented to Joe Flacco with his name and “MVP” engraved on the side; and more.
To order tickets, please contact Ashley Serano at 410-727-1539 x3013 or AshleyS@BabeRuthMuseum.org.
About The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation
The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and celebrating the legacy of Maryland’s rich sports heritage. The Foundation owns and operates both Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace. Located adjacent to Oriole Park, Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards opened in May 2005 and consists of 22,000 square feet of artifacts and interactive exhibits profiling Maryland’s sports history. Among the items featured in the Museum’s Ravens’ Gallery are the Super Bowl jerseys of Jonathan Ogden and Matt Stover, as well as the football from the team’s first home game.
Posted on 20 August 2013 by WNST Staff
Courtesy of EA Sports…
Posted on 20 August 2013 by WNST Staff
Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).
2013 NFL MVP – Odds to Win
Peyton Manning (DEN) QB 5/1
Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB 13/2
Colin Kaepernick (SF) QB 10/1
Drew Brees (NO) QB 10/1
Adrian Peterson (MIN) RB 12/1
Tom Brady (NE) QB 12/1
Matt Ryan (ATL) QB 15/1
Robert Griffin III (WAS) QB 18/1
Russell Wilson (SEA) QB 18/1
Andrew Luck (IND) QB 25/1
Calvin Johnson (DET) WR 25/1
Eli Manning (NYG) QB 25/1
Arian Foster (HOU) RB 33/1
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB 33/1
Cam Newton (CAR) QB 33/1
Matthew Stafford (DET) QB 33/1
Michael Vick (PHI) QB 33/1
Tony Romo (DAL) QB 33/1
Matt Schaub (HOU) QB 40/1
J.J. Watt (HOU) DE 40/1
Chris Johnson (TEN) RB 50/1
Joe Flacco (BAL) QB 50/1
Marshawn Lynch (SEA) RB 50/1
Philip Rivers (SD) QB 50/1
Jay Cutler (CHI) QB 66/1
Ray Rice (BAL) RB 66/1
Alfred Morris (WAS) RB 66/1
Jamaal Charles (KC) RB 66/1
Matt Forte (CHI) RB 66/1
Steven Jackson (ATL) RB 66/1
Doug Martin (TB) RB 66/1
Andy Dalton (CIN) QB 75/1
Alex Smith (KC) QB 75/1
Josh Freeman (TB) QB 75/1
Sam Bradford (STL) QB 75/1
A.J. Green (CIN) WR 100/1
Andre Johnson (HOU) WR 100/1
Brandon Marshall (CHI) WR 100/1
Reggie Bush (DET) RB 150/1
Who will record the most Passing Yards in the 2013 Regular Season?
Drew Brees (NO) QB 4/1
Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB 6/1
Matthew Stafford (DET) QB 13/2
Peyton Manning (DEN) QB 7/1
Matt Ryan (ATL) QB 10/1
Tom Brady (NE) QB 12/1
Tony Romo (DAL) QB 15/1
Andrew Luck (IND) QB 15/1
Eli Manning (NYG) QB 20/1
Jay Cutler (CHI) QB 28/1
Philip Rivers (SD) QB 33/1
Matt Schaub (HOU) QB 33/1
Cam Newton (CAR) QB 33/1
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB 33/1
Sam Bradford (STL) QB 40/1
Carson Palmer (ARI) QB 40/1
Josh Freeman (TB) QB 40/1
Andy Dalton (CIN) QB 40/1
Joe Flacco (BAL) QB 40/1
Colin Kaepernick (SF) QB 40/1
Robert Griffin III (WAS) QB 50/1
Ryan Tannehill (MIA) QB 50/1
Alex Smith (KC) QB 50/1
Russell Wilson (SEA) QB 66/1
Michael Vick (PHI) QB 66/1
Mark Sanchez (NYJ) QB 200/1
Who will record the most Rushing Yards in the 2013 Regular Season?
Adrian Peterson (MIN) RB 11/4
Marshawn Lynch (SEA) RB 7/1
Doug Martin (TB) RB 10/1
Arian Foster (HOU) RB 10/1
Alfred Morris (WAS) RB 12/1
Jamaal Charles (KC) RB 14/1
C.J. Spiller (BUF) RB 14/1
Trent Richardson (CLE) RB 16/1
Chris Johnson (TEN) RB 18/1
Ray Rice (BAL) RB 18/1
LeSean McCoy (PHI) RB 20/1
Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC) RB 20/1
Stevan Ridley (NE) RB 25/1
Matt Forte (CHI) RB 28/1
Steven Jackson (ATL) RB 28/1
Frank Gore (SF) RB 33/1
DeMarco Murray (DAL) RB 33/1
Darren McFadden (OAK) RB 33/1
Reggie Bush (DET) RB 40/1
Lamar Miller (MIA) RB 40/1
Montee Ball (DEN) RB 40/1
Ryan Mathews (SD) RB 50/1
Rashard Mendenhall (ARI) RB 50/1
Ahmad Bradshaw (IND) RB 50/1
Who will record the most Receiving Yards in the 2013 Regular Season?
Calvin Johnson (DET) WR 11/4
Dez Bryant (DAL) WR 8/1
A.J. Green (CIN) WR 9/1
Brandon Marshall (CHI) WR 9/1
Julio Jones (ATL) WR 14/1
Demaryius Thomas (DEN) WR 14/1
Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR 18/1
Andre Johnson (HOU) WR 18/1
Roddy White (ATL) WR 20/1
Randall Cobb (GB) WR 20/1
Vincent Jackson (TB) WR 20/1
Victor Cruz (NYG) WR 20/1
Wes Welker (DEN) WR 22/1
Danny Amendola (NE) WR 22/1
Dwayne Bowe (KC) WR 33/1
Marques Colston (NO) WR 33/1
Reggie Wayne (IND) WR 33/1
Steve Smith (CAR) WR 33/1
Antonio Brown (PIT) WR 40/1
Hakeem Nicks (NYG) WR 40/1
Mike Wallace (MIA) WR 40/1
Eric Decker (DEN) WR 40/1
DeSean Jackson (PHI) WR 40/1
Pierre Garcon (WAS) WR 50/1
Jordy Nelson (GB) WR 50/1
Kenny Britt (TEN) WR 50/1
Tavon Austin (STL) WR 50/1
Miles Austin (DAL) WR 50/1
Anquan Boldin (SF) WR 50/1
Jimmy Graham (NO) TE 50/1
Cecil Shorts (JAC) WR 66/1
Torrey Smith (BAL) WR 66/1
Steve Johnson (BUF) WR 75/1
Greg Jennings (MIN) WR 100/1
Who will win the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year?
Tavon Austin (STL) WR 5/1
Montee Ball (DEN) RB 11/2
Eddie Lacy (GB) RB
EJ Manuel (BUF) QB 10/1
Geno Smith (NYJ) QB 10/1
Deandre Hopkins (HOU) WR 10/1
Le’Veon Bell (PIT) RB 12/1
Robert Woods (BUF) WR 14/1
Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE 14/1
Aaron Dobson (NE) WR 16/1
Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN) WR 16/1
Justin Hunter (TEN) WR 20/1
Keenan Allen (SD) WR 20/1
Denard Robinson (RB) JAC 25/1
Zach Ertz (PHI) TE 25/1
Matt Barkley (PHI) QB 33/1
Joseph Randle (RB) DAL 33/1
Mike Gillislee (RB) MIA 33/1
Who will win the 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year?
Ezekiel Ansah 6/1
Arthur Brown 15/2
Jarvis Jones 8/1
Manti Teo 14/1
Star Lotulelei 14/1
Tyran Mathieu 14/1
Barkevious Mingo 16/1
Dee Milliner 16/1
Matt Elam 16/1
Sharrif Floyd 16/1
DJ Hayden 18/1
Datone Jones 18/1
Dion Jordan 18/1
Alec Ogletree 20/1
Desmond Trufant 20/1
John Jenkins 20/1
Kenny Vaccaro 20/1
Bjoern Werner 25/1
Eric Reid 25/1
Jonathan Cyprien 25/1
Kevin Minter 25/1
Sheldon Richardson 25/1
Sylvester Williams 25/1
Xavier Rhodes 25/1
Posted on 27 July 2013 by Glenn Clark
OWINGS MILLS – The Baltimore Ravens suffered a major blow during practice Saturday.
“Dennis (Pitta) has a dislocated hip” head coach John Harbaugh announced following practice. “We’ll have to take a look at that and see exactly what it is. It’s a serious injury. He’s going to be out for awhile, he will not be in the Denver game (Week 1). We’ll just have to play it from there to see how long it goes.”
ESPN reported Saturday night that Pitta, who was transported to a local hospital and underwent surgery immediately, is expected to miss the entire season.
The injury occurred after the tight end collided with S James Ihedigbo on a pass play in the back of the end zone. Saturday’s practice was the first padded practice of this year’s Training Camp.
The injury is a major blow for the Baltimore Ravens, who traded WR Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers in the offseason. Pitta had been hoped to build on his 2012 season (61 catches, 669 yards, seven touchdowns) to help replace Boldin.
Ed Dickson, Billy Bajema and rookie Matt Furstenburg all saw snaps with the first team offense after Pitta’s departure. Free agent TE Visanthe Shiancoe (Morgan State) visited the Ravens’ facility earlier in the week but did not sign. Rookie FB Kyle Juszczek could also be asked to help out in the process, especially if the Ravens were to re-sign current free agent FB Vonta Leach as the Newark Star-Ledger reported Thursday night they are expected to do.
Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell suggested the Ravens would continue their “next man up” mentality.
“Somebody’s going to have to step up and we do have some capable guys. All across the flanks we do have some weapons. We’re just going to have to have some guys make some plays for us.”
Dickson-a fellow fourth year tight end-moves to the top of the tight end depth chart in Pitta’s absence. Dickson told WNST.net “it’s on me to go out there and build chemistry with (QB) Joe (Flacco) and to do the things that I do to the best of my ability.”
Dickson also told WNST.net he sent Pitta a text after practice saying “Keep your head up…the injury’s not going to hold you down. We need you. Praying for you…I’m holding down the fort for you.”
Dickson’s 2012 numbers were disappointing as he fought through injuries. The tight end played in just 13 games and caught 21 balls for 225 yards without a touchdown grab. “Ed has been playing and performing extremely well” Caldwell said. “He’s had a good camp thus far. He’s moving well, he’s catching the ball for us, he has a lot of big play potential. Ed is a very capable guy. We’re going to have to have some other guys step up as well.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a dislocated hip usually takes upwards of 2-3 months for recovery and rehabilitation.
Making matters worse for the Ravens is their lack of depth at receiver as well. Without Boldin, only Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones have more than even 123 career receiving yards. Doss has those 123, David Reed 66, Deonte Thompson 51, LaQuan Williams 46. Neither Tommy Streeter nor rookie Aaron Mellette has ever played in a NFL game.
YANDA REMAINS OUT: Despite being removed from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list Friday, OL Marshal Yanda (shoulder) was not present Saturday, but is expected to return shortly. S Anthony Levine (shoulder) was on the practice for a second straight day after being removed from the PUP list. LB Jameel McClain (back) remains on the PUP list and did not practice Saturday.
OT Bryant McKinnie (conditioning) left practice early Friday as coach John Harbaugh had concerns for how he’d hold up in the heat, he was back on the practice field Saturday afternoon. OL Kelechi Osemele (hamstring) and Ryan Jensen (leg) were not present for Saturday’s practice. WR LaQuan Williams (arm) and Marlon Brown (knee) were not present as well.
DL Kapron Lewis-Moore (knee) remains on the non-football injury list and is not expected to practice during Training Camp.
OTHER PRACTICE NOTES: S Omar Brown appears to have switched jersey numbers, going from number 38 to number 31.
K Justin Tucker stood out during Saturday’s practice, including makes from 60 yards and 65 yards out. After the make from 65, Tucker let out an exclamation of “Come on!”
LB Terrell Suggs had the quote of the day. After making a tackle on a goal line stop against the first team offense, Suggs yelled out “Where the f*ck is Vonta Leach when you need him?”