Posted on 19 January 2012 by WNSTV
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Posted on 27 December 2011 by Nestor Aparicio
It’s all come down to this for the Jekyll and Hyde Baltimore Ravens of 2011 – win on the first day of 2012 in Cincinnati or have the season quickly turn into a month-long road journey that has claimed many wildcard victims along the way in the NFL over the years.
We all know the stakes – a Ravens win over the Bengals would earn Baltimore a much-needed two weeks of rest, relaxation and home-cooking while four other AFC teams (including the dreaded Pittsburgh Steelers) have to pack, play and win on the first weekend of 2012 with nothing but airplanes and hotels in their futures.
An unthinkable loss in Cincy – like the ones the Ravens have suffered four times this season against just three road wins – and the local heroes will be stuck on a week-to-week road journey that almost certainly would destroy their Super Bowl chances in Indianapolis for early February.
After all, the theory goes, if you can’t beat the Bengals in Cincinnati where they can’t even sell their own pseudo-playoff tickets, how could the Ravens go to Denver or Oakland and then Pittsburgh and New England and win three straight NFL games on the road in January?
So it all comes down to Cincinnati on Sunday for the Ravens to have any odds we’d all like for them to win the Super Bowl.
The most important roadtrip in Baltimore Ravens’ history?
Sure, I think we can make that case, especially given the stakes of the bye and the home-field advantage that the Ravens can execute with a victory over upstart quarterback Andy Dalton and the Bengals.
Several key injuries have made this game in Cincy look even more formidable, considering the limps and gimps on both sides of the football for the Ravens. Losing David Reed for the remainder of the season will put a crimp into the special teams efforts moving forward but the Ravens’ entire squad has looked more like an infirmary the past few weeks with a series of injuries affecting the roster.
The most serious this week will be the chest contusion suffered by Marshal Yanda, who is their most effective offensive lineman and a key cog in the Ravens’ desire to run the ball with Ray Rice and Ricky Williams. Coach John Harbaugh was unusually direct in his statements regarding the situation with Yanda but the Ravens will plug in Andre Gurode if necessary and attempt to win in Cincinnati.
As the axiom in the game goes “No one is healthy at this time of the season” but with the Ravens it’s even more severe because of how these untimely losses will affect the offense, which has been inconsistent even when all its parts have been on the field.
Just when it appears Lee Evans gets healthy, the Ravens lose Anquan Boldin.
Just when Ray Lewis gets back on the field, the Ravens lose Dannell Ellerbe.
Just when Lardarius Webb gets back onto the field in one piece, the Ravens lose Cary Williams with a concussion.
And let’s not get started on the Billy Cundiff injury and the tough decisions Harbaugh and the coaching staff will have making a decision on who will be kicking the most important three-pointers of the season for the franchise — the now questionable Cundiff or former Bengals kicker Shayne Graham, who looked strong vs. Cleveland last Saturday.
But excuses and injuries will fall on deaf ears with the Baltimore Ravens’ fan base if the Ravens come back from Cincinnati late Sunday night staring at a three-week roadtrip beginning somewhere West – Oakland or Denver – and they might even have to play that game in just five days given the wildcard Saturday starts.
And while some teams – including last year’s version of the Green Bay Packers – could survive that kind of grind and win a Super Bowl title, it would take someone far more gullible than me to think that a team that struggled to a 3-5 road finish this year and coming off a loss in Cincinnati would be considered a real threat to run the table with three straight road victories going through the likes of Pittsburgh and New England in back-to-back weeks.
And while the clock ticks on the football careers of the likes of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Matt Birk – did anyone say last and best chance for a championship in Baltimore? – it’s easy for me to write that this game in Cincinnati is indeed the most important roadtrip in Ravens’ history.
The Ravens have never played a bigger regular season game or one with higher stakes than this New Year’s Day game of poker in Cincinnati.
Undefeated at home in a perfect 8-0 run this season, the Ravens are now going to finally have to show that they have the heart of a champion in southern Ohio on Sunday.
Posted on 20 December 2011 by WNST Staff
You’ve seen the bright purple shirts with the cool cartoon image of Joe Flacco and his Fu on the internet. Now buy a shirt for yourself and dazzle your purple friends who are supporting the Fu 5 Fighters For Flacco. Or as we call it, #5F on Twitter.
Are you growing your Festivus Fu?
Joe loves and completely has endorsed the shirts and $5 from each shirt goes directly to the Living Classrooms Foundation.
Also, don’t forget to “like” our Facebook page here and join the Twitter community @5FlaccoFu. (Don’t forget the #5F hashtag — it’s why we put it on the shirts!)
You can also enter our contest to win a meal with Joe Flacco in Spring 2012 by growing your Fu — or for the ladies, showing your Fu — and donating to Living Classrooms Foundation.
All of the details of the entire #5F movement, history, FAQs and videos from Joe Flacco are here.
Here’s the shirt you will receive and the pricing below:
Please expect 10-14 days for shipping and delivery. We’re working as fast as we can to get them out to you through the holidays and “Fu-stivus” for 2012.
Posted on 13 December 2011 by WNST Staff
Posted on 12 December 2011 by WNSTV
Posted on 06 December 2011 by WNST Staff
WNST.net is excited to announce a partnership with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco designed to create excitement and energy around the holidays, Festivus and the team’s pending playoff and Super Bowl run over the next 10 weeks while raising money for one of Baltimore’s great local charities for kids and education — the Living Classrooms Foundation.
Everyone who is a Ravens knows that Joe Flacco unveiled a Fu Manchu mustache on Thanksgiving night and said that he wanted teammates and the local purple community to be involved.
So it’s in response to that night and with great civic spirit and charitable intentions in partnership with Joe Flacco that we announce the formation of “Fu 5 Fighters For Flacco” – essentially a local army of fans who will pledge to donate $5 per week to the Living Classrooms Foundation while either growing (or showing, sporting and/or wearing) a Fu Manchu. In addition for those participating, we’re offering an awesome contest on Facebook and Twitter to win a private dinner with Joe Flacco in Spring 2012 for three lucky fans. EVERYONE who completes their donation before Feb. 18, 2012 will also automatically be entered to win with one male and one female supporter selected in Spring 2012.
It’s very simple and here’s how you can be involved and donate:
• Like the Fu 5 Fighters For Flacco page at Facebook here and register your Fu For Flacco by joining the contest here. THIS IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL WAY TO WIN! Make sure you share the pictures of your Fu For Flacco before Jan. 2, 2012 and make it your Facebook profile photo as well to tell the purple world that you’re supporting Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens for the newly crowned “Fu-stivus.”
• Follow @5FlaccoFu on Twitter and share all posts, pictures and comments with Twitter hashtag #5F
• Make sure you follow through with your donations for a chance to win a meal with Joe Flacco in Spring 2012. All of the rules of the competition are on our Facebook contest page at Fu 5 Fighters For Flacco page.
But this is pretty simple.
For men, you can grow your own Fu Manchus.
For the ladies, you can “show” your Fu by getting creative with your makeup kit!
Here’s a video from Joe Flacco talking about the origin of the Fu and why he’s excited to have Baltimore Ravens participate and get involved not only with the “Fu-stivus” season but also to benefit a great local charity like Living Classrooms with your donations.
If – or WHEN – the Ravens win the Super Bowl in February, your donation would be $50 for a championship run. And, of course, you’ll have some great pictures, laughs and memories to share with friends as Joe’s No. 5 Army is deploying with our Baltimore version of the playoff beard.
You can also now buy Flacco Fu cartoon T-shirts here.
Happy Fu-stivus to all.
Posted on 30 November 2011 by WNSTV