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Let The Miller Lite Purple Palace Contest Begin!

Posted on 18 November 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

WNST Sports Media has set forth to find the biggest Ravens fan of them all. You know the one we’re talking about? The one with the purple basement? Or the purple room? Or the one with an office, room or space that has purple pictures, memories, autographs, signed footballs, jerseys, etc. It might be a seasonal show of Festivus lights and a purple Christmas tree? Or just holiday lights and a train garden?
Or maybe it’s a 365-day shrine to the purple on a new wing of the house? It might even look like a local sports bar? Or, as the contest is appropriately titled, “A Purple Palace.”

Every one of us at WNST grew up collecting autographs, pictures, baseball cards – you name it! And we all have some trinkets lying around our house that have sentimental value in regard to sports. But for the first time, we’re trying to find the virtual All-Star team – or is it the Pro Bowl? — of Baltimore Ravens fans.

There are no specific qualifications for entry. We’ll know the perfect “Purple Palace” when we see it!

But we need you to help us find “the biggest and the best.”

As a reward for the winner, we’re offering a helluva grand prize:

• An all-expenses paid trip for two to Green Bay next year to see some purple football! Oh, and if you consider it a prize, a bunch of the WNST staff will come over to your purple palace during the football playoffs in January and bring some Miller Lite and some food and watch the game IN your viewing palace. We’ll even shoot some wnsTV so our fans at WNST can see what they’re missing in your purple palace and get a better tour. We’ll also throw in a signed Kelly Gregg jersey to add to your purple wall.

There are also $500 and $250 restaurant gift certificate grand prizes for second and third place.

All of the official contest rules are below.

But you can help us spread the word by inquiring with your friends, co-workers or fellow tailgaters as to whose “Purple Palace” is the best!

All of our entries are easily submitted via your computer.

There are two ways to enter:

1. VIDEO: Upload all videos to www.youtube.com in the traditional way and send us the linking address.

2. PHOTOS: Email no more than 5 photos to us at purplepalace@wnst.net.

3. WORDS: You can write an optional 200-word or less essay on your place and what makes it special.

This is NOT an exercise in who can take the best pictures or shoot the coolest videos. We just need the evidence and stories to share with our audience.

All entries must be submitted by Sunday, Dec. 14.

The WNST staff (with help from the WNST.net readers) will pick the Top 3 “Purple Palace” finalists.

WNSTV will then go to the 3 finalist locations for a better look at them. We’ll shoot a 2-minute wnsTV video of your place and you and we’ll leave the voting to an “online” WNST voters format during Christmas Week.

Our winner will be announced on Monday, Dec. 29th.

Spread the word. Help us find the coolest basements, Christmas trees, autograph and memorabilia collections and the ultimate “Miller Lite Purple Palace.”

Good luck to you and anyone who loves the Ravens as much as we do!

We can’t wait to see what might be hiding in your basement! Or under your tree!



All contest participants are bound to the following rules. Please read carefully before entering the contest.

1. You must be 21 years old to enter, a legal US resident and a permanent resident of the states of Maryland or Pennsylvania only.

2. Contestant’s name, likeness, voice, city and state of residence may be used for promotional purposes without additional permission or compensation.

3. Current or former employees of WNST, family members, clients, agents, successors, and assignees of WNST or any promotional agency involved with the 2008 “Miller Lite Purple Palace Contest” are ineligible to participate.

4. Entries are limited to one (1) per person. No person may enter more than one time and no person may enter for another person, or in another person’s name. Any person found violating any of the above provisions will be disqualified and all entries submitted by said person shall be ruled ineligible for prize awards

5. All 2008 “Miller Lite Purple Palace Contest” entries must be filled out completely. Any incomplete entries will be ruled ineligible for prize awards.

6. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited.

7. Entries will be accepted from Monday 11/17/08 – Sunday 12/14/08 via the internet only on WNST’s official contest entry form which will be posted on the WNST website – www.wnst.net.

8. Contestants may submit up to three (3) photographs or one (1) video via WNST’s official website – www.wnst.net. Photographs or videos deemed by WNST to be illegal or vulgar in nature will be removed from the contest and the participant will be disqualified.

9. WNST will choose three (3) finalist from the entries submitted, go to their homes and film one “Miller Lite Purple Palace” video per finalist between 12/15/08 – 12/17/08.

10. The three (3) finalist “Miller Lite Purple Palace” videos will be placed on WNST’s website, www.wnst.net from 12/18/08 – 12/28/08, where WNST listeners can vote on their favorite video amongst the three finalists’.

11. Prize winners will be announced on WNST am 1570 and wnst.net between 6 am – 6 p.m. on Monday, 12/29/08.

12. Prize winner’s names will be posted on the 2008 “Miller Lite Purple Palace Contest” webpage at www.wnst.net.

13. Substitution of prize or transfer of prizes to another person will be allowed. WNST, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to substitute a prize of comparable value.

14. Prize winners are responsible for any applicable federal, state or local taxes.
15. Any disputes or appeals regarding the 2008 “Miller Lite Purple Palace Contest” rules will be decided solely by WNST using its interpretation of the rules. WNST will consider the intent and spirit of the rules; the integrity of the WNST contest; as well as the feasibility of accommodating any appeal. Any and all disputes or appeals must be submitted via email to Brad Howard, Vice President. Deadline for submitting a rules dispute or appeal is 11:59 p.m. EST on 12/31/08. Please include a detailed account of the dispute and resolution requested. All rulings made by WNST are final and binding.
16. By entering the contest, winner agrees to release and hold harmless Miller Brewing Company, WNST, their affiliated and subsidiary companies and other contest sponsors against any and all claims or inability arising directly or indirectly from contestant’s participation in the contest or acceptance or use of the prize. Upon request, winner will promptly complete and sign any documents effectuating this release.

17. Any participant who attempt to bribe, coerce, blackmail or otherwise influence an officer, agent, affiliate, vendor or surrogate of WNST in an effort to alter the standings will be prohibited from winning any prizes and will be eliminated from the contest. Any criminal behavior by a participant which attempts to corrupt or alter the fairness of the 2008 “Miller Lite Purple Palace Contest” will result in civil and/or criminal prosecution.
18. Any attempt by a participant or any other individual to deliberately damage the 2008 “Miller Lite Purple Palace Contest” webpage or undermine the legitimate operation of the contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and in the event that an attempt is made, WNST reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent of the law.

19. WNST is not responsible for contestant’s inability to access the Internet due to ISP downtime, computer failure, equipment malfunction, disconnection’s, busy lines, misdirected e-mail, submission errors or other circumstances or incapability’s relative to web access or to contest application.

20. If the 2008 “Miller Lite Purple Palace Contest” is cancelled because of an act of terrorism or any unforeseen catastrophe, or an Act of God, or lack of participation, then WNST is not responsible for any loss or liability incurred by any participant due to cancellation of the 2008 “Miller Lite Purple Palace Contest”.
21. 2008 “Miller Lite Purple Palace Contest” is governed by the laws of the state of Maryland without regard to principles of conflicts of law.

22. In the event that any provision of these Official Rules is found invalid or unenforceable pursuant to judicial decree or decision, the remainder of the Official Rules shall remain valid and enforceable according to its terms. The parties intend that the provision of these Official Rules be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law. Accordingly, the parties agree that if any provision are deemed not enforceable, they shall be deemed modified to the extent necessary to make them enforceable.
23. By entering the 2008 “Miller Lite Purple palace Contest” you agree that you have read and understand the contest rules.


1st place – One winner will receive a NFL playoff game (TBD) viewing party for up to12 people in their ‘Purple Palace” in January 2009. WNST staff members will attend and supply Miller Lite and tasty food for people 21+ years of age. The grand prize winner will also receive a trip for two (2) people (including airfare, game tickets, lodging plus transportation to and from the game) to the Baltimore vs. Green Bay football game in Wisconsin in 2009, and a Kelly Gregg autographed Ravens jersey.
2nd place – $500 in restaurant gift certificates
3rd place – $250 in restaurant gift certificates

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Beating the Giants would make Ravens a legit force in AFC

Posted on 16 November 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

As I wake this morning the Baltimore Ravens – and, yes, they used the word “Baltimore” before it was “comprehensive branding effort” – are 6-3 and could be in sole possession of first place in the AFC North if a series of positive events transpire later today at the Meadowlands and in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers host a desperate San Diego Chargers club coming east to play with their season in the balance.

No matter what, we’re gonna learn a lot about January today.

In my 13 years of fandom I’ve never seen a purple team this hard to read. Are they this good? Or were THEY that BAD?

I’m not really sure.

Here are the irrefutable facts:

• The Ravens have played nine games and have played eight of them well enough to win. That includes solid, representative efforts in Pittsburgh and here against the undefeated and “unstoppable” Tennessee Titans.
• The Ravens played one of the biggest turds in the history of the franchise in Indianapolis and any horse player might “throw this one out” if they can legitimately run with the New York Football Giants.
• Their only wins have come at the expense of the likes of the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders – the literal dregs of the league and darlings of next April’s NFL Draft.
• The road has been far from a nuisance for rookie quarterback Joe Flacco, who after appearing to have been playing the rope-a-dope in that game against the Colts, has rebounded nicely with huge efforts in Miami, Cleveland and Houston.
• The injuries have mounted – Kelly Gregg, Chris McAlister, Marshal Yanda and Dawan Landry are all done for the season – and the “next man up” has gotten the job done. Winning teams do that!
• The team has a rookie head coach, a rookie quarterback, a rookie left tackle and aging players at a variety of positions from wide receiver to defensive line to middle linebacker and week after week they’ve brought impressive moxie to the field no matter the circumstance. The secondary has been ravaged but is still percolating and when the front seven brings the heat this is a 3-and-out waiting to happen.
• They know how to come back from behind on the road as was witnessed in Cleveland, where they effectively ended their bitter division rival’s playoff aspirations on Halloween weekend.
• And finally, the Giants are 8-1. So let’s just assume they’re pretty good.

These are the facts. But how this game sets up is anyone’s guess.

The Giants are a prohibitive favorite. The weather is slated to be kinda chilly at 49 degrees. And we’re taking 57 purple WNST fans up to the game via the “Miller Lite Roadtrips.”

The rest is why we take the video camera…

Will the Ravens defense shut down the Big Blue running game – Earth, Wind and Fire – which leads the league in rushing?

Will Rex Ryan’s blitz packages get after Eli Manning or will the Giants solid offensive line give him their signal caller a chance to exploit a depleted secondary?

And how will No. 5 fare up the Turnpike from his home in New Jersey as the Giants disguise packages and send the blitz of Justin Tuck and company?

This is why I love football.

Can the Ravens go into the Meadowlands and defeat the reigning World Champions today?

That’s what we’re all wondering…

The bus leaves at 7 a.m.

Casey Willett, Drew Forrester and I will all be at the Meadowlands.

Blogs, stories, videos and hopefully, a victory, will be coming back with us.

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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 11 TEs

Posted on 13 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

The big news this week when it comes to tight ends is that on the back of one decent performance, Todd Heap has finally broken into the power rankings. He’ll have a tough time staying there though after a match up with a tough Giants defense on Sunday. Derek Fine still remains an interesting proposition, after being blanked last week. Since it’s pretty much hit or miss when it comes to tight ends outside of the top 5 from week to week, Fine could still be an intriguing start for this week, in a favorable match up.


Remember that we’re listing 3 separate areas of evaluation in each Positional Power Rankings blog. The power rankings, listed first, are a year to date assessment of the top 20 at each position. Under those, are listings advising who should be a little bit better or worse than usual, based on their match up this week. And finally, at the bottom of each blog is the formulary start rankings, which is gotten using the “Secret Fantasy Flavor Formula”. It’s two parts year to date performance, one part opponents’ defensive performance, with adjustments for injuries, anomalies, and playing time changes.


Remember, none of this is gospel. If it were that easy, it wouldn’t be fun to play the games. With that said, we’re very proud of our track record so far, and suggest that you use these and as many other resources as you can find, in order to formulate your own opinions. After all, it’s you who has to live with your lineup decisions


Week 11 Fantasy Tight End Power Rankings


TE Power Rankings Archive34567 – 8 – 9 – 10


Remember that the power rankings listed here are a reflection of year to date performance only, and not an inducement of who to start this week. Check the list at the bottom of the column for this week’s start rankings.


(last week’s rankings in parentheses)


1. Tony Gonzalez (4) – KC – 544 yds 5 TD


2. Antonio Gates (2) – SD – 469 yds 6 TD


3. Dallas Clark (5) – IND – 415 yds 3 TD


4. Jason Witten (1) – DAL – 549 yds 2 TD


5. Kellen Winslow Jr. (11) – CLE – 362 yds 3 TD


6. Tony Scheffler (6) – DEN – 351 yds 2 TD


7. Owen Daniels (3) – HOU – 541 yds 2 TD


8. Kevin Boss (10) – NYG – 217 yds 4 TD


9. Chris Cooley (8) – WAS – 529 yds 1 TD


10. Anthony Fasano (10) – MIA – 305 yds 3 TD


11. Bo Scaife (16) – TEN – 422 yds 2 TD


12. Dustin Keller (NR) – NYJ – 254 yds 3 TD


13. Billy Miller (NR) – NO – 388 yds 0 TD


14. Visanthe Schiancoe (9) – MIN – 252 yds 4 TD


15. Mercedes Lewis (15) – JAX – 287 yds 2 TD


16. John Carlson (12) – SEA – 298 yds 2 TD


17. Zach Miller (13) – OAK – 363 yds 1 TD


18. Greg Olsen (14) – CHI – 346 yds 2 TD


19. Alex Smith (17) – TB – 228 yds 3 TD


20. Todd Heap (NR) – BAL – 195 yds 2 TD


Dropped from Rankings: LJ Smith – PHI; Jerramy Stevens – TB; David Martin – MIA


TEs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 11: Dallas Clark vs. HOU; Tony Scheffler @ ATL; Dante Rosario vs. DET; Mercedes Lewis vs. TEN; Bo Scaife @ JAX; Anthony Fasano vs. OAK


TEs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 11 Match Ups: Matt Spaeth vs. SD; Justin Peele vs. DEN; Ben Watson vs. NYJ; Reggie Kelly & Ben Utecht vs. PHI; David Martin vs. OAK


TEs With Tough Week 11 Match Ups: Jason Witten @ WAS; Kellen Winslow Jr. @ BUF; Zach Miller @ MIA; Todd Heap @ NYG; Visanthe Schiancoe @ TB; Chris Cooley vs. DAL; LJ Smith @ CIN; Kevin Boss vs. BAL; Owen Daniels @ IND


TEs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 11: Joe Klopfstein @ SF; Brent Celek @ CIN


And here are the week 11 Fantasy TE start rankings; it’s the top 40 projected tight ends in the order that you should consider them this week. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for the game tonight, so keep checking back.


1. Dallas Clark (12)

2. Tony Gonzalez (19)

3. Tony Scheffler (19)

4. Antonio Gates (23)

5. Anthony Fasano (30)

6. Bo Scaife (31)

7. Derek Fine (34)

8. Owen Daniels (37)

9. Kellen Winslow Jr. (38)

10. Mercedes Lewis (38)

11. Kevin Boss (40)

12. Jason Witten (41)

13. Daniel Graham (43)

14. Chris Cooley (44)

15. Dustin Keller (45)

16. Billy Miller (46)

17. John Carlson (46)

18.  Greg Olsen (51)

19. Alex Smith (51)

20. Jerramy Stevens (57)

21. Visanthe Schiancoe (59)

22. Tom Santi (60)

23. Zach Miller (63)

24. David Martin (66)

25. Brent Celek (69) *bump him 5 to 7 spots if LJ Smith can’t go

26. Martellus Bennett (69) * bump him 3 to 5 spots if Jason Witten can’t go

27. Todd Heap (70) *bump him 8 to 10 spots if Derrick Mason can’t go

28. Vernon Davis (73)

29. LJ Smith (74) *switch him with Celek if he’s probable or better

30. Jerrame Tuman (75)

31. Justin Peele (76)

32. Dante Rosario (77)

33. Robert Royal (78)

34. Alge Crumpler (79)

35. Donald Lee (80)

36. Matt Spaeth (81)

37. Jeremy Shockey (86)

38. Desmond Clark (89)

39. John Gilmore (89)

40. Steve Heiden (92)


Use the links at the bottom of the page for all of the rest of this week’s rankings. As always, keep an eye on the injury report and make adjustments accordingly, or call in to the show on Saturday from 4-7. And most importantly, good luck this week.






Week 11 Fantasy QB Rankings and Previews


Week 11 Fantasy RB Rankings and Previews


Week 11 Fantasy WR Rankings and Previews


Week 11 Fantasy D/ST Rankings and Previews


Week 11 Fantasy K Rankings and Previews


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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 10 TEs

Posted on 06 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are the Week 10 Fantasy Tight End Power Rankings, and just in time to make sure that you’re armed for tonight’s game. As usual when it comes to tight ends, it’s pretty much hit or miss anyway once you get outside of the top 4 or 5 guys. In addition to the power ranks, we’ve also ranked out the top 40 tight ends for this week in the order that you should consider them.


Week 10 Fantasy Tight End Power Rankings


TE Power Rankings Archive34567 – 8 – 9


Remember that the power rankings listed here are a reflection of year to date performance only, and not an inducement of who to start this week. Check the list at the bottom of the column for this week’s start rankings.


(last week’s rankings in parentheses)


1. Jason Witten (1) – DAL – 549 yds 2 TD


2. Antonio Gates (2) – SD – 403 yds 5 TD


3. Owen Daniels (4) – HOU – 528 yds 2 TD


4. Tony Gonzalez (3) – KC – 431 yds 3 TD


5. Dallas Clark (5) – IND – 391 yds 2 TD


6. Tony Scheffler (7) – DEN – 259 yds 2 TD


7. Anthony Fasano (6) – MIA – 288 yds 3 TD


8. Chris Cooley (8) – WAS – 529 yds 1 TD


9. Visanthe Schiancoe (10) – MIN – 248 yds 4 TD


10. Kevin Boss (17) – NYG – 148 yds 3 TD


11. Kellen Winslow Jr. (15) – CLE – 251 yds 1 TD


12. John Carlson (12) – SEA – 244 yds 2 TD


13. Zach Miller (9) – OAK – 321 yds 1 TD


14. Greg Olsen (11) – CHI – 306 yds 2 TD


15. Mercedes Lewis (16) – JAX – 223 yds 2 TD


16. Bo Scaife (13) – TEN – 344 yds 1 TD


17. Alex Smith (19) – TB – 228 yds 3 TD


18. LJ Smith (18) – PHI – 106 yds 2 TD


19. Jerramy Stevens (20) – TB – 154 yds 1 TD


20. David Martin (NR) – MIA – 253 yds 1 TD


Dropped from Rankings: Billy Miller – NO


TEs Who Should Be Better Than Usual In Week 10: Tony Gonzalez @ SD; Mercedes Lewis @ DET; Kellen Winslow Jr. vs. DEN; Jeremy Shockey @ ATL; Visanthe Schiancoe vs. GB; Greg Olsen vs. TEN; Donald Lee @ MIN


TEs Who Could Be Sleepers Based on Week 10 Match Ups: Dante Rosario @ OAK; Michael Gaines vs. JAX; Justin Peele vs. NO


TEs With Tough Week 10 Match Ups: John Carlson @ MIA; LJ Smith vs. NYG; Antonio Gates vs. KC; Dustin Keller vs. ST.L; Bo Scaife @ CHI


TEs You Might Want to Avoid in Week 10: Benjamin Watson vs. BUF; Tony Scheffler @ CLE; Ben Patrick vs. SF


And here are the week 10 Fantasy WR start rankings; it’s this week’s top 75 wide receivers in the order that you should consider them. They were gotten using the Fantasy Flavor secret formula, and have their formulary numbers in parentheses, the lower the better. We’ll get all of the positional rankings out to you in time for tonight’s game, so keep checking back for the rest.


1. Tony Gonzalez (7)

2. Kevin Boss (19)

3. Owen Daniels (21)

4. Visanthe Schiancoe (22)

5. Antonio Gates (25)

6. Dallas Clark (26)

7. Derek Fine (26)

8. Anthony Fasano (28)

9. Kellen Winslow Jr. (30)

10. Mercedes Lewis (32)

11. Greg Olsen (35)

12. Billy Miller (35)

13. Zach Miller (39)

14. Tony Scheffler (41)

15. Jeremy Shockey (45)

16. Dante Rosario (48)

17. Bo Scaife (51)

18. David Martin (52)

19. John Carlson (53)

20. Steve Heiden (57)

21. Donald Lee (58)

22. LJ Smith (60)

23. Heath Miller (23)

24. Mark Campbell (61)

25. Michael Gaines (63)

26. Rober Royal (64)

27. Dustin Keller (66)

28. Jerrame Tuman (70)

29. Desmond Clark (71)

30. Daniel Graham (72)

31. Brent Celek (74)

32. Brad Cottam (75)

33. Justin Peele (76)

34. Tory Humphrey (76)

35. Alge Crumpler (77)

36. Vernon Davis (78)

37. Todd Heap (81)

38. Tom Santi (83)

39. Casey Fitzsimmons (87)

40. Delanie Walker (88)






Week 10 QB Power Ranks and Weekly Previews


Week 10 RB Power Ranks and Weekly Previews


Week 10 WR Power Ranks and Weekly Previews


Week 10 D/ST Power Ranks and Weekly Previews


Week 10 K Power Ranks and Weekly Previews

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Monday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

Posted on 03 November 2008 by Glenn Clark

What an emotional win.On the road, in the division, against an improving team who had EVERYTHING to play for.

AND they had to rally from down 14 in the second half.

What an absolutely remarkable win.

If the Joe Flacco that played in the 2nd half shows up for the rest of the season; this COULD be a playoff team.

Absolutely remarkable win. Nothing else I can say.

Let’s see what everyone else has to say…….

Best of Sunday’s WNST Blogs:

Nestor Aparicio

says Ravens create first ‘miracle’ of Harbaugh era

Drew Forrester says Ravens will make playoffs

Drew Forrester says Ravens officially have quarterback

Casey Willett says Flacco hasn’t thrown INT in 3 games

Casey Willett says offense had answer for everything in win

Thyrl Nelson wonders if Stover’s time in Baltimore should be over

Alex Thomas grateful Crennel tried to run

Ed Frankovic still has Ravens concerns

Glenn Clark says Navy got ‘lucky’

RAVENS:The Official Site’s Mike Duffy


says Ravens score 24 unanswered in 2nd half to beat Browns

The Official Site says Harbaugh not surprised by performances of Flacco, Rice

The Official Site’s Denver Parler says Ravens again shut down run

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Mason goes over 100 yards for 17th time in career

Browns Official Site’s Zac Jackson says Suggs’ INT return provided ‘dagger’ for Ravens

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens overcame 14 point deficit in 2nd half to beat Browns

The Sun’s David Steele says Ravens lifted by pep talk from 52

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Ravens get major production from young players in Flacco, Rice

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ravens get production from backup DB’s

The Sun’s Mike Preston gives highest praise to Running Backs, D-Line

The Sun’s Ken Murray says after Cribbs burned Ravens for TD; Ayanbadejo responded with big tackles

The Sun’s Ray Frager says Gannon stumbled during broadcast

The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says if Ravens lose to Texans; Giants game could be ‘make or break’

The Examiner’s Gary Lambrecht thinks Rice should be elevated to top RB

The Examiner’s Ron Snyder gives highest praise to RB’s, D-Line, LB’s

The AP says former Brown Stover adds 3 FG’s in win

Aaron Wilson says 52 told Ravens they’d win game

Aaron Wilson says 52 took stopping Jamal ‘personally’

Aaron Wilson says victory gives Ravens day off today

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Ravens dedicated win to Modell

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto says Anderson ‘lost poise’, not Flacco

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Dennis Manoloff says key drop from Edwards could have changed things for Browns

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto can’t figure out how Browns wouldn’t have enough ‘energy’

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi says Ravens had ‘edge’ in offense, defense, coachingCleveland Plain Dealer’s Dennis Manoloff

says Rice put ‘starch’ in Ravens’ rushing attack

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Bud Shaw thinks after loss Browns should switch to Quinn

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says Browns ‘frustrated’ by loss

Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot says teammates won’t blame loss on Edwards’ drop

Akron Beacon Journal’s Marla Ridenour says 20 yard completion to Mason on 3rd and 16 huge for Ravens in rally

Canton Repository’s Steve Doerschuk says McClain, Mason had TD’s for Ravens in rally

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘demand respect’

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Ravens ‘wanted’ win more

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Flacco found Clayton for 47 yard TD pass in first half

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Stallworth, McAlister missed game

SI’s Don Banks thinks Suggs INT will cost Anderson starting job

SI’s Peter King says Ravens one of many NFL teams playing for now and future

CBS Sports’ Clark Judge says Ravens should be taken ‘seriously’

Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver says Flacco looks like ‘semi-seasoned pro’



previews Thursday tussle with Virginia Tech

The Official Site offers complete Maryland-Virginia Tech release (pdf)The Sun

says Terps move into BCS rankings

The Sun’s Ron Fritz says Ralph takes chopper to high school game

The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Hawkins committed to Maryland to stay near family

The Sun’s Jeff Barker says having Portis throw would keep defenses ‘honest’

The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Terps move to 23rd in AP poll

The Diamondback’s Greg Schimmel says Terps now alone in first place

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Meggett ‘unflappable’

Washington Post’s Matthew Rennie says Glennon, Taylor both returned to practice for Hokies

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says availability of Scott, Philistin might not be known until kickoff

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps 21st in coaches’ poll

Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell says Terps can clinch division by winning next 3 games

Washington Post’s Zach Berman says Holt might be responsible for keeping Hokies in title race

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps mostly support Obama

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says 14 voters didn’t put Terps in Top 25

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps one of 4 ACC teams in BCS Top 25

ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach thinks Terps headed to Jacksonville; Bruce Feldman thinks Terps Boise-bound

ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich says Terps must beat Florida State to move ahead of them in power rankingsESPN.com’s Heather Dinich

says Terps can be considered ‘frontrunner’ since they don’t have division loss yet

Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Turner ‘rising to top’ (must subscribe)Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh

says VA DE prospect Hill discusses visit (must subscribe)TERRAPINS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The Official Site

says Terps win first exhibition game

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut says Coleman leads Terps with 18

Washington Post’s Camille Powell says Kizer had 13 points, 12 boards in win

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Terps open season ranked 3rd in AP poll

NAVY FOOTBALL:The Official Site


says clinching bowl berth part of big weekend in Annapolis

The Sun’s Don Markus says Mids now have week off before preparing for Notre Dame in Baltimore

The Examiner’s Steve DeClue happy to see Mids play bowl game locally

Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Niumatalolo becomes first coach to get Navy to bowl in first season

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says Navy hopes to bring 30,000 to EagleBank Bowl

Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens says BC or Duke would be Navy’s Bowl opponent as of now

Go Mids’ Matt Zemek says ‘Christmas came early’ for Mids Saturday



says Wieters “Best Hitter” in minor leagues

The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says hot stove starts for MacPhail at this week’s GM meetings

The Examiner’s Jay Trucker says Cintron might not be missed

BLAST:The Official Site


announces ESPN Zone event

SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:-If you haven’t checked it out yet; please go to FlaccoFacts.com. Brilliant!

-I disagree with Drew. I think Troy Smith can help this offense. But the offense has to be on the same page when he gets into the game. It might be his fault, it might be the O-Line’s fault. But they have to get together in those situations.

-Congratulations to Comcast Morning Show Athlete of the Morning Kelly Ward; who had the game winner for Mercy as they beat IND 2-1 yesterday for the C conference title. We love the Mercy Magic!

Talk to you tomorrow.



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Does Life After C-Mac Officially Begin Today?

Posted on 02 November 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Every game is a battle it seems in today’s NFL, and struggling teams prove week after week that unless the better teams bring their best games, lesser teams will give them all that they can handle. Therefore, to say that the Ravens are in the midst of the easy part of their schedule would clearly be a disservice to the Dolphins, Raiders, Browns and Texans. Never the less, this is the part of the schedule where the Ravens will have to fatten their record if they hope to be a playoff contender in the waning weeks of this season.

It seems to be the popular opinion this season that the Ravens may have the most difficult schedule in their short history to deal with. Surely when most factored in the rookie quarterback, rookie head coach, and the young offensive line, in the face of that intimidating schedule, their expectations were realistically modest.

As daunting as the schedule looked however, it also had the potential, and still does, to be equally as cruel. Cruel in the way, that it has the potential to raise your expectations as a fan and then drop them just as quickly. Opening the season against the Bengals and Browns, and even the Texans if they had to play that one on schedule, provided the Ravens with opponents who could be beaten by the defense, with little pressure on the young and growing offense. Playing with Pittsburgh and Tennessee, and even controlling them for most of those games gave fans additional reasons to be hopeful.

The loss to the Colts, and a passing offense that had struggled to that point, sent expectations crashing right back to earth it seemed. That was after all, their third loss in a row, and outplaying their opponents in two of them could be looked at as a source of pride or a source of frustration. In the wake of the drubbing by the Colts, it felt a lot like frustration from here.

After all of that though, the four game stretch that the team finds themselves in the middle of now, looked like a chance to get back to respectability and become a factor in the AFC North before having to run the gauntlet of the NFC East in addition to Pittsburgh and Jacksonville as the season winds to a close. Thereby bringing about the very real possibility that the hopes of the fans are lifted and crushed once again. Since the Ravens have taken care of business in the first half of that stretch, they appear to be right on course. But the events of the last couple of weeks have changed things dramatically for the Ravens, and this week’s match up suddenly looks a lot more difficult than we may have thought just a few weeks ago.

I have, for a long time held onto the belief that although it has been my distinct pleasure as a Ravens fan to have witnessed a number of superstars, and hall of famers on the field for this team, that maybe the most important of all, and probably the most underrated of all has been Chris McAlister. Shut down corners are probably the most rare and valuable commodity in the entire league, and in McAlister, the Ravens have enjoyed that luxury for most of the last decade.

I remember the early days of the franchise, when they were night and day different from the Ravens that we have grown to know and love. Once upon a time, the Ravens had an offense that could seemingly go up and down the field with anyone. The problem with that team was that seemingly any team could go up and down the field themselves, on the Ravens’ defense.

Don’t get me wrong, Ray Lewis has been worth the price of admission since the day he stepped onto the field at Memorial Stadium, Peter Boulware made a pretty special impact early on too. Another favorite of mine from the early days was Ralph Staten, he never amounted to much and got into some trouble, back when the Ravens just couldn’t tolerate any bad PR, but he was a huge hitter back in the Memorial Stadium days.

With all of that said though, they were just a few guys who were fun to watch, as long as the team has DeRon Jenkins and Antonio Langham patrolling the corners, their defense was nonexistent. The Ravens became a dominant defense when Chris McAlister stepped on the scene, and since that time, as Chris McAlister goes, so go the Baltimore Ravens.

This is not to say that McAlister has been the perfect Raven by any means. Injuries are what they are, and every team and player has to deal with them at one time or another. When McAlister has been injured, the Ravens have suffered from it. We’re talking about a defensive system that has made stars of sixth round draft choices and undrafted free agents. A team that plugged in Ed Hartwell for the greatest linebacker of all time and barely missed a beat and a defense that has now seen four of its former coaches rise to the ranks of head coach. Yet anytime they’ve had to play without McAlister for a prolonged stretch, they’ve gone in the tank. They stunk before he arrived, and have been dominant pretty much ever since.

Injuries haven’t been McAlister’s only problem. He has a reputation for being physical that seems to preceded him at times with officials, he’s always seemed to attract a lot of flags, both during, and after the plays. And perhaps most frustrating to fans, and possibly the reason for the situation that he currently finds himself in, is at times he just seems disinterested in football. Obviously that’s something that you have to deal with if you hope to be successful as a team.

Whatever is going on between McAlister and Harbaugh and Rex Ryan or whoever, we can bet that we only know a small piece of it, and it will likely stay that way. The speculation at this point seems to be whether or not McAlister is done for the season, and possibly, ultimately as a Raven altogether. Whatever happens next, it’s a safe bet that the future of this defense hangs in the balance.

Not knowing enough about what’s gone on up to this point, it’s tough for me to pick a side, or a winner in this battle between coach and player. So far, the team hasn’t seemed to miss a beat in McAlister’s absence. So far though, they’ve faced the mighty Dolphins receiving corps of Ted Ginn Jr., Greg Camarillo and Derek Hagan and the powerful Raiders threats of a shell of JaVon Walker’s old self, and Chaz Schilens, Ronald Curry and Johnnie Lee Higgins. That’s not to mention that Chad Pennington and JaMarcus Russell were the ones throwing the ball. I’d imagine if there was an ideal time to phase in Frank Walker, that two game stretch was it.

Now the second half of the “get fat” stretch of the Ravens schedule suddenly looks a little more daunting. Match ups against seemingly bad teams in Cleveland and Houston suddenly highlight glaring match up problems with the likes of Braylon Edwards, Donte Stallworth and Kellen Winslow, followed by Andre Johnson, Kelly Walter and Owen Daniels. And things won’t get any easier from there.

Whatever the final outcome of the McAlister situation is, it’s likely that Harbaugh will get the benefit of the club’s support. We’ll see if he comes out a winner though. Although McAlister has been out for the last two games, for my money, life without C-Mac officially begins this week. We’ll see if Harbaugh and the Ravens defense are up to the task.




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The Fantasy Flavor Positional Power Rankings – Week 9 TEs

Posted on 30 October 2008 by Thyrl Nelson

Here are the Week 9 Fantasy Flavor Tight End Power Rankings. It’s the top 20 TEs based on what we’ve seen so far, and a look ahead at this week’s match ups. In addition to the power rankings, we’ve identified the best and worst match ups for week 9 and ranked the top 35 TEs in the order you should consider them this week.

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Week 9 QB Rankings and Previews

Week 9 RB Rankings and Previews

Week 9 WR Rankings and Previews

Week 9 D/ST Rankings and Previews

Week 9 K Rankings and Previews


Fantasy Tight End Power Rankings Week 9


The power rankings are based on year to date performance and not a reflection of who to start this week, match up information for week 9 is listed below the rankings. Last weeks rankings are in parentheses.

1. Jason Witten (1) – DAL – 549 yds 2 TD

2. Antonio Gates (2) – SD – 403 yds 4 TD

3. Tony Gonzalez (7) – KC – 369 yds 3 TD

4. Owen Daniels (3) – HOU – 395 yds 2 TD

5. Dallas Clark (15) – IND – 328 yds 2 TD

6. Anthony Fasano (9) – MIA – 251 yds 3 TD

7. Tony Scheffler (6) – DEN – 259 yds 2 TD  

8. Chris Cooley (5) – WAS – 451 yds 1 TD

9. Zach Miller (11) – OAK – 312 yds 1 TD

10. Visanthe Schiancoe (4) – MIN – 223 yds 3 TD

11. Greg Olsen (8) – CHI – 296 yds 2 TD  

12. John Carlson (12) – SEA – 214 yds 2 TD

13. Bo Scaife (10) – TEN – 318 yds 1 TD

14. Billy Miller (NR) – NO – 323 yds 0 TD  

15. Kellen Winslow (14) – CLE – 187 yds 1 TD

16. Mercedes Lewis (17) – JAX – 185 yds 2 TD

17. Kevin Boss (NR) – NYG – 118 yds 2 TD  

18. LJ Smith (NR) – PHI – 106 yds 2 TD  

19. Alex Smith (16) – TB – 216 yds 2 TD

20. Jerramy Stevens (19) – TB – 154 yds 1 TD

Dropped from Rankings: David Martin – MIA; Heath Miller – PIT; Donald Lee – GB


Here’s a look at who should be a little bit better or worse than normal based on this week’s match ups.

TEs Who Should Enjoy Their Week 9 Match Ups: John Carlson vs. PHI; Greg Olsen vs. DET; Zach Miller vs. ATL; Anthony Fasano @ DEN; Bo Scaife vs. GB; Donald Lee @ TEN; Robert Royal vs. NYJ

TEs Who Could Be Sleepers in Week 9: David Martin @ DEN; Justin Peele @ OAK; Alge Crumpler vs. GB; Reggie Kelly vs. JAX; Joe Klopfstein vs. AZ

TEs With Tough Week 9 Match Ups: Tony Scheffler vs. MIA; Alex Smith & Jerramy Stevens @ KC; Heath Miller @ WAS; Tony Gonzalez vs. TB; Kevin Boss vs. DAL; Jason Witten @ NYG; Dustin Keller @ BUF; Todd Haep @ CLE; Mercedes Lewis @ CIN; LJ Smith @ SEA; Chris Cooley vs. PIT


And finally our “Formulary Start Rankings” for week 9. They’re gotten using the secret Fantasy Flavor Formula, which is basically 2 parts players performance, one part defensive expectations against them and a fraction of my gut thrown in to account for injuries and anomallies. The formulary number is in parenthesis behind the player’s name, the lower the number, the better your player’s chances at a big day.

1. Anthony Fasano (18)

2. Zach Miller (19)

3. Owen Daniels (20)

4. Dallas Clark (23)

5. Greg Olsen (24)

6. John Carlson (25)

7. Tony Gonzalez (32)

8. Bo Scaife (32)

9. Jason Witten (34)

10. Visanthe Schiancoe (34)

11. Chris Cooley (37)

12. Tony Scheffler (41)

13. David Martin (44)

14. Kellen Winslow (45)

15. Mercedes Lewis (51)

16. LJ Smith (54)

17. Robert Royal (54)

18. Justin Peele (55)

19. Kevin Boss (57)

20. Donald Lee (57)

21. Jerrame Tuman (58)

22. Martellus Bennett (62)

23. Alge Crumpler (62)

24. Desmond Clark (62)

25. Alex Smith (64)

26. Jerramy Stevens (66)

27. Heath Miller (71)

28. Dustin Keller (71)

29. Tory Humphrey (71)

30. Tom Santi (73)

31. Daniel Graham (81)

32. Steve Heiden (81)

33. Brad Cottam (84)

34. Reggie Kelly (88)

35. Ben Patrick (88)

Check back tomorrow for the defense and kicker rankings and catch me on the Comcast Morning Show with Drew tomorrow around 9: 45. And of course you can catch the Fantasy Flavor on Saturday from 4-7 and as always, good luck this week.




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Ravens crush woeful Raiders, 29-10

Posted on 26 October 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

The Raiders have played an interesting foil in the annals of Baltimore football history.

There was the “Ghost To The Post” thriller on Christmas Eve in 1977. The Raiders were the first team to come to Baltimore to play the Ravens in 1996. And, of course, it was a trip to Oakland and a win in the AFC Championship Game in 2001 that took the Ravens to Tampa and a Super Bowl title.

Today, however, the Raiders look to be a shadow of their famed black and silver pirate crest, a hapless franchise with second-rate talent and an owner that makes Peter Angelos seem sensible.

What the hell happened to the “commitment to excellence”?

We’ve seen some bad football teams roll into Baltimore since the Ravens came to town 13 years ago challenging the great Billy Jo Hobert, but today’s effort by the Raiders might’ve been one of the worst we’ve ever seen in the Charm City. That’s about as bad of a football team you’re gonna find with the red, white and blue NFL crest on it.

Their offense was hopeless, the special teams were poor – making Jim Leonhard look like Dante Hall in his prime – and the defense was good enough to allow a slow, 6-foot-6 quarterback to spread wide and catch bombs from the backup quarterback. And who Tom Cable and where is Lane Kiffin?

If Al Davis were in his right mind, he’d be ashamed of what a cruel hoax this is on the Raider Nation and the Black Hole. Next week, they might want to try to show up against the Falcons.

Sure, the Ravens looked great today and we’ll all gladly take this 29-10 win. At 4-3 on Halloween, this 2008 season has some real life and some real promise as the purple heads to Cleveland next week where a win puts them on a fast track for a potential playoff berth. It would be time to bust out the “P” word (or is it still Festivus?). No one could argue with 5-3 at the turn, even if the second half appears to be helluva challenge with so many potential playoff teams on the slate in November and December, including the entire firing squad of the NFC East.

But I can’t fathom how the Raiders are going to win another game with that band of ragamuffins.

Let’s take it around the victorious purple locker room:

Joe Flacco wasn’t brilliant today (12 of 124 for 140 years) but he threw a TD, ran for one and damn-near CAUGHT one. The maturation of Flacco as a rookie is going swimmingly well for the team, with him getting all sorts of initiations to victories, defeats, road and home games and all sorts of looks from defenses around the NFL. I’m glad we bought the stock months ago.

Terrell Suggs, for all of his stupid bluster and idiotic pronouncements, certainly showed up to play today and made his presence felt anywhere around JaMarcus Russell, who looks like the next No. 1 QB bust of this decade.

Ray Lewis continues to dazzle in his contract walk season, making play after play and I’m still not sure that Justin Griffith made it anywhere near the goal line on that lone touchdown, but he’ll no doubt still be feeling that hit on Wednesday.

Let’s hear it for Jim Leonhard, who has become a fan favorite with these “little guy” efforts on defense and special teams. He’s MY SIZE for crying out loud, but he plays like a giant on the field.

The running game was effective all day, racking up 192 yards on 46 carries as the Ravens controlled the clock and exhausted the Raiders’ defense. The three-headed monster of Ray Rice (8-64), Willis McGahee (23-58) and Le’Ron McClain (7-32) has been more effective than any of us realized back in training camp. And let’s give the offensive line some props as well — even with Adam Terry and Marshal Yanda out, they’re still protecting Flacco pretty well and allowing the backs to move the ball.

Even Matt Stover had a perfect day, which we’ll need more of as the weather turns and the games become tight enough that his foot will surely play a major role in deciding the season.

But the biggest game ball goes to John Harbaugh and the coaching staff, who have held the team together through several crises this season, not the least of which was the notion that the team didn’t have enough talent to compete:

•    The quarterback carousel during training camp and prepping and winning with a rookie signal caller in the NFL.

•    The horrendous injury/age situation on the defensive side of the ball, with Chris McAlister, Samari Rolle, Kelly Gregg and Dawan Landry all out of the lineup. And that’s not to mention various dings to Willis McGahee, Terry and the loss of Yanda on offense.

•    The bad, ugly, brutal loss in Indianapolis and a three-game losing streak and the bounce back in Miami and again today. Good teams rebound. The Ravens have nicely. That’s good coaching and a lot of heart.

•    The difficulty of navigating and covering for the stupid comments and actions by some of his childish players (this was essentially what got Brian Billick fired). Not only did Chris McAlister not play today, no one even bothered asking where the hell he was. (Disciplined? Absolutely. But will they say it was his leg? Absolutely. They should just come clean and tell the truth, instead of this silly gameplaying that went on last week.)

One more game ball might go to the Ravens’ still-stellar front office acumen in picking talent. Jameel McClain, Willie Anderson, Evan Oglesby and Brandon McKinney all made plays today and none of them were on the team in August. Hats off to George Kokinis and Ozzie Newsome, who have improved this team coming out of Westminster.

The real test, of course, comes in January when the team’s 2008 record is public.

But so far, at 4-3 with winnable games on the horizon in Cleveland and Houston, the Ravens are far more interesting, entertaining and enjoyable than any of us thought possible eight weeks ago.

And if crappy teams like the Raiders are on the schedule (and there’s at least one left with Cincinnati) we’ll take them every week.

As long as the Ravens show up and beats them in the fashion they did today, it’s fun for all of us.

I’ve never been more excited about a trip to Cleveland…

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UPDATE: Roster moves, injury report, and notes

Posted on 01 October 2008 by caseywillett

Here are the Ravens roster moves that were made today:
The Ravens have placed the following player on practice squad/injured:
Joe Reitz (T, 6-7, 270, Rookie, Western Michigan)
The Ravens have also waived the following player from their practice squad:
Casey Bramlet (QB, 6-4, 220, 2nd-year, Wyoming)
Baltimore signed the following players to its practice squad:
Nathan Bennett (G, 6-4, 315, Rookie, Clemson)
Edward Williams (WR, 6-4, 215, Lane)
Here is the Ravens injury report for Wednesday:
Kelly Gregg (knee)
Dawan Landry (neck)
Samari Rolle (neck)
Limited Participation:
Antwan Barnes (shoulder)
Yamon Figurs(hamstring)
Derrick Martin(shoulder)
Willis McGahee(chest)
Full Participation:
Nick Greisen(thigh)

Here are some news and notes from the Wednesday:

Kelly Gregg will not be available to the team this week, as he continues to nurse a knee injury. Coach Harbaugh said they are sending his MRI’s to doctors to have them look at it, because it is a unique situation and they hope to have more information this week.
Willis McGahee said he hopes to be able to finish a game. McGahee said that his injury to his ribs was in the back where he took a helmet. McGahee broke two ribs last year towards the end of the season. McGahee’s left eyes looks really bad, it had a lot of blood in it. That is the eye that he got poked in during the Browns game. McGahee takes exception to people saying he is getting these injuries because of him missing off season workouts. McGahee said he will have a better understanding on how he feels after practice today.
Casey Bramlet and Joe Reitz are not longer with the Ravens practice squad. Bramlet was released while Reitz was placed on injured reserve. The Ravens have added. The players names were not available to the media yet.
There was no sign of Samari Rolle in the locker room today. It did not appear that he has been here, based on the way his locker appeared.
Coach Harbaugh said today that the team definitely see’s Troy Smith playing in some capacity this year for sure.

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UPDATE: Injury report and news and notes

Posted on 26 September 2008 by caseywillett

Here is the Ravens injury report for Friday:
Dawan Landry (neck)
Kelly Gregg (knee)
Samari Rolle(shoulder / neck)
Troy Smith (illness)
Yamon Figurs (hamstring)
Nick Greisen (thigh)
Adam Terry (ankle)
Tavares Gooden (hip)
Ray Lewis (foot)
Le’Ron McClain (migraine)
Willis McGahee(eye)
Fabian Washington (neck)
Daniel Wilcox (shoulder)

Here are some notes from the morning media session:

Cam Cameron sounded optimistic that Willis McGahee will be ready to go on Monday night, “he’s doing fine from what I can tell. His eye doesn’t look great, but I think he’s doing ok. He was ok in the meeting today.” McGahee sounded optimistic that he will play on Monday night, but he did say right now though he is taking it day by day.
Rex Ryan said they will wait and see about the availability of Samari Rolle for Monday night. Ryan said they are confident in what Frank Walker and Corey Ivy can provide if Rolle is not ready to play.
Jarrett Johnson had a visitor in the locker room today as his friend and Baltimore Orioles Lance Cormier was visiting Johnson today. Johnson and Cormier have homes near one another in Alabama.
Cam Cameron spoke very highly of the job that Rex Ryan and his coaching staff have done this week with the scout team defense. Cameron said that the defense has given them the best look that they could want from the defense.
Chris Chester was at practice this afternoon wearing a #48 jersey. Chester was a former tight end at the University of Oklahoma.
Here is what Cam Cameron had to say about the availability of Le’Ron McClain for Monday night: “He’s full go. He was great in meetings this morning and he will be ready to play.”

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