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Your Monday Reality Check: Dynasty unlikely but Flacco gives Ravens chance

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Your Monday Reality Check: Dynasty unlikely but Flacco gives Ravens chance

Posted on 04 March 2013 by Glenn Clark

You guys let him do it again.

I joked with CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco during a sitdown at the NFL Scouting Combine last weekend in Indianapolis that he does a marvelous job of getting everyone in Baltimore fired up every time he says something about the Ravens.

Prisco has been a catalyst of controversy in this town for years no matter what he says about the Ravens. As little as one Tweet can light the fanbase on fire, which is odd considering his not terribly lofty spot in the pantheon of NFL analysts around the country. From the handful of conversations I’ve had with Pete both on-air and off-air, he’s not the type that purposely says something to get a rise out of anyone. He does however have no issue with going toe to toe with anyone who doesn’t share his opinions.

It happened again Saturday night.

It started when CBS Sports columnist Mike Freeman posted this story in response to Ravens QB Joe Flacco’s 6 year, $120.6 million contract agreement.

Immediately Prisco took the opportunity to respond, wandering over to Twitter to share his thoughts.

Ravens fans were quick to go into full “freak out and yell ‘TROLL’ as loud as possible mode”. It was a typical back and forth I’ve seen over and over again in the past few seasons. “If you overstate something, I’ll overstate it louder and with more name calling.”

It’s a relevant, timely question. Are the Ravens set up for a dynasty after locking up Joe Flacco longterm in Baltimore?

Sorry Mike Freeman, but probably not.

And sorry Pete Prisco, but maybe.

The truth (as always) is somewhere in the middle. In this particular discussion, the pendulum is pointed more in the direction of Prisco, as history reminds us that dynasties are rare.

I’ve always considered a dynasty to be a stretch of five years where a team wins at least three titles-two of which were won consecutively. Based on that definition, the list of NFL dynasties is quite short. The Pittsburgh Steelers were a dynasty in the late 70′s, the Dallas Cowboys were a dynasty in the mid-90′s and the New England Patriots were a dynasty in the early 2000′s. That’s the list.

The probably of a franchise-any franchise-being able to pull off such a feat is small. Prisco is hardly stepping out on any sort of ledge when he declares “no way”. Freeman argues that the Ravens’ combination of quarterback, head coach and front office is the reason to believe they could be on their way to such heights.

Of course, simply locking up a quarterback is not enough to assume it will happen. The Indianapolis Colts invested nine figures worth of money in Peyton Manning and have one Vince Lombardi Trophy to show for it.

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RAVENS ROLLER COASTER RIDE

Posted on 12 February 2013 by Tom Federline

It has been a week. What just happened Baltimore? I’ll tell you what happened, the Baltimore Ravens losers of their last 4 out of 5 regular season games put on an inspirational run to win the NFL Lombardi Trophy. Is it time to get off the ride? Heck no, the city and surrounding area actually has claim to another National championship in a major sport. It has been 12 years and you don’t know when it will happen again – no you don’t get off the ride. Now, does the roller coaster level out? I sure hope so. That was one heckuva January run. I am not a fan of the roller coaster, not at this stage of the game. I’m to old, my heart can’t take it. Now, back in the day…………….different story, maybe that’s why my heart and blood pressure tells me,” cool out middle aged guy – just sit back and let the chips fall where they may.” Yeah right – not happenin’.

The Baltimore football Ravens took their fans on a ride of a lifetime. All the while catching the eye of sports fans around the country. Underdogs over-achieving, was story line enough. Then add on the Ray Lewis’ retirement. Then add on Ray-Rays religious dramatizations (and the Saturday Night Live skit http://www.myspace.com/video/saturday-night-live/weekend-update-ray-lewis/109174459 ). You go Keenan Thompson. Then to top it off, add on the sibling rivalry of the Harbaugh Brothers coaching against each other in the Super Bowl. “O” and don’t forget the Denver Classic and the dis-mantling of pretty boy Brady and his troll coach Bill Belichek.

The run, I mean the ride. I was lucky enough to be offered a ticket to the Colt game. The Ravens were not going to lose that game. Ray-Ray had announced his retirement during the week and it was going to be his last home game – the Ravens were not losing that game. Las Vegas money, Steve Bisciotti’s money and the NFL’s money was not going to end Ray-Rays run on that game. It was not going to be his last dance. It was an ugly game but they won. Denver game – wow, then wow, then wow again. Definitely one of the top 3 Ravens games of all time. New England game – sweet payback and no retirement party for Ray. San Francisco in New Orleans – hold the phone.

The ride had a couple more heart stoppers left in it. Heck at one point, it even felt like somebody had turned off the lights and play had to be stopped. Ravens up 28 – 6, the tide was a crestin’, 3rd and 14 for the bad guys and ”Boom, Boom, Out Go the Lights – Pat Travers Band. Ok gang, I actually have a little experience with this one – Rule #1, Electrical Engineering for Stadiums 101 – “You don’t lose power to the venue – unless there is a major city grid outage.” Two separate hot feeds to the venue with transfer and generator back-up for life safety. I do not know the history or infrastructure of the Super(?)dome, but somebody screwed up big time. Or a 49er’s fan, got access to the Substation or the Service Level and knew what switch to hit.

It almost changed the outcome of the game. I think the astronauts in the space station orbiting the earth could feel the tension emanating into the atmosphere directly above the east coast mid-atlantic region. It was not a pleasant evening there for about 1-1/2 hours there during the 3rd and 4th quarters, now was it. Still on the roller coaster, still hanging on, still hoping for a safe, happy ending. The power outage changed the momentum of the game. I don’t care what Roger Goodell said, I don’t care what Steve Bisciotti said, I don’t care what the Superdome Facility guys said, the power outage changed the game, but not the outcome. The Superdome and city of New Orleans should not host another Super Bowl until a new properly designed facility is in it’s place. The power outage was a nice final hairpin turn on the ride – it did not help the blood pressure.

Ravens Won.

Ravens Won.

A new generation now knows what it feels like for a local sports franchise to win a National Championship. The city needed it. The State of Maryland and surrounding area needed it. The Baltimore Ravens needed it and Ray Lewis deserved it. You Go Ravens!

Pitchers and cathers reported to Spring Training. Are we ready for another ride? Your darn right we are. GO O’s and Thank You - Ravens. Baltimore Sports Pride is front and center.

D.I.Y.

Fedman

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Richard Dent to help present Lombardi Trophy to SB winner

Posted on 31 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Pro Football Hall of Famer to Participate
In Vince Lombardi Trophy Presentation

 

The NFL will salute former Chicago Bears legend and Super Bowl XX MVP RICHARD DENT during Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, 2013, it was announced today.

 

Dent, who played the majority of his 14-year career with the Bears at defensive end, will participate in the Vince Lombardi Trophy ceremony at the conclusion of Super Bowl XLVII. Dent will carry the trophy to the stage and deliver it to Commissioner ROGER GOODELL who will present it to the Super Bowl champion. The ceremony will be televised live by CBS at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

 

Dent, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011, joins ROGER STAUBACH, LEN DAWSON, RAYMOND BERRY, JOE NAMATH, DOUG WILLIAMS, DON SHULA and BART STARR as legends saluted in previous Lombardi Trophy ceremonies. The ceremony was expanded in 2006 to include a great from a prior Super Bowl and features the “Lombardi Theme,” special music scored by NFL Films.

 

An eighth-round draft choice out of Tennessee State in 1983, Dent was one of the most feared pass rushers in NFL history and collected 137.5 sacks, including eight seasons in which he recorded a double-digit sack count.  One of Dent’s signature performances came Jan. 26, 1986 in Super Bowl XX at the Superdome where he accounted for three tackles, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in the Bears’ 46-10 win over the New England Patriots. He was also a member of the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl XXIX championship team, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Following Dent’s retirement in 1997, he started his own consulting firm RLD Resources, helping clients optimize their electricity purchasing decisions. He also founded the Make a Dent Foundation, a Chicago-based not-for-profit that facilitates the advancement of inventive ways to help people help themselves and those around them lead productive and satisfying lives.

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