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Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 2

Posted on 20 September 2011 by Luke Jones

Below are our Top 7 Ravens players in the deflating 26-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Sunday. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2011 season with the following point system:

No. 1 – 7 points
No. 2 – 6 points
No. 3 – 5 points
No. 4 – 4 points
No. 5 – 3 points
No. 6 – 2 points
No. 7 – 1 point

And, yes, we know there really weren’t seven players worthy of the honor, but we did our best in completing the process.

Luke Jones’ Top 7…

7) Ray Lewis
Lewis

6) Terrell Suggs
Suggs

5) Billy Cundiff
Cundiff

4) Haloti Ngata
Ngata

3) Terrence Cody
Cody

2) David Reed
Reed

1) Ray Rice
Rice

Drew Forrester’s Top 7…

7) Sam Koch
Koch

6) Marshal Yanda
Yanda

5) Terrell Suggs
Suggs

4) Lardarius Webb
Webb

3) Haloti Ngata
Ngata

2) Ed Dickson
Dickson

1) Ray Rice
Rice

SEASON TO DATE:
Luke:

1. Haloti Ngata (10 points)
1. Ray Rice (10 points)
3. Terrell Suggs (9 points)
4. David Reed (6 points)
5. Bryant McKinnie (5 points)
5.Terrence Cody (5 points)
7. Joe Flacco (4 points)
8. Billy Cundiff (3 points)
9. Ed Reed (2 points)
10. Matt Birk (1 point)
10. Ray Lewis (1 point)

Drew:
1. Haloti Ngata (9 points)
1. Ray Rice (9 points)
3. Terrell Suggs (8 points)
4. Bryant McKinnie (7 points)
4. Lardarius Webb (7 points)
6. Joe Flacco (6 points)
6. Ed Dickson (6 points)
8. Marshal Yanda (2 points)
9. Ed Reed (1 point)
10. Sam Koch (1 point)

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Caps game in Baltimore gives local red a chance to party with WNST

Posted on 15 September 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

The big Baltimore NHL game and celebration is just a few days away and WNST will be throwing a pre-game “Rock The Red” soiree at Pickles Pub across from Camden Yards and just four blocks from First Mariner Arena.

Party starts at 4 pm and there’s no admission and plenty of goodies:

2 for 1 drafts

$3 rail drinks

$2.50 domestic bottles

$6 16-inch pizzas

$5 dozen wings

$2 Natty Boh cans

Come and Rock YOUR Red with us before the Washington Capitals takes on the Nashville Predators in Baltimore!

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Alex Ovechkin To Throw First Pitch at Camden Yards on Friday

Posted on 14 September 2011 by Ed Frankovic

The Washington Capitals announced today that Alexander Ovechkin will be at Camden Yards this Friday, September 16th to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the O’s games against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that starts at 7pm. The fun loving superstar winger will fire away from the mound around 650pm, likely wearing Orioles gear. The Caps open training camp this Saturday at Kettler IcePlex in Ballston, Virginia but nearly all of the Caps have already been in town skating and working out. Caps strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemisch stated last week that the Great 8 is in the best shape he’s ever seen him and apparently Ovie weighed in recently at 225 pounds, down eight pounds from last year’s listed number.

There is lots of pressure externally on the Capitals to produce in the post season this spring but based on what I’ve seen and heard from being around the organization, no one is putting more pressure on the Caps than the team itself. The moves made by General Manager George McPhee this summer added leadership, grit, skill, and a quality goaltender (Tomas Vokoun), not to mention a potentially high choice pick in next year’s draft (the Caps have the first round pick of the Colorado Avalance via the Semyon Varlamov trade).

The Caps will be in Baltimore on Tuesday night, September 20th to open their pre-season slate against the Nashville Predators at 7pm. Fewer than 1,200 tickets are still available for this great event in Charm City.

Last week I mentioned that the top six defensemen to start the season will likely be Mike Green, Dennis Wideman, John Carlson, Roman Hamrlik, Karl Alzner, and Jeff Schultz. John Erskine is recovering from shoulder surgery and if healthy, will be the seventh defensemen. I don’t expect Tom Poti to be medically able to play at all in 2011-12, or at least for the first half of the season. There are a number of defensemen, who due to injury, could see some time in Washington to include Sean Collins, Patrick McNeill and 2009 2nd round draft choice, Dmitri Orlov. Orlov has enormous offensive skill and talent but learning how to play defense in the North American game is not trivial so he will benefit from a lot of time in Hershey in the AHL this upcoming season.

Up front, my top 12 forwards who will most likely make the team out of training camp, in no particular order are as follows:

Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Semin, Brooks Laich, Joel Ward, Mike Knuble, Troy Brouwer, Marcus Johansson, Jason Chimera, Jeff Halpern, Jay Beagle, and Matt Hendricks

The 13th choice would likely be Mathieu Perreault, who has been up and down with the big club the last couple of seasons. Longer shots to make the club are 2009 3rd round pick Cody Eakin, Mattias Sjogren (23 year old rookie free agent signed this summer from Sweden), 2010 3rd round pick Stanislav Galiev (on 2011 Memorial Cup winning squad), and Christian Hanson (signed as a free agent this summer and the son of Dave Hanson from Slap Shot).

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Gigantic purple pep rally set for Nashville on Saturday night

Posted on 11 September 2011 by WNST Staff

Thanks for being patient. Our original bar changed ownership and we had to move our location. It’s now solid and set for THIS SATURDAY NIGHT in the Music City.

Here’s the link to buy tickets for our WNST Gigantic Purple Pep Rally in Nashville:

http://wnst.net/wordpress/section/trips/?happening=112

All details are there and here:

WNST Gigantic Purple Party in Nashville (Sept. 17) NOW ON SALE!!!!

We’ll be partying at Buffalo’s in Nashville on Saturday, Sept. 17th from 4 pm til 10 pm (and beyond) as we prepare for the Ravens to start the season 2-0 in Tennessee on Sunday.
The admission for the event is just $15 and includes:
Best wings in Nashville
Rock star BBQ and all the trimmings for our Ravens guests.
Special drink pricing all night long and featured $3 Miller Lite beverages all night.
Bar features a bunch of  55-inch LED TV’s with college football pumping all afternoon
Free pool, darts and shuffle board in Nashville’s most upscale sports bar located right downtown in the heart of the action and a with a full view of the stadium on 1st.
Buffalos has the best view of the Cumberland River and is considered the ultimate sports grille in downtown Nashville.
And it’s ALL PURPLE!!!!
An if you want to see how we roll on the road, just click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmFkwqWtvP4
This is from the last “throwdown” in The Music City…
And if you want to see Buffalo’s direct website, just click here: http://www.buffalosnashville.com/index.php?pr=Buffalos_At_A_Glance
ADMISSION: $15 (includes unlimited buffet and entrance)

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Maryland Basketball Schedule Announced

Posted on 24 August 2011 by WNST Staff

Terps play 16 games against postseason participants

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A home-and-home series with Duke and North Carolina, as well as non-conference matchups with postseason participants from the Big East, Atlantic-10 and Big Ten highlight the 2011-12 University of Maryland men’s basketball schedule announced Tuesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Terrapins will play at least 16 games against teams that participated in the NCAA or NIT postseason tournaments a year ago. Maryland is currently scheduled to play 12 times in the regular season on national television.

A limited number of season tickets are available for sale to the general public. Fans can take advantage of a six-month, no-interest payment plan and can become a season ticket-holder for as low as $77 per month per ticket. For more information, fans can call the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-IM-A-TERP.

““We have a very challenging schedule set up for this season,” said first-year head coach Mark Turgeon. “The non-conference games will showcase a lot of different styles of play and levels of teams that will help prepare us for the ACC. With a loaded Puerto Rico Tip-Off plus Illinois, Notre Dame and Temple, we should have a solid RPI heading into league play.”

Highlighting the non-conference schedule is a home matchup with Illinois on Nov. 29 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Terrapins’ next game, on Sunday, Dec. 4, will mark their annual trip to play in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center in Washington, with this year’s opponent being Notre Dame.

Maryland also faces a non-conference battle with a postseason participant from a year ago on Jan. 21 when it plays Temple at the storied Palestra in Philadelphia.

This year’s early-season tournament is the Puerto Rico Tip-Off from Nov. 17 through 20. The Terrapins open with Alabama in the first round, then will face either Colorado or Wichita State in the second round. All three of those teams reached the NIT semifinals last year.

In addition to Duke and North Carolina, Maryland will also play ACC home-and-home series against Virginia, Georgia Tech and Miami. The Terrapins will play one game each at home against Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Boston College, and will make trips to play their only regular-season meetings with NC State, Florida State and Clemson.

Maryland will play six straight home games between Dec. 7 and Jan. 3 before its conference opener at NC State on Sunday, Jan. 8. The homestand includes a Saturday matinee matchup on New Year’s Eve with Samford University.

Regional broadcast selections for non-conference games will be announced at a later date, with the game times for those contests potentially changing. All conference games carried by either the ACC Network or another regional sports network will also be available on the Internet on ESPN3.com.

The Terrapins make their first Comcast Center appearance under Turgeon on Friday, Oct. 14 when they host Maryland Madness. There will be an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 4 against Northwood in advance of the regular-season home opener against UNC Wilmington on Nov. 13.

2011-12 MARYLAND MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Day Date Opponent Time Television

Fri. Nov. 4 NORTHWOOD (Exhibition) 8:00 —

Sun. Nov. 13 UNC WILMINGTON 8:00 TBD

Thu. Nov. 17 vs. Alabama (Puerto Rico Tip-Off) 5:00 ESPN2

Fri. Nov. 18 vs. Colorado or Wichita State (Puerto Rico Tip-Off) TBD —

Sun. Nov. 20 vs. Third-Round Opponent (Puerto Rico Tip-Off) TBD ESPN/ESPN2

Fri. Nov. 25 FLORIDA GULF COAST TBD TBD

Tue. Nov. 29 ILLINOIS (ACC/Big Ten Challenge) 7:30 ESPN

Sun. Dec. 4 vs. Notre Dame (BB&T Classic, Washington, D.C.) 4:45 MASN

Wed. Dec. 7 MOUNT ST. MARY’S 8:00 TBD

Wed. Dec. 14 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL 8:00 ESPNU

Fri. Dec. 23 RADFORD 8:00 TBD

Wed. Dec. 28 ALBANY 8:00 TBD

Sat. Dec. 31 SAMFORD 1:00 TBD

Tue. Jan. 3 CORNELL 8:00 TBD

Sun. Jan. 8 at NC State* 6:00 ESPNU

Wed. Jan. 11 WAKE FOREST* 7:00 RSN

Sun. Jan. 15 GEORGIA TECH* 1:00/4:00 ACC Network

Tue. Jan. 17 at Florida State* 9:00 ESPNU

Sat. Jan. 21 at Temple (Palestra) TBD ESPNU

Wed. Jan. 25 DUKE* 9:00 ESPN

Sat. Jan. 28 VIRGINIA TECH* 2:30 ACC Network

Wed. Feb. 1 at Miami* 8:00 ACC Network

Sat. Feb. 4 NORTH CAROLINA* 4:00 ESPN/ESPN2

Tue. Feb. 7 at Clemson* 7:00 ESPNU

Sat. Feb. 11 at Duke* 4:00 ESPN

Thu. Feb. 16 BOSTON COLLEGE* 9:00 ACC Network

Sat. Feb. 18 at Virginia* 1:00 ACC Network

Tue. Feb. 21 MIAMI* 8:00 ACC Network

Sat. Feb. 25 at Georgia Tech* 2:30 ACC Network

Wed. Feb. 29 at North Carolina* 7:00 ESPN/ESPN2

Sun. Mar. 4 VIRGINIA* 2:00 ACC Network

March 8-11 at ACC Tournament (Atlanta, Ga.)

March 13 & 14 at NCAA First Round (Dayton)

March 15 & 17 at NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Albuquerque, Pittsburgh, Portland, Louisville)

March 16 & 18 at NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Columbus, Greensboro, Nashville, Omaha)

March 22 & 24 at NCAA Regionals (Boston, Phoenix)

March 23 & 25 at NCAA Regionals (St. Louis, Atlanta)

March 31 & Apr. 2 at NCAA Final Four (New Orleans)

* – Atlantic Coast Conference game

All times and dates subject to change (times for non-conference home games subject to change with regional TV selections);

All times Eastern; Home games played at Comcast Center (17,950) listed in BOLD CAPS

TV Key – ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU – national broadcasts; ACC Network, Regional Sports Network (RSN); Comcast SportsNet (CSN); Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) – regional broadcasts. TerpsTV available via live stream on www.umterps.com

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WNST Purple Football Roadtrips now on sale to San Diego, Jacksonville, more…

Posted on 02 August 2011 by Nestor Aparicio

With all of the frenzy of the lockout and the ensuing fallout of free agency and mayhem, I’m getting tons of requests for the WNST Purple Football Roadtrip information. It took a week to put it all together but we proudly announce four total roadtrips for your selection and we’ll also be throwing our traditional Purple Pep Rallies and Parties in virtually every city on the road in 2011.

Our first trip is next Thursday to Philadelphia to see the Ravens first game of the preseason. It’s just $89 for the entire evening of fun in the City of Brotherly Love.

If you are interested in a specific party on the road and you’ve already made your travel plans, simply drop me an email: nasty@wnst.net and I’ll get you on the “first information” list once the parties go on sale next week.

To purchase seats for all of our roadtrips, simply click on the TRIPS tab at www.wnst.net or here.

If you want to see what our Purple Parties look like, just click here to see the evidence from Charlotte last fall:

Here’s a full lineup of all of our trips for 2011:

2011 Purple Roadtrip to Jacksonville (Oct. 22-25)

You asked for a more inexpensive way to get to Jacksonville for the HUGE PURPLE PARTY so we’re offering our longest busride of the year — but they’re always kind fun, really — down to North Florida for the Baltimore game the weekend of Oct. 22 through 25.

THIS IS OUR FEATURED TRIP FOR 2011!!!!!

We’ll leave White Marsh Mall area on Sat. Oct. 22 at 6 am with a quick stop at I-95 UMBC Park and Ride at 6:30 am and will set sail for the 764-mile journey straight down I-95. We expect to arrive in time for dinner on Saturday night. You’ll have all day Sunday and most of the day Monday for the gigantic WNST Purple Party.

The game isn’t until Monday night so we’ll have plenty of time to roam, gather in purple masses and tailgate before the big game.

Our WNST bus will leave Jacksonville at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, Oct. 25th and return to Baltimore later that night.

WNST Purple Roadtrip includes: bus ride on Gunther Motorcoach plus beer, soda & Chick-fil-A for the ride down, three nights hotel at Courtyard Marriott in Jacksonville, WNST Purple Party ticket, plus an upper deck seat for the Jacksonville-Baltimore game.

SINGLE: $575

DOUBLE: $450

TRIPLE: $400

QUAD: $375


2011 Purple Roadtrip to San Diego (Dec. 15-19)

The best trip in the sports — bar none — takes place during the holidays as WNST takes purple fans to sunny Southern California for four days in San Diego for the Baltimore date there on Sunday night, Dec. 18th. Our trip leaves on Thursday morning via Southwest Airlines at BWI and we’ll arrive at the Sofia Hotel in The Gaslamp District for four nights of sun, beaches and purple parties.

Our trip returns on Tuesday, Dec. 19th to BWI.

Many more details are coming regarding our downtown parties on Saturday and our partnership with The West Wing in San Diego for the Sunday tailgate.

Trip includes: RT air via Southwest Airlines (BWI-SAN), four nights at the Sofia Hotel in The Gaslamp District, upper deck game ticket for Baltimore at San Diego and entrance to WNST Purple Party on Sunday.

SINGLE — $1,399 per person

DOUBLE — $1,099 per person

2011 Purple Roadtrip to Pittsburgh (Nov. 6)

Join us as the purple warriors travel to Pittsburgh to take on the black and gold on Sunday, Nov. 6. Our bus will leave White Marsh Mall Area at noon with a stop at the I-70 West Park and Ride at 12:30 p.m. We’ll have a limited supply of beer, snacks for the ride up to Pittsburgh.

Our bus will leave immediately following the game and return to Baltimore at approximately 4 a.m.

Trip includes ride on Gunther Motorcoach, game ticket, drinks and snacks for the ride.

Price: $250 per person

2011 Purple Roadtrip to Cleveland and Canton Pro Football Hall of Fame (Dec. 3-4)

Join us on a special holiday trip to Ohio as we see the Pro Football Hall of Fame plus Baltimore at Cleveland on the weekend of Dec. 3-4.

Our bus will leave White Marsh Mall area at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and depart for Canton, where we’ll spend the afternoon checking out the hallowed Hall of Fame. Late that afternoon, we’ll make our way up to Cleveland and stay at the Holiday Inn Express downtown. On Sunday, we’ll provide upper deck seats for the game and the bus will depart immediately following the 1 p.m. game. We expect to return to Baltimore around 11 p.m.

Trip includes: bus ride on Gunther Motorcoach, limited beer, soda and Chick-fil-A breakfast for the ride, upper deck game ticket in Cleveland, plus admission to Pro Football Hall of Fame & hotel in Cleveland for Saturday night.

$375 — Single (going it alone!)

$325 — Double (2 people in hotel room)

$300 — Triple (3 people in hotel room)

$275 — Quad (4 people in hotel room)

To purchase seats for all of our roadtrips, simply click on the TRIPS tab at www.wnst.net or here.

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50 words about Matusz, Heap, Mason, Steelers-D ... and prayers

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50 words about Matusz, Heap, Mason, Steelers-D … and prayers

Posted on 27 July 2011 by Rex Snider

Ahh, we’re just a couple days into renewed peace around NFL circles and we’re already being provided with enough storylines to finally disregard the lists of “BEST OF …” and “WORST OF …” that served as filler for radio programming, blogs and Twitter topics for the past few months.

Indeed, football is back …..

So, too, will be my “50 words” blogs, albeit on a random basis. After all, having such a format will give me opportunities to cover an array of topics, while maximizing your limited time to spend on blogs during breaks in the workday.

It’s a WIN-WIN, right?

So, without further delay, here’s your renewed edition of 50 words …..
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Sobering Reality For A Couple Ravens

As the news of Derrick Mason and Todd Heap becoming salary cap casualties in the process of molding the 2011 edition of the Ravens, I have begun to draw a few distinct conclusions.  However, the most telling from my perspective is we are probably witnessing the first time these two players have been cut by any team  ….
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All of us have experienced “the axe” at one intramural level or another, right?  Yet, Mason and Heap are probably feeling the effects of such a staunch rejection for the first time in their entire lives.  I would imagine it’s a tough pill to swallow ….
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Another Night, Another Loss

While many of us are primarily focused on what’s happening at One Winning Drive, along with an occasional eye glanced at the Orioles (they actually won, last night), there is another story or situation worth watching ….
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The tale of Brian Matusz is becoming more bewildering with the passing days.  Last night, Matusz found himself in immediate trouble, as he surrendered 3 walks and threw almost 30 pitches in the first inning of his start for the Norfolk Tides.  His final line:  5IP, 3ER, 7H, 3BB, 0K ….
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Thanks, Steelers

Many of us awakened to learn the Pittsburgh Steelers blessed us with a big favor, last night.  That’s right, they gave Ike Taylor a new 4-year deal to remain part of the team’s secondary.  But, if you think Baltimore fans are happy, there’s a great chance a member of the Ravens is ecstatic ….
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Quarterback, Joe Flacco, was all smiles as he learned the news.  Then again, any quarterback would be overjoyed to learn the archrival was bringing back a cornerback who is best described as one step up from a sawhorse on training wheels.  Many thanks, Mr. Rooney ….
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I Wanna Thank Jesus … For My Smokin’ Hot Wife

Even the casual NASCAR fan knows the green flag of each race is preceeded by an invocation by a clergyman.  That said, what transpired at Nashville Speedway, prior to last Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide event was simply priceless ….

I hope you weren’t drinking anything while watching the video of Pastor Joe Nelms delivering his rendition of a prayer.  Regardless of anyone’s religious beliefs, I think it was pretty cool to witness such a lighthearted expression of words.  Oh yeah, and did you catch Carl Edwards’ reaction?

Happy Wednesday …. tune in this afternoon at 2pm !!!!

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Was Sunday a ‘Dilfer-like’ epiphany for Flacco?

Posted on 05 October 2010 by Luke Jones

You just knew it was coming.

On a rainy, dreary start to the work week in Baltimore, fans bask in the afterglow of one of the finest regular season wins in franchise history. The Ravens went to Pittsburgh and did exactly what they had been unable to do since 2006.

Ben Roethlisberger or not — and Steelers fans are doing everything they can to remind you the Super Bowl-winning quarterback was missing from yesterday’s game — critics can no longer question whether Joe Flacco can win at Heinz Field. The third-year quarterback finally orchestrated a game-winning, comeback drive in the final seconds, even if a major assist went to the Baltimore defense for setting him up on a short field.

And with Sunday’s win vaulting the Ravens into the national eye as the slight front runner among legitimate Super Bowl contenders at the quarter pole, I began thinking about Trent Dilfer.

Yes, he is still the most revered quarterback in franchise history with the Ravens sporting a laundry list of failures and journeymen at the quarterback position over their 15-year history.

With Sunday’s enormous victory, someone had to bring up the Super Bowl XXXV winners and the quarterback who led — or managed — them to victory. It happens every time the Ravens win a big game and find themselves looking like legitimate title contenders.

In reality, my recollection of Dilfer as I watched Flacco throw the game-winning, 18-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Houshmandzadeh with 32 seconds remaining had nothing to do with the two quarterbacks as performers. Flacco is already more accomplished statistically than Dilfer ever was and will be asked to do far more than the former Tampa Bay quarterback did in the 2000 season. Dilfer has the Super Bowl ring that Flacco lacks, but there is no debate that Flacco is the better quarterback, even if only starting his third NFL season.

However, watching Flacco exorcise some early-career demons in the fourth quarter Sunday reminded me of Dilfer’s biggest regular season victory that set the tone for the remainder of the season. It came against the Tennessee Titans — then the Ravens’ biggest rival — at Adelphia Coliseum on Nov. 12, 2000.

Still getting his feet wet in the Baltimore offense after replacing Tony Banks several weeks before, the biggest knock on Dilfer had been his inevitable habit of making a disastrous mistake to cost his team the game. It happened over and over again during his time with the Buccaneers, a major reason he was jettisoned after six seasons.

With the game tied 17-17 and the Ravens driving for the game-winning score, Dilfer inexplicably threw an interception to Titans safety Perry Phenix who returned it 87 yards for a touchdown and a 23-17 Tennessee lead with 2:30 remaining. Anyone following Dilfer’s career could only throw up his hands and say, “Here we go again.”

The exact words uttered by many as Flacco threw incomplete to Anquan Boldin on fourth down from the Pittsburgh 2 with 2:40 remaining.

Another failure in a big spot.

Or so it seemed, as we would find out just a few minutes later.

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After his gaffe, Dilfer dusted himself off and marched the Ravens down the field, culminating with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Johnson with 25 seconds remaining. It not only gave the Ravens a 24-23 victory over the defending AFC champions, but the win showed Baltimore could go into Nashville and beat the Titans, something no one had accomplished since the stadium opened the previous season.

The rest was history as the Ravens did not lose again that season, which included another trip to Adelphia Coliseum where they beat the Titans again in the divisional round on their way to a Super Bowl victory.

Only time will tell whether Sunday’s win at Heinz Field was an epiphany for Flacco and the Ravens or more an aberration with Roethlisberger out of the lineup for Pittsburgh. As important as the win appears in the big picture, it currently represents a single victory and an early lead in the competitive AFC North heading into Week 5.

“It was very exciting,” said Flacco Monday afternoon. “It was one of the greatest wins we’ve had since I’ve been here. It was a great win, but honestly, we’ve already moved on [to the next game].”

His intended message is clear, but we know better. The jubilation expressed by the normally stoic Flacco in the final seconds Sunday signified a proverbial monkey being lifted from his back. It was only one step — his struggles against Cincinnati and Indianapolis will continue to give his critics ammunition — but it sure felt like a big one in the young quarterback’s career.

In Dilfer’s case, the psychological lift provided by the Week 11 win in Nashville gave him the confidence to lead the offense exactly where it needed to go down the stretch, albeit with a far more conservative approach than the Ravens’ current offensive attack.

If Flacco goes on to reach new heights in his NFL career, we will look back at Sunday’s victory as a keystone moment where the young quarterback grew up even more than he did over five playoff games in his first two seasons.

He now has a last-minute comeback victory in Pittsburgh to draw from his psyche when placed in similar positions in the future. How he will fare is anyone’s guess, but you have to like his chances far more today than you did when he walked to the Baltimore sideline with 2:40 remaining in the fourth quarter as a frenzied crowd prematurely thought the Steelers had done it again to Flacco and the Ravens.

Perhaps they will find themselves back at Heinz Field in January, much like the 2000 team traveled to Tennessee again later that season. If they do, winning again will be a daunting task, but far more feasible than it appeared before Sunday.

When you do something once, you can always do it again.

Just ask Dilfer.

It will be fun to see where Flacco goes from this point forward.

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Greatest Ravens by jersey number (41-60)

Posted on 27 August 2010 by Luke Jones

With Sports Illustrated releasing its list of all-time best NFL players by jersey number this week, I decided to look back at the 15-year history of the Baltimore Ravens to construct a list of the greatest players for Nos. 1-99.

Part 1 and Part 2 covered jersey numbers 1 through 40 if you missed them.

Part 3 (41-60) presents the most obvious choice on the list—who was also chosen as the greatest player to wear his number in the history of the National Football League—as well as two of the most obscure numbers in team history.

41 Frank Walker (2008-09)

He was never popular among fans due to his propensity for drawing penalty flags, but Walker was not as bad as some made him out to be. Injuries often forced the backup into starter duty where his weaknesses were exposed.

His only competition for this number was Ralph Staten, a once-promising safety who was jettisoned from the team due to character issues in the spring of 1999. Regardless of where you stand with Walker, he is a pretty clear choice and has at least one big fan on YouTube.

Knowing Walker, it would not be a complete shock to find out he made this video himself.

42 Anthony Mitchell (2000-02)

I went back and forth between Mitchell and fullback Lorenzo Neal, but Mitchell’s three seasons in Baltimore allowed him to grab the honor. Mitchell spent his first two seasons with the Ravens as a special teams contributor before his workload in the secondary increased in 2002, starting six games and grabbing three interceptions.

Of course, the mere mention of Mitchell makes Baltimore think about a certain blocked field goal return in Nashville (check the 3:30 mark).

43 Haruki Nakamura (2008-present)

Despite a promising future, Nakamura has done little to distinguish himself other than contributing on special teams in his first two seasons. However, it tops the work of other defensive backs like Vashone Adams and Anthony Poindexter.

44 Jason Brookins (2000-01)

The big tailback rushed for 551 yards in 2001, beating out the likes of Tony Vinson and Willie Gaston. Brookins is most remembered for leaving the Packers camp a year later after the staff asked him for his playbook, the traditional sign that a player is being cut. It turns out the coaching staff only wanted to add some new plays and by the time Brookins received the message, Green Bay coach Mike Sherman decided to cut the running back.

And the Baltimore coaching staff questioned his decision-making and intelligence while with the Ravens. Imagine that.

45 Corey Harris (1998-2001)

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Harris spent most of his Ravens career as a backup and solid return man, but stepped up in a big way when safety Kim Herring went down with a sprained ankle in the 2000 playoffs. He started against Tennessee and Oakland and started all 16 at strong safety the following season.

46 B.J. Ward (2005)

The Florida State safety played in 15 games in 2005, making 11 tackles and forcing a fumble. Why is he the pick at No. 46? There is no record of any other player wearing the number in the regular season for the Ravens.

47 Will Demps (2002-2005)

The undrafted rookie was the surprise of training camp in 2002, not only winning a roster spot but becoming a starting safety next to Ed Reed for four seasons. Demps returned an interception for a touchdown in the Ravens’ only playoff game during his time in Baltimore, a 20-17 loss to the Titans in January 2004.

48 Frank Hartley (1996)

If linebacker Edgar Jones — who had previously worn Nos. 91 and 84 before switching to 48 this offseason — makes the 53-man roster this season, he immediately grabs the distinction. Until then, the tight end Hartley holds this spot despite never making a catch in eight games in 1996.

Don’t worry, I didn’t remember him either.

49 Chad Williams (2002-05)

Chad Williams

Williams is the easy choice after playing four seasons in Baltimore, registering eight interceptions and scoring three touchdowns as a backup safety.

50 Antwan Barnes (2007-present)

Though Dunbar graduate Tommy Polley and reserve linebacker Brad Jackson earn strong consideration, Barnes wins the honor with five career sacks and strong special teams play over his first three seasons with the Ravens. Despite a high ceiling, Barnes has yet to provide a consist impact as a pass rusher off the edge, something he hopes to change this season.

51 Cornell Brown (1997-2000, 2002-04)

Some will argue special teams standout Brendon Ayanbadejo for this spot, but Cornell Brown is the obvious choice despite wearing No. 90 in his second stint with the Ravens. Brown made 25 starts and was very good against the run, ofter sharing time with Peter Boulware when the Pro Bowl linebacker was ailing.

52 Ray Lewis (1996-present)

Never mind that Lewis was selected by SI.com as the best ever to wear the jersey number in the NFL. When you think of the Baltimore Ravens, No. 52 is the image that overwhelmingly comes to mind.

One of the greatest defensive players ever.

53 Jameel McClain (2008-present)

Tyrell Peters, T.J. Slaughter, and the injury-cursed Dan Cody also wore the number, but McClain has done just enough in special teams and passing downs to grab the distinction. His stature can rise even higher if he earns the starting job at inside linebacker this season.

54 Roderick Green (2004-05)

Green never realized his full potential as a Raven, but he is a marginally-better choice than Tyrus McCloud, Shannon Taylor, or current linebacker Prescott Burgess for No. 54.

55 Terrell Suggs (2003-present)

Many feel Suggs has never lived up the hype or the record-setting contract inked in 2009, but he is one of the most complete outside linebackers in the league when healthy and motivated. His two-sack performance against the Steelers in the AFC Championship two seasons ago was borderline heroic after sustaining a shoulder injury against the Titans a week earlier.

More sentimental fans will argue for Jamie Sharper — who would be a unanimous choice for any linebacker number other than 55, 52, or 58 — but Suggs has had the superior career.

56 Ed Hartwell (2001-04)

Hartwell put his name on the Baltimore linebacker map when he led the team in tackles in 2002 after Ray Lewis was sidelined with a shoulder injury. A good linebacker in his own right, Hartwell was overshadowed in his last two seasons with the Ravens, a palpable frustration he even voiced before departing for Atlanta in 2005.

57 Bart Scott (2002-08)

Just as popular with the media as he was with the fans, Scott was an undrafted linebacker who made himself into a Pro Bowl force during his seven seasons with the Ravens. His “hot sauce” tackle of Reggie Bush gained notoriety, but the linebacker will always be remembered for a hit he laid on a certain Pittsburgh quarterback.

The number is currently reserved in honor of the heroic O.J. Brigance — who is certainly deserving as he continues to fight ALS — but Brigance would be the first to tell you Scott is the greatest Raven to don the No. 57.

58 Peter Boulware (1997-2005)

Boulware

The franchise’s all-time sack leader dealt with knee and shoulder injuries during his career, but he was a force as a pass rusher and made himself into an every-down linebacker after playing defensive end at Florida State. Boulware earned four trips to the Pro Bowl, won the 1997 Defensive Rookie of the Year, and is a member of the Ravens Ring of Honor.

59 Dannell Ellerbe (2009-present)

Ellerbe

Prior to the 2009 season, long snapper Joe Maese (2001-04) was the clear-cut selection here, but the undrafted Ellerbe made the 53-man roster and eventually wrestled away the starting inside linebacker spot from Tavares Gooden in the final month of his rookie season. Ellerbe’s interception against Oakland in Week 17 helped preserve a 21-13 win and a postseason berth for the 9-7 Ravens.

60 Jason Brown (2005-08)

Super Bowl-winning center Jeff Mitchell was blossoming into a Pro Bowl-caliber player before signing with the Carolina Panthers in 2001, allowing Jason Brown to seize recognition for this number. Drafted in the fourth round in 2005, Brown began his NFL career at left guard before moving to his college position of center in 2008. It earned him a huge payday with the St. Louis Rams the following offseason, as the Ravens could not afford to keep Brown.

Next up: For numbers 61-80, we will dive into the trenches with the offensive line, with a few obvious choices and several integers where we need to look long and hard to find a representative.

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Traveling to Indy? Here’s Everything you need to know about parties & fun!

Posted on 11 January 2010 by Nestor Aparicio

So, you’re a Ravens Maniac like us and you’re planning on coming to Indianapolis with us – hopefully on our Miller Lite Purple Playoff Roadtrip but perhaps on your own via planes, buses or automobiles — and you don’t really know the best way to go about it, book it or who to trust? This blog and this information is for Ravens fans like you.

Hop aboard and learn “all things Indianapolis, Ravens roadtrip and this weekend’s playoff game” here from WNST.net, where we pride ourselves on throwing the best parties and best events for the traveling purple crowd on the road!

First (as a shameless plug), our trip is on sale and our first bus is already sold out. We just put the second bus on sale. Honestly, our bus trip is designed to be the cheapest, easiest and most fun way to do the trip. You show up at 6 a.m. on Friday and almost everything is taken care of for you and you can relax and just have fun until Sunday night when we return around 9 p.m. (Go out on Facebook and ask around to the 109 people we took to New England this weekend or the thousands we’ve taken on the road in the past about our trips. No one does a trip like WNST. That’s a fact!)

But, judging from the droves of email I’m getting, lots of Ravens fans are developing lots of creative ways to get to Indianapolis – from BWI, from D.C., into various Midwestern locales via air, etc. And some are just piling into the “Family Roadster” and driving 10 hours all night on Friday and that all works, too!

If you’re coming to Indianapolis, we’ve developed a special Facebook page where we’ll be updating all pertinent info during the week. It’s called “I’m going to Indianapolis this weekend to see Ravens eliminate Colts!”

ANYONE who is wearing purple is cordially invited to come to our two massive parties on Friday night and all day Saturday to flock together, drink together, dance together, cheer together and have fun as a Baltimore community in Indianapolis.

(I’d insert some Irsay-related insult here, but I’ll refrain and keep that for Saturday afternoon when we might offer up a widely-popular side trip to piss on his grave. But, I digress…)

Here’s the biggest issue in Indy this weekend: there’s a gigantic cheerleader convention that is taking up 25,000 beds all weekend. This is clogging up virtually everything in the city this week.

The reality for Ravens fans? There are NO rooms available anywhere near the downtown area. If you’ve been shopping the internet, you already know this.

So, last week while I was researching the climate to throw a party and do a group trip pending a Ravens win in New England, I made some decisions to base my parties from an area north of the city called Broad Ripple. For lack of a better description, this is “the Fells Point of Indianapolis.” It’s a cool, walking bar area and we’ve obtained the three biggest bars in a party block to throw a gigantic purple area all night on Friday and all day on Saturday.

The good news: you won’t really be dealing with the Mertons of Indianapolis and stolen blue horseshoes until you get downtown on Saturday afternoon before the game. This town of Broad Ripple will become “Purple Ripple” sometime after 7 p.m. on Friday night.

Here are the details for our two parties:

Main Location: Rock Lobster, 820 Broad Ripple Ave. Indy

Click here for a full description of Rock Lobster and Average Joe’s and Mineshaft!

Official website for Broad Ripple Bars here…

Party pricing:

Friday (7 p.m. til 11 p.m.): $10 cover, cheap drinks all night

Saturday (11 a.m. til 6 p.m.): $20 in advance/$25 at door, FULL buffet & cheap drinks all night

If you buy BOTH parties now, it’s a $25 charge and you can buy the seats here…

Rock Lobster is our flagship headquarters on Friday night, but there’s little doubt that our parties will spill into the other two bars next door (Mineshaft & Average Joe’s) all day on Saturday.

HOTELS

If you are going to Indianapolis and NOT going with the WNST bus, I’d highly recommend two areas – both on the north side of the city – for hotels: Anywhere south of Carmel and in the Castleton area is a good spot if you’re planning on attending our purple parties.

There are also a bunch of rooms out on the southwest side of town near the Indianapolis Airport, but they’re a long way from downtown and even further from our parties. (And let’s be honest, none of us are going to be staying in Indy for more than a day or two, so I’m trying to be efficient in getting everyone into one spot and having an awesome time.)

GAME TICKETS

Tickets are about $125 and readily available. The Colts fans and the fans of Indianapolis suck, for the most part, and they have over 4,000 tickets on the web right now ready for purchase. The Colts fans aren’t that excited about this team right or none of these tickets would be so readily available.

Game tickets – if you have a little bit of money – will not be an issue in Indianapolis, unless 12,000 of us show up this weekend. That said, get your tickets early or just get on our roadtrip and it’s all taken care of for you.

And given the 10-hour drive and the non-existent airline availability, this is highly unlikely.

Here are some links to some of our parties in the past:

Last year in Nashville…

Last year in Pittsburgh…

We also just put up the video of what our trips looked like this weekend in New England.

We had a really successful party in Providence and would love to see a “Nashville-style” celebration in Indy this weekend.

We hope to see you in Indianapolis on Friday night at Rock Lobster.

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