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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Avondale, LA), LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from San Francisco live on Golf Channel); MLS: FC Dallas @ DC United (Saturday 7pm RFK Stadium); Auto Racing: NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 (Saturday 7pm from Richmond live on FOX); Boxing: Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz (Saturday 9:30pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); High School Basketball: Capital Classic (Saturday 7:30pm T.C. Williams High School)

10. Brian Regan (Friday & Saturday Warner Theatre); Ron White (Friday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Joe Rogan (Friday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore Green Week (Tuesday-Saturday throughout Charm City); The Gathering Food Trucks Rally (Friday Downtown Towson); Maryland Bacon Festival (Saturday 12pm Rash Field); “Brick Mansions” out in theaters (Friday)

This is a heart made out of bacon. This is wonderful.

These young ladies are wearing bacon. Did I mention bacon?

9. M3 Rock Festival feat. Tesla, Kix, Extreme, Sebastian Bach (Friday & Saturday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ludacris (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Lacuna Coil (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Ani DiFranco (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Kindred the Family Soul (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Maceo Parker (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Bret Michaels (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Used/Taking Back Sunday (Tuesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Alabama Shakes (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Better Than Ezra (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Band of Skulls (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Nappy Roots (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Johnnyswim (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival feat. Jerry Douglas/Cris Jacobs (Saturday Druid Hill Park); Toadies (Sunday 8pm Black Cat); Ben Folds (Monday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); G. Love & Special Sauce “Sugar”, Keb Mo’ “Bluesamericana” and Neon Trees “Pop Psychology” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

From the last time Sister Sparrow was in town…and killing it.

I like to imagine I’m living my life within an Alabama Shakes tune. Because they’re excellent.

Nappy Roots are still around??!??!?!? Do you have any idea how many times I hit repeat on a Nappy Roots track in my life?

I think Allen McCallum and I may be headed to the Birchmere to see Johnnyswim. Because Johnnyswim is wonderful.

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NFL Network’s Breer believes Ravens are not finished in free agency

Posted on 08 April 2014 by WNST Audio

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NFL Network’s Baldinger thinks new offensive terminology will challenge veteran Ravens

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Audio

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 24 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Sergey Kovalev vs. Cedric Agnew (Saturday 10pm from Atlantic City live on HBO); MLS: Chicago Fire @ DC United (Saturday 4pm from RFK Stadium live on NBC Sports Network); Auto Racing: NASCAR STP 500 (Sunday 1pm from Martinsville, VA live on FOX); Golf: PGA Tour Texas Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC), LPGA Tour Kia Classic (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Carlsbad, CA live on Golf Channel)

10. Damon Wayans (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Baltimore Greek Week (Tuesday-Sunday Greektown); Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Wednesday-Sunday Baltimore Arena); The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Delivery Man” out on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Bad Words“, “Noah” and “Sabotage” out in theaters (Friday)

I assume Damon Wayans will call me while he’s in town. After all, I am close personal friends with the family.

Also…language terribly NSFW (unless you work somewhere selling penny stocks), but this is by far and away the Magnum Opus of Wolf of Wall Street…

9. Mobb Deep (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Los Lonely Boys (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); The Ataris (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Grouplove/MS MR/Smallpools (Sunday & Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (Thursday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Pentatonix (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Experience Hendrix feat. Buddy Guy/Jonny Lang/Kenny Wayne Shepherd/Bootsy Collins (Sunday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Johnny Cash “Out Among The Stars” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’m going to start a MS MR cover band called MR MS. I’m clever.

Smallpools is the band that did the best song in 2013 no one gave enough credit to.

I am a supporter of the Rev.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Jimi Hendrix. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t suck.

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Top 10 Baseball Distactions

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Top 10 Baseball Distactions

Posted on 17 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Angelo Santana vs. Hank Lundy (Friday 10:45pm from Cleveland live on Showtime); Golf: WGC Accenture Match Play Championship (Wednesday 12pm Thursday & Friday 2pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 12pm live on Golf Channel 2pm live on CBS), Honda LPGA Thailand (Thursday & Friday 9am Saturday 2pm Sunday 1:30pm from Chonburi, Thailand on Golf Channel); Tennis: ATP Tour Delray Beach Open (Tuesday-Thursday 12:30pm Friday 6:30pm Saturday 8:30pm from Delray Beach, FL live on Tennis Channel); Women’s College Basketball: Florida State @ Maryland (Thursday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Maryland @ Georgia Tech (Sunday 4pm from Atlanta live on ESPN2); MISL: Pennsylvania Roar @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:05pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Syracuse Silver Knights @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 6:05pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Baltimore Blast @ Rochester Lancers (Sunday 3pm from Rochester, NY live on YouTube)

10. Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Charm City); Christian Finnegan (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Sebastian Maniscalco (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); 3 Days to Kill” and “Pompeii” out in theaters (Friday)

Christian Finnegan is GREAT. You may remember him as Chad from “The Mad Real World” on Chappelle’s Show…

He’s skinny now. He’s still funny.

9. Kings of Leon/Gary Clark Jr. (Friday 8pm Verizon Center), Justin Timberlake (Monday 8pm Verizon Center); Lady Antebellum (Friday 7pm Patriot Center); The Bridge (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Joe Nichols (Friday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Young The Giant (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Black Joe Lewis (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), G. Love & Special Sauce (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bob Weir & Ratdog (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Josh Turner (Friday 8pm Strathmore); Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (Saturday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center); Tim Reynolds and TR3 (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Lake Street Dive “Bad Self Portraits” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Every time you forget how freaking great KOL are they do something to quickly remind you.

You could never forget how freaking great GCJ is. NEVER.

I dare you to name five things better than Justin Timberlake’s Pusher Love Girl.

Cris Jacobs is a great Baltimorean.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Monster Jam (Friday & Saturday Verizon Center); MISL: Syracuse Silver Knights @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Rochester Lancers @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube); Golf: PGA Tour Farmers Insurance Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from La Jolla, CA); Women’s College Basketball: Maryland @ Virginia (Thursday 6:30pm from Charlottesville, VA live on Comcast SportsNet), Notre Dame @ Maryland (Monday 7pm from Comcast Center live on ESPN2); Boxing: Lamont Peterson vs. Dierry Jean (Saturday 9pm from DC Armory live on Showtime), Mikey Garcia vs. Juan Carlos Burgos (Saturday 9:45pm from New York live on HBO)

10. John Witherspoon (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Monday throughout Baltimore County); Baltimore Boat Show (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); World of Pets Expo (Friday-Sunday Timonium Fairgrounds); Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge (Friday & Saturday Sandy Point); I, Frankenstein” out in theaters (Friday); Captain Phillips“, “Machete Kills” and “Blue Jasmine” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Tom Hanks not getting an Academy Award nomination for Captain Phillips is the type of stuff Congress should be spending time investigating.

Also, if you’re at the Boat Show-please get me this boat.

9. Moe. (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); 10 Years (Friday 8:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Little River Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Marc Cohn (Saturday 7pm Rams Head on Stage); Ja Rule (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), Martha Reeves (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Cowboy Mouth (Friday 6pm 9:30 Club), Reverend Horton Heat (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Brandon Boyd and Sons of the Sea (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt (Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere), WAR (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Tedeschi Trucks Band (Saturday 8pm Warner Theatre); New Politics (Sunday 8pm Rock N Roll Hotel); Pixies (Sunday 8pm Strathmore); Young The Giant “Mind Over Matter” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

moe. are enjoyable music performers.

Oh man. I would totally go see Lyle Lovett…if I had a boat.

Tedeschi Trucks is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Here they do John Prine.

New Politics is the band that does that song you sing along to despite not knowing a single word.

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Four Ravens games among top 30 most viewed in NFL this season

Posted on 08 January 2014 by WNST Staff

NFL 2013 TV RECAP

205 MILLION FANS TUNED IN

34 of 35 MOST-WATCHED SHOWS THIS FALL

SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR: NFL GAME TV’S MOST WATCHED SHOW ALL
17 WEEKS

NFL GAME VIEWERSHIP NEARLY TRIPLES BROADCAST PRIMETIME

RECORD SEASON FOR NFL NETWORK

Football fans tuned into the 2013 NFL season in BIG numbers. According to The Nielsen Company, the 2013 regular season reached 205 million unique viewers, representing 81 percent of all television homes and 70 percent of potential viewers in the U.S.

For the season, NFL games rank as 34 of the top 35 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day. Following are the most-watched programs this fall:

Program Viewers
1. CBS Thanksgiving Day Game (Raiders-Cowboys), 11/28 31.7 million
2. FOX Sunday National (mostly Packers-49ers), 9/8 28.5 million
3. FOX Thanksgiving Day Game (Packers-Lions), 11/28 28.3 million
4. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Cowboys), 10/6 28.3 million
5. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Chiefs), 12/1 28.1 million
6. FOX Sunday National (Cowboys-Giants), 11/24 27.9 million
7. FOX Sunday National (Packers-Cowboys), 12/15 27.8 million
8. FOX Sunday National (Seahawks-49ers), 12/8 27.6 million
9. NBC Sunday Night Football (Eagles-Cowboys), 12/29 27.4 million
10. FOX Sunday National (mostly Eagles-Broncos), 9/29 27.0 million
11. NBC Sunday Night Football (Chiefs-Broncos), 11/17 26.9 million
12. NBC Sunday Night Football (Broncos-Colts), 10/20 26.9 million
13. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Saints), 11/17 26.9 million
14. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Patriots), 10/13 26.7 million
15. NBC Sunday Night Football (Broncos-Patriots), 11/24 26.5 million
16. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Giants), 9/15 26.4 million
17. FOX Sunday National (mostly Packers-Bears), 12/29 26.4 million
18. CBS Sunday National (mostly Colts-49ers), 9/22 25.6 million
19. FOX Sunday National (mostly Redskins-Broncos), 10/27 25.5 million
20. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Cowboys), 9/8 25.4 million
21. CBS Sunday National (mostly Ravens-Steelers & Texans-Chiefs), 10/20 25.3 million
22. NBC Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, 11/28 25.2 million
23. NBC Thursday Night Kickoff Game (Ravens-Broncos), 9/5 25.1 million
24. CBS Sunday National (mostly Patriots-Ravens), 12/22 24.2 million
25. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Chargers), 11/10 24.1 million
26. CBS Sunday National (mostly Steelers-Patriots), 11/3 24.0 million
27. NBC Sunday Night Football (Redskins-Cowboys), 10/13 22.1 million
28. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Redskins-Packers & Saints-Buccaneers), 9/15 21.9 million
29. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Saints-Panthers & Giants-Lions), 12/22 21.9 million
30. NBC Thanksgiving Night Game (Steelers-Ravens), 11/28 21.1 million
31. NBC Sunday Night Football (Cowboys-Saints), 11/10 21.1 million
32. FOX Sunday Single (mostly Packers-Bengals, Giants-Panthers & Rams-Cowboys), 9/22 20.9 million
33. NBC Sunday Night Football (49ers-Seahawks), 9/15 20.5 million
34. NBC Sunday Night Football (Bears-Steelers), 9/22 20.5 million
35. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Falcons), 9/29 20.5 million

 

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“America’s Game: 2012 Baltimore Ravens” debuts Monday on NFL Network

Posted on 27 August 2013 by WNST Staff

AMERICA’S GAME: 2012 BALTIMORE RAVENS DEBUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON NFL NETWORK

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 AT 9:00 PM ET

Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, Linebacker Ray Lewis & Head Coach John Harbaugh Recount the Baltimore Ravens’ 2012 Super Bowl Winning Season

 

“We weren’t pretty. We weren’t perfect… But at least we were us.”

– John Harbaugh

 

Oscar-Nominated Actor Edward Norton Narrates

 

The Baltimore Ravens were 5-2 headed into their bye week. While most NFL teams would gratefully sign up for those circumstances, the Ravens were at a crossroads. Inside a tumultuous meeting room in Owings Mills, MD, a strong-minded head coach was facing his strong-minded team and the season hung in the balance.

 

While the meeting was described in the media as a mutiny, in actuality, a championship team was molded. The Ravens won their next four games, and despite struggling down the stretch, recovered to win the AFC North. Then, with three wins in the AFC playoffs and a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, the Baltimore Ravens were crowned Super Bowl Champions.

 

On September 2 at 9:00 PM ET exclusively on NFL Network, re-live the Ravens’ entire Championship journey through the NFL Films-produced America’s Game: 2012 Baltimore Ravens. The one-hour edition of the Emmy-Award winning series features exclusive interviews with Super Bowl MVP & quarterback Joe Flacco, linebacker Ray Lewis, and head coach John Harbaugh.

 

Oscar-nominated actor, Edward Norton narrates.

 

NFL Films captures the entirety of a Championship voyage which commenced in 2008 when the Ravens hired Harbaugh and drafted Flacco in the first round of the NFL Draft. The special takes viewers through the season with behind-the-scenes video and sound from Ravens team meetings, locker rooms, fields, and coaching booths.  It is an all-encompassing, inside look at the Super Bowl champions.

 

In addition to the infamous team meeting, events featured in America’s Game: 2012 Baltimore Ravens include:

 

  • ·         Ray Lewis’ last ride: The Ravens’ journey through the playoffs was anything but standard. From Lewis’ final home game, to the miracle comeback vs. the Denver Broncos, a rematch vs. the New England Patriots – all while John Harbaugh knew his brother, San Francisco head coach Jim Harabugh, had already clinched a trip to the Super Bowl – the Ravens journey to New Orleans was unique. Then, while the Ravens had a 28-6 lead, the Super Bowl suffered a 34-minute power outage delay in an unprecedented event. The three-week whirlwind is remembered in detail by Harbaugh, Flacco, and Lewis.

 

  • ·         Evolution of Ravens Offense: The relationship between Harbaugh and Flacco has grown in stages since 2008. America’s Game: 2012 Ravens documents Flacco’s frustration with the Ravens conservative approach and his desire to open up the offense more. Additionally, Flacco admits the burden he felt when offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was fired so late in the season. With a new philosophy and new understanding of how the offense needed to operate, Harbaugh explains how the transformation from a Joe Frazier-style into Muhammad Ali-style offense is what propelled the team to first an AFC Championship and then a Super Bowl.

 

  • ·         The Non-Tackle: The Ravens were one special-team tackle away from the Super Bowl Championship when Flacco had one last order for his teammates – make an illegal play. Was the quarterback joking? America’s Game: 2012 Baltimore Ravens provides the uncut audio and Flacco’s explanation.

 

  • ·         Ray Lewis’ final home game: From the polarizing entrance to his first ever appearance on offensive side of the ball, Lewis had an emotional and successful final home game of his career.

 

  • ·         The Ray Lewis entrance: A ritual in Baltimore for 17 years almost ended in 2008, Harbaugh’s first as a head coach. Why did Harbaugh and Lewis almost scrap the dance and for what reasons? Harbaugh explains.

 

  • ·         Brother vs. Brother Super Bowl: In a Super Bowl that was truly a family affair, hear the embraces that John Harbaugh had with 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh on the field before and after the Super Bowl. Additionally, hear what John said to his parents immediately after defeating his brother.

 

  • ·         Muhammad Ali’s inspiration: Any good coach digs deep for motivational tactics. After showing the team countless films of Muhammad Ali, the message of the prize-fighter hit home when Ali visited the Ravens.

 

 

Quotes from America’s Game2012 Baltimore Ravens:

 

-       “People get crazy every now and again. Guys get in arguments and that is what happened.”

– Joe Flacco on the bye week meeting which changed the course of the team

 

-       “It was challenging, it was tough. A bunch of strong-minded men, but the good news was they had a strong-minded head coach standing in front of them. So if there was going to be a fight, let’s have a fight.”

– John Harbaugh on the bye week meeting which changed the course of the team

 

-       “We probably got more accomplished in that half hour towards becoming the Champions that we were going to become than any half hour we had done all year. I couldn’t have been happier when we walked out of the meeting. I wasn’t too happy while it was going on. It was tough.”

– Harbaugh on the bye week meeting which changed the course of the team

 

-       “Sizzle was like ‘You need to get back, everything is out of order. As soon as the General leaves, it is all messed up. I have never had a meeting like that in my life.’”

– Ray Lewis on what he had heard from teammate Terrell Suggs regarding the bye week meeting which changed the course of the team

 

-       “I was in awe of the moment; for that to play out the way it did, that game was the marker to say that this team had what it takes. It was the key to the whole season.”

Harbaugh on the victory over the New England Patriots in which wide receiver Torrey Smith had a career game in the wake of the death of his brother

 

-       “Ali inspired us with that attitude – it is never pretty, but we can find a way to win.”

– Lewis on the inspiration the team drew from prize fighter Muhammad Ali

 

-       “We weren’t pretty. We weren’t perfect… But at least we were us.”

– Harbaugh on the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens

 

-       “It is an awkward question, but it is what you have to believe. I really believe if you are going to be any good in this league that is what you have to think about yourself.” –

Flacco on saying he believes he is the best quarterback in the NFL on a Baltimore radio station

 

-       “You feel somewhat responsible for that. You are the leader of the offense and what makes it go.”

– Flacco on the firing of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron

 

-       “I thought about the point that we’re going to have to beat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to get to where we wanted to be. I think that makes it a little bit cooler.”

– Flacco on Ravens’ journey through the playoffs

 

About America’s Game

 

America’s Game, an Emmy Award-winning series, delves deep into the story behind the making of Super Bowl champions. Each episode is a 60-minute documentary, featuring key members of the winning team telling behind-the-scenes accounts from their championship season. With the signature NFL Films footage, combined with news clips and photos, highlights from team radio broadcasts, inside looks from team meeting rooms, sideline audio and other exclusive features, America’s Gameprovides an epic and intimate portrait of championship teams.

 

About NFL Network

 

Launched on November 4, 2003, NFL Network is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this season

 

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

 

Currently in more than 72 million homes, NFL Network has carriage agreements with each of the country’s largest television providers including Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Cablevision, Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.

 

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon. For more information, log on to http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork. NFL.com is the exclusive internet home of NFL Network.

 

– NFL MEDIA –

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Why Splitting Carries Between Rice and Pierce Benefits the Ravens

Posted on 07 July 2013 by benheck

In his five-year career in the National Football League, Ray Rice has been an integral part of the Baltimore Ravens offense.

In four of his five seasons, the 5’8″ running back has broken 1,100 yards rushing and has combined for 5,520 yards on the ground, 2,713 yards through the air and a total of 39 touchdowns over his career. The defending Super Bowl champion’s offense revolves completely around the 26-year old back and quarterback Joe Flacco likely wouldn’t have been able to be as effective this season without him.

That’s why it may come as somewhat of a surprise that Rice will likely be sharing carries this coming season for Baltimore. But it’s true.

With the emergence of rookie third-round draft pick Bernard Pierce last season, Rice fell from 307 and 291 carries in 2010 and ’11 to just 257 carries last season. Pierce, coming in on third downs quite often last season, finished the regular season with 532 yards and a touchdown on 108 carries. During the postseason Rice battled a fumbling issue and Pierce came up in a big way: 202 rushing yards on 39 carries (5.18 yards/carry), including 103 in a Wild Card victory over Indy.

The superb rookie performance from Pierce caught the attention of the Baltimore front office, and fans everywhere. With Flacco getting his big contract over the off-season, it’s important that the offense around him is in tip-top shape and keeping Rice fresh would be a huge boost for Joe’s game. Splitting the carries between Ray and Bernard, even more so then 2012, could benefit all parties involved.

A couple weeks ago it was ProFootballTalk that first came out with a report that Pierce would share touches with Rice this season, and that the distribution of carries would likely be much closer to equal in 2013.

Luckily for Baltimore, Rice is okay with that. He went on NFL Network’s NFL AM on June 25 to publicly state his opinion on the matter and simply said it isn’t something that bothers him. He praised Pierce and said that having him as the backup makes it tougher on defenses to prepare (for both of them) on game days.

Rice hit the nail on the head with his comments. If anything, this decision will just make the offense scarier if they were to split the carries 50/50. What’s more scary than Ray Rice with the football in his hands? A Ray Rice with fresh legs, of course. And that’s what this will do, keep both backs fresh and ready to go. Not to mention make the Baltimore running game a nightmare to game plan against.

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The TBA Top 40 Players in the NFL

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The TBA Top 40 Players in the NFL

Posted on 01 June 2013 by Dwayne Showalter

NFL Network has been releasing its Top 100 Players of 2013 on its channel over the last few weeks.   They’ve made it up to number 41.  You can check out the Nos. 100-41 here.

The list includes Dennis Pita at No. 100, Jacoby Jones at No. 88, and Anquan Boldin at 93.  Haloti Ngata checks in at 42, Terrell Suggs at 56.

If you study the whole list you’ll certainly have issues with the who’s and the wheres.  With 40 to go, i figure it might be fun to take a swing at who remains to be unveiled in the vote which i believe is being done by NFL players but honestly, two Google searches couldn’t validate that and its late. So i’m not sure who is voting.   Anyway, here is my guess at the next 40.

I think these players are locks with my lock value (1-10) listed behind the player.  There are 35 of them.

QBS (8 of them)

Peyton Manning  Den (10) (Voted No. 2)

Tom Brady NE (10) (Voted No. 4)

Aaron Rogers GB (10) (Voted No. 6)

Drew Brees NO (10) (Voted No.11)

Andrew Luck IND (8) (Voted No. 23)

Robert Griffin WAS (9) (Voted No. 15)

Matt Ryan ATL (7) (Voted No. 17)

Joe Flacco BAL (9) (Voted No.19)

RBS (5 of them)

Adrian Peterson MIN (10) (Voted No. 1)

Marshawn Lynch SEA (9) (Voted No. 24)

Arian Foster HOU (10) (Voted No. 8 )

Jamal Charles KC (9) (Voted No. 20)

Ray Rice BAL (9) (Voted No. 13)

WRS (5 of them)

Calvin Johnson DET (10) (Voted No. 3)

Andre Johnson HOU (8) (Voted No. 14)

Brandon Marshall MIA (7) (Voted No. 27)

Larry Fitzgerald ARI (9) (Voted No. 22)

AJ Greene CIN (8) (Voted No. 16)

OL (5 of them)

Marshall Yonda BAL (8)

Ryan Clady DEN (9)

Jahri Evans NO (8)

Mike Iupati SF (8)

Joe Thomas CLE (7) (Voted No. 28)

TE (2 of them)

Rob Gronkowski NE (9) (Voted No. 25)

Vernon Davis SF (8) (Voted No. 38)

DEFENSE (10 of them)

JJ Watt HOU (10) (Voted No.5)

Von Miller DE N (9) (Voted No. 9)

Patrick Peterson ARI (9) (Voted No. 33)

Aldon Smith SF (9) (Voted No. 7)

Geno Atkins CIN (8) (Voted No. 36)

Charles Tillman CHI (7) (Voted No. 34)

Clay Matthews GB (7) (Voted No. 31)

DeMarcus Ware DAL (8) (Voted No. 12)

Jerod Mayo NE (7)

Patrick Willis SF (9) (Voted No. 10)

 

With 5 spots left, i have 15 wild cards here:

WRS:  Roddy White  ATL (No.39),   Dez Bryant DAL (Voted No. 35),  Torrey Smith BAL,  Mike Wallace MIA.

TE: Jimmy Graham NO

OL:  Maurkice Pouncy PIT,  Joe Staley SF (editors note:  Staley was No. 78)

DEF: Navarro Bowman SF (No.37),  Ahmad Brooks SF,  Justin Smith SF(Voted No. 29) ,  Vince Wilfork NE(Voted No. 30) ,  Jarrius Byrd BUF,  Eric Weddle SD, Ndamukong Suh (No. 40), Trent Cole PHI

Gun to my head for the final 5, I take Bowman, Byrd, Roddy White, Suh and Trent Cole.(VOTED: Suh No. 40, White No. 39, Bowman No. 37)

 

No Ed Reed (Voted No. 18).  I can’t believe he would be top 40.  But i cant believe Troy Polamalu is rated higher either.  I can’t believe Torrey Smith would be top 40 either but not as good as Dennis Pitta?  No Vonta Leach either.  Fullbacks just don’t get the juices flowing anymore.

In a few weeks, we’ll go back and see how well I did.  Honestly, I’d be happy to get 25 of them.  I’m just a Shmoe sitting behind my laptop.

 

 

 

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