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Sizzle weighs in on free agency and Ray Lewis

Posted on 11 February 2009 by caseywillett

Terrell “T-Sizzle” “Darth Sizzle” Suggs was a in studio guest on the NFL Network tonight and had a lot to say about his pending possible free agency and the future of Ray Lewis in Baltimore.

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Anyone watching MLB Network ?

Posted on 31 January 2009 by caseywillett

So the MLB Network has been on the air for roughly a month now, but I have not heard a lot of people talking about it. I really enjoy watching it, and it is a nightly stop for me when ever I am in control of the remote. I find the insight and analyses to be very interesting. While it is not the NFL Network yet, you can tell they are building this into what will become a much better program as it goes along.


Are you watching the MLB Netowork ? If so, what are your thoughts on it .

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Chasing The Boss in Tampa

Posted on 29 January 2009 by Nestor Aparicio

Well, after years and years and YEARS of waiting to meet and/or ask Bruce Springsteen a question, today it finally happened! I got to ask Bruce a question and WOW what an answer I got.

Bruce Springsteen called me a “dummy.” I’ve never been more honored!!!!

I’m running like a maniac on Radio Row right now, trying to blog, do a show, platform videos and keep the random fans that keep banging into our table and knocking it over. (We have a location that is dangerously close to the NFL Network main set and the Faith Hill/Tim McGraw sighting here caused pandemonium!)

Videos are coming soon…

BTW: As excited as I was about getting to ask The Boss a question, I think Ray Bachman also has been having fun down here on the main floor busting my chops on the radio and getting to do a 1-on-1 with Joe Flacco, who won Rookie of The Year honors here today. Joe looked mighty dapper in his suit (a RARE scene, seeing Flacco all gussied up!).

It’s been a great, fun day in Tampa.

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UPDATE: Hue Jackson,Rex Ryan press conference,Brooks not leaving

Posted on 21 January 2009 by caseywillett

10:37 – Talk of Hue Jackson leaving might be a little premature. Hue is here in the building in his Ravens attire and working. There was talk that Rex may be taking Jackson to the Jets, but Rex said today that he will speak with Brian Schottenheimer who is the offensive coordinator.

Interesting enough, that Rex never mentioned Brian Billick’s name during his press conference thank yous.

Here in the media room we are watching the Rex Ryan press conference on the NFL Network. Rex just announced that he has hired Mike Pettine as his defensive coordinator.

Talk of Clarence Brooks leaving do not look to be true as I personally saw Coach Brooks walking in the facility with Ravens sweatsuit on.

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Bring ‘Em On

Posted on 12 January 2009 by Alex Thomas

Young Jeezy said it best: “So don’t wake me up, I swear to God I’m dreamin’.”

This could not have been scripted any better. The Ravens and the Steelers will continue their heated rivalry in the AFC Championship game for the right to go to the Super Bowl. If you’re a Ravens fan, you have to be excited.

And the trash talk has already started…at least from the Steelers locker room.

“It’s just the history, the arrogance of them sometimes, the lack of respect they show us at times,” Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon (insert joke here) told NFL.com’s Vic Carucci. “Not that we aren’t a nasty team, not that we don’t retaliate at times. But at the same time, they feel like, for whatever reason, they’re worthy of whatever (accolades) they get.”

I’m sure this is just the first of many quotables that you’ll hear all week.

“What else would you expect, us and the Ravens,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin remarked in a post game press conference. “It would be big if it was a scrimmage. This is for the AFC championship.”

I can’t believe I’m actually going to agree with a Steeler, but Tomlin hit the nail on the head. This would be a big deal if it were a hot dog eating contest.

Personally, I don’t think the Steelers can beat the Ravens three times. Typically, these two teams split their regular season match-ups each year. Very rarely does one team sweep the other, which is part of what makes this such a good rivalry.

I’m not worried about what the talking heads on ESPN or the NFL Network will say this week.

I say: bring ’em on.

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Ravens Wreck The Party In Dallas

Posted on 21 December 2008 by Alex Thomas

Many of us, myself included, tuned into the NFL Network last night expecting doom and gloom for the purple and black. But the Ravens shocked the nation last night, crashing the star-studded party in Big D to commemorate the closing of Texas Stadium.

Terrell Suggs said it best: “I hope they enjoyed their little ceremony. I guess we were kind of like the dynamite.”

Once again, Derrick Mason proved his worth and his toughness by fighting through a painful shoulder dislocation to catch 6 balls for 66 yards and a touchdown. He also might have saved the game by recovering the Le’Ron McClain fumble. You could see it in his eyes – he was in obvious pain every time he lifted himself off the turf. Easily one of the grittiest performances I’ve seen from a player in a long time, especially at the wide receiver position where there are more divas than tough guys.

The defense played very well, confusing offensive coordinator Jason Garrett for the majority of the game. Suggs had another gem of a quote concerning Garrett after the game: “I wonder what team he wishes he was coaching tonight?”

Ray Lewis and Suggs were in Tony Romo’s face all night and Ed Reed’s MVP stock continues to rise. A few things that concern me:

-There were plays to be made early in the game, but Dallas just couldn’t convert them when they needed too. I don’t like seeing Corey Ivy and Frank Walker covering Terrell Owens.

-Late in the game the defense played soft again. At one point late in the fourth quarter after McGahee scampered into the end zone, they only rushed two down lineman and allowed Romo to make a big pass play down field which set up a Cowboys score. I’d like to see that changed.

Other than that, it was a dominating performance by the Ravens defense. Aside from the touchdown pass he allowed, Fabian Washington played another great game and continues to be a shut-down corner in replace of Chris McAlister.

Joe Flacco continues to answer all of the national media’s questions. Their latest – Will Joe Flacco be rattled in a playoff atmosphere on the road?

Answer- Of course not.

After fumbling deep in Baltimore territory on the first drive…he could have cracked. When he was getting smacked around all night by the Dallas defense…he could have wavered. In a playoff atmosphere, on the road, on national TV, and with every sports fan in the country watching…he could have crumbled…he SHOULD have crumbled. Someone should tell this guy that he’s a rookie. Even when he wasn’t playing well the last two weeks, he still carried himself like a veteran. He easily outplayed the $67 million dollar man with the hot girlfriend.

So it’s a great Sunday to be in Baltimore. No football hangover this week, but I’m sure there are thousands of plain old-fashioned hangovers out there. Have an aspirin and a cold shower and recover next to the tube today. Watching the NFL will be a lot of fun if you’re a Ravens fan. I’m certain that Dallas fans can’t say the same.

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Strange, nostalgic day to be in Dallas

Posted on 20 December 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

It’s a crazy day to be in Dallas. They’re shutting their stadium tonight amidst a potential season-wrecker if Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis and the Ravens come in a steal a victory. It’s the Ravens’ first-ever trip into Dallas, the final city they’ve never played in over the 13-year history of the franchise (not counting the Minnesota preseason game two years ago). And the civic pressure is on here in “Big D.” You can almost feel the anticipation for this game if you just drive around town and hear people talking.

If the 2008 Dallas Cowboys lose their final game in Texas Stadium to get essentially bumped from a playoff spot, they’ll be all-time chumps. Especially on the backend of Tony Romo’s January meltdowns and T.O.’s loudmouthed nonsense. This game is significant here — the lead story on every TV channel and the headline of every newspaper.

A big giant “love in” is scheduled for the pre-game and the in-game. The pageantry they’re putting on – and you do know that EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas – will rival what we did for the Orioles in Baltimore on 33rd Street back in 1991. If you really want to vomit and hate the Cowboys more than you already do, just flip NFL Network on today. The pre-game show starts at 5 p.m. and that goof Rich Eisen has already promised to get “every breathing Cowboy legend possible” onto the show. Just hearing Deion Sanders wax on (and off) with every Dallas legend from Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett to Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith is enough to make you hit the “mute” button.

I’ve hated the Cowboys since Clint Longley…

But here’s the reality: the WHOLE THING is set up for the Ravens to get their asses kicked on national “house TV” of the NFL with the star at the 50-yard line and a team and a stadium that helped build the foundational greatness of the shield is going down. (A little different than imploding the Hoosier Dome, as was done earlier to day in Indianapolis…)

Not that the game doesn’t have enough interesting subplots already – with both teams fighting for their January lives and a crucial win tonight – but the stadium closing combined with the constant drama of Terrell Owens and the matchup issues (still no word on whether Fabian Washington will suit up…join the FREE text service and we’ll keep you in the loop) on both sides of the ball, this figures to be a great and memorable night either way.

The Ravens need this game. The city kinda needs this game. I don’t want to wake up on Christmas Day on the outside looking in after all of the fun this team has given us this year. I want a playoff game in New England or New York or Miami two weeks from now. I don’t want the season to end. Tonight could be kinda ugly, as the Ravens enter the game as 4 ½ point underdogs. As big of a home game as the Pittsburgh fiasco was the other night, this might as big of a December road game as the Ravens have played in their history.

It’s always fun when the Ravens play in big games. You can feel the weight of this one here in Dallas for sure.

The weather report shows that the temperature will be dropping like a rock during the game. It was 78 degrees here yesterday when we landed. We walked in short sleeves after dark last night amidst the holiday lights. This morning it’s 60 degrees, damp and kinda chilly. It’s supposed to be 55 at 6 p.m. and 45 at 9 p.m. and 32 by midnight. Tomorrow, it’ll be 35 degrees when we leave Dallas.

I’ll continue to check in from Dallas.

We found a lady bug on the window sill and thought it might be good luck…Ladybug

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Ready for the big game!

Posted on 12 December 2008 by joeflacco

Congratulations to James Madison and Richmond of the CAA for making it to the final four of the Football Championship Subdivision.  It would be really cool if they both win this weekend and play one another in the title game next week.  I’m pulling for them.  It’s great to see the CAA getting some recognition and
Richmond’s win at Appalachian State sent some shock waves around the FCS, that’s for sure.

We’ve had a great week of practice in preparation for the Steelers.  I know it sounds like the same old, same old, but our approach hasn’t changed at all.  We’re not focusing on the team we’re playing – we’re focusing on our game plan and how we execute it.

I’m hearing there was a NFL highlight show that showed me on the bench in the late stages of the Redskins game giving my teammates some, uh, encouragement (is that the right word?).

Drew tells me a few of my words had to bleeped out — hey, it was a big win, what can I say!??  I was excited!

Everyone keeps asking me all week if it was really cold on the field last Sunday night.


REALLY cold.

But it didn’t bother me at all.  Once the game gets going, you’re just not thinking about it.  The TV time-outs and all that standing around can make you a little stiff if you don’t keep moving…but for the most part, you’re too busy moving around and thinking about the game to let the cold affect you.

And yes, I’ve checked the weather for this Sunday.  Sunny and 47.  Looks perfect to me.

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We’ll learn a lot about Ravens and playoff hopes today

Posted on 23 November 2008 by Nestor Aparicio

As painful as it was to witness, sitting home on Thursday night and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers dismantle the hapless Cincinnati Bengals during another god-awful NFL Network telecast got me thinking about where the Ravens really stand in this potential Festivus season of playoff football. The Steelers are now 8-3 and barring any extreme complication they appear to be in the driver’s seat for the AFC North title.

By going out on three days of rest and winning at Heinz Field, the Steelers have cranked up the heat on the Ravens today with their scary matchup against Donovan McNabb and the Eagles here at the Crab Cake.

I don’t think any of us were under the impression that the Ravens were a Super Bowl team, but after a 6-3 start and with four of the final six at home, you’d like to think on paper that anything short of a “play in” game on Dec. 29th would be a massive disappointment. Of course, I’m not even sure 10-6 will get you an automatic berth given the stack up of mediocrity that the AFC seems to be at this point.

It’s been a confusing season for everyone from the bettors to the fantasy players. Week to week, other than the Giants and Titans winning, I don’t ever feel confident about any one team or player making a massive contribution. And the Titans will probably lose today.

I’m equally perplexed about today’s matchup as I sit here writing in the dawn’s early light of a frigid, long day of dealing with drunk idiots from Philadelphia. (Or at least that’s what I expect!)

The Eagles have looked like a January observer for quite some time now, but the Ravens’ obvious weaknesses and injuries are starting to mount. Who will block in the running game and protect Joe Flacco today? Can the likes of O’Neil Cousins step up and help the Ravens to victory? Will Eagles defensive coordinator Jimmy Johnson stonewall the purple and confuse the rookie signal caller?

Passing the ball today will be difficult. Before last week’s blustery day at the Meadowlands, the Ravens were the best on the planet at stopping the run. This should be: advantage Ravens.

If the Eagles can’t run the ball (and they might not even try), the Ravens dinged up secondary will become the focal point of the afternoon. If McNabb throws the ball 50 times, can the Ravens force turnovers and make big plays?

This season has been a lot of fun for all of us (especially given where the real world has taken all of our budgets and pocketbooks over the past 10 weeks), but I’m not so sure I can make a serious case that this team will be playing in January if they lose today. It’s not like I’ve been looking into playoff roadtrips just yet.

Today is one of those tests that will tell us if the Ravens are any good. As has been noted all week, the Ravens have lost to every good team they’ve played and beaten all of the dogs of the league.

But just who are the Eagles? Probably one of those teams like the Dolphins that are good enough to be ordinary but veteran enough to beat you. Beating them doesn’t impress me but if they’re 7-4 at the end of the afternoon, they’re in pretty good shape.

If the Ravens can beat a veteran QB at home on a blustery day here to go to 7-4, that would show me something. A loss – especially a bad loss – would make them a very ordinary 6-5 team but with Cincinnati looming next week we would probably continue to extend the party at least for a little while and can still talk playoffs at 7-5.

Win today and you can still talk about a serious playoff hope and/or a divison title.

A loss, and the best you can hope for realistically is a wild card.

I’d say the stakes are high.

Save your energy. It’s gonna be a long day…

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Ravens Camp Day 3

Posted on 23 July 2008 by caseywillett


The last day of training camp for the rookies ended with Joe Flacco as the holder for field goals and trying to run trick plays out of it. After practice Patrick Carter practiced with special teams coach Jerry Rosburg on his holding of the ball for field goals.
After practice, several of the Ravens veterans including Todd Heap, Willis McGahee, Jarrett Johnson, and others were talking with one another before they headed off to a team meeting for the first time as a full team this evening. As was expected, Terrell Suggs has not shown up at the Best Western to report for camp.
Part of the talk going into this camp is that the veterans will have to stay at the team hotel during the whole camp. For Tavares Gooden, he has been compared to Ray Lewis in several ways: they both went to Miami, they both wore #52, and now they both will be sharing a hotel room in Westminster.
Do you think he tells Ray to turn the t.v. down at night so he can go to sleep?
Remember that there is nothing here for fans or media tomorrow, so the first chance you will have to see the whole team will be at 8:45 a.m. on Friday.
Players are starting to come in quickly here as the Ravens veterans have to be in for 3 p.m. practice.
Ed Reed, Ben Grubbs, Justin Bannan, Justin Green, Antwan Barnes, Yamon Figurs, Gary Stills, and Adam Terry are just some of the veterans who have reported here to camp in the last hour.
As for the rookies, qb’s, and injured veterans, are getting ready for an afternoon practice that will start at 3:30 p.m. on the lower fields this afternoon.
More after the afternoon practice.
So the Ravens need your help. They are having a poll to help determine music that will be played during the pre game music. This week it is the rock version battle. Here are the choices for you to vote for:
Head over to the Ravens website if you want to vote. I would personally vote for Linkin Park. Can you think of any rock songs that would be good intro songs?
Here is a couple I would suggest:
Thousand Foot Krutch – Move (thanks to John Rallo for recommending this song to me)
As I wrote about on Monday, I did not think that Coach Harbaugh’s name would make it long on the billboard outside, and sure enough it has not. His name has been taken off of the sign out on the street.
Ben Grubbs and Jason Brown have arrived and checked into the team hotel. The vets have physicals starting this afternoon.


So far only Todd Heap has been the only veteran today seen at the team hotel. Dan Wilcox came in earlier today, but he was here when the rookies, quarterbacks and injured vets reported.
In case of inclement weather this afternoon during or before the 3:30 p.m. workout, the Ravens would likely just use the gym here at McDaniel College to get their work done.
Over 1300 fans attended practice yesterday for the first day. That is still an impressive number figuring that is was mostly rookies here. The rookies have all been very good about signing autographs after practice, although that amount of fans and number of autographs will grow greatly once the veterans are on the field with the team on Friday.
Really appreciate all the kind words and compliments from all of the readers of the blog.


So the morning session of the practice is over and here are a few of the highlights from this morning:
          Todd Heap was on the field as practices begin, but then walked off with Ozzie Newsome. Veterans do not have to report till today but Todd was here very early. Just so no one worries, Todd walked off with Ozzie just talking to him.
          Kyle Boller took the snaps with the 1st team when they did team drills as he did yesterday. Troy Smith was next followed by Joe Flacco. All of the quarterbacks had a decent day; no one had an exceptionally good or bad day.
          While doing a drill where the running back throws their shoulder into the goal post padding on a blocking drill, Allen Patrick throw his shoulder into the goal post then fell and took out some equipment. He got up and was ok.
          Ravens offensive line coach John Matsko is an intense coach to watch and was constantly in the ear of O Neil Cousins and David Hale this morning. Matsko was getting onto cousins for constant mistakes and being out of breath. For David Hale, it was much more about him getting his back side beat constantly during drills.
          Coach Harbaugh said he was looking forward to getting back to the team hotel after practice so he could be there when the “varsity” players report to camp.
          Dan Cody was kind enough to join Bob Haynie for a few minutes this morning. Dan is going to see some playing time at defensive end, and looks impressive so far. Dan is very motivated to prove that he is still a good football player and can contribute to this team. Dan’s change of roles is partly due to the fact that it was going to be an up hill battle for him to try and make the team as a backup linebacker and special team’s guy. One of the factors working against Dan is his height when it comes to special teams. Dan will get a lot of extra reps this camp with Terrell Suggs not attending camp. Dan is expected to be a guy that will be a 3rd down pass rusher.
          Coach Harbaugh had a scare as he was burned while playing corner back by Patrick Carter. A little bit later Marcus Smith turned Mark Carrier so bad when he was playing corner that Mark Carrier came out of his shoe.

7:53 a.m.

Today is the last day of the rookies, quarterbacks, and injured veterans camp here at Westminster. Throughout the day, the veterans of the Ravens will begin to report here to the Best Western in Westminster to begin the full team portion of camp. As I mentioned late last week and has been confirmed through several other sources, Terrell Suggs is not expected here today as well as Samari Rolle who has been given approval from the team to miss due to the death of his father.
Last night NFL Network ran a story on O.J. Brigance of the Ravens. If you did not get a chance to watch it on television last night, here is the video from the NFL website. O.J. is an inspirational person and makes you really think about how precious life is. Having seen and got to know O.J. over the last 3 or 4 years, he is always positive and upbeat, even now here at training camp as he comes passing by the lobby in his motorized wheelchair, he always has a smile on his face and says hello to everyone.
As of right now, the plans are still for practice to get going as planned at 8:45 a.m.

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