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Ravens to wear black jerseys against Packers on Sunday

Posted on 09 October 2013 by Luke Jones

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In what’s become a much-anticipated tradition for fans over the last decade, the Ravens announced they will don their black jerseys against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

This will coincide with the team wearing pink as part of the NFL’s breast cancer awareness program for the month of October. It hasn’t been determined whether Baltimore will wear its white or black pants against the Packers, who will visit the Ravens for the first time since the 2005 season.

Teams are allowed to wear an alternate jersey twice a year, but this option isn’t available for playoff games. Last season, the Ravens lost to Pittsburgh when they wore black jerseys with white pants on Dec. 2 but dominated the New York Giants in Week 16 when they went with the all-black uniform combination.

The Ravens are 10-4 all-time when they wear their black tops and 7-1 under head coach John Harbaugh. The black jerseys were first worn in a Sunday night win over the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 7, 2004.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 08 October 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Frys.com Open (Thursday-Sunday 4pm from San Martin, CA live on Golf Channel), Champions Tour SAS Championship (Friday-Sunday 2pm from Cary, NC live on Golf Channel), Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (Thursday-Saturday 12am Sunday 12:30am from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia live on Golf Channel); Preseason NBA: Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Tuesday 7pm Verizon Center); Boxing: Timothy Bradley vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on HBO PPV); High School Football: Perry Hall @ Woodlawn (Friday 7pm), Gilman @ Loyola (Saturday 12pm), McDonogh @ St. Frances (Saturday 5:30pm Utz Field Patterson Park)

10. Avenged Sevenfold/Deftones (Tuesday 7:30pm Baltimore Arena); Zac Brown Band (Sunday 6:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); The Wallflowers (Friday 8pm Wolf Trap); Motion City Soundtrack (Wednesday 7pm Rams Head Live); Sick Puppies (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Eddie Money (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Lee Brice (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Atlas Genius (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Mint Condition (Sunday & Monday 8pm Howard Theatre); AFI (Tuesday 6pm 9:30 Club), Soul Asylum/Fountains of Wayne (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Ra Ra Riot (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), They Might Be Giants (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Buddy Guy (Tuesday 7:30pm Birchmere), The Gourds (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); NEEDTOBREATHE (Wednesday 6:30pm U Street Music Hall); Doobie Brothers (Saturday 8:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Hanni El Khatib (Sunday 8pm Rock N Roll Hotel); Tim Reynolds (Monday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Janelle Monae (Monday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington “High Rise”, Cage The Elephant “Melophobia”, Alter Bridge “Fortress”, Korn “Paradigm Shift” and Panic! at the Disco “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

If someone wants to offer me a late invite to see ZBB Sunday night, the answer will not be “no”.

Oh man, I totally feel like Forrester should have asked me to go see Ra Ra Riot Friday night by now. I get stoked.

I assume that like me, the rest of you put this Doobie Brothers video on at least once a month while sipping a ginger ale on a coach in your tank top and boxers. Right?

Chester Bennington is not Scott Weiland. I want this thing to be okay, but we all know it isn’t.

9. United States Sailboat Show (Thursday-Sunday Annapolis City Dock); The Gathering: Food Truck Rally (Friday 5pm Baltimore Museum of Industry); Maryland Renaissance Festival (Saturday & Sunday RennFest Fairgrounds); Robert Kelly (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Captain Phillips” and “Machete Kills” out in theaters (Friday); The Hangover Part III“, “After Earth” and “The Purge” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Sofia Vergara. Boob guns. Danny Trejo. America.

Also, I have no doubt that Captain Phillips is amazing. But there is no way it is greater than this Tom Hanks classic, or as we all know it-the greatest motion picture of all time. (Minor NSFW language.)

By the way, Brian Baldinger was great in “Catch Me If You Can”.

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Ravens’ health improving heading into Sunday test against Packers

Posted on 07 October 2013 by Luke Jones

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Facing arguably their most difficult home test of the season when the Green Bay Packers travel to Baltimore on Sunday, the Ravens appear to be moving toward the healthiest state they’ve experienced since the start of the season.

Coach John Harbaugh said that left guard Kelechi Osemele felt better on Monday after back spasms forced him out of Sunday’s game in Miami after the Ravens’ first offensive series. Osemele was replaced by backup center A.Q. Shipley in the starting lineup as he rested his back in the 26-23 win over the Dolphins.

Wide receiver Jacoby Jones will practice for the second straight week and could see his first game action since suffering a medial collateral strain in his right knee in the season opener on Sept. 5. The Pro Bowl return specialist practiced on a limited basis all last week, but the Ravens elected to hold him out for Week 5 while bringing him back slowly.

Trying to determine Jones’ role will be an interesting decision for Harbaugh and the Ravens as wide receiver Tandon Doss has handled punt return duties admirably while speedy wideout Deonte Thompson provides a compelling option for kickoff returns. Their versatility may allow Baltimore to use Jones primarily as a wide receiver while he works his way back to 100 percent or the veteran could see a diminished role offensively with other young receivers such as Thompson making recent progress.

“That’s the question we’re asking ourselves right now,” Harbaugh said. “It probably depends on  how he looks during practices. If he looks really good, we’d be willing to put him out there. But if we feel like we need to protect him, then we will.”

In addition to Jones, Harbaugh said he expects rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown to return to practice as early as Wednesday after he was held out of Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury.

Defensive end Marcus Spears continues to receive treatment for a knee injury that flared up late last week before he was ruled inactive for Week 5. Harbaugh confirmed there is no structural damage and described the veteran defensive lineman as “day to day.”

Harbaugh also provided favorable reports on cornerback Lardarius Webb (hamstring) and rookie linebacker Arthur Brown (pectoral strain), who both played in Miami and experienced no setbacks in the process. Running back Ray Rice continues to get better as well in his second game back from the hip flexor strain suffered on Sept. 15.

Meanwhile, the Packers are dealing with a serious injury concern as linebacker Clay Matthews is expected to miss the next month with a broken thumb, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This would certainly aid the Baltimore offense in trying to keep up with Green Bay’s high-octane offensive attack in a game in which the Ravens will likely need to score significant points.

Harbaugh noncommittal on Monroe-McKinnie status

All signs point to newly-acquired left tackle Eugene Monroe to take veteran Bryant McKinnie’s place in the starting lineup this week, but Harbaugh wasn’t tipping his hand on Monday afternoon.

Monroe was ruled inactive for the Miami game after having just two days of practice time after the trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars was completed on Thursday. McKinnie’s poor performance against the Dolphins didn’t do him any favors in keeping his job, and it would be surprising if Monroe wasn’t playing after more than a week to improve by the time Sunday’s game rolls around.

“We’re in wait-and-see mode right now. We’ll see what happens over the course of the week,” Harbaugh said. “[We] don’t really know for sure right now. [Monroe] looked good last week; he looked really good. We’re just going to have to see how it plays out. This is uncharted territory for us, it really is. We’ve never been down this road before.”

It remains unclear whether the Ravens would seriously consider trading McKinnie, because one of the big concerns prior to the acquisition of Monroe was the lack of depth on the offensive line, a problem that would continue to exist should the 34-year-old lineman be moved elsewhere.

No decision on Stokley yet

A second media report Monday suggested that the Ravens will re-sign veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley this week after he was cut on Saturday to make room for veteran tight end Billy Bajema.

Stokley has been dealing with a groin injury that sidelined him in Week 4 and prompted the Ravens to let him go with an understanding that he would still be in their plans moving forward. However, you have to wonder how secure his spot will be moving forward with the Ravens getting much healthier and deeper at wide receiver than they’ve been since training camp.

Harbaugh wasn’t in a position to comment on Stokley’s status during his Monday press conference.

“I don’t know how that’s going to shake out,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll see.”

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“The Reality Check” Final Regular Season Power Rankings

Posted on 02 January 2013 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (32)

Okay, so no Josh McDaniels. Umm…Marty-ball?

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (30)

Mike Mularkey: “Are you sure you didn’t want to fire me?”

30. Arizona Cardinals (31)

I cannot believe they’re really considering hiring Todd Haley. OH.MY.GOD.

29. Oakland Raiders (29)

Now they get ready for their Super Bowl…the 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine.

28. Detroit Lions (28)

The problem for Jim Schwartz is that he’s a former defensive coach for a team that can’t play defense.

27. Philadelphia Eagles (27)

Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Cole tells us the Eagles could keep Michael Vick around if they hire Chip Kelly.

26. Cleveland Browns (26)

While the Browns’ first choice is the same Chip Kelly, no one’s first choice EVER has been the Cleveland Browns.

25. New York Jets (23)

QUARTERBACKS FOR SALE!!!!!!!!!!

24. Tennessee Titans (25)

Check back in with me in five minutes to confirm Mike Munchak still hasn’t been fired yet.

23. Buffalo Bills (24)

I think a Ken Whisenhunt/Russ Grimm combo would be a good fit there.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22)

Do you focus more on what went wrong? Or do you focus more on how to build off of seven wins?

21. Miami Dolphins (17)

At least they have a quarterback.

20. St. Louis Rams (18)

Are they as close as their record would make you believe?

19. San Diego Chargers (21)

If Peyton Manning isn’t in the AFC West, they win the thing and save Norv Turner again.

18. New Orleans Saints (16)

I’ll go ahead and assume they win 13 games next season.

17. Carolina Panthers (19)

By keeping Ron Rivera, they’d give up potential “most desirable location” status for coaches.

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (20)

If they had a healthy Ben Roethisberger for 16 games they would have won the division. Unless the Ravens had a healthy Suggs/Ngata/Webb/Lewis. I guess what I’m saying is that it doesn’t matter.

15. Dallas Cowboys (13)

What the eff do you do here?

14. Chicago Bears (14)

I’d want this job.

13. New York Giants (15)

“Hynocerous” is one of the Top 5 nicknames in football this year.

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The Reality Check Week 17 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 27 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (32)

Who’s a fit here? Josh McDaniels?

31. Arizona Cardinals (31)

At this point I have to assume Whisenhunt is gone. Players openly bitching there.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (29)

I can’t wait until they go 7-9 next year and somehow make the playoffs with Tim Tebow as quarterback.

29. Oakland Raiders (30)

I ASSUME Dennis Allen is safe, but you absolutely never know.

28. Detroit Lions (27)

But that was at least fun to watch Saturday night.

27. Philadelphia Eagles (28)

Nice of them to give Michael Vick a farewell show.

26. Cleveland Browns (26)

I honestly wouldn’t want the job of having to solve this puzzle.

25. Tennessee Titans (25)

Jake Locker gets another year before he’s fully labeled a bust.

24. Buffalo Bills (24)

I really have nothing to say about the Buffalo Bills.

23. New York Jets (20)

HIGH-LAIR-EE-USS.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (21)

I wish I had paid enough attention to the Bucs to know whose fault their collapse was.

21. San Diego Chargers (23)

“You think Jon Gruden would go there?” is the question you’ll hear most related to the Bolts in the coming weeks.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers (16)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

19. Carolina Panthers (19)

Is the late push enough for Ron Rivera to keep his job?

18. St. Louis Rams (22)

They can finish ABOVE .500…

17. Miami Dolphins (18)

Please beat New England.

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The Reality Check Week 16 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 20 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (30)

We all knew they’d end up back here.

31. Arizona Cardinals (32)

Wha…what?

30. Oakland Raiders (31)

Don’t fail me now, Seabass.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (29)

They’ll finish the season lower.

28. Philadelphia Eagles (28)

LeSean McCoy is playing WHY?

27. Detroit Lions (25)

Stunning mess.

26. Cleveland Browns (24)

We knew it wouldn’t last.

25. Tennessee Titans (27)

But Jake Locker still stinks.

24. Buffalo Bills (23)

Hope they felt comfortable North of the Border.

23. San Diego Chargers (19)

Gave up?

22. St. Louis Rams (20)

They can still finish above .500.

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (17)

Completely fell apart.

20. New York Jets (18)

VICKMANIA!

19. Carolina Panthers (26)

They might be a year away.

18. Miami Dolphins (22)

Like Republicans, Fins fans want Bush back.

17. New Orleans Saints (21)

Did that whole Sean Payton thing ever get figured out?

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The Reality Check Week 15 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 13 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Arizona Cardinals (31)

Worst game ever?

31. Oakland Raiders (32)

Congratulations on not being the Cardinals?

30. Kansas City Chiefs (29)

Normalcy likely still not fully returned.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (28)

So do I play Montell Owens next week?

28. Philadelphia Eagles (30)

I’d like to watch Jason Avant’s catch every day of the week.

27. Tennessee Titans (26)

Think they wouldn’t like to have Joe Flacco?

26. Carolina Panthers (27)

The Gus Johnson-Cam Newton connection is something I can support.

25. Detroit Lions (21)

Still think they’re better than their record.

24. Cleveland Browns (25)

Would you have ever believed there’d be a point they were above the Lions on this list?

23. Buffalo Bills (20)

That’s the sound of Fred Jackson owners scrambling.

22. Miami Dolphins (19)

Starting to wonder if they’re even a year away.

21. New Orleans Saints (17)

They probably needed some good news.

20. St. Louis Rams (22)

Wait…who?

19. San Diego Chargers (24)

I miss Jarret Johnson.

18. New York Jets (23)

Worst 6-7 team ever.

17. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (15)

Are they any good?

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“The Reality Check” Week 14 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 06 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Oakland Raiders (31)

Carson Palmer must feel better and better himself by the day.

31. Arizona Cardinals (30)

They’re just going to keep letting Ryan Lindley play, aren’t they?

30. Philadelphia Eagles (29)

Can I get some more Bryce Brown the rest of the way, please?

29. Kansas City Chiefs (32)

You felt good for them.

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (28)

Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon would look SO good in purple.

27. Carolina Panthers (21)

Yeesh.

26. Tennessee Titans (24)

Next season will be crucial for Jake Locker.

25. Cleveland Browns (27)

Well…they’re winning.

24. San Diego Chargers (22)

Why would they hire Andy Reid?

23. New York Jets (26)

MCELROYBUTTFUMBLETEBOWMANIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

22. St. Louis Rams (23)

Best nickname of 2012: “Legatron” or “The Muscle Hamster”? There are no other options.

21. Detroit Lions (20)

This whole season is a disappointment.

20. Buffalo Bills (25)

Not far from .500.

19. Miami Dolphins (17)

That was their best chance. Going to need a miracle.

18. Minnesota Vikings (18)

Running out of time.

17. New Orleans Saints (13)

Not impossible they run table…they’ll have to.

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“The Reality Check” Week 13 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 28 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Kansas City Chiefs (32)

Stay low for Geno?

31. Oakland Raiders (30)

I’d say they had a good chance to get a win this weekend, but…

30. Arizona Cardinals (26)

How has Larry Fitzgerald not completely lost his mind?

29. Philadelphia Eagles (25)

The Ravens lost to this team…

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (31)

Chad by God Henne.

27. Cleveland Browns (28)

Eight turnovers…barely squeaked by.

26. New York Jets (24)

SAVE US, TEBOW!

25. Buffalo Bills (23)

But Toronto won the Grey Cup!

24. Tennessee Titans (22)

Didn’t mention Munchak on the hot seat, but he is, right?

23. St. Louis Rams (27)

Wondering if other teams can trade for Ryan Lindley.

22. San Diego Chargers (21)

Now beat Cincinnati, please.

21. Carolina Panthers (29)

Looked an awful lot like what they were supposed to look like.

20. Detroit Lions (19)

God awful way to lose.

19. Dallas Cowboys (17)

What do you do when the quarterback isn’t your problem but the quarterback has to be portrayed as the problem?

18. Minnesota Vikings (13)

But at least they only have to go to Green Bay next week.

17. Miami Dolphins (20)

Not buying back in yet.

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The 15-7-0 is made up of 60% water, 40% leftover turkey and cranberry relish

Posted on 26 November 2012 by Glenn Clark

As always, this week’s 15-7-0 is brought to you by Roofing By Elite. Visit them at roofingbyelite.com. We make 15 observations about football that are ELITE, 7 that are “not so ELITE” and one “zero” who deserves to sleep on the roof from outside of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens game analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

Here we go.

“The Elite 15″…

1. I have to assume that at this point they don’t need to keep trying to wake up the echoes in South Bend.

Remember when the Trojans were down two scores late and went for it on 4th down anyway? I bet that worked out well…

I can’t tell if Fighting Irish LB (and likely Heisman Trophy finalist) Manti Te’o was excited about the win, though…

Also, what do you think Lane Kiffin was thinking here…

Of course, the Trojans are NEVER losers…

2. Now that Jay Cutler has returned to save the Chicago Bears’ season, we can all get back to talking about how much Jay Cutler sucks.

He’s unlikeable, but he’s a hell of a QB…

Back to that “unlikeable” thing. Ask AJ Jefferson…

J’Marcus Webb might disagree though…

3. Jesus. Weren’t the Bengals just completely dead a couple weeks ago?

Mohamed Sanu had a busy day (on my fantasy football bench)…

Credit to NFL Red Zone’s Scott Hanson-who saw Raiders DL Tommy Kelly in a fight and IMMEDIATELY noticed he was a doppelganger for Suge Knight…

4. There might be a LITTLE bit of drama headed to New York this year, but I’m pretty confident Johnny Manziel has locked up the Heisman Trophy.

His big game Saturday against Missouri happened AFTER Johnny Football overcame this troublesome looking injury…

Manziel will finally speak to the media for the first time Monday. He’ll have to play catch up to the all out blitz the Irish have gone through with Te’o…

5. Now Alabama plays Georgia next week for the right to be favored to win the BCS Championship Game.

Georgia’s Alec Ogletree prepared for the SEC Championship showdown by going all Kurt Angle on Georgia Tech…

Elsewhere in the SEC, I give you Jarvis Landry!

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