Here are some notes from the morning practice:
Posted on 24 September 2008 by caseywillett
Here are some notes from the morning practice:
Posted on 22 September 2008 by caseywillett
Posted on 22 September 2008 by Nestor Aparicio
The Ravens were quite concerned about Dawan Landry as was half of the city with that ugly hit just before halftime.
By the postgame press conference, they had confirmed that he was in shock trauma and ability to move some extremities.
Now, two hours after the game they have confirmed that Landry suffered a spinal cord concussion but has neurologically recovered. He will remain in shock trauma overnight for testing and observation.
Other injury news:
Willis McGahee has a laceration over one eyelid and got poked in the other eye.
Samari Rolle has tingling in his right arm and will have tests done tomorrow.
I will post an extensive Ravens blog in the morning with my excited thoughts about a 2-0 first-place start.
Meanwhile, Joe Flacco’s postgame thoughts are on wnsTV.
Purple Kool Aid, anyone?
Posted on 09 September 2008 by stevenlink
Well it’s been a while since I blogged last and I apologize greatly to all the devoted fans of this blog (as tumbleweeds come tussling by). A lot has happened in the World of Sports in the past few weeks and unfortunately I cannot cover it all but I’ll do the best I can.
Let me first get this thought out there about the Orioles: The season was a lot of fun for the most part. This team exceeded a lot of expectations that were set at the beginning of the season for them. The unfortunate part is that they are no longer exceeding those expectations and we are in September and the Orioles decided to slump again like they always do. Everyone knows that the reason for this is their pitching…again. The Brian Matusz #1 draft pick keeps looking better and better as does the rotation of the Bowie Baysox. And on that note, congratulations to the Baysox for their historic season of winning their division. It is a shame that they lost in the playoffs but it was pretty bush-league how the Akron Aeros placed Travis Hafner in their lineup. I mean it’s fair having an All-Star slugger conduct his rehab stint during a playoff right? But I digress…Andy MacPhail’s philosophy of pitching first for organization truly is the best way to rehabilitate this floundering franchise.
In regards to the Ravens’ game Sunday all I can say is, well, I was wrong. I’ll admit that I was one of those persons who felt the Ravens had no chance winning that game against the Bengals. But really, was I really that crazy for making that call? You have Carson Palmer, Chad John-oh I mean Ocho Cinco, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh against a secondary that was beat up last year by this team, and on top of that, Ed Reed was a game-time decision and Wacko Flacco wasn’t overly impressive during the pre-season.
But the Ravens defense was simply phenomenal Sunday. They decided to leave the hammer at home and instead brought the sledge to bust the Bungals offense with. They were so dominant that T.J. Houshmandzadeh decided to invest in the Kleenex Tissue Company on Monday because of all the crying and complaining he did on the field. My only problem with our defense yesterday was when Samari Rolle decided to try his best impersonation of Brett Favre and chucked the ball into the sidelines after his “fumble” recovery. I mean really guys?? Did we not learn anything from last year and the delay of game penalties?? His reaction to that play was uncalled for.
The Ravens offense looked pretty good as well. Ray Rice and Le’Ron McLain ran very well but Lorenzo Neal was the real hero with the way he created those running lanes for those two backs. Todd Heap showed how rusty he was with his fumble and dropped touchdown. But the rookie QB Joe Flacco really stole the show with his performance. I thought he’d act like a deer in the headlights out there but again I was proven wrong. He showed poise and confidence as he was able to adjust to blitzing linebackers or charging defensive linemen. His block on Mark Clayton’s touchdown run was the play of the game to me. Hopefully he can build on this experience and maybe, just maybe we finally have the start of a real quarterback here in Baltimore. And if it takes me having to be wrong for this to happen…then I never want to be right.
Yesterday it was announced Tom Brady is done for the rest of this season. The shouts of despair and sadness you hear is not only from New England, but also from all of those Fantasy Football players who decided to draft Tom Brady with their first round pick instead of that running back they knew they should have gone with instead. The news about Tom is horrible. No one wants to see such a great football player get injured, especially the injury that he was dealt. So here it is, my Question to You – Do you think the Patriots are still Super Bowl contenders without Tom Brady behind center? I don’t think they are Super Bowl contenders anymore because of this injury. However, I do think this team will still make the playoffs. They still have a ton of talent and the Belichick x-factor to win a lot of football games. This team just won’t win games by 30 points this year like they did last.
Quick note on “Football Night in America” on NBC before the Sunday night football game, could it be more unprofessional? I mean you had Tiki Barber with his rude comments, Jerome Bettis with his gushing about the Steelers, and of course Keith Olbermann…enough said. It was like I was watching a bunch of frat boys discuss last night’s party and their take on what happened. And what is the deal with Bob Costas? Is he trying to reassemble the early 1990’s Sportscenter crew? Is Craig Kilborn the next addition to his cast? I know that Olbermann and Patrick are good friends, but NBC should get Olbermann off of the show the same way they got him off of the election coverage. Bob, you disappoint me.
It’s no secret that I am a huge University of Miami Hurricane fan, and it was no secret of my feelings towards Urban Meyer, the head coach of the University of Florida football team, on Saturday night. His decision to continue to pass the ball into the endzone with 1:00 minute left and kicking a field goal to end the game after the Canes stopped his team. That action was completely uncalled for and disrespectful. The Canes played great against a much more experienced and skilled team being down only 9-3 going into the 4th Quarter. But their young and inexperienced team fell apart in that last quarter and were behind 23-3 when the Gators were still passing for that last touchdown. Do you think it was a coincidence that even with the field goal the Gators were able to make their 21 point spread? I don’t…And the excessive celebration call made during the BYU v. Washington game against Washington’s QB Locker was horrible and the fact it resulted in the Washington’s loss was even more of a kick in the jewels.
If you didn’t hear by now Maryland lost to Mid Tennessee State this past weekend. That’s right folks, it wasn’t Tennessee or even Memphis who beat the Terps, but Mid Tennessee State. To reiterate, it was not a team from the SEC or Conference USA, but rather the Sun Belt Conference. The 24-14 loss was a complete embarrassment. There was no reason for this loss. This has been an underachieving program for the past 3-4 years. My Take on this situation is that if the Terps do not make a legitimate run at a prestigious bowl this season then Ralph Freidgan should be let go. There are no more excuses for him. The ACC is one of the weaker conferences in the NCAA now (just take a look at the Top 25 poll and see how many ACC teams are represented there as one piece of evidence). His team has underachieved ever since he had his own recruits took over this team with the exception of the 2006 season. He has had recruiting scandals to recruiting losses from here in our own state to neighboring schools that should not happen. I like Ralph, I think he has done so much for this program and putting it back on the map, but he needs to right the ship before Maryland Athletic Director finally sets him out to sea. And if you were wondering who I think the AD should look at Skip Holtz, the head coach of ECU, to take over at Maryland. I think his style of play and the players on the Terps’ roster would be a great fit.
And finally, for all of you European Premier League Soccer fans out there, I was told you can’t miss Saturday night’s game (noon game here) between Chelsea and Manchester City. Manchester City spent 32 Million Pounds (converting to the dollar that would be like 1 billion dollars…sarcasm people) to acquire Brazilian striker Robinho. Let’s not forget that in European Soccer the money spent is not going to the player but rather to the player’s previous team, Real Madrid. Apparently the concept of the indentured servant is still alive and well in Europe…Also there is the Ohio State v. USC game Saturday. I know all of my Notre Dame friends will be upset with this remark but I’m rooting for USC to smear the Buckeyes across the field for this game.
Well I hope my much anticipated return was well received. I’m done for now but I’ll be sure to be back at the next chance I get. Sayonara B-more.
Posted on 08 September 2008 by Vince Fiduccia
Posted on 08 September 2008 by caseywillett
Posted on 07 September 2008 by Nestor Aparicio
On every barstool and at every dinner table in Baltimore, the question comes: “How do you think the Ravens are going to do this year?”
People ask me dozens of times a day everywhere I go around town. I’m not Kreskin, but the Las Vegas “over/under” line on wins is six.
As in 6-10.
Honestly, if you give me a dollar and make me bet on the Ravens at this point I’d take the under because I think they will need a myriad of positive developments to see 7-9.
So, in the spirit of debate and with the ability to have your feedback in the comments, I will make this column a simple “point/counterpoint” in hopes and fears format.
Hope: Ray Lewis can play at the same level he did last year for one more year in purple.
Fear: This team might be bad enough early enough that Lewis will go back to being a complainer and a divider instead of one who unites the team. We’ll see how the “walk” year goes.
Hope: Joe Flacco shows that he belongs in the NFL as a quality starting quarterback and shows the early signs you want to see from a rookie signal caller.
Fear: The offensive line and the skill position talent he is surrounded with won’t give him the opportunity or the protection to look like that skilled leader.
Hope: That Steve Bisciotti knew what he was doing when he fired Brian Billick on Dec 31st.
Fear: John Harbaugh’s new policies and strategies have offended some of the players waaaay more than anything Billick did.
Hope: Ed Reed and Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle will all perform up to the cap numbers that their salaries dictate.
Fear: All three of these guys never really make it to the field and make he kind of positive impact this season due to injury, indifference and a debilitating disease.
Hope: The Ravens home crowd will give the team the leeway a new coach, rookie quarterback and a bunch of second-string starters should have to attempt to improve.
Fear: (And almost a certainty), the M&T Bank faithfull will lustily boo Flacco (or any other quarterback) at every mistake, fumble, interception or any failure to convert a third down.
Hope: The Ravens will go back to becoming more honest and transparent with their information to the fans and media, like they were for 12 years under the Modell/Billick regime.
Fear: Under the John Harbaugh/Steve Bisciotti new school of information distribution, we’ll all be guessing and snooping around like we’ve been for six weeks now.
Hope: Kelly Gregg gets healthy soon.
Fear: Kelly Gregg’s knees are a lot worse than we know and he isn’t going to get healthy anytime soon.
Hope: The Ravens will beat the snot out of the Bengals today.
Fear: Carson Palmer will exploit the secondary all afternoon and miscommunication on the backside will cost the team dearly.
Hope: On Halloween (and maybe even Thanksgiving), the team is close enough to .500 and playing well enough to warrant at least a cursory discussion about 9 or 10 wins.
Fear: An injured, aging team with a rookie quarterback and rookie head coach stumbles out of the gate and starts the season 1-4 or 2-5 or something really dreary and hopeless.
Hope: The rookie class will step up and show the signs of life we’ve seen when the franchise has been at its low ebb (think 1997-98). Flacco, Gooden, Nakamura, Zbikowski, Rice – all of those guys need to contribute with the hope that they’ll be legitimate starters or Pro Bowl candidates in the coming seasons.
Fear: These rookies will have to play TOO much this season for the Ravens to be in any good in 2008.
Hope: That we all have fun this year.
Fear: I don’t have a lot of hope.
Have fun with the game today and let’s hope that our gut instincts are all wrong and the Ravens of 2008 take us on a surprise ride into the holiday season.
Wouldn’t that be great?
Posted on 30 August 2008 by caseywillett
4:30 So the Ravens have trimmed their roster down and announced the suspension of Derrick Martin for the first regular season game. You can see all of the cuts listed in Nestor’s blog.
On my 53 man roster, I went 51-53. I missed on Adam Bergen and Casey Bramlet by having them in and leaving Anwar Phillips and Jamell McClain out. As it relates to Peter Czech, we did not even know that he was on the team. We were told he was waived to make room for Casey Bramlet on Thursday, but on the Ravens site he is listed on the 53 man roster.
The Derrick Martin situation is no suprise. When you saw Kevin Faulk get suspended, you knew Derrick’s was coming also. Also not suprised with decision to IR David Pittman.
Today is the day that 22 members of the Ravens team have not been looking forward to. This is the day when you are told that your services are no longer needed for this football team. The Ravens have to get down to 53 man roster by 6 p.m. The rookies on the Ravens will all have to report to the Ravens facility today and await word whether they have made the team or not.
Posted on 28 August 2008 by caseywillett
The Ravens came into tonight’s game with out the following players:
20 Ed Reed
21 Chris McAlister
22 Samari Rolle
23 Willis McGahee
29 Derrick Martin
31 Fabian Washington
49 Tavares Gooden
52 Ray Lewis
81 Marcus Smith
97 Kelly Gregg
Troy Smith is not here tonight and apparently became ill again today and there are people in the organization that are concerned about his health. He has been admitted to Union Memorial Hospital with a tonsil infection.
The more time spends away from the team due to his illness, the more it looks like it will be time for Joe Flacco on September 7.
8:15 p.m. (update)
Tonight, I think the quarterback competition came to an end. When Casey Bramlet entered the game with over 11 minutes left in the 2nd quarter that was the sign of who will be playing to me on al that Flacco will be the guy playing next Sunday vs. Cincinnati.
Watching Flacco on the sideline, he is constantly talking and communicating with Kyle Boller, Adam Terry, Marshal Yanda and the rest of the offensive linemen.
Tonight I believe Joe Flacco sealed his fate as the Ravens starting quarterback.
Cory Ross just left the field on a cart with a right ankle sprain.
Posted on 28 August 2008 by caseywillett