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Posted on 03 May 2012 by Nestor Aparicio
The story broke fast and furiously this morning after Glenn Clark sent out the first tweet regarding a potential season-altering Achilles injury for Terrell Suggs. Within 20 minutes, the entire purple universe was made aware of our worst fears as Ravens fans – T Sizzle apparently balled too hard and appears to be lost for at least most of the 2012 season or worse.
So many questions and so little real information beyond Suggs telling Baltimore Ravens fans he’d be back on the field by November. Sure…we’ll see!
No. 55 isn’t a doctor but he’ll play one on the internet…
As a fan, I’m angry at Suggs’ brazen attempt to play basketball after the Ravens have essentially forbid him from doing so. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says the team had a $250,000 “fine” placed into his contract for doing just that.
Of course, by mid-afternoon, more rumors surfaced that Suggs tore his Achilles running around cones in a gym as part of his training.
You can choose to believe whatever you like but either way this is a monumental blow to the Ravens’ chances of competing in the AFC and showing up with confetti under the dome in New Orleans next February.
Do we have the right to be angry as fans? Well, my Facebook community was more alarmed by the freak injury and far more agitated with “WTF’s?” than feel good, “Dear Sizzle, Get Well Soon” kinda messages.
But such is life in the era of social media and instant information and feedback. Much like the awful and tragic death of Junior Seau about 24 hours earlier, everyone with a Facebook status was opining about everything from suicide to concussions to amateur depression experts.
At some point, the truth will surface about both Suggs’ injury and the length and duration of his recovery. That will happen.
What can’t be faked or hidden for a week is how the Ravens’ defense and team will react and attempt to do the impossible – replace Terrell Suggs on the field for 40 to 60 snaps a week in September, October and perhaps beyond?
Enter a band of mighty men including Paul Kruger, Courtney Upshaw, Pernell McPhee, Sergio Kindle and a variety of other players who will need to step up their game and their pass rush in 2012.
It was certainly far from the minds of Ravens’ fans – or anyone in the front office – to believe that Suggs would be M.I.A. for the 2012 season earlier today.
But, alas, reality has set in for everyone involved.
And now the Ravens will be forced to pick up the pieces and John Harbaugh and new defensive coordinator Dean Pees will be calling “next man up.”
But we all know enough to state the obvious: the next man up won’t be as good as Terrell Suggs and the Ravens have taken a significant step backward in their pursuit of Super Bowl glory next February.
And Ray Lewis isn’t getting younger…
And neither is Ed Reed…
Is this the beginning of what can only be a let-down after four consecutive playoff and failed Super Bowl runs?
A shame all the way around…and certainly not the conversation the Baltimore Ravens or the fan base want to be having in early May.
Posted on 03 January 2012 by Nestor Aparicio
Everytime he opens his mouth something interesting inevitably comes out of it and many times it’s a lot closer to the naked truth than most in Baltimore would care to admit. Or as he will write at @untouchableJay4 on his Twitter account — #truth.
Earlier, Suggs engaged with resident ESPN windbag Skip Bayless and served him a manure burger of biblical proportions while making me laugh and essentially piss myself on the couch when I saw it. It was on the big TV’s when I was in Bill Bateman’s in Perry Hall setting up our Friday night event for Living Classrooms Foundation with Dennis Pitta earlier today but it was muted and I had to go right to the web and see what he was saying because I just knew it was going to be funny. I could tell from his body language.
For me, Terrell Suggs has become the Ravens’ Most Interesting Man, like the guy in the beer commercial. He’s the most boisterous, colorful athlete of this generation in Baltimore and you’d be hard-pressed to convince me he’s not the best player on the Ravens roster this season.
From a media perspective, Sizzle is almost always full of sizzle but oft-times also he brings the steak, a loaded potato with cheesy humor and paired with a tad-bit of fine-aged whine regarding the disrespect his Baltimore Ravens are getting at the national level as a 12-4 team that has taken care of business most weeks in the NFL. Literally, it was the first thing out of his mouth when he singled out media members who picked against the team after the game in Cincinnati.
Clearly, he’s inspired by his critics.
I’ve been camped out at his locker a lot more often in the internet era since 2008 and I have to tell you that he’s one guy who has truly won me over with his passion for football, for winning, for truth and for being the one guy to stand up, be accountable and be the spokesperson for the Baltimore Ravens – in victory or defeat.
Now, he’s going to need to back it up with a
Posted on 30 November 2011 by WNSTV
Posted on 14 November 2011 by Nestor Aparicio
The trip home from Seattle was just as long for me as it’s been for the Baltimore Ravens. They’ve had several hours of reflection now, and so have I, as the purple tour of North America continues with intermittent ugly losses and long plane rides.
The Ravens, as I’ve written and said many times since the initial debacle in Nashville back in September, have been become quite consistent in their inconsistency and unpredictability. We all know that there’s a very good football team someone in there based on the sweep of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the steely resolve they’ve used to overcome deficits like the hole they dug against the Arizona Cardinals.
But, when will the “real” Baltimore Ravens of 2011 stand up and define their season?
This latest smelling, wretched turd in Seattle will not sit well for the next six days as head coach John Harbaugh will go back to the drawing board – or maybe that’s Cam Cameron’s job? – as the Ravens attempt to game plan for a first-place showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium this Sunday for the most recent “really important game” of 2011.
The Seattle game had all of the hallmarks of a lost game amidst the promise of an elite team and a still-potential Super Bowl year for the Ravens.
Sure, kick returner David Reed will be the fall guy for the two obvious field possession swings and the 22-17 loss to the Seahawks but as Ray Lewis told me at his locker last night it goes far deeper than a few fumbles or turnovers.
Some random questions and observations as the Ravens return from Seattle at 6-3 and still fully in control of their own destiny in the AFC race for a No. 1 seed, a January bye week and some home-cooking to start the 2012 Festivus season:
Is the defense aging?
The otherwise stingy Ravens defense began every stand yesterday in Seattle from a position of obvious weakness. When Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed lead their defense onto the field and the first mumble is: “I hope we can hold them to a field goal!” that’s never good.
The turnovers yesterday killed the spirit
Posted on 02 November 2011 by WNST Staff
It’s Pittsburgh week in Owings Mills and Terrell Suggs always has some thoughts on his mind about Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward. Here’s his thoughts when pressed by Nestor Aparicio:
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