Ray Lewis is more beloved outside the locker room than inside the locker room. I’m not sure if that is as much a statement I want to make as it is a question I want to ask. I didn’t spend as much time in the locker room as I would have liked to during my first radio stint in Baltimore, and due to the fact that I was so young-I spent a lot of time around wide-eyed rookies and young players. But I do consider two former Ravens as genuine friends, I have known others closely, and I did have the honor of talking to AD quite often due to his former radio show. I have spent a lot of time with others who have shared a locker room with 52, and I’ve even had the privilege of interviewing 52 1 on 1 on more than one occasion.
I’ve tried many times to figure out what the relationship is between 52 and everyone else in the locker room. I remember Tom Knight and I talking about who we would have on our show the week the Cardinals were playing the Ravens. He said “Everyone in town will have Suggs or Heap on. I’d like to talk to one of my boys. Here’s the deal, we could call the Ravens, and tell them we want C-Mac, Ed Reed, or 52. If (Ravens PR Director) Chad Steele walked in and asked each of them to do it, Ray Lewis would bitch and moan more than anything in the world. But he’d also make sure he picked up his phone and gave me a call.” We ended up asking for McAlister and had him on the show, but Tommy made a point.
It becomes obvious that 52 treats this locker room as his own personal sandbox He believes that no one else is quite on his level. I get the feeling that most everyone who shares this locker room with 52 respects him as both a player and as a man, but doesn’t necessarily agree with the way he goes about his business at all times. I think the AD situation just happens to be one of the first times that a former defensive teammate of 52′s has played for a superior team at an All-Pro level. People want to hear what AD has to say, and AD is in a position where he is able to say it.
All of this is much ado about nothing in reality. AD pointed out something that 52 already knows…..he has an ego.
Everyone in the world knows 52 has an ego. Everyone in the world knows Ed Reed has an ego. Everyone in the world knows Jarrett Johnson has an ego. Hell, everyone in the world knows that Glenn Clark has an ego. We all have egos. I think 52 wanted to re-assert himself, as if AD was still in HIS locker room. In the end, both guys will talk, we’ll talk way too much about it when the Patriots and Ravens play, and I’ll waste four paragraphs talking about it before telling you what everyone has to say……
The official site identifies roster moves made. (If we looked at Rhys Lloyd’s cell phone bill, how many calls do you think he has from the Ravens?) Worth noting, the Ravens worked out former Terp Sam Hollenbach.
The Official Site gives us Terrell Suggs’ weekly movie reviews. Apparently he’s a Tyler Perry fan.
The Official Site looks at what David Pittman did in the community this week
The Official Site gives us a tour of the facility during the Bye
The Official Site offers you a chance to text Kelly Gregg
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley looks at AD’s response to Ray’s response
The Sun’s Sheil Kapadia looks at some of the things national writers have said about the Ravens
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley announces his 10th greatest moment in the history of “Ravens Stadium” (you know, the one the rest of us now know as M&T Bank Stadium)
The Sun’s Jamison Hensley announces his 9th greatest moment
The Sun’s David Steele thinks Art Modell belongs in the Hall of Fame
The Sun’s Kevin Cowherd isn’t impressed by Ravens fans
Aaron Wilson looks at AD vs. 52
Pro Football 24×7′s Eric Buckner looks around the AFC North
Pro Football 24×7′s Kurt Backert compares M&T Bank Stadium to Reliant Stadium
Pro Football 24×7′s Tony Lombardi re-lives “The Hot Sauce”
Pro Football 24×7′s Bobby Nyk re-lives his trip to Buffalo
Pro Football 24×7′s Mark Zinno says that just because the team gets healthy doesn’t mean the offense gets healthy
Press Box’s Joe Platania wonders if this season is slipping away
Press Box’s Joe Platania says Derrick Mason is just taking what he can get
Press Box’s Rob Long says the Ravens need to go long
Press Box’s Tony Lombardi says Billick needs to keep the vets in his corner
Extreme Ravens’ “sock_dolanger” thinks Billick will be back in 2008
The Examiner’s Matt Palmer says this is the real AD
Yahoo! Sports’ Michael Silver can’t figure out what Brian Billick was thinking Sunday
Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson weighs in on AD vs. 52
Fanhouse’s Ryan Wilson responds to Kevin Cowherd’s story
The Official Site wants you to go to Spring Training
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec looks at just one more departure from “The Oriole Way”. The Orioles fire Andy Etchebarren.
The Sun’s Roch Kubatko says the O’s are impressed by Jacob Arrieta
The Sun’s Rock Kubatko says Kevin Millar still isn’t sorry
Press Box’s Craig Heist looks at the pitching coach transition
Press Box’s Stan Charles says Kranitz isn’t the first to pick the Birds
Camden Chat’s Scott Christ compares bloggers’ reactions to Millar
Camden Chat’s Scott Christ finds a gem of a classic Orioles picture
Examiner’s Anne Boone-Simanski takes a look at Cal Ripken’s participation in an event for Villa Julie
WNST’s Nestor Aparicio wonders what World Series Game 1 might look like in Baltimore
WNST’s Drew Forrester says the O’s have their priorities out of whack
The Official Site gives us some good news. Maryland will play Navy again in 2010.
The Sun’s Heather Dinich gives us the details on how the 2010 game was finalized
The Sun’s Matt Bracken talks to MD Varsity’s Sheldon Shealer
The Sun’s Heather Dinich previews Maryland-Navy
The Sun’s Heather Dinich doesn’t think Ralph Friedgen has things as bad as Bobby Bowden
The Sun’s Heather Dinich says Ralph thinks the Terps will bounce back Saturday. Maybe.
Annapolis Capital’s John McNamara looks at Terps’ injury issues
Washington Post’s Marc Carig looks at Maryland-Navy
Columbia State’s Paul Strelow says James Davis thinks Ralph Friedgen already made a guarantee
Charleston Post & Courier’s Larry Williams profiles Chris Chancellor
Charleston Post & Courier’s Larry Williams looks at an embattled O-Line
Press Box’s Kevin Heitz talks Maryland-Navy
Press Box’s David Snyder says Terps’ Tight Ends are frustrated
The Examiner’s Ron Snyder talks Navy-Maryland
Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem looks at Erin “Chuck Norris” Henderson (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Keith Cavanaugh says that if Erin Henderson impresses you, wait ’til you hear about Freshman FB Haroon Brown. He fasted for Ramadan! (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Chris King offers some notes (must subscribe)
Tiger Illustrated’s Cris Ard & Ryan Bartow toss around some notes from practice (must subscribe)
CU Tigers says Ricky Sapp expects major production from the D-Line (must subscribe)
The Official Site also has the good news
The Official Site offers quotes from Paul Johnson and Buddy Green
Annapolis Capital’s Bill Wagner says Mids haven’t solved problems on defense
Washington Post’s Christian Swezey looks at Navy’s defensive woes
Press Box’s Kevin Heist says Navy can’t downplay Delaware
The Official Site looks at today’s Scrimmage number two
TERRAPINS WOMENS BASKETBALL:
The Official Site says the Terps are expected to win the ACC, and Crystal Langhorne is expected to be ACC Player of the Year
Annapolis Capital looks at race cuts at Laurel
Press Box’s Larry Harris looks at Andy Nelson’s BBQ
Press Box’s Staci Wolfson says newcomers are impacting Blast
Press Box’s Barry Silverman looks at MPT’s agreement to broadcast games
The Examiner’s Andrew Cannarsa looks at Coppin breaking ground on a new athletic center
The Examiner’s Tony Giro thinks we need a hockey team, and gives us a Baltimore hockey lesson
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-I’m done with the Millar talk, and I don’t care what he has to say unless he’s apologizing. Even if you were stupid enough to think this wasn’t a big deal-just apologize bro. There are actual baseball fans in Baltimore, despite what you might have seen in your time here.
-Firing Andy Etchebarren makes absolutely no sense to me, on any level. Trebs is gone, Etch is gone, Perlozzo is gone. Is there anyone in this organization who actually cares about the Orioles?
-Thank God Maryland and Navy got this together for 2010. Debbie Yow should have considered the option of adding 2014, as this game should be played at least every 4 years. I don’t agree with Ralph in thinking this is an annual game, but it should happen at least every 4 years. Note to Chet Gladchuk: GET OVER THE BOWL GAME LAST YEAR. Maryland played in a better bowl, on primetime, in a better location, against a superior opponent. As an AD, you should know exactly why Maryland chose to go to Orlando instead of playing in Charlotte. GET OVER IT.
-James Gist might be the only Terp on Rivals’ list right now, but Greivis Vasquez will be there soon.
-I think its cool that Blast games are going to air live on MPT. The Blast can use as much exposure as possible, and this is nothing but good.
-Tony Giro, there are hockey fans in this town, but let’s get some lacrosse and a real Arena Football League team before we worry about hockey.
-Talk to you tomorrow.