Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore Sun’

What you need to know for Draft Day for the 2010 NFL season

April 22, 2010

It is the most wonderful time of the year!

Yes, I am singing Christmas carols. Because draft day is my Christmas.

I dare you to name one better, more exciting day for a football fan.

But Ravens fans, there are a few things you need to know before the draft starts  up tonight at 7:30 p.m.

First, this years draft has been changed up a bit. Where it once used to be held on one day, all day long on Saturday, it has been changed to tonight at 7:30 p.m. for the first round.

The NFL draft for the 2010 season is going to be prime time over the next three days.

Then tomorrow, Friday 23 at 6 p.m., the second and third rounds will be chosen. Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. rounds 4-7 will be announced.

How will this new time schedule effect the draft? Will there be more trading down?—there is definitely going to be less sleep for owners, players and agents, that’s for sure.

Before the draft gets started, Baltimore know what is on the table in front of us. Click here to read more information on this years draft.


Rafael Alvarez creates Baltimore’s Daily Camden Project

April 7, 2010

The Baltimore Orioles may have 12 losing seasons, but to hometown fans like Rafael Alvarez, there isn’t enough love for the team.

Alvarez, a Baltimore native, created the idea of the “Daily Camden Project” with Welcome to Baltimore, to promote the reasons why Camden Yards and the Orioles mean so much to Baltimore and the people who live there.

“I love baseball and I love Baltimore,” Alvarez said. “It seems Baltimoreans have a very strong affection for things that we do together as a city, most obvious would be the Ravens and Orioles. And this is a football town, there is no two ways about that. But my heart is still with the Orioles and baseball.”

Alvarez  was a reporter for the Baltimore Sun for 20 years and also contributed to The Wire, the HBO show about Baltimore. He grew up in this area, went to Mount Saint Joseph for high school and Loyola College; he married a local girl and they raised their children in this area.

Why stay in Baltimore? A quote from one of his books, Hometown Boy, says it best: “this is Baltimore and no one really leaves.”

That same attitude is one many Orioles fans also have. Being a fan of a team that has only let down the city for a dozen years is not easy. (more…)

Ravens don’t mix personal lives with business; how do sports affect our lives?

February 16, 2010

Many fans of this city’s beloved football team have all dealt with the stereotypes of who that team is.

A team of thugs.

Baltimore is well-known for having many of its players have a criminal past during their career and before. Many people choose to not be a fan of the Ravens simply because of this.

But this offseason, owner Steve Bisciotti noted that when they choose their next seasons players on who to draft and pick up, they aren’t going to look for who has a clean record.

“You’re not going to have 53 angels, and you probably wouldn’t have a very good team if you had 53 angels,” said Bisciotti during a state of the team press conference.

“I’m probably the biggest risk-taker,” said Bisciotti . “I like the fact that [head coach John Harbaugh, team president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome] care about our image, and they pull me back from the rail because I’m ready to take chances on people. I really am. I think that’s kind of what life is about and I think there are opportunities like that.”

Ray Lewis' mugshot in 2000

When you look at the Ravens records of players with a past, you might be more surprised then you thought. Most have heard of Ray Lewis’ murder charge, remember Jamal Lewis serving time for drug charges, and recently Terrell Suggs’ domestic violence dispute that was dropped last week.

Now, the team is looking into possible off-season talking to wide receivers Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers’ Vincent Jackson, have had repeated offenses with the law. Will this add to the Ravens’ reputation of being a team of criminals?

But should this matter? It has shown how sports can change a kids life…help keep them off the streets, away from drugs and make them feel important to a big group so they don’t want to let them down.

Couldn’t this same idea be placed on these players?

Donaldson and Ronan  in their study using a Youth self-Report tried to determine if there was a connection between playing sports and behavior in youth.  They realized that “some less well-behaved youth may have been ‘gated’ at early stages and prevented from participating in more organized sports.” (Donaldson and Ronan, 2006).

Results indicated a negative correlation between the “number of formal sports, length of participation in formal sports and reduced social and externalizing problems” (Donaldson and Ronan, 2006).

Can sports change a life? I believe it can, whether it is playing or watching your favorite player and looking up to that person.

How have sports changed you, and did a coach, parent or teammate make a difference in your life?



<Donaldson, S.J. & Ronan, K.R. (2006). The effects of sports participation on young adolescents’ emotional well-being.
Adolescence, 41, 369-389.>