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Preview and predictions: Superbowl XLV

February 5, 2011

Superbowl Sunday is a holy day of obligation for many sports fanatics, and Superbowl XLV won’t be an exception as the Steelers hope to grab their seventh ring when they face the Packers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers have been prepping all week for one of the biggest days in sports  at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and what it will come down to is defense.

Both teams own the bragging rights of being the top two defenses in the league, but at the same time, both teams have two of the smarter quarterbacks that are going to be needing protection.

Who will come away with that Lombardi trophy come February 6?

It will all come down to the offensive linemen protecting their leader in Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rogers.

Key plays for both QBs are going to be protecting the ball from the rush, quick snaps and throwing immediately, and being mobile.

If it comes down to that, I believe Aaron Rogers will lead the Green Bay Packers to victory as he knows how to look quickly and find his receiver, and even if James Harrison and the rest of the “fantastic four” linebackers for the Steelers get past the Packers line, Rogers knows how to hold onto the ball and not fumble.

He also seems to have a knack of knowing where to drop the ball perfectly into the hands of his receivers within three seconds after the snap, which is going to be a big difference maker Sunday.

On the Steelers side, Roethlisberger is a little bit more clumsy when hit, and with Clay Matthews dominance and the absence of Maurkice Pouncey (Steelers center) out due to high ankle sprain, the Steelers might find themselves in trouble when the Packers defense presses hard. Especially after a botched snap caused a fumble in the AFC championship game.

Don’t be too quick to overlook Big Ben, though; he also is extremely talented in being mobile on his feet and can change a play as needed and gets the ball down the field and in the endzone.

What are your predictions?

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Ravens retired early, gave game away to Patriots in 23-20 loss

October 18, 2010

The Baltimore Ravens gave a lot of hope and excitement for this 2010 season based off of off-season actions, but so far, many fans have been none to pleased with the 4-2, 2-1 record.

Coming off two big games–one being a huge 17-14 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a touchdown throw to T.J. Houshmandzadeh with 32-seconds left in the game in week 4, and eating the Denver Broncos alive in week 5 winning 31-17—Baltimore fans should be more than happy with their team.

But nonetheless, every talk show Sunday afternoon and Monday morning was full of fans bashing the Ravens and their performance after the Ravens basically gave away week 6’s game against the Patriots as they fell 23-20 in overtime.

The first three quarters of the game, the Ravens seemed that they would walk away with the win as they navigated the field in uncharted territory–not an easy feat at Foxborough, one of the hardest fields to travel to.

The Ravens were ten up for at least half of the game and in the third, with the score 20-10, the game should have been a slam dunk.

Key words: should have been. In the fourth quarter, (more…)

The New Orleans Saints march on over the Vikings in season opener

September 10, 2010

The New Orleans Saints proved that the “Superbowl hungover” was not going to deter them as they overcame the Minnesota Vikings 14-9 Thursday in the NFL season opener.

The Saints QB Drew Brees held strong and showed how this game was going to go within the first few minutes of the game as they scored a TD with 12 minutes left in the first quarter as well as the Vikings picking up a penalty, losing yards on the kick-off.

The Vikings weren’t going to make this an easy victory for the World Champs. They respond with a 33-yard pass to Shiancoe, which then led to a TD pass to Shiancoe with 40 seconds left in the first half; the teams would go into the locker room at halftime with the Vikings leading 9-7.

But the Saints would prevail in the end and took the W ending the game 14-9.

Some key people on both teams to look out for:

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2010 NFL power rankings

September 9, 2010

Tonight it all begins:  football season.

Kicking off first is returning Superbowl Champions, the New Orlean Saints and the Minnesota Vikings.

Before the season gets started though, here is a quick rundown of some of my power rankings of all 32 teams based off of pre- and off- season performances, the top 15 with descriptions:

1. Saints. They might still have a Superbowl hangover, but in tonight’s season opener, they stand to be hte seventh champions to win that first game. With Drew Brees leading his team and Reggie Bush ready to put his about to get stripped Heisman trophy past behind him, the Saints are still as strong as ever and not to be seen as a one and done team.

2. Ravens. Maybe you can call me a little biased. But the Ravens started working one week after they lost in the post-season last year adding new additions in the forms of coaches and players. Baltimore has always been known as a defense heavy team, but with Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth and now T.J. Houshmandzadeh on their roster, Baltimore is going to see their leader, Joe Flacco, use more than Ray Rice, who is also NFL,one of the best running backs in the league.

3. Jets. Sure, we all call them the “Northern Ravens” down here in Charm city, but you have to hand it to Rex Ryan and his men.I am not a big Mark Sanchez fan–but he works well with his teammates and they also put a lot of work in their off- and pre-season. The first Monday night football game against Baltimore and the Jets is going to start the season off to a great start.

4. Colts. There is no denying this team is going to be a deep threat for every other team in the NFL. Peyton Manning is one of the best QBs out there based off his intelligence and athleticism. The Colts work well together as a team and seem almost impeccable.

5. Bengals. Who doesn’t know about the Bengals off-season pickup? The question is, can the two biggest attention whores in the NFL share the lime-light? Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and T.O. are going to be a dangerous threat to every other defense out there. During pre-season match-ups, TO seemed to be able to play well with his new team. Maybe all he needed was a friend to tell him to “play nicely with others.”
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Baltimore Ravens 2010 training camp schedule

July 24, 2010

It has been long overdue.

The baseball season has been long, and even longer for Baltimore fans.

Football season could not have come at a better time. And come it has–training camp for the Baltimore Ravens at McDaniel College in Westminster starts Monday.

Go out and support your team, Baltimore. It is going to be a great season.

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July 26: 8:45 a.m. practice. Rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans report to camp.

July 27: 8:45 a.m. practice; 3:30 p.m. practice

July 28: 8:45 a.m. practice; 3:30 p.m. practice. All veterans report to camp.

July 29: 8:45 a.m. practice. Team administrative day. No availability for media or general public.

July 30: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

July 31: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

August 1: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

August 2: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2 p.m. special teams practice

August 3: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

August 4: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2 p.m. special teams practice

Albert Haynesworth fails to show up to Redskins mini-training camp

May 11, 2010

Right down the road–or highway–the Washington Redskins hold their own pre-season mini-camp as players prepare to practice and get ready for the upcoming season.

However, one of the most highly paid players on the team, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, did not show up to practice with the rest of his teammates.

What does this say about a man who is worth $100 million in contract?

Albert Haynesworth, #92, the DT for the Washington Redskins is not practicing with the rest of the Redskins during mini-training camp, causing concern among fans, teammates and coaches.

“Dear Albert Haynesworth quit staying up late going to bars and buying girls shots (like you were doing to someone I know) hoping to get lucky,” Chris Mcney, a die-hard Redskins fan, said.

Yes, that “someone” was your own ms. charm city sportaholic. On a recent trip to D.C. for Cinco de Mayo festivities, I ran into Mr. Haynesworth and it was a Patron filled night.

However, Haynesworth might still be feeling the hangover of last Wednesday as he is not practicing with his team— and fans and teammates and coaches do not know what to make of it, but do have a lot to say.

“Get your ass in training and join your team to prep for the season, they paid you all this money to be there for a reason, now quit being a wuss and report to training camp, don’t let the coaches, players, and fans down like you are doing right now,” said McNey.

His teammates are feeling the missing link as well.

“The thing is, we have 100 percent participation if he is here. It’s now 99. He’s got to be here,” veteran DE Phillip Daniels said, according to The Washington Post‘s Mike Wise.

“There is no room for negotiation at 4-12 (Washington’s record in 2009). He’s got to understand that. We need him to come here, be here and show these young guys that the veterans have bought in and that we want to win games.”

Coach Mike Shanahan said he has not heard from Haynesworth when asked about his absence or the rumors claiming that Haynesworth wants to be a Minnesota Viking.

Are those rumors true? Stay tuned for future information on Haynesworth and our neighbor football team.

Man gets life sentence for killing Broncos player

May 1, 2010

The trial for the tragic murder of the Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams in 2007 in a drive-by shooting was finally put to an end as the man who shot Williams was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 1,152 years.

Willie Clark, a gang-member, shot Williams on New Years 2007 in a Denver nightclub after an altercation with former Bronco’s wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Darrent Williams, the former starting cornerback, kick and punt returner for the Denver Broncos, was killed in 2007.

According to witnesses who testified during the trial, Clark did not like the fact that the famous athletes were getting star treatment.

After the Bronco’s players left the club, Clark jumped in an SUV and followed the stretch Hummer limo were he fired a round of shots, fatally hitting Williams. He died in teammate Javon Walker‘s arms.

During a hearing Friday, Clark was declared “a habitual criminal, making him eligible for the 1,152 years in prison. He had two prior felony convictions and also was convicted of 16 counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the Williams case.”

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What do you think of Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger statement regarding suspension?

April 28, 2010

On Monday, April 26, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger issued a public statement regarding his six-game suspension for the 2010 season after his sexual assault accusation from an underage girl in Georgia.

“Though I have committed no crime, I regret that I have fallen short of the values instilled in me by my family. I will not appeal the suspension and will comply with what is asked of me — and more,” said Roethlisberger.

I’m truly sorry for the disappointment and negative attention I brought to my family, my teammates, coaches, [Steelers owners] the Rooneys and the NFL,” Roethlisberger said.

Art Rooney has shown frustration with the QB and has agreed that Roethlisbger needs to earn respect back in steel city.

“I understand that the opportunities I have been blessed with are a privilege, and much is expected of me as the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I absolutely want to be the leader this team deserves, valued in the community and a role model to kids. I have much work to do to earn this trust,” said Roethlisberger in his statement.

The two-time Super Bowl winner was banned without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy and was ordered to undergo a “comprehensive behavioral evaluation by professionals.”

Though he was not convicted of any crime, many people believe he deserved more punishment than just six games after he was accused of raping a 20-year-old college student in a nightclub in Georgia.

Baltimore Ravens 2010 draft picks rounds 1-3

April 23, 2010

The Baltimore Ravens have made some pretty big moves so far in the 2010 draft.

While in the middle of the biggest three days for football upcoming stars—and remember we are on the clock–Ozzie Newsome has made choices that are going to have major impact in Charm City.

About 90% of Ravens fans hearts were broken last night when the Dallas Cowboys swooped in and traded up to get pick 24 to take WR Dez Bryant (personally I was glad for it and had a feeling Ozzie would trade down and build up the team with more picks).

And he did just that. With pick 25, Ozzie predictably chose to trade that to the Denver Broncos (who then chose Florida QB Tim Tebow) in exchange for picks 43, 70 and 114.

Was that a smart move?

Word of advice–trust in Ozzie. (more…)

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.