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Baltimore Ravens player wins literary nickname sweepstakes

If you're a book-lover and football-lover (there really are a few of us out there), you've gotta love Stevie Baggs of the Baltimore Ravens. The Bethune-Cookman University grad is nicknamed "Shakespeare," because he's known for making plays. For the uninitiated, that means he does some eye-opening work on the field. A little bit of football humor, but not bad for a sport known more for head-banging than than for the bon mot.

It's fitting that Baggs plays for the Ravens, which has its own rich literary heritage. The team's name, of course, is drawn from Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "The Raven," and its mascots are named Edgar, Allan and Poe.

So I'm hoping that Baggs makes the team, if only so I can hear the announcers say: "Another great play by Shakespeare!"

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