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Loss of Steve Smith Sr. hurts Ravens in national power rankings

Are the Ravens contenders again now that they earned a win? Not quite, according to national power rankings. Most seem to agree that, while the win kept the Ravens alive one more week, the likely loss of Steve Smith Sr. for a few games will be a killer.

Sports Illustrated: 20

The Ravens' Thursday night win in Pittsburgh ...

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Remembering when Jake Arrieta wasn't on the Orioles postseason roster

Timehop gave me a harsh wake-up call this morning.

The social media archive app gave me a flashback to three years ago today, when Jake Arrieta was in an Orioles uniform toeing the rubber at the bullpen mound inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

But, unlike today, he wasn't preparing for his next postseason start.

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Jim Harbaugh took Michigan to Cracker Barrel near BWI while in Maryland

Jim Harbaugh really likes Cracker Barrel.

Nevermind that there are 16 locations in Michigan (though the closest is a whole 13 miles from Ann Arbor).

Sometime before or after beating the Terps last weekend, Harbaugh took his team -- yes, the entire Michigan football team -- to one of Maryland's eight Cracker Barrel locations. According to his Tweet on Monday, the restaurant was near BWI.

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Martin O'Malley is latest presidential candidate to call Joe Flacco 'elite'

Joe Flacco probably didn't expect to be such a prominent topic on the campaign trail.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, in response to a question on Twitter, gave the only answer he could when @PFTCommenter asked O'Malley about the Ravens quarterback.

"Joe Flacco is definitely an #elite #quarterback," O'Malley wrote.

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Ex-Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee emerges as leader in Chicago

Former Ravens linebacker Pernell McPhee has emerged as a leader for the Chicago Bears and wide receiver Torrey Smith seems to be frustrated in San Francisco.

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Fantasy sports aren't what they used to be, and that's a little sad

Few traits are more human than taking a good thing too far.

A summer blockbuster diverts us, so we demand it become a trilogy (or a septet these days). Pork is tasty so we invent the bacon explosion — for the uninitiated, a log of spicy sausage wrapped in bacon and tossed on the grill. The NCAA tournament was great with 64 teams so we pushed it to 68.

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