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Hop around bases by York's Smith an example of what's right

Hop around bases by York's Smith an example of what's right

For all that’s gone wrong lately in sports, there’s Sean Smith.

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Which season-ending injury in Baltimore was the worst?

Which season-ending injury in Baltimore was the worst? 

Tight end Dennis Pitta left Ravens fans heartbroken on Sunday when his surgically repaired hip failed him on a screen pass, and a second dislocated right hip put him out for the season. It was a devastating moment, but we've had a few of...

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DeAngelo Williams wears goggles after Steve Smith's 'blood and guts' comment

DeAngelo Williams wears goggles after Steve Smith's 'blood and guts' comment 

In a radio interview shortly after he was released by the Carolina Panthers, his team of 13 seasons, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith said everyone should "put your goggles on 'cause there’s going to be blood and guts everywhere" if he ever...

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Athletic Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly gave hope to Ravens rookie C.J. Mosley

Athletic Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly gave hope to Ravens rookie C.J. Mosley 

Ravens rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley lines up on every snap beside who he calls an “old-school” linebacker, Daryl Smith.

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Five stats that stand out ahead of Sunday's Ravens-Panthers game

Five stats that stand out ahead of Sunday's Ravens-Panthers game 

Every Wednesday, I’ll serve up five stats you should know heading into that week’s Ravens game. This week’s stats, pertaining to Sunday's game against Carolina, will likely get lost in the shuffle, and by shuffle I mean incessant discussion of Steve Smith.

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Terp Dez Wells sees picture in anatomy textbook, tells NCAA 'show me the money'

Terp Dez Wells sees picture in anatomy textbook, tells NCAA 'show me the money'

As far as NCAA silliness goes, this is one of the more wonderful examples in recent memory.

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Tuesday Ravens ten pack on Steve Smith, Jimmy Smith, and the offensive line

Tuesday Ravens ten pack on Steve Smith, Jimmy Smith, and the offensive line 

Welcome to the ever-evolving Ravens 10 Pack, where I’ll go medium depth on 10 Ravens topics that came from the previous Sunday's game. Sure, Monday is the main analysis day, but if I can get an extra day to make this marginally better than it would be a day earlier, why not? Read ahead for notes on all of the Smiths, the Ravens’ strong guards, and the tight end situation.

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NFL Power Rankings after Week 3 games

NFL Power Rankings after Week 3 games 

With another week in the books, we're getting a clearer picture of which teams are separating themselves as contenders. As promised, the winner of the outstanding Seattle Seahawks-Denver Broncos game earned the number one spot in our top 10, but a new team broke into the top two and three new teams broke into the rankings. We also say goodbye to three teams that were supposed to be Super Bowl contenders, but have more questions than answers at this point. As always, the following Power Rankings are subjective and only my opinion, yet somehow also objectively correct. -- Jon Meoli

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What they're saying about Steve Bisciotti's news conference

What they're saying about Steve Bisciotti's news conference

Three days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gave his tense news conference in New York, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti took questions for nearly 50 minutes Monday after an ESPN report, as he said, questioned the team’s integrity.

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Johnny Manziel trick play illegal because of Colts game 60 years ago

Johnny Manziel trick play illegal because of Colts game 60 years ago 

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was robbed of what would have been the crowning moment of his young NFL career Sunday when an illegal procedure penalty was called on rookie running back Terrance West for not getting set in the backfield.

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Bengals making Ravens' Week 1 loss look better by the week

Bengals making Ravens' Week 1 loss look better by the week 

There wasn't much unpacking of the Ravens Week 1 loss to Cincinnati, given the Ray Rice story's explosion the following day. But the farther the team gets from that season-opening loss to the now 3-0 Bengals, the better it looks.

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Predicting the three stars of Sunday's Ravens-Browns game

Predicting the three stars of Sunday's Ravens-Browns game

Some sports name three stars of the game after the game. Jon Meoli does one better, naming them before the Ravens even play. These will be the three stars of the game when the Ravens (1-1) travel to Cleveland for a third straight AFC North matchup against the 1-1 Browns.

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Orioles fans pie themselves in the face for charity, and want you to join

Orioles fans pie themselves in the face for charity, and want you to join

Do you love the Orioles enough to pie yourself in the face for them?

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Orioles on the postseason roster bubble

Orioles on the postseason roster bubble 

Coming out of their last day off of the regular season, the Orioles begin a stretch that could help determine the final few spots on the postseason roster. These games could be extended looks at players vying for those spots, or they could be the equivalent of a week-long fourth NFL preseason game, where the players play and their performance does nothing to determine their fate. Either way, this week's "Five for Friday" highlights five Orioles players who could find themselves on the postseason bubble. -- Jon Meoli

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Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of Sunday's game against Cleveland

Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of Sunday's game against Cleveland 

Every Wednesday, I’ll serve up five stats you should know heading into that week’s Ravens game. This week’s stats, pertaining to Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, are based on just two games and could be misleading, but either way, here they are.

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The best Twitter pictures from the Orioles' AL East celebration

The best Twitter pictures from the Orioles' AL East celebration

The Orioles clinched their first division title since 1997 Tuesday night at Camden Yards, and instead of experiencing it live and as human beings, many of us who were lucky enough to be present soaked it all in through our cell phone screens. Here's a compilation of the best such pictures from Twitter.

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Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston recreates Orioles pie celebration

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston recreates Orioles pie celebration 

It's a wonderful world where one of the first things featured in a five-minute long video on the MLB playoffs is an Orioles vignette, isn't it?

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NFL Power Rankings after Week 2 games [Pictures]

NFL Power Rankings after Week 2 games [Pictures] 

The only thing harder than handicapping the NFL after one week is doing so after two weeks. Nearly every result contradicts itself, and trying to connect the dots between each team's pair of games leaves a jumble of lines that sometimes connect, often don't, and mean basically nothing even if they do. That's why I'm trying to not overreact to the order I think these will ultimately end up in, with those samples taken into account a bit. As always, the following Power Rankings are subjective and only my opinion, yet somehow also objectively correct.

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Chris Davis suspension prevents Make-A-Wish visit Friday

Chris Davis suspension prevents Make-A-Wish visit Friday

The baseball consequences of Orioles first baseman Chris Davis' 25-game suspension for a second positive test for a banned amphetamine have been much discussed, but his suspension also prevented a Make-A-Wish Foundation participant from meeting Davis on Friday afternoon.

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Five Ravens trends through the first two games of the season

Five Ravens trends through the first two games of the season 

With the benefit of a full two games, we're starting -- just starting -- to see what the Ravens could be this year. Last night's 26-6 win over Pittsburgh was likely just what fans wanted to see, but what made it so? And have any patterns emerged over the first two weeks of the season that might become staples of this team going forward? This week's Five for Friday points out five trends I've noticed during the Ravens' brief season so far. -- Jon Meoli

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Five Orioles questions with ESPN Sunday Night Baseball announcer Dan Shulman

Five Orioles questions with ESPN Sunday Night Baseball announcer Dan Shulman 

ESPN is bringing its Sunday Night Baseball crew to Baltimore this week to cover the final stop of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter's farewell tour at Camden Yards and, oh yeah, to showcase the first-place Orioles, who entered Friday’s game 10 games up on the second-place Toronto Blue Jays and 4.5 games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the best record in baseball.

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Steve Smith: 'Think I can't play? You're going to find out in Week 4'

Steve Smith: 'Think I can't play? You're going to find out in Week 4' 

Steve Smith is not to be messed with.

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Horse named after Nick Markakis wins at Laurel Park

Horse named after Nick Markakis wins at Laurel Park 

Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis was hitless in the Orioles' 10-6 win Wednesday in Boston, but he's got something else to hang his hat on.

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Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of game Thursday vs. Steelers

Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of game Thursday vs. Steelers 

Every Wednesday, I’ll serve up five stats you should know heading into that week’s Ravens game. This week’s stats, pertaining to Thursday’s primetime game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, will come under great fire because the CBS announcing crew will undoubtedly tell you to throw out the stats and the record books when these two teams get together.

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Unpacking the stats from the Ravens' loss to the Bengals

Unpacking the stats from the Ravens' loss to the Bengals 

Every Monday, I’ll unpack the stats behind the previous day’s Ravens game. If the day after the game is anything like yesterday was, I think we’ll opt for Tuesday. And if the team plays on Thursday, it will likely be Friday. But I swear that most weeks, it will be Monday. All stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

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Ray Rice to be removed from Madden video game, dropped by Nike

Ray Rice to be removed from Madden video game, dropped by Nike 

The whitewash of Ray Rice’s very existence continued Tuesday morning with news that the next Madden 15 video game update from EA Sports would wipe the former Ravens running back from the game.

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NFL Week 2 power rankings [Pictures]

NFL Week 2 power rankings [Pictures] 

You wouldn't know it by looking at the newspaper of record in Baltimore today, but there were a ton of football games played this weekend. So with the league 1/16 through the regular season, it's time to handicap everyone's progress. The following Power Rankings are subjective and only my opinion, yet somehow also objectively correct.

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Bird migration study claims orioles will flee Baltimore

Bird migration study claims orioles will flee Baltimore

I could see the headline as soon as I saw the tweet: NPR reports orioles leaving Baltimore.

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What they're saying about Ray Rice's release from Ravens

What they're saying about Ray Rice's release from Ravens 

The Ravens released running back Ray Rice Monday afternoon, hours after video surfaced of him assaulting his then-fiance Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator in February.

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Orioles hosted 10-year-old fan named Camden Yards at Thursday's game

Orioles hosted 10-year-old fan named Camden Yards at Thursday's game

The Orioles hosted a fan named after their ballpark last night, as 10-year-old Camden Yards took in the team's 9-7 win over Cincinnati.

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Has hot weather brought hot bats for the Orioles?

Has hot weather brought hot bats for the Orioles? 

After a mostly mild summer, the last week or so has left me pondering something of a chicken-and-egg question. Has the last week been so hot because the Orioles are, or are the Orioles bats so hot because the weather has been?

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Memorable Ravens season-openers

Memorable Ravens season-openers 

Last year's season-opening lost to Denver left a bad taste that lingered for the Ravens all season, but not all season openers are like that. The Ravens have had several noteworthy opening games in their history, including statements at the beginning of each of their championship seasons and huge offensive outputs before a home crowd. This week's Five for Friday recounts five memorable Ravens season openers on the eve of Sunday's Week 1 matchup with Cincinnati. -- Jon Meoli

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Gary Kubiak brings success against Bengals, AFC North to Ravens

Gary Kubiak brings success against Bengals, AFC North to Ravens 

Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he’s dealing with Week 1 nerves just like his players are, but if there was ever a team he wouldn’t mind breaking in his new offense against, the Cincinnati Bengals might be it.

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Jon Meoli took over as Sports Blitz's lead blogger in April 2014. He joined the company as a reporter for the Towson Times in June 2011, after his graduation from Loyola University.

Other sports reporters and editors also occasionally contribute to The Blitz with their takes on the area sports scene.

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