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A.J. Green
Welcome to the NFL
Welcome to the NFL

Within five minutes in early September, the Ravens showed me the magnitude of what I was covering on my first year on the beat. Back when the season was, at least mostly, about football, the team was booed off the field at halftime after a scoreless 30 minutes in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Things opened up in the second half, and with the game hanging in the balance, Joe Flacco found Steve Smith for an 80-yard touchdown pass to give the Ravens their first lead of the season. It was bedlam. I watched from a distance as the Ravens won the Super Bowl, and a month after this football game, I saw playoff baseball take hold of the city. But everything that went...