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Joe Reitz on the dunk that wasn't (with video)

It's official: Joe Reitz of the Ravens has made it on "SportsCenter" -- and not in a good way.

Reitz's touchdown celebration gone wrong was No. 2 on the show's "Not Top 10" list. It beat racing hens, a combine demolition derby and umpires doing the "Chicken Dance," but it couldn't overtake the worst boyfriend ever.

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In the third quarter of Baltimore's 17-12 preseason win over Carolina, Ravens quarterback Troy Smith scored on an 8-yard touchdown run. He reached out to give the ball to the back judge, pulled a quick fake-out and handed it to Reitz.

The 6-foot-7 offensive tackle -- and former college basketball player at Western Michigan -- took one small step forward and tried to dunk the ball over the uprights. Here's video of the hilarious disastrous end result:

Since I'm extremely athletic and I dunk all the time, the first person I wanted to talk to after the game was Reitz. "Bring it on," he said when one of my peers and I approached him in the locker room and asked him if he was willing to talk about it.

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So, Joe, what happened?

"I ran up there and I thought Troy was going to jump into my arms or something, and he handed me the ball. And so I'm standing there, standing still, and I went up vertical," Reitz said. "If I would have taken a step, I probably would have cleared it. You know, the rain soaks the pads, makes them more wet, weighed me down a little bit.

"I furthered the stereotype, I think, that white men can't jump."

Standing in a towel in the locker room at M&T Bank Stadium, Reitz said he was "scared" to turn on his phone. "My Western Michigan teammates, I'm sure, are texting me and they're just going to kill me about it." 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn't see the failed dunk attempt live (he heard about it), but he still busted Reitz's chops at his post-game press conference. "He should be making dunks of all people, right? Basketball?" Harbaugh said. "Obviously, he was boxing people out in his college career and not scoring."

In Reitz's defense, the third-year player has bulked up 64 pounds (to 320) since he left Western Michigan. In his senior season, he scored 15 points a game and averaged 7.9 rebounds. Reitz said that back in the day, he had enough ups to throw it down

"I want to go on record: I did dunk in college," Reitz said. "Only a couple of times. I used to be able to get up, but I think with the added weight, it's just a little tougher."

Reitz was heckled by teammates on the sidelines. He was heckled by teammates in the locker room. And he'll get heckled even worse when the team reviews the film from Thursday night.

"I've got thick skin. I'll be able to take it," Reitz said. "We scored a touchdown there and it was a great drive, a great play by Troy. It will give them something to laugh about. … If they rib me about it a little bit, it's all in good fun."

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