Former Ravens owner Art Modell did not make it to the final cut during Saturday¿s voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When the ballot was narrowed from 15 to 10 modern-day finalists (plus two senior nominees), Modell¿s name was not on the list.
A day before the 49ers and Baltimore Ravens square off in the Super Bowl, two of the franchise's most influential figures will be up for another highly sought after honor. Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and the late Art Modell, who moved his franchise from Cleveland to Baltimore, are among the finalists for enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Profile of Mustapha Snoussi, owner of Crepe du Jour in Mount Washington, who is a huge soccer fan — and a fans of the Ravens and American football. He and the Ravens have a bond; he moved to Baltimore in 1995 when the Ravens first came, and had just opened his restaurant in December 2000 when Ravens played in that Super Bowl. This year, Super Bowl Sunday is on his 46th birthday. He will show the game on a big-screen TV, will have a cake, and give free champagne if they win.
Brian Billick is 58 and he's been out of coaching since he was fired by the Ravens following the 2007 season. Now an analyst for Fox and the NFL Network, Billick still lives in the Baltimore area. Like everyone else, he admits to being caught up in the Ravens' run, from losers of four of five games to close the regular season, to their three playoff victories that have them facing the San Francisco 49ers here Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII.
Joe Flacco seemed pretty relaxed during his hour before the assembled media, but he got serious in a hurry when a Baltimore reporter asked him whether Art Modell should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As the Baltimore Ravens make their final preparations before leaving for New Orleans on Monday, comparisons to the 2000 squad are inevitable. That's what happens when a community has waited 12 years for a return to the Super Bowl.
Art Modell has again arrived, this time posthumously, at the doorstep of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He rose to fame and fortune as the owner of the Cleveland Browns, later relocated for no good reason except Modell's poor business sense, to Baltimore and renamed the Ravens.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.
The 15 modern-era finalists for this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame class were announced Friday morning, and two Ravens legends -- Jonathan Ogden and Art Modell -- are one step closer to enshrinement in Canton.
When the Ravens made Ray Lewis their second-ever draft pick, they knew they were getting a highly productive player from the talent-rich University of Miami. What they could not have known is that Lewis would become arguably the greatest middle linebacker in history and one of the faces of his NFL generation. Through 17 seasons of controversy and excellence, Lewis' Baltimore ride has never been boring: