My pre-game ritual before teaching is not unlike getting ready for a big game. I review my game plan, look at the roster to see what students are in the line up, and fill my water bottle. Then, time for the kickoff. But then Femi Ayanbadejo, an 11-year NFL veteran and member of the 2001 Ravens Super Bowl team, signed up for my class.
At the end of each practice, Ravens offensive line coach Juan Castillo drills his young offensive linemen to ensure their development, as the typical game-week practice doesn't allow for much attention their way.
There has been no resolution on the proposed rule change that is being closely linked to the Ravens. The NFL competition committee has proposed to "make it illegal for an offensive player with an eligible number to report as ineligible, and line up outside the core of the formation."
"Amazing! A day for the ages," was the way Mike Pons put it about an hour after Orb, the son of the onetime Harford County based stallion Malibu Moon, stayed off a blistering early pace and out of trouble on a sloppy track and then blew away the rest of field to capture the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville Saturday.
In Sunday's Super Bowl, barging into the backfield won't be easy for Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. The San Francisco 49ers have one of the NFL¿s best offensive lines, and one of their top priorities will be moving Ngata out of the way. It is a matchup that is being overlooked this week, but it is one that will likely impact the game in a major way, big bodies paving the path to a championship.
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.