For all the nonsense surrounding new rules designed to make the game safer, an inability to determine what is and is not a catch, and controversy regarding kneeling during the national anthem, for my money, there is not a better spectator sport than professional football.
CBS Sports had me from the opening shot of its telecast of the Ravens win over the Green Bay Packers Sunday. An above-the-stadium shot perfectly captured that vast, cold, empty look of the late-November sky in the upper Midwest where I grew up. Seeing it set the perfect mood for watching the NFL.
If outside forecasts of the defense's pending demise had seeped into their locker room, the Ravens weren't saying. The knowing nods and wry smiles, though, suggested the players were well aware of what was being said and written. They haven't played anyone. They are too slow, too reliant on veterans. They don't stand a chance of stopping the Cowboys and their vaunted running game.
There are absolutely no sensible reasons to be playing lacrosse games in early February, and if you need proof, all you have to do is look throughout the entire country, especially in the Northeast, which has been blanketed by snow.
It's been a couple of weeks since replacement officials ruled over all National Football League games for the first three weeks of the regular season, but Havre de Grace native and replacement referee Pete Shafer still has excitement for a job he aspired to do.
Every Monday, the day after our favorite day of the week but still hours before that week's slate of games officially wraps up with "Monday Night Football," Matt Vensel will bring you his weekly premature NFL power rankings. Why Monday? Because who wants to wait until Tuesday or Wednesday for power rankings?
Former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick appeared on "The Norris and Davis Show" on 105.7 The Fan on Tuesday to talk about Baltimore's chances of advancing to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis next month. Those chances are very good, said Billick, who predicts that the Ravens will play the Green Bay Packers for the title.