On Sunday, the Ravens play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, and they will attempt to win their second Lombardi Trophy with a roster largely constructed with homegrown players raised in the Ravens Way.
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.
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.
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers reader questions about the Ravens' 28-13 win over the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game, and looks ahead to the team's Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
I immediately noticed that. We¿re not sure if Reed meant it to, but as the Ravens punched their ticket to the Super Bowl, Reed borrowed the Orioles¿ postseason mantra of 2012, ¿BUCKle Up.¿ It couldn't have been coincidence, right?
After 12 months defined by injuries, untimely deaths in their extended family and abrupt personnel changes, the Ravens are right back where they were last January, headed to Foxborough, Mass., for the AFC championship game.
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.
Don't misunderstand. Barry Krauss loved Baltimore — from the crabcakes to the Inner Harbor to the rich provenance of the NFL team that picked him sixth overall in the 1979 draft. But five years later, the Colts' move to Indianapolis proved a godsend for the players, said Krauss, a tough linebacker who played 10 seasons with a horseshoe on his helmet.
There is really only one more appropriate ending for the Ravens' Ray Lewis, and that won't come for another five years when he takes his place in the NFL Hall of Fame as the greatest middle linebacker ever.
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:
When Ravens star middle linebacker Ray Lewis tore his right triceps against the Dallas Cowboys and underwent surgery, the reigning AFC North champions didn't slam the door on his potential return this season.
Ed Reed¿s one-game suspension for repeated violations of the rule prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players has been lifted after the Ravens safety won his appeal. He will not miss Sunday¿s game against the San Diego Chargers after all.
'NBC Sunday Night Football' isn't just in a league of its own when it comes to NFL telecasts. Last night's broadcast of the Baltimore Ravens 13 to 10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers was another gold-plated example of that truth.
The Ravens accomplished that mission in 2011, sweeping the season series and also winning the division for the first time since 2006 by stomping the Steelers in the season opener then breaking their hearts when Torrey Smith caught a last-minute touchdown pass in Pittsburgh.