It has been 15 years since the Ravens won their first Super Bowl. They won another in 2012, which is remarkable for a franchise that has been in existence for only 20 years. Often there are questions about which team is better, but maybe they can be tied into one. Can Ray Lewis of the 2000 team beat Ray Lewis of the 2012 squad?
Cam Newton brings an added dimension to the quarterback position. There have been signal-callers — like Steve Young, Fran Tarkenton and Steve McNair — who ran out of necessity, and others, like Seattle's Russell Wilson, who took it further with some designed runs. But Newton is a threat as both a passer and runner, and unlike the others, he just doesn't give a damn who he has to fly over to win the championship.
Many of the top senior football players from the Baltimore area and Western Maryland will showcase their talents in the 20th Annual Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star Classic Saturday at Archbishop Spalding. The Classic includes two games with the Baltimore All-Stars taking on the Metro All-Stars at noon. Afterward in an East vs. West game, another team of players from the Baltimore area will take on Western Maryland's all stars. Here are the rosters for the games. Admission is $10.
Not sure what the over-under line was on the length of Ray Lewis¿s speech after the Ravens unveiled his statue on Thursday morning at M&T Bank Stadium, but no one was complaining after he talked for 31 minutes about his life, his family, his career and his teammates.
On Sunday, pretty much everyone in Baltimore will be rooting for the Ravens. Likewise in San Francisco with the 49ers. But the rest of the nation's football fans? They will just be rooting for another entertaining game. Each of the last five Super Bowls went down to the wire, and a couple of them could be considered among the greatest Super Bowls of all time. In anticipation of another good one Sunday in New Orleans, Matt Vensel has compiled his list of the seven most entertaining Super Bowls in NFL history.
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.
After an encouraging game against the New England Patriots where Flacco wasn't sacked and rarely hit, he sustained several big hits as the offensive line regularly broke down Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns.
According to former Ravens head coach Brian Billick, Kyle Boller wasn't the best college quarterback prospect he saw in his time in Baltimore. That would be JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 and one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.
For those who were left out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, the road to Canton won't get any easier in 2013. A bunch of strong Hall of Fame candidates will be eligible next year, including former Ravens left tackle and franchise cornerstone Jonathan Ogden. Also up for possible enshrinement are defensive end Michael Strahan, offensive guard Larry Allen, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, and quarterback Steve McNair, who played two seasons in Baltimore.