About Brian Bower

Brian Bower

Brian Bower is avid football fan who was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Brian has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past two years for FootballNewsNow.com. His work has been featured on NFL.com and ESPN blogs. He is also a regular guest on ESPN Radio in Honolulu, Hawaii.   Brian is very involved in the community and has spent the last twenty years as a volunteer firefighter.  Email him at bbower at russellstreetreport.com.

Ray Rice Returns to Practice Thursday

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Good news for the running back Ray Rice returned to practice on Thursday in preparation for the upcoming battle against the New England Patriots. While Rice has been up and down this season rushing the football (thanks in part to the Ravens’ offensive line issues) his return to practice could loom large on Sunday. There is simply no other way to describe the Patriots run defense than “putrid.” They are fielding the leagues 31st-ranked run defense, giving up an average of 132.5 rushing yards a game to opposing running backs....

Anquan Boldin Still Delivering in Baltimore

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While Anquan Boldin is no longer catching touchdown passes for the purple and black this season, the former Raven is still making a major impact in Baltimore. On Thursday morning Anquan Boldin and his Q 81 Foundation hosted their annual “Holiday Shopping Spree” event at Wal-Mart for 65 students from The SEED School of Maryland, a college-preparatory, public boarding school in Baltimore. “Our Holiday Shopping Spree is one of several programs the Q81 Foundation conducts each year in multiple cities, selecting schools where holiday gifts are greatly appreciated.  This is our...

Fans Line Up To Meet Justin Tucker

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Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker is like no other on the football field or off. Less than 24 hours after kicking his game winning 61-yard field goal against the Lions, the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Tucker greeted football fans on Tuesday afternoon. More than 300 people gathered outside the AT&T Store inside White Marsh Mall for a chance to meet the second-year Raven. Tucker smiled and thanked each and every person who congratulated him on his performance and signed autographs for the ecstatic fans in attendance. “Him kicking six field goals...

Never Pretty, Never Easy: The Ravens Way

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The Ravens got out of the Motor City with a win last night and their magical run to a potential sixth-consecutive postseason continues on. It’s never easy, it’s never pretty; in fact, it is down right nerve wracking it seems each and every week. But it’s Ravens football. Each week someone comes out of the shadows to pick the team up and give them the opportunity to smack adversity in the face. Against the Lions on Monday Night Football it was once again on full display for the nation to...

Monday Could be a Record-Setting Night For The Ravens

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As the Baltimore Ravens head to Motown to take on the Detroit Lions in front of a national TV audience on Monday night, many could witness a bit of franchise history in the making as the team makes its run to the postseason. The Ravens running game has been an up and down battle for much of this season and has had people wondering if Ray Rice, the sixth-year back out of Rutgers has lost a step. While Rice is set to take on a Lions defense that is giving...

Johnson fires back at Ravens’ Elam

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On Wednesday it was Raven Matt Elam who sparked controversy throughout Baltimore and more importantly in Detroit with his comments about Lions receiver Calvin Johnson. By now you have seen or heard the comments over and over again as they have been played out by every sports channel and local television as well. While Elam was complimentary of “Megatron” at the onset of his comments, it quickly turned the corner when he used the word “old”. Well as we all expected, Calvin Johnson responded to Elam’s comments on Thursday and...

Ravens Look to Cure Road Woes in the Motor City

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When John Harbaugh spoke to the media on Monday he made mention of the fact, “We’ve got to be at our best. We’ll have to play the best we’ve played all year.” regarding the Ravens upcoming match-up with the Lions. The Ravens 1-5 road record has been anything but impressive this season. Between the lightning in Denver, a tornado in Chicago and Sunday’s snow storm, mother nature has not been very kind to the defending Super Bowl Champs. They have played teams very close away from Baltimore and despite the...

Don’t Poke Megatron! Matt Elam Calls Lions Receiver “Pretty Old”

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There are certain things rookies in the NFL should do and then there are things they shouldn’t do. The latter was the case on Wednesday afternoon when Ravens rookie Matt Elam spoke about Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin “Megatron” Johnson. When asked about how to cover Johnson Elam stated “He’s pretty old, so I don’t know how physical he’ll be,” Elam said. “He’s a big guy, but he’s older. I guess when they get older they’re not going to be as physical, you know what I’m saying? We’re going to...

Daryl Smith Breaks One of Ray Lewis’ Franchise Records

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The Ravens faced many issues in the offseason, and perhaps their biggest was the retirement of Ray Lewis. With Lewis gone, the Ravens had serious questions about their linebacker corps, and realistically had zero depth. The uncertainty of whether Jameel McClain would return to football after his spinal cord contusion injury, the theatrics and retirement of Rolondo McClain, and how rookie Arthur Brown would respond to his hernia surgery were among the issues contributing to the serious doubts. Did the Ravens panic? Of course not. General Manager Ozzie Newsome took...

James Ihedigbo Takes to the Seas for His HOPE Africa Foundation

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While Baltimore Ravens’ safety James Ihedigbo is battling on the field every Sunday, he works just as hard off the field with his “HOPE Africa” foundation. On Monday evening Ihedigbo and several of his Ravens teammates and guests took to the seas for the first annual Celebrity Cruise & Casino Charity event in support of his foundation. Ihedigbo’s HOPE Africa foundation helps deserving African students who have a deep determination to excel through education, by providing them scholarships to elite American Universities as well as providing a network of support, resources...

Jameel McClain Honored as Ravens’ 2013 Ed Block Courage Award Winner

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The Baltimore Ravens announced on Tuesday that the team elected linebacker Jameel McClain as their 2013 Ed Block Courage Award winner. Over the the course of the last few years I have gotten to know Jameel from his various community efforts and being involved with his foundation and they could not have selected a better man, teammate or person. Each year, the Ed Block Courage Awards honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage. This award is unique in that the recipients are selected solely...

Ravens Hoping Jimmy Smith’s Concussion Doesn’t Linger

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The mini bye-week could have been just what the doctor ordered for the Ravens after a bruiser of a game against the Steelers. “Our team got a little bit of rest which is a positive,” said John Harbaugh. “It gave them a chance to heal this time of year going into December so that’s a big plus for us.” The extra time off could be beneficial for a Ravens team that suffered some bumps and bruises in their last outing including injuries to Jimmy Smith, Elvis Dumervil and Brandon Stokley....

Ravens set eyes on Peterson and the Vikings

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The Baltimore Ravens shifted focus this week to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday leaving behind the Mike Tomlin incident that took place Thanksgiving night at M&T Bank Stadium. “Truthfully, we’ve moved on from that,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “It’s out there. It’s something that’s in the league’s hands. I thought it’s been addressed a lot and everybody’s talked about it about every angle. I really don’t have anything to add to it. It doesn’t matter what I think or anybody else thinks. “It is what it is, and...

Improving Red Zone Offense Key to Postseason Push

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Paging the Ravens red-zone offense. Paging the Ravens red-zone offense. You are needed on the field, STAT! With the Ravens facing a “win and you’re in” scenario for the rest of the season, now is certainly not the time to settle for field goals on every trip inside the red-zone. The Minnesota Vikings loom, and given the Ravens’ ten days off I am hoping Jim Caldwell is blowing the dust off of that part of the playbook marked “20-yards or less.” Now is the perfect time to heat up and who better...

Justin Tucker Bringing Back Great Memories for Ravens Fans

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Is Justin Tucker the next Matt Stover? If recent history is any indication, Tucker could end up surpassing Stover not just in the record books but in the hearts of Ravens fans everywhere. For the second time in the last three weeks, the Ravens sophomore has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week .  Tucker also earned the honor of AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November, which was announced earlier on Wednesday. “Thx! Got the best LS & P/H in the league hookin it up!”...

Could Lenny Moore be by Unitas’s Side Once Again?

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The Johnny Unitas statue outside of M&T Bank Stadium could soon have some company, with your help. On Monday The Ed Block Courage Foundation announced a fundraising effort to raise $750,000 to create a statue in honor of Baltimore Colt Lenny Moore. “There is no doubt in our mind that this had to be done and we wanted to be part of it,” commented Will Pateris, director of operations for the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation. “Not only was Lenny a past president of the foundation, but he was also...

Harbaugh Backs Upshaw’s Hit on Jets Punter

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What in the world is the NFL coming to? I understand the fact that player safety is of the the utmost importance these days but where do we draw the line between safety and a clean football hit? Yes the league should protect those who are vulnerable, but to what extreme? On Sunday, Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw was flagged on a special teams block he made against Jets punter Ryan Quigley. “From my understanding, they’re going to protect the punters just like a quarterback,” Upshaw said after the game. “I...

Harbaugh Honored to be Playing on Thanksgiving Again

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Owners of a 5-6 record heading into week 13, the Ravens wasted no time hitting the practice field in preparation for their Thanksgiving night showdown with the Steelers. “It’s an honor to play on Thanksgiving,” head coach John Harbaugh stated when asked about playing on the holiday. “I think it’s most guys’ favorite holiday isn’t it? To get a chance to play on Thanksgiving night in front of the whole country with a rivalry such as this in Baltimore is an honor,” Harbs went on to add. After handling the...

Ray Rice Aims to Squash Bullying

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“Ray of Hope” Campaign Shines Bright at Towson University   Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice took over Towson University’s SECU Arena on Friday evening in an effort to curb bullying among today’s youth. The jam packed crowd featured many parents and their children who jumped at the chance to help Ray spread the message of his Ray of Hope campaign. “You have to stand for something.” Rice stated when asked about why he chose anti-bullying as his calling. “A young girl by the name of Grace McComas was bullied...

Ravens’ Run Defense Must Stay Heated Over Next Three Games

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To say that the Ravens’ ability to stop the running game has been up and down this year would be an understatement. While the Ravens are allowing an average of 102.7 net yards of rushing per game (11th), they are only allowing 3.7 yards per rush, which ranks as the NFL’s sixth-best mark. In Week four, Baltimore allowed a season-worst 203 rushing yards to the Buffalo Bills, yet followed that performance up with the best of their season thus far allowing the Dolphins to rush for just 22 yards. Sybil...