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A Balanced Perspective on Ray and Janay Rice

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One of my partners, Bill Pisano, spoke to Ravens play-by-play broadcaster and WBAL sports anchor Gerry Sandusky recently about his daughter Katy’s blog that focused in on Ray Rice. It was posted on Facebook. With Gerry’s permission we are posting it here on RSR. It provides a very unique perspective laced with wisdom beyond Katy’s 23 years. Thank you Gerry and thank you Katy. ~ Tony Lombardi ***** Given my work in professional sports and in relationship violence prevention, a lot of people have asked me lately my opinion on...

The Ride to Conquer Cancer

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By Heather Fitzpatrick   In September the first Ride to Conquer cancer event will be held. It’s a 150-mile bike ride through DC, Maryland and Virginia. This event is so important to honor those fighting now and those we’ve lost. I learned something staggering that I wanted to share. Today, 4,200 people across the US will hear from their doctors something like this- “I’m sorry, you have cancer.” I can tell you that those words are the most frightening to hear. I never imagined at age 41 I would be...

Never Pay a Running Back!

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The Ravens are paying the price for breaking Rule #1 in the modern, pass happy NFL: NEVER Pay a Running Back! The current trend for compensating the position is in full view during this year’s free agency period. Running backs are getting no respect; some are being paid less than kickers! This movement began a number of years ago when former GM Bill Polian, then of the Indianapolis Colts, maneuvered himself onto the NFL’s competition committee. By force of personality, the imperious Polian was able to change the rules to...

Imagine a National Football Convention

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There was a time in the distant past when Baltimore’s Mel Kiper and Chris Berman of ESPN were the only two men on the face of the earth who thought that football fans would enjoy watching the NFL Draft on television. Perhaps a very young Mel, maybe at some point during a study period at Calvert Hall, had an inkling of the Draft possibilities that have become a reality some thirty years later. Almost single-handedly, Mel and Chris succeeded in building an industry out of the NFL’s annual selection of...

The Purging of “The Mutineers”

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Coach Harbaugh to Jacoby Jones: We want you to be you. Be yourself. Coach Harbaugh to Steve Smith: We want you to be yourself.   What a difference a year makes! Ravens fans may recall the torrent of criticism directed at Coach John Harbaugh after last year’s removal of “mutineers” Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard and Anquan Boldin from the roster. Among other complaints, Coach Harbaugh was accused of being a mean, vindictive man who held a grudge like a roll of hundred dollar bills; of being a coach who was...

Character Issues May Influence Ravens on Draft Day

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Depending on how the first round plays out, Ozzie Newsome and Eric DeCosta could be faced with a very difficult character decision on a player who would otherwise be extremely attractive to the organization. In light of the Ray Rice video, Taylor Lewan’s character issue, which involves an alleged threat to rape a female victim of an alleged sexual assault if she filed a complaint against his teammate, has the potential to become a public relations nightmare should the Ravens select this player. Lewan is a student athlete at the...

Ravens Fans Emerge From The Fog in San Francisco

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It’s an interesting feeling being truly hated. I’d never experienced anything quite like it before the 2 weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLVII. It’s funny because up until the AFC Championship game that year, San Francisco had been so welcoming. We had John, they had Jim, there were occasional chants of ‘Harbowl Harbowl!’, and really, we had no reason to be anything less than cordial. The Ravens group in San Francisco, Ravens in the Fog, is a ragtag crew of Baltimore castaways. For 3 hours a week, we get...

The “Brave” New NFL

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Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. ~ Old English Nursery Rhyme   Although it is difficult to sympathize with a man making more than $40 million per year, it is easy to understand if Roger Goodell is tearing his hair out over the recent behavior of some of his current and former players. In the past few months, Goodell has had to navigate the NFL through a “bullying” scandal involving thousands of racial, sexist and homophobic slurs (Miami), an alleged fiancée beating (Baltimore),...

Charm City in the Queen City

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We wanted to join in with sharing our story, our nest, and our group so other Displaced Ravens Fans can find us and help us support the cause. When moving to Charlotte, my wife & I found pockets of Ravens fans, you could find the occasional license plates paying homage to Ray Lewis, Super Bowl XXXV, or some creative 8 character misspelling of RVNSFAN! Luckily we weren’t alone. A small Facebook group existed for the Baltimore Ravens Fans of Charlotte, and a small meet-up group. After running into a few...

Ravens Fans Who Nest in The Midwest!

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Figured I’d hop on the bandwagon and tell you about the Midwest Nest! Our group started like most others, I moved to Kansas City in 2008, and after three years of sitting alone in a sports bar squinting at a little TV with no sound, getting harassed by the local Chiefs fans and the Steelers group that was there every week, I bought the Sunday Ticket on Direct TV. But I missed the social interaction of watching games with other people. So I started wondering how I could find some...

Learning to Fly at The West Wing LA

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Los Angeles might as well be another world when you grew up on the East Coast. The vibe is different, the culture is different, and (thankfully) the weather is different. Nonetheless, with a lot of effort and dedication we managed to assemble our family of Baltimore Ravens fans 2,654 miles from home. None of us knew what was germinating in 2010 when seven of us displaced Baltimore Ravens fans met at a bar in Hollywood, CA to watch a preseason game. Most of us shared the same story. We wanted...

Meet The Flockers!

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Six years ago five dedicated fans were sitting in a bar drinking beer and discussing our love for the Ravens. After a few pints we drafted an article that laid the foundation of what is now known as The Florida Flock. Fast forward a few years, and that small group of guys has become a network of Raven friendly bars in South Florida. Kirby’s Sports Grille located at 841 Donald Ross Rd, Juno Beach and Maguire’s’ Hill 16 at 535 N Andrews Ave, Ft. Lauderdale are the original chapters. There...

Jake From State Farm Suggests Eugene Monroe

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It’s that time of year again, and the annual chess match has begun between teams and their unrestricted free agents. The Ravens have their work cut out for them. They have six starters from last season who are set to hit the open market on March 11th. Reports have already surfaced that Eugene Monroe has no intentions of giving the Ravens a discount. In addition, according to sources, the Ravens and Dennis Pitta are “far apart” on what they see as a fair deal. This should come as no surprise...

Chicago is a Ravens Kind of Town

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In 2003 I moved to Chicago, and quickly reconnected with some friends from High School. We’d watch games together when they were on National TV, or when I could get the bar that I worked in to put the games on one of the many TVs. It was always a struggle! In early November of 2011, this group and I had gotten about 15 of us together to watch Sunday Night Football game between the Steelers and the Ravens. The bar wouldn’t put the sound on. We’d had enough! So...

Ravens Fans Say It’s OK in Delray!

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We are the BIGGEST Ravens fans!!!! Representing All the way in DELRAY BEACH FLORIDA!!! About 15 of us get together at the bar and grill and watch the games loyally every game day!!!! We ALWAYS sit in the same exact seats every single time. Danny, the one on the bottom right has a Ravens beads necklace and we cannot watch a game without those beads. Our best friend Adrianne, who took the pic owns the restaurant Union and they are normally closed on Sundays but they open up JUST FOR...

Hilton Head Goes “Coconutz” Over The Ravens

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In 1996 when the Ravens arrived I was in line to purchase my season ticket and PSL. I was hooked from the time the NFL finally announced football would be coming to Baltimore. I did not grow up in Baltimore so I did not have any allegiance to the Colts but I dutifully yelled “Irsay sucks” every time the Colts came to town as that is what we Ravens fans did. In 2008, after enjoying 12 years as a Ravens fan attending every home game and some on the road,...

Ravens Nation North – Baltimore in Beantown

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As many Ravens fans who live outside the Baltimore/DC area can tell you, finding a place to watch Ravens games can be a challenge. You often find yourself sitting in the corner of a huge sports bar, watching the game on a 32 inch TV, with no sound, surrounded by screaming fans, rooting for other teams. Unless it’s Sunday or Monday Night Football, don’t even think about asking for audio. You long for the days of watching Ravens games on a big screen TV, with surround sound, eating a crab...

Should Ravens Pursue Martin or Incognito?

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Should the Ravens pursue Jonathan Martin or Richie Incognito in the offseason? Is either lineman worth the risk given that the Ravens organization, after considerable change and turmoil since winning the Super Bowl, may not possess the strong leadership necessary to absorb either of these controversial players? Certainly, Baltimore must wait for the official NFL report on the Miami affair, there may be more dirty laundry aired as soon as Attorney Ted Wells releases his findings. But absent any major revelations or a league suspension, it appears that Incognito will...

Ravens Well Represented in Playoff Record Books

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Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics: A Review of Ravens perched in the NFL Playoff Record Book   We can argue all winter over the value of statistics and records in football but they do provide an excellent starting point for some fierce debates. Also, if nothing else, a review of the playoff record book can generate some great trivia questions at any Super Bowl party! Trivia Question #1: There is only one active running back in the Top 20 for rushing yardage in NFL playoff history (all playoff games including...

Meet the Ravens’ Rodney Dangerfield

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The late comic, Rodney Dangerfield, made a successful career out of characterizing himself as someone who got no respect. Here in Baltimore, the Ravens’ Joe Flacco, despite enjoying meteoric and, in some instances, record breaking success, is professional football’s version of Rodney Dangerfield’s comic persona! Consider the fact that he’s the first QB in the history of the NFL to win playoff games in each of his first five years in the league, during which time he took his team to three AFC Championship games and the Super Bowl. Flacco’s...