About Kris Jones

Kris Jones

Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series Goobvision propelled his career and notoriety amongst Ravens fans, even helping him win the 2010 nationwide DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan contest. He's been featured on shows such as The Jim Rome Show, ProFootballTalk Live, The Sirius XM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein, Sirius XM's MadDog Radio, The Michael Irvin Show, Tony Bruno Show, Two Live Stews and FoxSports.com to name a few (or is that a lot?). He's caught a touchdown pass from Warren Moon during a flag football game and hates the Pittsburgh Steelers more than anyone else on the face of the earth. Twitter: RavenManiac 

Flacco 19th on Top 100: I demand a recount!

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The NFL Top 100 list is a breakdown from the previous season of the top players as voted on by the players themselves. This is a countdown that has no actual value to anyone involved, but it’s a great conversational piece. It also, once again, proves that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco gets no respect as the reigning Super Bowl MVP was voted as the 19th best player in 2012. I demand a recount! Flacco has served as a punching bag by national television personalities like ESPN’s Skip Bayless, and even...

For fired radio hosts, punishment doesn’t fit crime

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Unless you’re a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, you’ll usually have a hard time offending me. However, I was pretty taken aback on Monday as news broke from the actions of three Atlanta-based radio hosts mocking the disability of former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason. To the city of New Orleans, Gleason’s contribution during a single play ended up symbolizing the turning point for a city that was looking to piece their lives together following Hurricane Katrina’s devastation on Louisiana. The play was so iconic in the recovery for...

Yanda’s injury opens the door for Jah Reid

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During the first day of mandatory mini-camp, the only notable no-show for the Ravens was Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda. Toward the end of practice, Yanda emerged from the team’s training facility and walked onto the field. Prior to joining his teammates, Yanda stopped to speak with team owner Steve Bisciotti and assistant general manager Eric DeCosta. Yanda’s absense from the field was brought up during head coach John Harbaugh’s press conference, though Harbs didn’t feel like disclosing the nature of Yanda’s injury. He did, however, provide a timetable for...

Suggs looks to have sizzled off the pounds

Mandatory mini-camp isn’t necessarily a time to formulate many opinions about what you see on the field; however, one thing really stood out after Tuesday’s practice… Terrell Suggs is in VERY good shape. As players are required to report for preseason practices, the fan base, who hasn’t seen this guys in pads since last season, clamors to see who has taken care of their bodies away from football and who hasn’t. In the case for Suggs, he appears to have lost 10-15 pounds (unfortunately, fellow outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw found...

Haloti’s weight? “Ngata” problem

Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata walked off the practice field following the team’s first mandatory mini-camp Tuesday and received treatment prior to speaking with the media. Due to the fact that a celebration ensued immediately after Super Bowl XLVII concluded, many forget that Ngata suffered a sprained knee, and was unable to participate in the greatest goal line stand in Super Bowl history. Receiving treatments for his knee or other various extremities has become second nature for Ngata – almost as common as brushing his teeth. Throughout the years, Ngata’s...

How will the Ravens’ running game look without Vonta Leach?

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Unable to agree on a restructured contract with the Ravens, fullback Vonta Leach now finds himself unemployed. He appeared to say his goodbyes to the Ravens on Twitter this evening. In the NFL, it’s not often that the best player at their position doesn’t have job security, but that was the case for Leach, who was underutilized despite his $3 million base salary. Leach was a locker room leader and extremely well respected amongst his peers. Cutting a three-time Pro Bowl player who hasn’t declined on the field seems atypical,...

If his career is over, Ayanbadejo ready for his life outside of football

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There weren’t many (if any) players as excited to visit the White House and be honored by President Barack Obama than former Ravens linebacker/special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo. Ayanbadejo has found himself a part of many headlines for a player who played sparingly on a Super Bowl team. After being criticized by Maryland State Delegate Emmett C. Burns for supporting same-sex marriage, Ayanbadejo has used the attention to voice his stance for equality and may have more free time to spread his feelings as he has yet to be signed...

Is there any excuse to miss a White House event with your teammates?

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On Wednesday, the 2012 Baltimore Ravens became the 27th team to participate in the tradition of visiting the White House and meeting the President of the United States after winning the Super Bowl. Entering inside the White House gates is an honor itself, but meeting the President of the United States is something that should not be taken for granted, regardless of political party affiliation. If the Commander in Chief invites you into his home, you go. No ifs, ands or buts about it. However, former Ravens, including wide receiver...

An insider’s look at the media experience of the Ravens’ White House visit

June 5th, 2013 will be a day that I’ll never forget. The world champion Baltimore Ravens got to visit the White House – and I tagged along. I’ve been afforded the opportunity to witness many memorable things this past year. These moments are something that I’m humbled by and definitely will never take for granted, or forget. What did I do deserving enough to go to the White House? I have no idea. But I wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass me by. My counterpart for the afternoon was...

Conflicting reports on Ravens “interest” in JaMarcus Russell

An oft repeated cliche in NFL circles is, “One man’s trash is another’s treasure.” The cliche clearly has applicability to the Ravens when they courted and eventually signed Oakland Raiders outcast LB Rolando McClain. Now, according to reports, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome & Co. may be sifting through more of that Bay Area “trash”. After losing almost 40 pounds from his 300-pound frame (at the time of his release from the Raiders), JaMarcus Russell will receive an invite to workout with the Chicago Bears according to ESPNChicago.com. The news may...

Ray Rice tattoos Lombardi trophy on his biceps

Winning a Super Bowl is a life changing event, and a reminder will be permanently etched into Ray Rice’s biceps forever. Rice showed off his new ink on his left biceps, the one he often points to after finding his way into the end zone. With Rice’s right biceps still a blank canvas, Ravens fans can only hope he’ll have something new to tattoo on himself after this season.   Picture c/o Jimmy’s Famous Seafood

(Update) Authorities search for missing former Ravens QB

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Former Ravens quarterback Cullen Finnerty may not be the most memorable name in Baltimore, but his recent disappearance is a sad story nonetheless. Finnerty quarterbacked Grand Valley State to three Division II national championships between 2003-2006.  Now, almost forty members of the Grand Valley State football program along with local authorities continue to search for Finnerty along the Baldwin River in Lake County, MI for his whereabouts. According to statements from police and information via mlive.com, Finnerty went fishing alone and phoned his wife later that afternoon. Finnerty told his...

NFL pushes back date of 2014 draft

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A scheduling conflict at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall has pushed back one of the venue’s most popular annual events. Next year, the 2014 NFL Draft will be delayed roughly two weeks from its typical start date. The first round will begin during prime time on Thursday, May 8th, and will conclude with the final three rounds on Saturday, May 10th, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Last week, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was asked for his thoughts on the potential shift in dates for...

Flacco’s agent sounds off on the Ravens front office

While the rest of the country debated whether Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was elite or not, Flacco’s agent and the Ravens tried to establish his worth. In March, an agreement was reached and Flacco signed a six-year, $120 million contract ($52 million guaranteed) that made Flacco the highest paid player in NFL history. Even though Flacco’s agent Joe Linta was happy to receive the commission, he said the Ravens were “dumb” during negotiations last year. “I’ve never in my life seen a dumber move,” Linta told USA Today. “I guess...

Former TE takes an immature shot at Ray Lewis

Not cool! The often hilarious Deadspin site has made an autograph of former Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Pete Mitchell public. Mitchell signed a picture, “Ryan, This is what it looks like to be chased by a murderer!!” with an image of him being chased by Ray Lewis. Not only was Lewis never convicted of any murders, he has been more than a model citizen ever since. It’s actually a shame that someone who was supposed to be a “professional” took shots at a fellow player over ten years after being...

Jacoby Jones expected to rejoin team today

Perhaps no one relished in the glory of the Ravens winning Super Bowl XLVII than wide receiver Jacoby Jones. His two-touchdown performance (including a 108-yard kickoff return touchdown) and subsequent end zone hijinx were enough to get him an invite on ABC’s popular reality show Dancing with the Stars. Jones made it to the finals and finished third in the competition that included olympians, country singers and D-list celebrities. The Ravens will certainly have a broader audience because of Jones becoming a household name, though more so for his efforts...

Injury Roundup: Arthur Brown underwent sports hernia surgery

Arthur Brown was in uniform for the Ravens’ second OTA practice of the offseason; however, he didn’t have a helmet and was wearing glasses. When asked about Brown not participating, head coach John Harbaugh disclosed that Brown had recently undergone sports hernia surgery shortly after rookie mini camp. Harbaugh did seem optimistic that Brown should make a full recovery, stating, “he should be fine soon enough.” Sports hernia surgeries require a four to six week recovery period according to Harbaugh, meaning that Brown will miss OTAs and likely mandatory mini...

Is Elvis Dumervil ready to be a Ray Lewis-type leader?

Drenched in sweat, Elvis Dumervil walked off the field with his new teammates following the Ravens’ second OTA practice of the offseason. Wednesday was the first time Dumervil met with the media since his introductory press conference after the Ravens were able to pry him away from Denver following a fax machine snafu.  Dumervil was a marquee free agent addition by the Ravens’ front office, and an acquisition that probably hasn’t received as much attention as it merits. Dumervil will prepare to anchor a new breed of Ravens defense, a...

Flacco won’t be showing off Super Bowl ring

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Joe Flacco and the rest of his teammates will receive their Super Bowl rings during a private ceremony on June 7th, a ceremony that many thought Flacco would never be a part of. From fellow players like Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley to media “personalities” like ESPN’s Skip Bayless, Flacco possibly received more public criticism than any player who has had so much success throughout his career. Now that Flacco has his Corvette for being named MVP and a $120 million contract, he’ll receive perhaps the most convincing reward for his...

Addressing the Ray Rice address situation

Being a professional athlete comes with its fair share of benefits, but there is also a pretty big downside in certain circumstances. Athletes are often highly compensated to simply play a game, but they put their pants on the same way as everyone else and they’re all human, which we should remember when events happen within their personal lives. Over the weekend, Ravens running back Ray Rice was a victim of a burglary, having $2,000 and a couple of firearms stolen from his home. Luckily, Rice was out of town...
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