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Two-time Super Bowl champion Ray Lewis will likely move to a career in television and his NFL connections won't hurt
Considering the baggage Ray Lewis is carrying into new endeavors, which will likely include a big presence on television, it’s fair to wonder: Do his future employers care how an audience perceives any negativity surrounding him? The answer is a resoundUpvote Share Tweet
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Walt Sweeney, a standout offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers in the 1960s and 1970s, has died at 71.Upvote Share TweetThe cause of a 34-minute blackout at the Super Bowl remains under investigation, but public records released Monday show that Superdome officials were worried about a power outage several months before the big game.Upvote Share TweetWhile Sunday night’s power outage won’t remove New Orleans from the list of potential Super Bowl cities, there are still plenty of questions regarding why and how a 34-minute blackout occurred. According to the Associated Press, a memo dated October 1Upvote Share TweetJoe Flacco's victory tour Monday included a stop in New York to appear on CBS' "Late Show" with David Letterman.Upvote Share TweetThe Texans have learned the hard way that they shouldn’t have cut receiver Jacoby Jones. The Lions surely hope that they won’t have the same experience with receiver Titus Young. But it has become increasingly clear that the 2011 second-round pick hUpvote Share Tweet
Jacoby Jones Earns Marylanders Over $600,000 In Free FurnitureThat one play saved hundreds of thousands of dollars for furniture shoppers and, more importantly, it gave Gardiner's Furniture a truckload of free advertising. The deal went like this: If you shopped in the store between January 31 and 3 p.m. Super Bow…Upvote Share Tweet
Goal to Go: Despite a furious comeback, San Francisco's dream…Despite a furious comeback, San Francisco's dreams were dashed after four plays in the waning minutes of Sunday's Super Bowl.Upvote Share Tweet
After Superdome blackout, Cowboys Stadium ticket snafu, NFL needs Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium to go off without a hitchnydailynews.com Feb 4, 2013Roger Goodell enthusiastically endorsed the New York Super Bowl, so he has a lot at stake next year to make sure the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII and then Super Sunday game day is pulled off without any embarrassing glitches.Upvote Share Tweet
Holding on intentional safety exposes loophole in rulesIn Super Bowl XLVI, the unintended use of an extra man on defense exposed a loophole that the NFL promptly closed. In Super Bowl XLVII, another loophole has been exposed. But this one will be harder to remedy. Facing fourth and seven from their own eig…Upvote Share TweetThe power went out at the Superdome at Super Bowl XLVII only a few minutes after Beyonce finished her halftime show, and that has some people asking: Did something about the performance lead to the blackout? NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says absolutel…Upvote Share TweetThe Dallas Cowboys officially hired former University of Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley as their wide receivers coach on Monday.Upvote Share TweetRookie linebacker Brandon Joiner has been activated by the Cincinnati Bengals after completing a prison term.Upvote Share TweetBaltimore is in party-planning mode a day after the Ravens' Super Bowl victory.Upvote Share TweetWas it boogeying down Bourbon Street? Cutting a rug to live music on Frenchman? Antiquing its way through Magazine? The whereabouts of the Lombardi Trophy after the Baltimore Ravens won it on Sunday night may never be known, but it would seem the new Su…Upvote Share Tweet
The Ravens Won The "Fuck" Bowl, Too: An Analysis Of Twitter Profanity During The Super BowlTwitter reports that the Super Bowl generated 24 million tweets last night. Most of them were terrible, so I just looked at the ones that said "fuck." More »Upvote Share TweetWhen the Rams moved on from their near-marriage to Rob Ryan, Dick Jauron jumped to the top of the list of names rumored to be in the running for their defensive coordinator job. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com repoUpvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl champs face critical free agency periodThe Baltimore Ravens have just over a month to bask on the glory of their football world championship. The free agency period will open on March 12, and G.M. Ozzie Newsome has likely already begun assessing the state of his team, which is littered with …Upvote Share Tweet
Here's A Photo Of Johnny Manziel And Rob Gronkowski Wearing Shirts And Not DrinkingIf you asked us which two athletes would be most likely to team up and flood the internet with photos of themselves shirtless and partying during a night out, our answer would be simple: Johnny Manziel and Rob Gronkowski. And yet, here we are, staring a…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network wraps up the Super BowlAnother season came to an end with the Ravens’ 34-31 win on Sunday night and we’ll take every minute of thinking about it rather than contemplating the prospect of months without any games at all. Erik Kuselias, Mike Florio and Ross Tucker will put aUpvote Share TweetThe first set of early numbers were very good for CBS. The second set of early numbers aren’t. According to SportsBusiness Daily, Super Bowl XLVII generated a “fast-national” Nielsen rating of 46.3, which translates to 108.4 million viewers. But tUpvote Share TweetSuper Bowl XLVII turned out to be a close game that hinged on a few critical plays at the end-shocking, given the score when the power went out. But it also hinged on decisions that didn't seem very significant at the time but ended up having an enormouUpvote Share TweetThe Baltimore Ravens' victory over the San Francisco 49ers has set a record for highest overnight ratings in Super Bowl history.Upvote Share Tweet
John Harbaugh Shoved A Photographer Just Before The Postgame HandshakeSo, wait. Let's make sure we have this straight: More »Upvote Share Tweet
Last Night Was Probably The Closest We'll Ever Get To A Super Bowl Fair-Catch Kick, The Rarest Play In The NFLWhen the Ravens intentionally took a safety, to give themselves better field position and run a few seconds off the clock, it brought the 49ers to within three points. It was the smart call, but it also raised the possibility of the rarest of all footba…Upvote Share TweetIn Sunday night’s Super Bowl XLVII loss to the Ravens, 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss was the intended target of quarterback Colin Kaepernick on a second-quarter pass that was easily intercepted by safety Ed Reed. In Moss’ defense, Kaepernick’s throUpvote Share TweetOne of the highlights of last night's Super Bowl broadcast was watching John Harbaugh berate a poor old man during the 34-minute power outage. We don't know who the old guy was, but we assume he was some kind of stadium official. Like the rest of Americ…Upvote Share Tweet
Jaguars will address MJD contract near end of seasonJaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said that he’s not going to ask for a contract extension or hold out this offseason, and it doesn’t seem like the Jaguars are going to be making any overtures either. General Manager David Caldwell said that JonUpvote Share Tweet
Ryan Broyles starts running in a poolIt’s been a little more than two months since Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles tore the ACL in his right knee, but his rehab is already picking up steam. Broyles tweeted a picture of him in a running pool at Lions headquarters, kicking off his second stUpvote Share Tweet
Russell Wilson not worried about defenses solving Seahawks’ read optionPistol formations and read-option offenses took the NFL by storm in 2012, and the Seattle Seahawks were involved. The Seahawks used the read option more and more as the season moved along, though it never became anything close to a base package for play…Upvote Share Tweet
2013 waiver period opensIt’s the day after the Super Bowl, which means that all teams can now release players. For the 20 non-playoff teams, their rosters froze at the end of the regular season. Then, as each of the 10 non-Super Bowl teams lost in the postseason, their abiliUpvote Share TweetFollowing the 49ers' loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, San Francisco running back Frank Gore claimed that the newly crowned champions "got away with one."Upvote Share TweetMike Garafolo of USA Today reports that Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata was spotted walking through the team hotel on Monday without crutches. Ngata said he’s “feeling better” after suffering a left knee injury in Sunday night’s Super Bowl XUpvote Share TweetThere wasn't much sleep to be had for the Baltimore Ravens and their fans on Sunday night/Monday morning after winning the second Super Bowl title in franchise history. There was, however, plenty of opportunities to party and dance around New Orleans. R…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Husain Abdullah to work out for ChiefsNFL safeties Husain and Hamza Abdullah did not play football in 2012, choosing instead to make a pilgrimage to Mecca as part of their observance of their Islamic faith. The brothers made their choice knowing that it might impact their ability to return …Upvote Share TweetJacoby Jones' 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the most electrifying moment of Super Bowl XLVII, and for quite a few furniture buyers in Baltimore, it was the most profitable, too. Gardiners Furniture of Baltimore offered a promotion to any c…Upvote Share TweetDevin Hester backed off talk of retirement but believes a "fresh start" with another team might be best, and the record-setting return man said he is not interested in playing receiver if he is back with the Chicago Bears.Upvote Share Tweet
Shirtless Ravens Fan Celebrates By Jumping Off Building Ledge, Landing In Tree, Falling Out Of TreeThere was certainly more idiotic revelry taking place in the Federal Hill section of Baltimore last night, but a consolation prize may be in order for this genius. I mean, what must this person have been thinking, filming a ridiculous moment like that v…Upvote Share Tweet
49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks’ 2013 salary to decrease by $1.6 millionDuring Super Bowl week, "Shutdown Corner" posted a few updates regarding players who had earned base salary escalators in their current contracts. The largest increase belong to Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, whose 2013 salary wil…Upvote Share Tweet
It Took A Blackout To Show You How Truly Useless NFL Broadcasters Are. Let's Blow Up The Studio.I avoided the pregame shows yesterday. This isn't unusual. I never watch pregame shows for the same reason YOU never watch pregame shows. I showed up at my friend's house just as they were getting ready for Alicia Keys to spend eight minutes doing a nat…Upvote Share TweetQuarterback Joe Flacco’s contract status has gotten plenty of attention and the future plans of safety Ed Reed have plenty of people curious, but those aren’t the only decisions facing the Ravens this offseason. A pair of linebackers are also headingUpvote Share Tweet
The Will Ferrell Super Bowl commercial you didn’t see: gaze upon insanityWhile most of the rest of the country was atwitter over baby Clydesdales and geeks smooching supermodels, Super Bowl fans in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Montana got a special treat courtesy of Will Ferrell: an Old Milwaukee ad that's undoubtedly one of…Upvote Share TweetWant to give your favorite NFL team a leg up on next year's Super Bowl championship? Hope and pray they're the opponent when the Philadelphia Eagles open their season at home. As one Redditor points out, the last four Super Bowl winners have all been th…Upvote Share Tweet
A Brief Reminder From Last Night's Celebration In Baltimore: Don't Hang On Street Signs, IdiotsBaltimore's Federal Hill raged in "mostly peaceful" celebrations last night, with only one recorded near broken back on the corner of East Cross Street and This Seemed Like A Really Good Idea Five Minutes Ago Boulevard. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Leading Off: The Weirdest, Wildest Super BowlIt started out as a Ravens romp. Then the lights went out. And then the 49ers staged a comeback that fell short. No doubt about it, it was a strange night at the Superdome.Upvote Share TweetAfter the end of the 49ers’ 34-31 loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, their coach Jim Harbaugh started his press conference by saying he believed that the team should have gotten a fresh set of downs at the end of the fourth quarter because wide recUpvote Share TweetA look at how the Bills are installing the systems run by coach Doug Marrone. Watching the Super Bowl and thinking about the Dolphins. Will the Patriots help open up the 2013 season? You can probably guess the conclusion of an analysis of the Jets quart…Upvote Share TweetRavens cornerback Cary Williams called shoving a ref “a reaction,” and said he didn’t know who he was moving out of the pile during the second quarter fight that would have drawn more attention if it wasn’t followed by a brownout. But he also callUpvote Share Tweet
Jacoby Jones’ success highlights the downside of Texans’ “emotional detachment”Last year, Texans G.M. Rick Smith boasted of his emotional detachment when it came to parting ways with veteran players. Now, some folks in Houston could be feeling emotional about the decision to detach receiver Jacoby Jones from the roster. Lost in t…Upvote Share Tweet
The Best Super Bowl Coverage Could Be Found On UnivisionOn Super Bowl Sunday, you had your choice of pre-game coverage outlets; CBS (obviously), ESPN, and NFL Network led the way, but the more adventurous could find gameday news in some more unlikely locations. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Pereira Says Officials Made Right CallThe former N.F.L. supervisor of officials did not agree with Coach Jim Harbaugh that pass interference should have been called on the 49ers' final offensive play.Upvote Share Tweet49ers cornerback Chris Culliver became a lot better known during Super Bowl week thanks to his negative take on the idea of having a homosexual teammate and he garnered more attention for the wrong reasons on the field Sunday. Culliver was targeted ofte…Upvote Share TweetThe sun is creeping up over the Mississippi in New Orleans, and Ed Reed might still be partying. The Ravens safety and area native was among the most ebullient players (among many) on their side, with a big cigar clenched in his teeth and at one point b…Upvote Share Tweet
No riots in San Fran, minor issues in BaltimoreGiven the aftermath of the Giants’ World Series win, there was concern that - win or lose - folks in San Francisco would take to the street and create mischief and mayhem. Fortunately, there were no public displays of unrest after the 49ers lost a gUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Feb 4, 2013The Niners talk about their tough 34-31 loss to the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.Upvote Share TweetSan Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick had an outstanding game in defeat at Super Bowl XLVII, with 302 passing yards and 62 rushing yards. But after the game, Kaepernick put the loss on his own shoulders. “I feel like I made too many mistakes for usUpvote Share Tweet
Stirring Comeback Falls ShortCNNSI.com Feb 4, 2013After a furious rally, the 49ers are left to wonder what-if after a last drive came up just short. The players say the failure to score will sting for a long while, reports Jim Trotter.Upvote Share TweetThe Super Bowl MVP had 287 yards passing. The guy who perhaps should have won the award finished with three more. Receiver Jacoby Jones had a Super Bowl-record 290 combined yards, via 56 receiving yards and 234 return yards, including the longest play …Upvote Share Tweet49ers coach Jim Harbaugh complained about the absence of a holding or interference call on the fourth-and-goal play that didn’t result in a potential game-winning touchdown catch by receiver Michael Crabtree. And regardless of whether Jim Harbaugh wenUpvote Share TweetA power outage at the Super Bowl put the nation's biggest sporting event on hold for more than a half-hour Sunday, interrupting an otherwise electric game that ended with Joe Flacco and the Ravens as NFL champions thanks to a 34-31 victory over the 49er…Upvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Feb 4, 2013On any given Sunday (or Monday, or Thursday), your NFL Run & Shootaround crew will be gathered around multiple televisions, making inappropriate jokes...Upvote Share Tweet
About Last Weekend: The Ravens Have Spokengrantland.com Feb 4, 2013In case you were busy being the guy who doesn't watch the Super Bowl (and good on you, hero), here's what you missed in sports over the weekend. Oh ...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Ravens Win Ultimate PrizeFeb 4Episode 262: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss where Joe Flacco ranks among notable NFL quarterbacks. Herm Edwards breaks down how the momentum shifted after the power outage in the Super Bowl. The NFL32 crew give their thoughts on the big game
'Playbook': A record-breaking kick returnFeb 4"Playbook" analyst Brian Baldinger breaks down Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones' 108-yard kickoff return in Super Bowl XLVII.
'Playbook': A record-breaking kick returnFeb 4"Playbook" analyst Brian Baldinger breaks down Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones' 108-yard kickoff return in Super Bowl XLVII.
Better QB for 2013: Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco or San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick?Feb 4The "NFL Total Access" crew looks at which quarterback they would rather have in 2013: The Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco or the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick?
Kerry J. Byrne: Flacco, Eli have turned Super Bowl predictors upside downFeb 4Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco helped prove that there's a very simple formula for building a champion in today's NFL.
Don Banks: What's next for Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ersFeb 4NEW ORLEANS -- Having snapped the NFC's three-year Super Bowl winning streak, but continued the NFL's recent trend of seeing a lower-seeded hot team ride postseason momentum all the way to the parade-planning stage, the Baltimore Ravens stand astride th…
Clayton: Early Super Bowl favorites for 2013Feb 4Can the Ravens and 49ers get back? Don't count on it. Here are five teams that should be Super Bowl threats in 2013, writes John Clayton.
Don Banks: Imperfect and slowed, but Lewis ends career on top with RavensFeb 4NEW ORLEANS -- You don't have to buy everything that Ray Lewis is selling -- and plenty of people don't, me included -- to enjoy the storybook ending that was his "last ride.''