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As Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis nears retirement, there's endless ranting and raving
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Ray Lewis’ “Last Ride,” a month-long extravaganza so big and so compelling that he gave it a name - can the patent application be far behind? - has become the Endless Last Ride.Upvote Share Tweet
49ers players discuss facing Lewis, Rice and moreCNNSI.com Updated Jan 29, 2013Members of the San Francisco 49ers discuss facing Ray Lewis and the Baltimore 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.Upvote Share Tweet
Vitt says Benson kicked NFL security chief “off the property”The bounty case essentially is over, but bits and pieces of evidence continue to surface. More than a few bits and pieces have come from the disclosure of a significant portion of the appeal hearing testimony from former Saints interim head coach and cu…Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- The word on the Baltimore Ravens for years has been a very simple one -- defense. No Ravens defensive squad ranked lower than sixth in Football Outsiders' opponent-adjusted DVOA metrics from 1999 through 2011, and Baltimore finished first…Upvote Share TweetTuesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk (NBCSN, 5:00 p.m. ET) featured a visit from the NFL’s answer to Grizzly Adams - Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel. Keisel, one of the funniest players in all of football, addressed a variety of topics with ErUpvote Share Tweet
Fagan: Podium or not, San Francisco 49ers' Alex Smith handles media dayHow was media day for 49ers QB Alex Smith's media day? Bittersweet. The former starter continues to adjust to life as Colin Kaepernick's backup.Upvote Share TweetSeattle Seahawks starting right tackle Breno Giacomini has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow and is expected to take four to six weeks to recover.Upvote Share TweetThe Jacksonville Jaguars hiring or Gus Bradley as their head coach didn’t just cost the Seattle Seahawks their defensive coordinator, it cost them their defensive line coach as well as Todd Wash elected to follow Bradley to Jacksonville. Now the SeahawkUpvote Share TweetA Harbaugh family reunion could take place before the Super Bowl. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said there is a possibility that he and his brother Jim will get together for dinner Wednesday night.Upvote Share TweetRavens tackle Michael Oher is probably the NFL’s most famous lineman: If you go to a Super Bowl party on Sunday, there’s a good chance that there will be someone there who doesn’t really follow football, but knows who Oher is. That’s because OherâUpvote Share TweetA federal judge will hear oral arguments in about two months on requests to throw out lawsuits by thousands of former NFL players regarding concussions suffered while playing for the league.Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- With all the talk about minority hiring and firing in the NFL over the last month, there's a Super Bowl team whose personnel was assembled by a man of African-American descent, and that man doesn't seem to get nearly enough credit for it …Upvote Share TweetWhew! What a day on Shutdown Corner! We cut a wide path through the fun football news of the day, from the madness of Super Bowl media day to ESPN's continuing Tim Tebow obsession to Randy Moss' boastful claims about being the best receiver of all time…Upvote Share TweetAfter injuring himself in warmups, Denver mayor Michael Hancock finally paid up for his playoff bet with Baltimore. This is the most important football-related story today. More »Upvote Share TweetSome people doubt that new Eagles coach Chip Kelly can succeed in the NFL with the same kind of offense he ran at Oregon. But 49ers running back LaMichael James, who played for Kelly at Oregon, has news for those doubters: James says Kelly’s offense isUpvote Share Tweet
Chandler Jones doesn’t need ankle surgeryAnkle injuries were a constant negative during Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones‘ rookie season. Jones missed two games during the regular season after injuring his right ankle against the Colts in mid-November. He then injured his left ankle in NewUpvote Share Tweet
ESPN Asks: When Will Anyone Pay Attention To A Famous Football Player In This Super Bowl?OK, now that two different reporters have battled for the chance to drag the mother of a victim in the Ray Lewis murder case to the graveyard, what else can the members of the press corps do to demonstrate that their Super Bowl coverage is about the une…Upvote Share TweetThe Steelers have found their replacement for Sean Kugler, who ditched the offensive line coach job to take the top job at UTEP. The team announced that Jack Bicknell Jr. will replace Kugler. Bicknell coached the Chiefs offensive line last season and sp…Upvote Share TweetDeer antler extract became an unlikely player in Super Bowl week on Tuesday with a Sports Illustrated article alleging Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis contacted a company that sells it called S.W.A.T.S. about the product after tearing his triceps this seaso…Upvote Share Tweet
Deion Sanders’ daughter joins the Bikini Basketball League despite her dad being ‘kind of upset’Deion Sanders was a two-sport athlete. Now his daughter is making a name for herself by playing a sports league named after a two-piece bathing suit. Deiondra Sanders, daughter of the Hall of Fame football player, has agreed to play in the upstart Bikin…Upvote Share TweetNothing against Randy Moss and his bravado, but Jerry Rice is the greatest receiver ever. Since he's the greatest NFL player ever, that only makes sense. Moss made some waves during media day when he said he thought he was the greatest receiver ever. We…Upvote Share TweetPanthers center Ryan Kalil replied “probably not” when asked if he was buying more newspaper advertising next year, considering Super Bowl week is happening in New Orleans without him, despite his published promise to be here. “It didn’t work out?Upvote Share TweetAccording to FOX 11 Sports in Green Bay, the Minnesota Vikings have interest in longtime division rival receiver Donald Driver. Driver, who soon turns 38 years old, is an impending free agent. Driver has worked on FOX 11”²s Inside the Huddle show for neUpvote Share TweetWhen Charlotte landed a National Football League franchise 20 years ago, city leaders were ecstatic, calling it a critical step in putting North Carolina's largest city on the map.Upvote Share Tweet
The 49ers' Quarterback Drama? Steve Bono Has Been ThereSteve Bono, who filled in for an injured Steve Young for the the 49ers in 1991, says he remains a fan of Alex Smith for how he has dealt with losing the starter's job.Upvote Share Tweet
49ers Fan Says She Wired Some Guy $5,900 For Super Bowl Tickets, But All She Got Was A Note That Read, "Go Ravens!!!"Last week, Sharon Osgood told the San Jose Mercury News she was disappointed that resale prices for tickets to Super Bowl XLVII were averaging more than three grand a pop. The Hayward, Calif., resident kept looking, and eventually she found someone on C…Upvote Share TweetThe St. Louis Rams announced Tuesday that Rob Ryan will not be their defensive coordinator in 2013. They’ve since turned their attention to former Browns defensive boss Dick Jauron. So what happened between the Rams and Ryan? ESPN’s Adam Schefter provUpvote Share TweetWell, will you look at that? America's girlfriend Katherine Webb made an appearance at the Superdome on Tuesday to "work" the Super Bowl media day for "Inside Edition." It was an assignment that made sense, of course. The gal pal of …Upvote Share TweetAs he prepares for free agency for the first time, a healthy Brian Urlacher says he "for sure" wants to play a 14th season, and he hopes that will be with the Chicago Bears.Upvote Share TweetTORONTO (AP) The Buffalo Bills and Rogers Media announced a new agreement Tuesday that will keep Rogers Centre as the team's second home.Upvote Share TweetBrowns defensive coordinator Ray Horton says he was "disappointed" at not getting a head coaching job, but believes the NFL's policy for promoting minority candidates works.Upvote Share TweetFormer Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron may not be unemployed for long. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Rams are expected to reach out to Jauron for their vacant defensive coordinator position. The…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Chad Jones will work out for SaintsThe Ravens and 49ers are the football teams getting all the attention in New Orleans this week, but the Saints are taking care of some business as well. According to a report from WWL-TV, one item on their to-do list is to have safety Chad Jones in for …Upvote Share Tweet49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is one of the biggest stars of this year’s Super Bowl, but he didn’t always look headed for that. Kaepernick’s college coach at Nevada, Chris Ault, contemplated moving Kaepernick to defense. “I thought to myself,Upvote Share TweetFormer Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum could have gone the way of so many of his co-workers, and even employers. He could have passed the buck on the most talked-about decision of his tenure, the ill-fated trade for Tim Tebow. Owner Woody Johnson d…Upvote Share TweetPanthers owner Jerry Richardson doesn't need to remind coach Ron Rivera just how important winning in 2013 is to his future as an NFL head coach.Upvote Share Tweet
Joe Staley: I cried my eyes out when Brian Kelly moved me to the lineSan Francisco left tackle Joe Staley is glad to be a starting offensive lineman in the Super Bowl. But he was devastated when he first became an offensive lineman in college. Staley said at Super Bowl Media Day that after playing wide receiver in high s…Upvote Share TweetLast week, former NFL general manager Ted Sundquist told Rich Cimini of ESPN New York that during his recent interview for the then-vacant New York Jets general manager post, owner Woody Johnson said that trading for quarterback Tim Tebow was something …Upvote Share Tweet
Outside the Game: Bills LB Bryan Scott is just as good on the piano as he is tackling running backsEvery NFL player faces the moment of truth. Most careers end suddenly, and all of a sudden there needs to be a Plan B. Bryan Scott had that moment when he was cut by the Tennessee Titans in 2007. "I said, ‘Wow, my career really could be over now, so whaUpvote Share Tweet
Atlanta the latest to hear threats of L.A. eyeballing teamIf it was a football play, it would be stopped in the backfield for a loss of yardage, every time it was called, because it is so telegraphed. But that doesn’t stop the Los Angeles card from being thrown every time an NFL owner tries to extract money frUpvote Share TweetPFT Live rolls your way on Tuesday with a coach who won a Super Bowl with the Ravens and the CEO of the 49ers team trying to keep the Ravens from winning a second title. Mike Florio and Brian Billick of FOX Sports will discuss the matchup coming our way…Upvote Share Tweet
Ray Lewis Would Prefer You Stop Asking Questions About His Murder Case, Because "This Is God's Time"Do people like Ray Lewis? It's hard to tell. Baltimoreans clearly do. But everybody else? No, right? He is-at this point-an average player, one who consumes the spotlight with canned postgame bible-thumping and tears. That's no good. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Is The NFL Rigging The System To Put An Unqualified Referee In The Super Bowl?Jerome Boger will referee the Super Bowl. Jerome Boger probably doesn't deserve to referee the Super Bowl. Football Zebras, a site devoted solely to NFL officiating, reported on Jan. 20 that Bolger's unspectacular in-season grades for his refereeing had…Upvote Share TweetJoe Flacco knew he made a mistake as soon as he said it Monday night, so he apologized for it Tuesday. In reference to a question about cold-weather Super Bowls, Flacco called it a “retarded” idea, then admitted immediately he shouldn’t have used thUpvote Share Tweet
Report: Harvard tabbed for $100M injury studyHarvard University will oversee a $100 million research initiative to look into studying and treating injuries suffered by players.Upvote Share TweetRoy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports the Buccaneers have begun contract extension talks with wide receiver Mike Williams. Williams, who turns 26 in May, is entering a contract year. A fourth-round steal in the 2010 draft, Williams has averaged 65 cUpvote Share TweetThere doesn’t appear to be a need for you to rush out and buy JaMarcus Russell Jets jersey just yet. Reports on Tuesday morning had the Jets holding “very exploratory, informal discussions” about the former first overall pick in the draft whose tenuUpvote Share TweetRavens safety Ed Reed said former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, who police say committed suicide and reportedly had brain damage from repeated concussions, "signed up for it" when he came into the NFL.Upvote Share TweetEagles observers are currently in guessing-game mode about the future of the quarterback position under rookie coach Chip Kelly. Michael Vick is on the roster with a bloated, $15.5 million base salary. Nick Foles was a rookie in 2012, and his performanc…Upvote Share TweetThe country's sporting attention may be focused on the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens as the two teams prepare to square off in New Orleans on Sunday. It shouldn't come as a surprise, however, to find that ESPN's talking heads still have Tim T…Upvote Share Tweet
Te’o tried to do marketing deals before fake dead girlfriend story came outOne of the lingering questions regarding the question-plentiful Manti Te’o imbroglio arises from the decision to delay disclosing the fake dead girlfriend story long enough to be scooped by Deadspin. A league source tells PFT that the reason, as these rUpvote Share TweetOn Sunday, Mike Florio of PFT reported that 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was expected to seek his release from the 49ers rather than moving to a new team via a trade. Smith was asked about that report during Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday and said that…Upvote Share Tweet
Answers to Readers' Questions: Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Rex RyanJudy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.Upvote Share Tweet
Violence in football is alive and well … in the Pro Bowl stands, at leastA brief respite from Super Bowl-related mania: some ALL of the wildest action in the Pro Bowl occurred in the stands during a brawl that began when ... well, who knows why these things begin, especially in Hawaii. Once begun, however, there was only one…Upvote Share TweetPatrick Willis’s rookie season in San Francisco was also the final season for offensive lineman Larry Allen, a mountain of a man who’s a finalist this year for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Willis said at Super Bowl Media Day today that taking on AllUpvote Share Tweet
Source: Lazor bolts UVa staff to join Eagles'Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor will join Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles staff as quarterbacks coach, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Upvote Share TweetJoe Flacco isn't a man of many words, but he's drawing criticism after using one word in particular during his Monday media session at the Super Bowl in New Orleans. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback is in hot water after using the word "retarded&qu…Upvote Share Tweet
The Vernon Davis Gun Show takes over Media DayLook, if we had arms like 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, we'd roll up our sleeves everywhere we went, do the whole Chris Farley "Do you know where the weight room is?" deal, all of that. Yet, when Davis came on the NFL Network for his turn answ…Upvote Share Tweet
After 6,899 Minutes Of Employment, Rob Ryan Is Out Of Work AgainOn Jan. 24, the Rams hired Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator. Ryan had been fired by the Cowboys on Jan. 8, and he had told Tim MacMahon that he'd be out of work for five minutes. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh sheds light on his Sharpie, the latest in a line of famous coach accessoriesThe weird thing about 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's omnipresent red Sharpie pen around his neck during games is that nobody seems to remember seeing him actually use it. "No, I've never seen him use it. I haven't," fullback Bruce Miller told USA …Upvote Share TweetThe Chargers added another Cardinals refugee to Mike McCoy’s first coaching staff. Chad Grimm will join offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, quarterbacks coach Frank Reich and special teams coach Kevin Spencer on the San Diego staff after coaching in AUpvote Share Tweet
Torrey Smith’s birthday cake was awesomeBaltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith celebrated his 24th birthday over the weekend. What was served at his party? A cake version of Smith, of course. Smith shared pictures of the cake on his Instagram account, and in Ravens' Super Bowl spirit, th…Upvote Share TweetRay Lewis’s oldest son, Ray Lewis III, will be a freshman on the football team at Miami in the fall. But because of his famous name, he’s already accustomed to having a spotlight on him. And that spotlight isn’t always comfortable. Local 6 in OrlandUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Jan 29, 2013For as many people as Ray Lewis has inspired, it seems an equal number have tired of the Baltimore linebacker's story, writes Peter King. Do Lewis' detractors have a point?Upvote Share TweetToday is "Media Day" at Super Bowl XLVII, which gets underway with the San Francisco 49ers at 11 a.m. ET. The Baltimore Ravens portion will commence at 1:15 p.m. ET and you can follow along via a live stream right here at "Shutdown Corner". • The RaveUpvote Share Tweet
Ravens' Lewis says he's forgiven Welker's wifeBaltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has forgiven the wife of Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker for recent comments she made via Facebook.Upvote Share Tweet
Andrew Whitworth needs knee surgeryBroncos tackle Ryan Clady needs shoulder surgery to repair the injury that forced him to miss the Pro Bowl and his replacement in the game is also headed for a date with doctors this offseason. Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth replaced Clady and played o…Upvote Share TweetAfter the Packers lost to the 49ers in the playoffs, wide receiver Greg Jennings said that he was unsure whether he would be back with the team in 2013 and that he was “ready to move wherever” as a free agent. The second half is feeling a bit more truUpvote Share TweetBills offensive line coach Pat Morris is looking forward to working with new coach Doug Marrone. DT Tony McDaniel was the Dolphins recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. Breaking down the work done by the Patriots defensive ends this year. Jets coach …Upvote Share TweetThis weekend will mark Ravens safety Ed Reed’s first Super Bowl in his hometown. But today will be his second Super Bowl Media Day in New Orleans. When he was a star at a local high school, Reed got to attend the event as part of winning a regional puntUpvote Share TweetAs the Ravens began preparation for the 49ers last week, Terrell Suggs was uncharacteristically quiet, declining to offer any bulletin-board material for the Super Bowl. Now the Ravens have arrived in New Orleans, and Suggs is being classy and sportsman…Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- While San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh went comedic when asked about President Obama's recent assertion that he'd have to "think long and hard" before letting his son play football, if he had a son. The concerns about…Upvote Share Tweet
Can the Ravens Learn Anything From 42-13?The 49ers are only one month removed from their last - and worst - loss of the season, a thumping by Seattle that almost cost them a first-round bye.Upvote Share TweetWith the Steelers’ special-teams coordinator heading to Arizona to join the former Steelers offensive coordinator who supposedly “retired” and who now serves as head coach of the Cardinals, the Steelers need a new special-teams coordinator. They posUpvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Updated Jan 29, 2013Sports Illustrated is reporting that Ray Lewis took deer-antler pills to more quickly heal his torn triceps. Shortly after his injury occurred, this p...Upvote Share Tweet
What is a San Francisco 49er?Jan 29Do various players on the San Francisco 49ers know the meaning of their team name? Dave Dameshek interviews some players to find out.
Super Bowl Preview: Ray Lewis Controversy and Randy MossJan 29John Clayton delivers the latest news from Super Bowl XLVII
Playing It SafeJan 2949ers, Ravens, and former players react to the growing concern over safety in the NFL.
Joe Flacco and Ray Rice talk Super BowlJan 29Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Ray Rice join the set of "NFL Total Access" to talk about how the team got to this point and what they need to do to win on Sunday.
Don Banks: Oher's story still resonating with Ravens; more Media Day SnapsJan 29NEW ORLEANS -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day at the Superdome, always the most inane day on the league's annual calendar...
Super Bowl XLVII Hot Read -- Coaches not immune to supersized chaos of big…Jan 29Nothing can prepare coaches for the chaos and pressure of the Super Bowl, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
Peter King: America tires of Ray Lewis, Alex Smith's fate, mailJan 29NEW ORLEANS -- One thing, as Super Bowl week kicks off in full Tuesday with Media Day at the Superdome, I think that I should have dropped into Monday Morning Quarterback: