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As Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis nears retirement, there's endless ranting and raving
nydailynews.com Updated Jan 29, 2013
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 Jan 29, 2013Members of the San Francisco 49ers discuss facing Ray Lewis and the Baltimore 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.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 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 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 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 TweetNEW ORLEANS -- Much has been made of Joe Flacco ripping next year's Super Bowl in chilly New York. "I think it's retarded. I probably shouldn't say that. I think it's stupid," Flacco said Monday. On Tuesday, Flacco once again apologized, sayin…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 TweetNEW ORLEANS -- I walked into the Superdome wanting to hear from Ray Lewis about his last game, and I left wondering why this isn't Ed Reed's final one. Reed told reporters at Tuesday's media day that he has experienced issues that he believes stem from …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 TweetNEW ORLEANS -- Another Super Bowl, another controversy for Ray Lewis. In 2000, the media swarmed around the Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker to repeatedly ask about involvement in a double-murder case from the year before. On Tuesday's media day, Lewi…Upvote 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 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 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
Answers to Readers' Questions: Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Rex Ryannytimes.com Jan 29, 2013Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.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 TweetNEW ORLEANS -- For his next act, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will try to accomplish what Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady could not pull off in these NFL playoffs. Kaepernick will try to lead his team past the Baltimore Rav…Upvote 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 TweetCNNSI.com 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' defense delivering pain in playoffsNEW ORLEANS -- This Ravens defense isn't close to being as dominating as the one that led Baltimore to Super Bowl XXXV. This Ravens defense isn't ranked in the top 10 for the first time in a decade. This Ravens defense isn't statistically as strong as t…Upvote 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 TweetWe have our ESPN.com NFL experts on the field in New Orleans for the spectacle that is Super Bowl media day. Join us starting at 11 a.m. ET for updates, photos, videos and all the craziness that is sure to come.Upvote 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 Tweet
Wake-up: Colt McCoy's price tag went upIt's media day at the Super Bowl, and I'll be covering this crazy event at the Superdome so you don't have to do so. Unfortunately, this conflicts with the introductory news conference for Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton. I will post something o…Upvote Share Tweet
Can the Ravens Learn Anything From 42-13?nytimes.com Jan 29, 2013The 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 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
Playing It SafeJan 2949ers, Ravens, and former players react to the growing concern over safety in the NFL.
Super Bowl Preview: Ray Lewis Controversy and Randy MossJan 29John Clayton delivers the latest news from Super Bowl XLVII
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.
Latest on Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis banned substances allegationsJan 29Ian Rapoport has the latest on the report released today that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis allegedly attempted to obtain performance-enhancing substances.
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: