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As Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis nears retirement, ther…

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.
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  • 49ers players discuss facing Lewis, Rice and more

    49ers players discuss facing Lewis, Rice and more

    CNNSI.com Jan 29, 2013
    Members of the San Francisco 49ers discuss facing Ray Lewis and the Baltimore 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
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  • It’s the Ravens’ offense, not their defense, that took them bac…

    It’s the Ravens’ offense, not their defense, that took them back to the Super Bowl

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    NEW 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…
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  • Keisel says Flacco isn’t among the best quarterbacks, yet

    Keisel says Flacco isn’t among the best quarterbacks, yet

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    Tuesday’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 Er
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  • Harbaughs consider Wednesday night dinner

    Harbaughs consider Wednesday night dinner

    ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    A 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.
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  • Michael Oher is tired of “The Blind Side”

    Michael Oher is tired of “The Blind Side”

    Ravens 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 Oherâ
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  • Denver Mayor Finally Does The Ray Lewis Dance

    Denver Mayor Finally Does The Ray Lewis Dance

    deadspin.com Jan 29, 2013
    After 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 »
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  • ESPN Asks: When Will Anyone Pay Attention To A Famous Football …

    ESPN Asks: When Will Anyone Pay Attention To A Famous Football Player In This Super Bowl?

    deadspin.com Jan 29, 2013
    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…
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  • Steelers hire new offensive line coach

    Steelers hire new offensive line coach

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    The 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…
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  • S.W.A.T.S. owner wants to go exclusive with one NFL team

    S.W.A.T.S. owner wants to go exclusive with one NFL team

    Deer 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…
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  • Flacco delivers right message, wrong word

    Flacco delivers right message, wrong word

    NEW 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…
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  • 49ers Fan Says She Wired Some Guy $5,900 For Super Bowl Tickets…

    49ers Fan Says She Wired Some Guy $5,900 For Super Bowl Tickets, But All She Got Was A Note That Read, "Go Ravens!!!"

    deadspin.com Jan 29, 2013
    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…
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  • Why the Rams broke up with Rob Ryan

    Why the Rams broke up with Rob Ryan

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    The 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 prov
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  • Ed Reed says he suffers memory loss

    Ed Reed says he suffers memory loss

    NEW 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 …
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  • Browns' Horton respects NFL's hiring practice

    Browns' Horton respects NFL's hiring practice

    ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    Browns 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.
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  • Rams targeting Dick Jauron for defensive coordinator

    Rams targeting Dick Jauron for defensive coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    Former 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…
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  • Report: Chad Jones will work out for Saints

    Report: Chad Jones will work out for Saints

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    The 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 …
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  • Another asterisk on Ray Lewis' career

    Another asterisk on Ray Lewis' career

    NEW 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…
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  • PFT Live: Brian Billick, Jed York

    PFT Live: Brian Billick, Jed York

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    PFT 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…
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  • Ray Lewis Would Prefer You Stop Asking Questions About His Murd…

    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 »
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  • Ravens' Reed: Seau 'signed up for' NFL dangers

    Ravens' Reed: Seau 'signed up for' NFL dangers

    ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    Ravens 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.
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  • ESPN snafu allows audience to see Hannah Storm and Mark Schlere…

    ESPN snafu allows audience to see Hannah Storm and Mark Schlereth doubt Tim Tebow’s future

    yahoo.com Jan 29, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Answers to Readers' Questions: Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Rex Ryan

    Answers to Readers' Questions: Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Rex Ryan

    nytimes.com Jan 29, 2013
    Judy Battista, the N.F.L. reporter for The Times, answers questions from readers.
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  • Joe Flacco draws criticism after using the ‘r-word’ to describe…

    Joe Flacco draws criticism after using the ‘r-word’ to describe cold-weather Super Bowls

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    Joe 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…
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  • Double Coverage: Kaepernick vs. Ravens' D

    Double Coverage: Kaepernick vs. Ravens' D

    ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    NEW 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…
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  • Torrey Smith’s birthday cake was awesome

    Torrey Smith’s birthday cake was awesome

    yahoo.com Jan 29, 2013
    Baltimore 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…
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  • Too Much?: For as many people as Ray Lewis has inspired, it ……

    Too Much?: For as many people as Ray Lewis has inspired, it …

    CNNSI.com Jan 29, 2013
    For 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?
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  • Super Bowl XLVII: Tuesday morning links

    Super Bowl XLVII: Tuesday morning links

    yahoo.com Jan 29, 2013
    Today 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 Rave
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  • Ravens' defense delivering pain in playoffs

    Ravens' defense delivering pain in playoffs

    ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    NEW 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…
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  • Ravens' Lewis says he's forgiven Welker's wife

    Ravens' Lewis says he's forgiven Welker's wife

    ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has forgiven the wife of Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker for recent comments she made via Facebook.
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  • Andrew Whitworth needs knee surgery

    Andrew Whitworth needs knee surgery

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    Broncos 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…
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  • Media Day Live: We have our ESPN.com NFL experts on the field i…

    Media Day Live: We have our ESPN.com NFL experts on the field in …

    ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    We 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.
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  • Suggs’ three-sack game vs. 49ers last season a distant memory

    Suggs’ three-sack game vs. 49ers last season a distant memory

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    As 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…
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  • Wake-up: Colt McCoy's price tag went up

    Wake-up: Colt McCoy's price tag went up

    ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    It'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…
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  • Can the Ravens Learn Anything From 42-13?

    Can the Ravens Learn Anything From 42-13?

    nytimes.com Jan 29, 2013
    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.
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  • Steelers get permission to interview Redskins’ special-teams co…

    Steelers get permission to interview Redskins’ special-teams coach

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29, 2013
    With 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 pos
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  • What Other Performance-Enhancing Wild Animals Have the Ravens B…

    What Other Performance-Enhancing Wild Animals Have the Ravens Been Ingesting?

    grantland.com Jan 29, 2013
    Sports Illustrated is reporting that Ray Lewis took deer-antler pills to more quickly heal his torn triceps. Shortly after his injury occurred, this p...
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  • Video - Playing It Safe 02:19

    Playing It Safe

    Jan 29
    49ers, Ravens, and former players react to the growing concern over safety in the NFL.
  • Video - Super Bowl Preview: Ray Lewis Controversy and Randy Moss 02:35

    Super Bowl Preview: Ray Lewis Controversy and Randy Moss

    Jan 29
    John Clayton delivers the latest news from Super Bowl XLVII
  • Video - Joe Flacco and Ray Rice talk Super Bowl 05:07

    Joe Flacco and Ray Rice talk Super Bowl

    Jan 29
    Baltimore 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.
  • Video - Latest on Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis banned substances allegations 01:54

    Latest on Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis banned substances allegations

    Jan 29
    Ian Rapoport has the latest on the report released today that Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis allegedly attempted to obtain performance-enhancing substances.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Oher's story still resonating with Ravens; more Media Day Snaps

    Jan 29
    NEW 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 29
    Nothing 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, mail

    Jan 29
    NEW 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: