Jessie Heller

Baltimore Ravens Defense Will Strengthen With Time

on September 25 2012 8:21 PM
Baltimore Ravens Defense Will Strengthen With Time

After three games, the Ravens perennially imposing defense is ranked 27th in the league and lacks the dominant look opponents and fans have come to expect from the purple and black. What began as preseason whispers has turned into an open lament: the defense is going to have to rely on the offense to win games. Panic button. Identity crisis. Baltimore's defense is on the decline. This premature hysteria is understandable, especially considering the predictions leading into the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Torrey Smith Fights For The Victory Amidst His Own Personal Tragedy

on September 24 2012 7:13 PM
Torrey Smith Fights For The Victory Amidst His Own Personal Tragedy
A phone call in the middle of the night. A long drive at 2 a.m. A devastating loss. A decision. A moment of silence. Then Torrey Smith lit up the night. Less than 24 hours after the death of his brother, Smith caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns, propelling the Ravens to a 31-30 win over rival New England Patriots. The news was sudden and shocking. Nineteen year old Tevin Jones had been killed in a motorcycle accident. In the dark, early hours of the morning, Smith traveled to Virginia to be with his family. Just hours before the game, and after only one hour of sleep, Smith rejoined his teammates in Baltimore. He would play. And he would shine. The energy and support of his teammates and the home crowd were with Smith. He responded by reigniting Baltimore when New England dominated the scoreboard. Twice, Smith's touchdown passes brought the game back within the Ravens' reach. His first grab in the end zone put the Ravens on the board after they had fallen ten points behind the Patriots. As his teammates celebrated the score, Smith knelt and pointed to the sky. Television cameras captured the tears in his eyes.

A Letter To The NFL: Replacement Refs Must Go

on September 21 2012 7:14 PM

Dear Mr. Goodell and Co., Your warning to coaches and players regarding showing respect for the replacement officials is a slap in the collective face of your fans- your market. The league has intentionally allowed the quality of games to be downgraded simply to avoid paying more money to the professional officials. It is transparent that in demanding teams to “respect” (in other words avoid criticizing) the incompetent replacements, you are simply requiring respect for the league's mistake. It would seem you have all the leverage, so why should you negotiate with the legitimate officials? Replacement referees or not, people will watch the NFL. Demand for your product has become virtually inelastic. Consider this however: The NFL is more than simply a product. Each Sunday is a piece of history, every year a part of the legacy. Fans are not just consumers. They store up the memories- triumphs and defeats- and those memories become a part of who they are as fans of their teams, the league, and the sport. A year in which the league allows the integrity of the game to suffer will likely not cost you financially.

Patriots' Aaron Hernandez Unlikely To Play Against The Ravens

on September 20 2012 8:40 PM
Patriots' Aaron Hernandez Unlikely To Play Against The Ravens

The New England Patriots dynamic two tight end tandem of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez took the league by storm last year.  As the Patriots head into Baltimore this weekend, all indications point to one part of the duo sitting out.

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