NFL  > Baltimore Ravens  > Black and Purple...from a female perspective.
August 16, 2011, 08:46 PM
This may be boring, so read at your own risk.

I've been lingering around this site for a little bit now and am always so disappointed in the "articles" that are posted in T&R. None of them interest me, and the ones that are about my teams, flat out suck. "Ray Lewis will retire if..." Really? Who cares? Not me. And I'm a Ravens fan.

So apparently if I want to read a piece that interests me I have to write it myself. Here goes.

Things to consider coming into the 2011 season: the impact of the release of Heap, Housh, McGahee, and D-Mas; will Flacco ever make it past the divisional round, are Reed and Ray Ray too old to win another SB, and the list goes on. Let's dissect what we have thus far.

The newbies to the franchise: Ricky Williams and Lee Evans. Williams will hopefully pick up where worthless McGahee left off, being a back up for Rice (who, btw, looked stable in the first preseason game against Philly). Side note: For being a Ravens fan I'm not ashamed to admit that I am just a tad skeptical about Rice. Yes, I know he puts up numbers, and I should be so lucky to draft him on my fantasy team, but that infamous fumble in the AFC divisional game against Pittsburgh last year is still burned in my brain. Twas not a pretty game. Neither was our OT win against Buffalo. I'm sure you remember the one, where Lee Evans hauled in 3 TDs for 100+ yards...against us? Well he's a dirty bird this year and will be a great addition to the team. His average yard per catch is a solid 15.7, making it 12th in the league.

Up from the heart of Texas we have Vonta Leach and Bernard Pollard. Leach is a 2010 pro bowl starter whom we picked up for a 3 yr contract. And next to Ed Reed we have safety Pollard, who, last year, led the Texans in tackles (111) and forced fumbles (4). Adding to our defense is linebacker Sergio Kindle, a 2010 first round draft pick who is back sans head injury, and Paul Kruger, another linebacker who had a nice sack (t sizzle style) last week against Philly. Although somewhat inexperienced playing with the big boys, they have some fine mentors on the team in none other than murderer- I mean linebacker Ray Lewis, defensive end Haloti Ngata, and my personal favorite, linebacker Terrell Suggs.

Losing Heap enables us to use tight end Dennis Pitta. Pitta, a 2010 4th round draft pick, had 4 receptions for 47 yards against Philly, including reaching around the back of Coleman for a 27 yard catch. Me thinks he'll do just fine filling Heaps' shoes, although I realize it is a bit early to tell. As for Torrey and Jimmy Smith, I guess we???ll have to see what the season brings.

Choosing not to touch on the topic of Flacco and Cameron, since I don't have the patience to sit here an list all of my grievances against them, (and don't get me wrong, I don't hate Joe Cool), I'll simply skip to Baltimore favorite Ed Reed. Count him out as old if you will, but it's kind of impressive for a 32 year old safety, who, having only played 10 games last year due to hip surgery, followed by the devastating loss of his brother, lead the league in interceptions with 8. That being said, Troy who?
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August 16, 2011  09:37 PM ET

i could do without steelers fans two cents :)

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August 17, 2011  09:15 AM ET
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being an afc/east/dudette might not help here,........but , i'm sure you'll get some opinions/advise from our resident bengal/brownz/steelers friends.,.......be patient, they will smell the chum ! ; )

i have yet to find at least 3 other ravens fans on this site, so if i want to discuss our upcoming season, looks like i need to start the conversation myself.

do i think we'll win our first home game which happens to be against pittsburgh? honestly, i don't.

but i think it will be the bloodbath everyone is anticipating.

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August 17, 2011  12:14 PM ET
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YES,...most of the ravenz-fanz here are either dead, jailed, or were institutionalized/cuckoo-nested [Lumber],........good-luck to your ravenz anyways !

who is lumber? as for ravens fans being dead, jailed or institutionalized, it sounds like you're talking about the Ravens themselves.

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August 17, 2011  12:26 PM ET
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who is lumber? as for ravens fans being dead, jailed or institutionalized, it sounds like you're talking about the Ravens themselves.

Tim Lumber is/was a Ravens fanatic, who was mostly a loud mouth braggart. His spelling left a lot to be desired, but he saw himself as a world class journalist. He hasn't posted here since the 09 season. His tirade not only PO'd Steelers fans, but Ravens fans and most anyone else who came across his rants.

You're not missing anything.

August 17, 2011  01:48 PM ET
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Tim Lumber is/was a Ravens fanatic, who was mostly a loud mouth braggart. His spelling left a lot to be desired, but he saw himself as a world class journalist. He hasn't posted here since the 09 season. His tirade not only PO'd Steelers fans, but Ravens fans and most anyone else who came across his rants.You're not missing anything.

those kinds of people are what give us baltimore fans a bad name.

i would expect that from a steelers fan, not a ravens fan. but no, never heard of him (good riddance).

August 17, 2011  01:49 PM ET
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tim lumber....famous ravens fan here. or used to be here.

probably before my time.

August 17, 2011  01:53 PM ET
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those kinds of people are what give us baltimore fans a bad name.

Baltimore is a dangerous city to live in. Too many street gangs in my opinion.

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August 17, 2011  02:14 PM ET
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Baltimore is a dangerous city to live in. Too many street gangs in my opinion.

true. i think it's why the ravens are looked at like a team of thugs...represents the city.

August 17, 2011  07:37 PM ET
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those kinds of people are what give us baltimore fans a bad name. i would expect that from a steelers fan, not a ravens fan. but no, never heard of him (good riddance).

Not many could stand him. He was so obnoxious and stupid, one could not help but laugh AT him. You'd have laughed at some of the inane stuff he'd post, because it was totally idiotic, wondering what ditch this fool crawled out of.

You're going to have fans like him from about every team somewhere.

August 18, 2011  01:32 AM ET
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Sounds like a typical American NFL football fan.

Yep. I can see why you "get along" with most people in here, scooter. You don't really want to get started with me. You want to talk, then talk straight.

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August 18, 2011  09:52 AM ET

Not a bad piece. I am a huge Ravens fans and I expect a lot out of the upcoming season. I think the addition of Lee Evans will really help free up Boldin and allow the offense to stretch the field for Rice. All that being said, it is still up to Cameron to let this offense go, which is no certainty as he love to have 5 series a game of run, run, run, punt

The defense should hold up fine as long as they can get steady pressure on the QB. New CB Jimmy Smith, is a great pick and is playing in a system that he should be able to excel at, given time and the right coaching. Ray Lewis and Reed will be just fine, they may not be in their prime, but even an aging dou of these two will be enough to keep Bmore in the thick of things in the AFC North and make a playoff run.

 
August 18, 2011  10:02 AM ET
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Not many could stand him. He was so obnoxious and stupid, one could not help but laugh AT him. You'd have laughed at some of the inane stuff he'd post, because it was totally idiotic, wondering what ditch this fool crawled out of.You're going to have fans like him from about every team somewhere.

i feel like you just named a couple of people on this site. lolol.

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