RGIII is on the mend and the EVIL Tom Brady has been defeated.
We have less than 24 hours to get our talking points down and jump on the Baltimore Ravens Beltway Bandwagon.
In your face Drew Magary.
Get hyped up for the Baltimore Ravens
Let’s learn a little more about the Ravens so you can sound smart at McFadden’s on Sunday.
This is the last ride for Ray Lewis.
After 17 seasons, one of the greatest defensive player in the history of the NFL is hanging up his cleats.
By the way, if you haven’t had the opportunity to visit M&T Bank Stadium, Ray Lewis has the best entrance in all of sports.
We all know three guys don’t make up the entire defense, so let’s take a deeper look.
How did the Ravens get so stacked on Defense? It starts at the top.
Their General Manager, Ozzie Newsome, is known for looking deep into the draft and finding gems – usually from within the SEC.
His second round pick last year?
Alabama Crimson Tide National Champion, Courtney Upshaw
The last time Upshaw played in The Superdome he didn’t let LSU get past the 50 yard line. Sorry Nicole. Seriously, he went from two BCS Championships to the Super Bowl.
Defense wins championships, but what about the offense?
Let’s meet the running back.
#27, the pride of Rutgers, Ray Rice. Ray is one of the league leaders in all-purpose yards.
No quarterbacks in Delaware? Fu Manchu mustache out of style?
Meet Joe Flacco. He moves around in the pocket like your uncle playing two-hand tag after Thanksgiving dinner, but he can’t stop winning. He’s led the Ravens to playoffs every year that he has been in the league.
Who does he pass the ball to?
Superstar second year player Torrey Smith.
Smith grew up in Stafford, Virginia and attended the University of Maryland. Another gem identified by Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens drafted Torrey in the second round of the draft with the 58th overall pick.
Torrey straight lit up the NFL. The first three catches of his career were touchdowns.
Want to feel old? Torrey was born in 1989.
Want to laugh? Remember the DC earthquake two years ago?
Not Hollywood enough for you?
The touching movie starring Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side, was about Ravens LG Michael Oher.
If you’re looking for a book to read while Congress debates, check out the book by Michael Lewis. It traces how Lawrence Taylor changed the game with his career-ending hit on Redskins QB Joe Theismann (that Skins reference was for you Mr. Thornell) to present day where left guards are some of the highest paid players on the team. It also traces Oher’s tough childhood in Tennessee to his days at Ole Miss and then to present day Baltimore Ravens.
And the Ravens have one more Pro Bowler on the team, Marshall Yanda.
Yanda is a corn fed beast who played football at the University of Iowa. He’s been known to spend down time hunting on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
The Ravens are coached by John Harbaugh. John’s brother Jim coaches the San Francisco 49ers. Their dad, Jack Harbaugh, was also a successful college football coach. Damn good coaching genes.
So, that’s about it. Welcome to the Har-bowl.
Put your RGIII jersey back in the closet and wear something purple tomorrow.
At least you’ll have your talking points down.