January 14, 2007 |
As expected, a vaunted defense made the difference here Saturday in the AFC playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts recovered two fumbles, intercepted two passes, gave up only 83 yards rushing and 161 passing and did not give up a touchdown in their 15-6 win. The Colts? Yes, this was supposed to be the other way around. The mean, nasty, angry defense of the Baltimore Ravens, ranked No.
January 13, 2007 |
Friday was Purple Day at the Woodbrook Early Education Center. Children age 2 to 5 came dressed in the color of Baltimore's pro football team, the Ravens, who have an NFL playoff game here today against the Indianapolis Colts. One of the teachers at Woodbrook, Chris Bollinger, said, "We don't say the Ravens are playing the Colts. We say they are playing Indianapolis." Bollinger is a mother of four and a grandmother of four.
January 9, 2007 |
Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning has acquired a can't-win-the-big-one reputation because the Colts have been bounced from the playoffs several times when they were favored to win. But this Saturday, Manning and Co. will be underdogs at Baltimore against the Ravens' intimidating defense. Manning, who had three passes intercepted in the Colts' wild-card victory over Kansas City, is still looking for his first road playoff victory since Jan. 11, 2004 -- another Colts victory over the Chiefs.
January 8, 2007 |
Johnny Unitas, legendary quarterback of the Baltimore Colts years before that organization scurried off to Indianapolis, once famously told his adopted Baltimore Ravens: "I'm not you, but I'm certainly not them." After Unitas died in 2002, the Ravens honored him with a larger-than-life bronze statue outside M&T Bank Stadium. As fans enter for home games, they routinely touch his high-top cleats for good luck.
November 26, 2006 |
They fiddled and fussed, tweaked and tinkered, and finally the Baltimore Ravens found the answer to their offensive troubles. It took only 7 1/2 years. That's how long Coach Brian Billick waited to start calling the plays, something he did so effectively in the late 1990s as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings, a team that set the NFL single-season scoring record.
January 27, 2005 |
Running back Jamal Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens was sentenced Wednesday to four months in prison for using a cellphone to try to set up a cocaine deal about 4 1/2 years ago. The penalty, worked out with prosecutors in October, should allow Lewis to return to the Ravens well before the start of the 2005 season. He also will spend two months in a halfway house and perform 500 hours of community service after his prison term.
November 24, 2003 |
So this is where de-evolution had taken the city of Baltimore and its once peerless quarterbacking position -- from Johnny Unitas to Bert Jones to (after a lengthy intermission) Vinny Testaverde to Tony Banks to Trent Dilfer to Elvis Grbac to Kyle Boller to, alas, on this sad Sunday in late 2003, yes, sorry to say, Anthony Wright. One minute before halftime, Wright had managed to help the Ravens put nothing more than a field goal on the scoreboard. What could the Ravens expect?
September 27, 2003 |
Sam Farmer, pro football specialist for The Times, is spending some of his time this season swapping e-mail with NFL personnel. This week, Farmer was online with Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis, who two weeks ago rushed for 295 yards against Cleveland, setting the NFL single-game rushing record. Did Lewis predict he would break the record in that game? Or did he just tell friends on the Browns he'd have a career day? On that point, he's as elusive as he is on the field.
September 21, 2003 |
Just when it was starting to seem that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their defensive clones were about to gobble up all the power running backs in the league, the Baltimore Ravens' Jamal Lewis broke out with his record-breaking performance against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. Starting with an 82-yard touchdown romp on his first carry, Lewis ran for an NFL single-game best 295 yards in 30 carries to lead the Ravens to their first victory of the season.