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Harbaugh dislikes quirky challenge flag rule


Harbaugh dislikes quirky challenge flag rule

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz cost his team seven points because of throwing an errant challenge flag, and Ravens coach John Harbaugh is aware of the danger going into Sunday’s game at the San Diego Chargers.

The Lions lost 34-31 in overtime to the Houston Texans on Thursday. Schwartz was upset that Texans running back Justin Forsett was credited with an 81-yard touchdown run when his elbow and knee were clearly down on replay.

Scoring plays and change of possession plays are instantly reviewed by the replay booth, unless a coach throws an unnecessary challenge flag. If that happens, the play isn’t reviewed and the result of the play stands.

"My overall reaction? This is family TV," Harbaugh said during a news conference with media before leaving for San Diego on Friday. "It was tough. I really don’t have a reaction. It’s what happens in football sometimes."

Going into the weekend, the Ravens (8-2) trail the Texans (10-1) by one game in the loss column. The Ravens lost 43-13 to them earlier this season, but they still have an outside shot of getting home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs going into the season's stretch run.

Of course, had the Lions won it would've made Baltimore's road a lot easier.

The rule was instituted, according to St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher who is on the NFL’s competition committee, to prevent coaches from tossing needless challenge flags as a ploy to stop the clock.

Fisher made his remarks about the rule on Sirius's NFL Radio on Friday.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.


“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.