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NFL putting you right on goal line

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NFL putting you right on goal line

With the newest camera innovation planned for NFL telecasts, we would have had a pylon-eyes view of how Ed Reed wrapped the ball across the plane of the goal line on his interception return for a touchdown on Monday night.

The NFL Network will be putting tiny cameras in the goal-line pylons, possibly as soon as Thursday nights Bears-Packers game.

Weve added a couple extra cameras in a couple of spots, NFL Network executive Mark Quenzel said in a conference call. Were playing around with a camera, believe it or not, thats going to be in the pylon. I dont know if were going to have it this week. Were still working out some kinks on the pylons, that allow us to see goal-line stands, those types of things, and were going to add a couple of cameras for isolating players.

This could be a cool view right down the goal line and especially beneficial for instant-replay reviews by officials, as Pro Football Talk points out. You do wonder, however, how often that view of whether the ball carrier scored will end up being blocked by other players or even the officials themselves.

However, its just another piece that can make the in-home viewing experience of an NFL game superior to the in-stadium version. Come on, fans, tell the truth: When youre at the game, dont you miss the first-down yellow line?

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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.

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“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.

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