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Pointing a finger at Harbaugh


Pointing a finger at Harbaugh

We seem to have a little difference of opinion about the Ravens on the NFL Network.

Commentator Michael Lombardi said the Ravens will rebound from their loss to the Steelers and be fine down the stretch even with a challenging schedule.

“They’ll respond,” he said. “This has typically been the case under John Harbaugh.”

Heath Evans takes a different view — in fact, he said Harbaugh is a problem with this team.

“I think there’s a dysfunction on this team,” Evans said, referring to a recent report at Yahoo! Sports that detailed what one player called a “mutiny” against Harbaugh.

“They should have wiped the floor in a lot of ways with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they didn’t get it done,” Evans said. “Talk about mental toughness. Mental toughness takes advantage and takes care of teams inside the division.”

Evans then summed up by saying: “I don’t think they have a chance to play championship football when there’s not enough respect for the head coach.”

Evans seems to have missed the point of Michael Silver’s Yahoo article. Silver referred to Harbaugh as “perhaps the league's most underrated authority figure” and cited the “mutiny” that turned into an exchange of ideas between players and coach for “Harbaugh's deft handling of that emotional give-and-take.”

But if the Ravens stumble again, expect to hear more about “dysfunction.”

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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.