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Ravens fans face tall task protecting home field advantage Sunday


Ravens fans face tall task protecting home field advantage Sunday

How much of a home field advantage will the Ravens really have Sunday when they host the Steelers? We know Steelers fans travel well. We know this is a huge game for the Steelers (9-5) as they battle to make the playoffs.  We know the Ravens (4-9) are out of the playoff picture, and some fans may be looking to unload tickets, especially two days after Christmas.

This could set up an interesting scenario at M&T Bank Stadium, where an invasion of Terrible Towels could take place. Ravens coach John Harbaugh knows the situation, and hopes Ravens’ fans will protect their house.

“It’s a rivalry game,” Harbaugh said. “It’s the Pittsburgh Steelers. We understand they’re coming in here with a lot at stake, and I’m sure a lot of their fans are going to be trying to get in the stadium as well. But I’m sure our fans will be up to the challenge as well.”

The Ravens will need all the help they can get Sunday. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may be playing the best football of his career, and wide receiver Antonio Brown leads the NFL in receiving yards (1,586). Meanwhile, the Ravens remain injury-depleted, with tight end Crockett Gillmore becoming the eighth starter to go on the injured list Monday.

Yet, Ravens fans have remained supportive at home games, even though the last two losses – 35-6 to the Seahawks and 34-14 to the Chiefs, have been difficult for Ravens fans to watch.

“It’s our home game, so I expect most of our fans to be there,” Harbaugh said. “I think they’ll be fired up.

“One thing I’ve learned through all this is (that) I don’t believe we have fair-weather fans. That’s, to me, very evident, and I’ve been grateful for the response that our team has gotten from the fans.”

But with many Steelers’ fans expected to make a weekend trip to Baltimore, the Ravens may have a harder time than usual turning Sunday’s home crowd in their favor.

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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.