Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. has a nickname for officials. He calls them “Foot Locker dudes.”
Smith also knows a thing or two about on-the-field confrontations. And Smith thinks officials should have done a better job controlling the flare-up between Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.
Beckham will serve a one-game suspension for his helmet-to-helmet cheap shot against Norman, missing Monday night’s game against the Vikings. Beckham was called for three personal fouls in the Panthers-Giants game, and Norman was called for two, but neither player was ejected. Smith thinks the officials should have done a better job before the situation got out of control.
“The Foot Locker Dudes aren’t doing their jobs,” Smith said on ESPN’s His & Hers. “They’ve got to do a better job, just straight up.
“I think the people that were involved could have minimized it or shut it down or slowed it down. I think they didn’t do a very good job of controlling the atmosphere, controlling the situation.”
Officiating has been a major topic of discussion all season. The Ravens lost a game against the Jaguars in Week 10, when an officiating error gave the Jaguars an opportunity to kick the game-winning field goal.
Smith does not think officials are held accountable for mistakes the way coaches and players are. He believes that needs to change.
“It’s not going well and somebody is going to get really hurt or they may cost a game to somebody,” Smith said. “Coaches get fired when they don’t do a good enough job coaching. Players get fired when they don’t do a good enough job playing. The Foot Locker dudes, they don’t do a good job…nothing happens.”
You can count on Smith to speak his mind, and he will be part of the CBS national pregame television coverage before Sunday’s games. That should be interesting.
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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.”
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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