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Thank Bisciotti for Monday night home game

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Thank Bisciotti for Monday night home game

Former Ravensmajority owner Art Modell, who died on Thursday, is rightfully credited withbeing one of the architects of Monday Night Football, which grew to become anAmerican institution over the past 40 years. So it's somewhatfitting that the Ravens' first game after his death will be played on a Mondaynight. But make nomistake: This Monday night contest has current owner Steve Bisciotti'sfingerprints all over it.Since JohnHarbaugh became the Ravens coach in 2008, the Ravens have played six times onMonday Night Football -- and all six times have been on the road. That includedthat 12-7 fiasco of a loss at Jacksonville last season.Even before that,Bisciotti had made clear that he wasn't happy with the Ravens being routinelysnubbed for a Monday night home game. The Ravens' last Monday night home gamewas Dec. 3, 2007.Speaking toRavens PSL holders in August of 2011, Bisciotti was clearly miffed that the NFLschedule-makers had again bypassed Baltimore for a Monday night game in the2011 season. "We haventbeen on Monday Night Football in forever at home, he told the fans that day.They kind of slipped that one at Jacksonville in on me, and it was too late,and I obviously didnt fight hard enough when they asked us for our preferences.I was very disappointed, because I had mentioned it to the scheduling guys.When we didnt get it last year, they took note, but I will bet you a Ravenshat and a shirt that we are on Monday Night Football at home next year.When this year'sschedule came out ... what do you know? The Ravens open the season at home onMonday Night Football.Bisciotti said inJune that he fought "like hell" for a Monday night home game.The Ravensactually have three prime-time, nationally-televised games at home in the firstfour weeks. They host New England on Sunday night, Sept. 23, and then hostCleveland four days later in a game that will air on the NFL Network. "Theyfinally listened to me," Bisciotti said in June. "Im thrilled....Im very happy about it, and I thinkits going to be a fantastic weekend for us to open up on Monday night.

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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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