Quick Links

Plenty of drama in CSNmidatlantic.com's top posts of 2015


Plenty of drama in CSNmidatlantic.com's top posts of 2015

It's officially 2016 now, so we can all put last year behind us, right? Well, maybe not so much if you're a sports fan in the DMV. That's because 2015 was full of dramatic moments that'll keep us talking well into the new year. 

The proof is in the page views. Just check out some of CSNmidatlantic.com's top posts of 2015: 

10. Mets' Wheeler: 'I guarantee you we all saw what Bryce Harper said' 

Ahh, such foreshadowing in this post, folks. Back when the Nationals acquired ace Max Scherzer in the offseason, a cocky Bryce Harper famously asked "where's my ring?" A boast at the time turned into motivation for the Mets, who wound up dominating the Nationals on their way to a World Series appearance. 

9. Smith watches game from stands with son after ejection

The most memorable moment from 2015's Redskins-Ravens game was a hard tackle that touched off a scuffle between the teams (and coaches). Steve Smith, Sr. of the Ravens and Chris Culliver of the Redskins were both ejected, despite neither being involved in the actual play. Smith didn't actually leave the stadium, though. 

8. Gortat: 'Not even fun coming here anymore. So much negativity'

Wizards center Marcin Gortat is a great quote in ordinary circumstances, but talk to him during a frustrating losing streak and he'll write headlines himself. That's what happened after a November loss to the Raptors, when Gortat gave a refreshingly honest, insightful take on Washington's struggles. 

7. Harbaugh, Gruden exchange heated words on field after big hit

This post was always going to get a lot of page views. First, it involved both NFL teams in the DMV. Second, everyone loves coaches squabbles. Third, we have video! 

6. Alex Ovechkin engaged to Russian model

Is Ovechkin's relationship status as important as anything that happens on the ice? Absolutely not. But for every person that wants to read about the Capitals' top line combinations, there are dozens more that will click on a story about a Russian superstar's new lady love. Welcome to the Internet! 

5. John Wall: 'I'm getting the same as Reggie Jackson'

NBA salaries have increased by leaps and bounds in recent years, with the biggest jump in the salary cap still to come in the summer of 2016. That led to contracts like Reggie Jackson's five-year, $80 million deal with the Pistons -- the same as Wall's deal with the Wizards signed two years earlier. Except that one of the players is objectively much better ... 

4. End game? Per report, RG3 finished as starting QB

The writing was probably on the wall, but the official end of the Robert Griffin III era was still huge news. The quick rise and fall of RG3 became a topic of national interest and intense local debate. It also launched Kirk Cousins' spectacular year as the Redskins' starter.

3. Papelbon, Harper explain their fight in Nationals dugout

Yeesh -- where to start? Jonathan Papelbon's arrival in Washington looked like a mistake from the jump, but the situation devolved into a disaster when he choked eventual-MVP Harper in the dugout ... in late September. The way Nationals manager Matt Williams handled the situation contributed to his firing. Now, the team's dealing with Papelbon's giant contract and an absolute mess at the closer position. 

2. Where could RG3 land? Possible new teams for Robert Griffin III

2015 was a breakout year for Cousins and the Redskins, but on the flip side, everything fell apart for Griffin in Washington. But that doesn't keep fans from tracking any and all news about the former Rookie of the Year. Especially if he could end up with a division rival next season. 

1. VIDEO: Cousins loses his mind after win over Bucs: 'You like that!'

Here it is: the Holy Grail of CSNmidatlantic.com's year. The video that launched 1,000 memes, t-shirts and FedEx Field chants. This is the blog of the original 'You Like That!' video (you can check out the story behind it here), and if you count the 30.5 million loops of the original Vine, it's far and away the most viewed item of the year. 

Quick Links

Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst


Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 


Quick Links

Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

AP Images

Ravens experimenting with getting Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson on field at same time

Since drafting Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have made it clear that Joe Flacco is their starter. That doesn't mean they're not experimenting with having them both on the field at the same time, however. 

During this week's minicamp, the team has been lining Jackson up at multiple positions. 

"Gosh, I sure like him out there helping us," coach John Harbaugh said of Jackson during Tuesday's minicamp, via ESPN.com.

"If you put two quarterbacks on the field at once, what options does it create for our offense? That's what we're trying to figure out."

While at Louisville, Jackson rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns in three seasons. That's more rushing yards than No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley. That unique skill set could be the creative options the Ravens are looking for. 

While at the NFL Combine, however, Jackson refused to workout at any other position than QB. 

"I have a lot of fun seeing what they come up with and what they're going to come up with next," Jackson said. "We'll see where it goes. You have to use your good players."

The Ravens are already viewing Jackson as one of those 'good players.' 

"Once he gets out of the pocket, it's like watching a young Michael Vick," LB C.J. Mosley said after minicamp practice. "It's amazing to watch. When you're defending him, you just have to act like you're tagging off -- you don't want to be on the highlight reel."

Harbaugh has alluded to the fact that the rookie will be active on game days, just exactly how they get the most out of him is what's in play.

"There's a lot of considerations that go into that," Harbaugh said of using two QBs at the once. "Everybody has an opinion. I've read a few. You want to find a way to get the most out of all your guys."

While Flacco isn't the fasted QB in the league, he has shown glimpses of running ability in the past. Figuring out how to utilize Flacco when Jackson is under center is where things will get interesting.

Interesting - as long as it works - is what Ravens fans have been searching for over the last several seasons. 

"Joe has to be able to do other things if [Jackson is] throwing the ball," Harbaugh said. "It gets the creative juices flowing for our offensive coaches, and they've worked hard on that."