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Ronnie Stanley’s pit bulls put things into perspective, help him to be grateful day-to-day

Ronnie Stanley’s pit bulls put things into perspective, help him to be grateful day-to-day

As part of NBC Sports Pro Pets series, each week, NBC Sports Washington will release a new short-form video profiling local athletes and the animals they love. Presented by Olde Towne Pet Resort.

Left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, Ronnie Stanley has always had a special place in his heart for animals, particularly pit bulls. 

“Ever since I could remember I’ve been a dog person, animal person, just loved animals,” said Stanley to NBC Sports as part of the 'Pro Pets' series. 

Stanley adopted both of his pit bulls, Lola and Rico, knowing it would not only be able to help him cope with just being in a new unfamiliar place but it would also help an animal with no home. 

“A lot of people just put that stigma on pit bulls that they’re just violent animals and that that’s just like part of the breed and that’s completely not true.” 

For Stanley, the decision to adopt pit bulls, in particular, was about much more than just gaining a new companion, but giving an unappreciated breed of dog a chance and a loving home. 

“When I walked into the shelter I knew I wanted to get one of the dogs that’s been in the shelter for the longest time and that everyone kind of gave up on and no one thought was going to get adopted.” 

“They pretty much found her [Lola] abandoned in a house in a room with no food and no water, they pretty much used her as a breeding dog.” 

Although Lola has been through a lot, she motivates Stanley and helps him to be appreciative for his circumstances. 

“She [Lola] just keeps everything in perspective for me, every time I see her it reminds me of the things she’s been through, she just helps me be grateful every day.”  

On the other hand, Rico, who was also adopted didn’t go through a traumatic experience. 

“He’s kind of living a spoiled life but I got him from the shelter as well.” 

“He’s going to keep you entertained, he’ll at least make you laugh once or twice a day.” 

Regardless of their stereotypes, Stanley wouldn’t trade his loving pit bulls for the world. 

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Impossibly, the Orioles have lost a game more recently than the Ravens

Impossibly, the Orioles have lost a game more recently than the Ravens

Hard to believe, right?

Somehow, some way, the Baltimore Orioles have lost a game more recently than their football neighbors.

As a reminder, the Orioles season ended on *September 29*. They lost their regular season finale to the Red Sox that afternoon.

The Ravens’ last loss also came on September 29, though it came earlier in the afternoon.

It’s hard to fathom an NFL team winning for two-and-a-half straight months. 10 consecutive wins in that span is in the top-60 longest winnings streaks in NFL history, a sign of just how rare and impressive this Ravens stretch has been. 

It won’t be easy for Baltimore to maintain their play all the way through to the Super Bowl. If they do, however, they’ll have a chance to go almost an entire calendar year until their next loss.

Unfortunately, there will probably be a whole lot more Orioles losses in that span.

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Why a Terrell Suggs return to Baltimore makes sense and what could prevent it from happening

Why a Terrell Suggs return to Baltimore makes sense and what could prevent it from happening

The Cardinals made a splash on Friday by waiving outside linebacker Terrell Suggs after just 13 games played in his Arizona career. 

The 37-year-old is now on waivers until Monday, where he’ll wait to see if he was claimed by one of the 31 other teams. Should he go unclaimed, he’ll be a free agent. 

Naturally, the immediate inclination was to assume a reunion was destined to happen between Suggs and the Ravens. Suggs is the all-time franchise leader in sacks (132.5) and games played (229), too.

But a reunion is more complicated than it might seem on the surface. 

This year, Suggs has 5.5 sacks, seven quarterback hits and 23 tackles. On the Ravens, those numbers would rank second, tied for third and 15th. But Suggs hasn’t registered a full sack since Oct. 20 and didn’t register a statistic in the team’s last game against the Steelers. 

Even still, with the need for proven pass-rushers across the league, Suggs is a desirable addition to any team looking to make a run.

Baltimore ranks 15th in sacks with 34, even with having played one more game than 30 other teams. The need is there for Suggs, who has already returned to the Ravens as a member of a different organization.

“It wasn’t circled, but when the schedule came out, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to downplay it as just another game,’” Suggs said in September. “But we all know that’d be (expletive). It’s kind of a unique situation, isn’t it?”

Suggs has shown the ability this season to be, at the very least, a situational pass-rusher and one that can contribute through the end of the season. Which, as the season winds down, makes his services valuable to teams looking to make a playoff push. 

He’ll be cheap too, as he wouldn’t cost a ton of money against the cap — and would fit into the Ravens plans moving forward. 

The problem, however, is where the Ravens are in the waiver wire order — dead last.

Teams like the Seahawks and Texans, whose pass rush ranks worse than the Ravens at the moment, and the 49ers, who just lost Dee Ford for a month, all could use pass-rushers to bolster their front seven.

That doesn’t include the possibility of a team in the AFC adding Suggs for two reasons: To add to their pass rush, while keeping Suggs away from Baltimore. 

Preventing the AFC’s top team from acquiring a late-season pass-rusher, one that would provide a significant boost to the organization, might be tempting as well. 

But for storylines, need on the field and fit with the organization, Suggs is a match to return to Baltimore.

It seems clear that Suggs and the Ravens would’ve preferred to be married to one another for the duration of Suggs’ career, and now there’s a chance to bring him back on board for another run at a title. 

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