There is plenty of familiarity between teams in these divisional games. Seeing the Browns, Bengals, and Steelers twice every season leads to Ravens’ players and coaches having a pretty good idea what to expect on the field. Also, it leaves us fans very familiar with just how goofy looking the other teams’ players are. Most of last season’s Bengals Lookalikes! probably still apply. However, they also have some new players who are just as ugly as the guys they replaced.
We’ll start this week’s edition off a little differently though. I wanted to share with you something I’ve noticed for a while now. Of course, here in B’More we’re all quite familiar with the hit HBO series ‘The Wire,’ yes?
This has led to plenty of opportunities over the years to compare Ravens players/coaches/whatever to characters or situations on the show (sometimes, quite tastelessly – “RAY LEWIS KILLS PEOPLE LIKE DRUG DEALERS HAHAHAHAHA” – plenty of idiots).
Such as this exchange I had with “Broncos fan” on Facebook earlier this week:
Jason Whitlock of FOX has even taken to calling #52 and #20 Ray “Avon Barksdale” Lewis and Ed “Stringer Bell” Reed regularly in his columns when he discusses Baltimore.
I’d like to point out, though, that Ed Reed, though he may be a “Kingpin” of the Ravens defense, “Lookalike!” the muscle used by the Marlo Stanfield regime. Who, you ask? Well, there’s been an evolution.
When he was drafted, Ed Reed resembled Snoop.
In 2009, however, he looks more like Chris (Partlow).
Either way, you come into Mr. Reed’s domain, and “you gon’ get got.”
By now everybody has seen the video of Bengals’ rookie OL Andre Smith’s 40-yard dash at the 2009 NFL combine (Warning: don’t click that while eating). Here is a still from that video.
Keep that in mind for a sec (painful as it may be), while I digress.
This week is Sesame Street’s 40th anniversary. You may have noticed the Google homepage celebrating by featuring Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, etc. If you ever, like me, watched the show when you were younger, you’ll remember the “Yip Yip” space aliens. These guys:
Now, remember Mr. Smith from above? Let’s zoom in a bit…
See it? THE MAN HAS A FACE ON HIS MIDSECTION! A YIP FACE!
Bengals running back Cedric Benson has rejuvenated his career in Cincy. It probably has a lot to do with him avoiding run-ins with the law, such as this 2008 charge of boating while intoxicated and resisting arrest, in Chicago.
Nice haircut, Ced.
And finally, Bengals’ resident crazy person, Chad Ochocinco, somehow manages to play football with a mouth full of metal from time to time.
Doesn’t that seem a bit dangerous? I mean, I had braces when I was a kid, and I had to wear all sorts of goofy mouth protection to play sports. I remember once I got hit across the face in gym class and my mangled lips bled for like 3 days. I probably got hit by a 12-year old girl’s forearm. How is it that Chad can run around getting blasted by the likes of Ray Lewis and Troy Polamalu and not look like this after a while?