Archive for September, 2009

Ravens on 10-0*, 14-1* Runs

September 30, 2009

I don’t mean to alarm you…but this is something I haven’t heard anybody mention. By virtue of their 3-0 start to the 2009 season, your Baltimore Ravens are now on runs of 10-0, and 14-1…against teams not from the city of Pittsburgh.


While it’s a bit of a double-edged sword of a stat, considering it basically means the Ravens beat the crap out of everyone except those whom we most hate, I think it’s still pretty noteworthy.

10-0 and 14-1 against the Notsteelers is pretty damn impressive, albeit probably not as satisfying as say, being on a 10-0 run against ONLY the Steelers…for us fans, anyway.


Play Like a Raven – Week 3

September 29, 2009


Played Like a Raven – Ravens Defense

With something to prove after the San Diego game, the Ravens defense came to play Sunday against the Browns. The Ravens entered the weekend with the #17 ranked defense in the NFL – 1st against the run, 28th against the pass, and 23rd in points allowed. Well, after giving up just 3 points and 186 yards, the Ravens now own the NFL’s #7 defense (run – 1, pass – 17, points – 11).

Of course, it helps to play the Browns, a team that has scored just 1 offensive touchdown since the Bush administration – but still, the Ravens handled their business on defense. They picked off Browns quarterbacks 4 times and sacked them twice, and are now tied for 2nd in the NFL in picks with 6, and tied for 4th with 7 sacks.

I’m not short-changing the offense here. I just felt that the defense deserved some props after hearing all week how they were suddenly the weak link in Charm City.

The question becomes now, can they keep it up against Brady, Moss, and Welker?

Did Not Play Like a Raven – N/A

When you win 34-3, it’s pretty safe to say that it was a full team effort. Sure, we could always nit-pick about the lackluster return game or about “only” getting two sacks. But, as players are always quick to remind us, “the other team gets paid too.” No Raven was guilty of the dreaded “Did Not Play Like a Raven” in Week 3.

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September 28, 2009


B’More Birds” Nest has been nominated as one of the top blogs in Maryland! The Baltimore Sun’s Most Outstanding Blogs (or “Mobbies”) contest began today. You can vote once per day.

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Ravens 34 Browns 3 (The D-MASE MILESTONE Game)

September 28, 2009


Sure, it could have also been known as the “Merciless Beating of the Browns” game, or the “What better way to warm up for the Patriots?” game, but really, Derrick Mason becoming the 23rd NFL player to rack up 800 receptions was probably the most significant part of yesterday’s win. Not that the win isn’t important – Mason himself said that the best part of the day was “that we got the win,” – it’s just that, years from now, looking back, it seems more likely that we’ll remember the significance of #85’s day moreso than the overarching smack-down handed to a hapless Cleveland squad that is probably the worst in the league at the moment.

And what a beating it was.

B’More outgained the Brown Stains 479-186.

Passing yards: 337-115

Rushing yards: 142-71

Turnovers: 4-1

It was the thorough, relaxing victory that Ravens fans expected, but didn’t receive, in Week 1 against Kansas City. The game was never in doubt, as the Ravens scored the game’s first 27 points, and, were it not for a 29-yard Cleveland FG (a decision that should have Eric Mangini looking for a new job this morning) on the first play of the 4th quarter, the Ravens would have picked up their first shutout since Week 12 of 2006 (Ravens 27 Steelers 0). The purple defense had something to prove on this day, and they did not disappoint, forcing 4 turnovers (1 interception each from Dawan Landry, Ed Reed, Brendon Ayanbadejo, and Dominique Foxworth) and sacking Browns QBs twice. The Ravens may have ended the Brady Quinn era in Cleveland, or at least stirred up some QB controversy, as Derek Anderson replaced the ineffective Quinn after halftime. The former Raven wasn’t much (or any) better though, as 3 of the aforementioned picks came out of his hand.

For the good guys, Joe Flacco surpassed his career high mark for passing yards that he set just 2 weeks ago, throwing for 342 yards and a score despite not stepping on the field after the 8 minute mark in the final stanza. His last play was a 72-yard TD to Mason, a ball he slightly underthrew only to see D-Mase fight for the ball and make some nifty moves in scampering to the end zone.

And on a play that made everyone in B’More proud, “Mighty Mouse” Ray Rice finally scored his first NFL touchdown. Rice scored on a 9-yard scamper that was the Ravens’ 3rd score of the day in which Browns defenders seemed to have zero interest in even getting TO the ball, nevermind actually tackling anybody.

The first two of those “is there a defense on the field?” runs came from touchdown machine Willis McGahee. With his 3rd consecutive 2-score game, McGahee has 2 more scores than any other non-QB in the league. McGahee may not always line up behind Flacco on the team’s first offensive snap, but he is making a pretty strong case that he is the “real” starting RB in this offense, and is proving everyone that maintained he was the most talented member of the Ravens’ 3-headed backfield, despite his “backup” status, very, very right.

The Ravens avoided the temptation to look past Cleveland to their date in Foxboro next Sunday, and took care of business at home to push their record to 3-0. Thanks to some late heroics by Carson Palmer in Cincinnati, the Ravens now find themselves a full 2 games ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North. Strangely enough, the Bengals are 2-1, and in 2nd place, and are one fluke play away from being 3-0 in their own right. Suddenly the Cincy game at M&T Bank Stadium in 2 weeks looks all the more interesting.

Everything is roses in B’More going into Week 4. If I may though, interject with a bit of a reality check.

The combined record of the Ravens’ 3 opponents to this point: 2-7.

Combined record of the Ravens’ next 5 opponents (@ NE, vs. Cin, @ Min, vs. Den, @ Cin): 10-2.

First place, and spots at or near the top of just about every power ranking out there makes our purple hearts beat proudly. But the Ravens still have plenty to prove, and it all starts Sunday against Belicheck, Brady, and the New England Patriots.

Browns (0-2) @ Ravens (2-0)

September 25, 2009

Ravens vs. Clowns

Ravens vs. Clowns Stats

After last week’s huge win in San Diego, and with a date against Tom Brady and the Pats in Foxboro looming on the horizon, the Ravens enter Sunday’s home match-up against Cleveland looking to avoid a “let-down game.” The Browns, meanwhile, are in a neck-and-neck (and neck) dogfight with St. Louis and Detroit for “worst team in the NFL” bragging rights. First year head coach Eric Mangini’s squad has managed just a single offensive touchdown in 2009, and even that came during junk time of a blowout loss to Minnesota.

The Ravens’ defense looks to get healthy against the worst offense statistically in the league. All eyes will be on cornerbacks Dominique Foxworth and Fabian Washington, whose poor days in San Diego have been relived ad nauseum. They draw another big, strong receiver this week, the Browns’ Braylon Edwards, who always seems to play well against the Ravens. Edwards had only one reception in Week 1, but last week caught 6 passes for 92 yards against Denver. Braylon may be looking to make amends for his gaffe in Cleveland against B’More last year, when he dropped what likely would have been a game-sealing TD pass, by duplicating the success he saw Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers have last week.

Edwards’ quarterback, though, is not going to be confused with Philip Rivers any time soon. While he may evolve into a star in the NFL, Brady Quinn has yet to win either the hearts of Browns’ fans or the confidence of his coaches and teammates. For the season, Quinn has completed 59% of his throws, for 366 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INT. What really jumps out though, is that he has been sacked NINE times in only two games. The Ravens’ pass-rush also caught some heat after the Chargers game, when they didn’t get to Rivers at all after the 2nd quarter. Rookie center Alex Mack (no, not her, much to my chagrin) has struggled early, and will have his hands more than full with Kelly Gregg and Haloti Ngata. On the outside, tackle Joe Thomas “ate up,” Jared Allen of the Vikings, according to Brian Billick, so watch the match-up between him and T-Sizzle closely. If Thomas can handle Suggs on his own, then the Browns’ running backs and tight ends will be able to help out Mack in the middle, and Greg Mattison will have to blitz more than he might like to – leading to more of those dreaded 1-on-1 matchups with the Ravens’ DBs.

On the ground, Jamal Lewis has 95 yards on 25 carries in 2009, but appears to be excusing himself from action this week. Lewis has yet to practice, so backups Jerome Harrison and James Davis (rookie) could see extended action Sunday. It won’t matter who gets the ball, the Browns won’t be able to run on the Ravens, and don’t be surprised if, like the Chargers, they don’t even really try (despite what Quinn said in his conference call with Baltimore media this week).

Cam Cameron spoke highly of the Browns’ defense this week, calling them the most stout front 7 the Ravens have faced yet. Pro Bowl DT Shaun Rogers is a bit hobbled in practice this week, but is expected to play. Ravens’ center Matt Birk is very familiar with Rogers, having matched up with him several times when they both played in the NFC North. Former Maryland LB D’Qwell Jackson led the NFL in tackles last season, and intercepted Joe Flacco during this game in 2008.


Ray Rice had his best game of 2008 against Cleveland, when he ran for 154 yards, so don’t be surprised if he gets the lion’s share of the carries this week. Willis McGahee is making a strong push for more touches though, currently leading the AFC in rushing touchdowns. Maybe this is the week Rice finally gets his first NFL score, but with McGahee likely remaining the goalline option, “Mighty Mouse” will have to break one from 10 yards or more if he wants to find paydirt.

Joe Flacco is off to a sizzling start to his sophomore campaign, trailing only Drew Brees in touchdown passes after two games. He has thrown one interception in each contest though, and last week’s could have been costly (we’ll ignore for now the terrible non-offsides call on that play). Flacco has been spreading the ball around admirably, as 7 Ravens have 5 or more receptions. Kelley Washington leads the bunch with 7 for 101 yards and a touchdown, and has settled into the #3 WR role nicely. This has served to push Demetrius Williams down the depth chart, though the coaches insist he will still be a big part of the offense moving forward.

We’ll believe it when we see it, “Completrius.”

To be sure, the Ravens SHOULD win this one going away. However, there are a few things that worry us:

  • Josh Cribbs.  Cleveland’s return man seems to put one in the end zone every time these two teams meet.  The Ravens’ coverage units have gotten off to a slow start (again) this season, and last week Darren Sproles ran wild on them.  Special teams need to step it up, and contain Cribbs this week.  Cribbs may also take some snaps in the Wildcat, or catch some flare passes out of the backfield – please, Ravens, don’t let him go uncovered like you did to Sproles on that 80-yard score last week.
  • Mother nature.  Although the forecast calls for sunny skies by gametime Sunday, Friday evening and Saturday are set to see a significant amount of rain in B’More.  We need only think back to Week 1 against, Kansas City, when players were sliding all over the place because of rain in the days leading up to the game (water was being said to “seep up through” the turf when the players stepped down).  Weather is the great equalizer, and it’s a shame that we might even have to worry about it without a cloud in the sky.

John Harbaugh’s team has made a pretty good living beating up on lesser opponents during his tenure though, and Sunday shouldn’t be much different.  Even if Cribbs does break one, this new high powered Ravens’ offense will keep Cleveland at bay, and maybe, just maybe, we’ll see a defensive performance reminiscent of the Ravens of old.

Ravens 31  Browns 10


Play Like a Raven – Week 2

September 22, 2009


As the Ravens have adopted “Play Like a Raven” as their team mantra for 2009 (and beyond?), we here at the Nest decided that each week we’ll give out an award for the player who most exemplified that sentiment in the previous game. And, if fitting, we’ll also call out the player who needs to step up their play to the level of “Raven.”

Played Like a Raven – Ray Lewis


How fitting that our inaugural award go to the man who pretty much defined “Playing Like a Raven,” as he has been setting the gold standard in B’More since the team’s inception in 1996.

With his 12 tackle, 1 forced fumble performance, which included what he called the best play of his career, the game-ending hit on Darren Sproles, Ray Ray, as always, played like a Raven.

Did Not Play Like a Raven – Fabian Washington


Washington loves to do the “You Can’t See Me” dance whenever he makes a play. Well, Fabe, on Sunday EVERYBODY could see you…see you getting torched again, and again, and again. The entire secondary had a rough day in San Diego, but Washington had the worst day of the bunch. To cap it off, his bad day ended with a likely concussion suffered with about 7 minutes left in the game. Washington’s status for this week is still uncertain, but if he does see the field, he will need to remind himself to play like a damn Raven this time.

To his credit, Washington is well aware that he struggled, posting on his Twitter Sunday, “Thanx for all the support but honestly I played terrible.”

We forgive ya Fabe, but let’s pick up the play from here on out.

Fathead Adds New Ravens Graphics

September 22, 2009

From the “in case you were wondering what to get me for Christmas” department:

After about 4 years of only offering Ray Lewis and the Ravens logo/helmet, the guys over at Fathead have finally stepped it up and added some more options for Ravens fans.

Although the Fathead commercials have been showing him on the wall like he was available for years, up until this point you could not get an Ed Reed Fathead. This situation has been remedied.


Also now available is everybody’s favorite single-browed QB, Joe Flacco.


My Ravens room just so happens to have an empty wall at the moment, so head on over to and give back for all this free entertainment I provide to all of you.

I kid.

Unless, you know, you want to.

Ravens 31 Chargers 26 (The THANK YOU RAY AND NORV Game)

September 21, 2009

With a hit that he personally described as one of the greatest of his career, Ray Lewis put an exclamation point on a Ravens west coast victory that will go down as one of the most exciting games in purple history.

Seriously – watch that hit again.

Whether in the bar, the living room, the den, or at Qualcomm Stadium for a lucky few, an entire fan base exploded as #52 crashed through the line of scrimmage to end San Diego’s hopes of a comeback win. Actually, on the telecast, it was tough to tell immediately which player it was that made the game winning hit, but in reality…did you ever really have a doubt? Was there an iota of surprise when you saw that it was Ray Ray who took matters into his own hands? Certainly not.

It was a fitting end that the man who has been dazzling us with his play for 14 years now would be the one to finally let us all put down the Pepto Bismol bottles that we had been clutching ever since Darren Sproles ran 81 yards untouched in the first quarter to put the Bolts up 7-0. As we mentioned here Friday, Sproles WAS GOING TO MAKE PLAYS, the Ravens just had to limit the number of times he was able to do so. As evidenced by his 278 all-purpose yards (124 receiving, 26 rushing, 128 return), Diminutive Darren did indeed run wild on the Ravens.

And it wasn’t just Sproles that had a field day. Philip Rivers’ stats jump out like a sore thumb:

25/45 436 yards 2 TD 2 INT

Basically, the mismatch that we all feared, Chargers’ big WRs vs. the Ravens’ small CBs, was exploited by San Diego all day. With Ladainian Tomlinson and two starting offensive linemen out, Norv Turner decided he wasn’t going to waste time trying to establish any sort of ground game, and would just air it all all day.

And air it out they did.

Until it really mattered.

Turner’s decision to run on 4th-and-2 from the Ravens’ 15 with 37 seconds remaining in the game is the kind of thing that would have me absolutely calling for his head if I had a closet full of pewter blue jerseys. You’ve thrown for 436 yards, you need TWO…and you’re…RUNNING?!

Game. Set. Match. Ravens. Thanks for having us.

Add that to his other bone-headed calls, including kicking a FG on 3rd-and-goal with 10 seconds to go in the first half, and you pretty much sum up Norv Turner’s head coaching career.


As far as that torched Ravens’ secondary goes, well…as John Harbaugh so eloquently put it, “we need to get better.” Gee, ya think? Fabian Washington and Dominique Foxworth had atrocious days, and safety Dawan Landry, while stout against the run, was nowhere to be found in pass coverage (unless, of course, you count “getting ran by like you’re standing still,” being “found.”) Rivers seemed to be avoiding Ed Reed on purpose, and with the kind of success he was having doing so, who can blame him? Frank Walker, filling in on the final drive for Washington, who had sustained a head injury, and who prompted me to say aloud as he took the field, “Frank Walker is going to lose this game for us,” actually had a game-SAVING play when he knocked the ball from Legedu Naanee’s grasp near the goal line on 1st down of the critical final series.

Foxworth marginally redeemed himself with two passes defensed in the 4th quarter, one of which ended up in the hands of Antwan Barnes and led to a key FG that put the Ravens up by five. Honestly, though, Foxworth could have easily been flagged for pass interference on the latter, when he got to Antonio Gates a split second before the ball did.

The secondary was bad, no question about it. Some of the blame has to lie at the feet of the defensive line though, who only sacked Rivers twice all day, despite the Chargers’ banged up O-line. They applied some decent pressure in spurts, but there were far too many “almost got ‘ims,” and not nearly enough “got ims.” Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison needs to figure out a way to get some more pressure, and quickly.

On a day where Rex Ryan’s New York Jets held the New England Patriots without an offensive touchdown (the Jets have yet to allow one all year), my preseason assertion that losing Rex was really no big deal as long as Ray, Ed, and Sizzle are around was feeling a bit empty, to say the least.

Turning the page to happier conversation…how about that Ravens offense?

Did any of you, like me, find yourself feeling like you were living in some sort of “Twilight Zone” alternate reality watching the game yesterday? The Ravens defense takes the field, and my stomach knots up…Joe Flacco and crew jog on, and I’m relaxed as can be. Down is up, up is down, what the hell is going on here?!

Flacco’s calm demeanor just seems to permeate our television sets and put us all at ease. Willis McGahee looks better than he ever has since coming to Baltimore, Ray Rice continues to develop into a great open-space weapon, Le’Ron McClain keeps chugging for the sticks on every 3rd-and-short, Todd Heap has 1 touchdown less through 2 games than he had in all of 2008, and “Groovin” Kelley Washington has emerged as a a legitimate #3 wide out.

After two games, the Baltimore Ravens are second to only the New Orleans Saints in points per game, and that is with the help of exactly ZERO points scored by the purple defense and/or special teams. Strange days indeed in the Land of Pleasant Living, my friends.

With a tip of the cap to (not so) old, faithful #52, the “Bottom Line,” is that the Ravens are 2-0, which looks a hell of a lot better than 1-1.

Ravens (1-0) @ Chargers (1-0)

September 18, 2009


For the second time in 3 seasons, the Ravens travel out to sunny whale’s vagina San Diego (is that joke old yet?  It was probably old 2 years ago, huh?  Ok, I’ll stop) to take on the pewter blue Chargers.  The two teams, who each saw their 2008 seasons end in Pittsburgh in the playoffs, also both struggled a bit against “lesser” squads in their respective openers.  We all remember sweating a bit in the second half of the Ravens-Chiefs game, and San Diego needed a last-drive touchdown to put away the Oakland Raiders on the road.  Ravens fans may be making a bit too much out of that Monday Night game, though, in thinking that somehow it exposed the Chargers as being “not that good.”  We’re gonna go ahead and disagree with that assertion – remember, it was a divisional game, on the road, AND they put together a game-winning TD drive.  Sounds like a good team to me.

What does make our ears perk up a bit going into this one though is a glance at the Chargers’ injury report.

LaDainian Tomlinson:  DID NOT PRACTICE

Nick Hardwick:  DID NOT PRACTICE

Louis Vasquez:  DID NOT PRACTICE

Tomlinson will probably be able to go Sunday, albeit in a reduced role.  However, the two starting offensive linemen, Hardwick (2006 Pro Bowl) and Vasquez (2009 3rd Round Draft Pick), are less likely to suit up for the game.  Missing your starting Pro Bowl center is no small loss (see: Kevin Mawae, Tennessee Titans, 2008 AFC Divisional Playoff).  San Diego signed former Jacksonville Jaguar Dennis Norman this week, who will likely start in place of Hardwick.  The Ravens, with arguably the deepest defensive line in the NFL, should be able to exploit the offensive line issues and play defense in the backfield.

On the other hand, neither Hardwick nor Vasquez was on the field for San Diego on their game-winning drive in Oakland…and it didn’t seem to matter much.  So there’s that.

If Tomlinson can’t go, 9th-year vet Michael Bennett will be splitting carries with Darren Sproles.  Itty-bitty Sproles has the Ravens losing some sleep this week, with Trevor Pryce saying that watching Sproles run, “is like watching a Madden game.”  Sproles was huge for the Chargers in their post-season win over the Colts last year, when he gained 105 yards and 2 TDs on 22 carries, and added 5 receptions for 45 yards.  Pittsburgh was able to render him ineffective running the ball (11 carries, 15 yards), but he still managed 91 yards and a score on 5 catches, including a 62-yard score.  Against Oakland last week, Sproles had just 66 yards on 14 touches from scrimmage – however, the Raiders felt the wrath of Tiny Darren in the return game, as he averaged 34 yards on 5 kickoff returns, including 66 and 59-yarders.

Basically….Sproles is good.  He’s gonna get the ball, and he’s gonna make a play.  The key will be limiting the number of plays he makes.


How about the Ravens on offense?  Will we see another 500-yard day?  More of Joe Flacco throwing caution to the wind and footballs all over the field?

Not likely, although San Diego was even worse in pass defense than Kansas City in 2008, finishing 31st in the league.  Shawne Merriman is back this year, and how Ravens’ tackles Jared Gaither and Michael Oher (Merriman will switch sides during the game) are able to neutralize him will be a big factor.  The Raiders were able to hold him without a sack (they allowed only 1 to San Diego all game), and they actually finished with 366 total yards of offense to San Deigo’s 317.  Of that total, 148 came on the ground, as Oakland gained 4.6 yards per rushing play.   Expect the Ravens to come out more like they did in the second half against Kansas City, using the memory of Joe Flacco’s 300-yard game to keep the Chargers honest, by pounding Rice, McGahee, and McClain right at the Chargers from the start.

Ravens’ tight ends could also play a big part in the outcome of this game, as Todd Heap looks rejuvinated after one week, and L.J. Smith has been back at practice and is eyeing Sunday for his purple debut.  Tight end Zach Miller led all Raiders’ recievers last week, hauling in 6 passes for 96 yards.

Of course, the Chargers have a stud tight end of their own, Antonio Gates.  Gates, who is fully healthy for the first time in quite a while, torched the Ravens for 105 yards and 2 scores the last time these teams met.

Yes, Greg Mattison and the Ravens’ D will have their hands full.  Even with no Tomlinson, the Chargers still have Sproles and Gates – and we haven’t even mentioned wide receievers Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers.  Big, physical guys on the outside who could give the Ravens’ corners, who are heavy on speed but light in stature, some issues.

And so, it all comes back to the Chargers’ O-line.  We saw last year here in Baltimore what can happen when your offensive line can’t get the job done by themselves, and you have to keep tight ends and backs in to block.  If Sproles and Gates are stuck blocking, they can’t be out catching passes.  Kelly Gregg, Haloti Ngata, Trevor Pryce, and Terrell Suggs need to get in QB Phillip Rivers’ face early and often.  When he sits in the pocket, Rivers can be one of the most accurate passers in the league, but he is far from mobile, and will heave up some disgusting floaters when flushed (if you’re reading this while eating lunch, I apologize for all the toilet imagery).

Earlier in the week, I was ready to predict 50+ points to be scored between the two teams in this one.  However, I’m a firm believer that football games are won in the trenches, and the Ravens should be able to take advantage of San Diego’s line injuries and render all their fancy offensive toys pretty much useless.  If they can do that, they won’t need another video game-like stat sheet to come home with a win.

Ravens 20  Chargers 17

Kelley Washington's Grooves – You Down?

September 16, 2009

When the Ravens picked up wide receiver Kelley Washington this offseason, you may remember that we posted the above video as evidence of what to expect with No. 15 in town. Now, the above celebration was done after Washington scored a touchdown; however, in Sunday’s opener against Kansas City, Washington caught a 22-yard pass from Joe Flacco for a first down just about 2.5 minutes into a scoreless game…and began to shake and gyrate “like he had stuck his finger in an electric socket,” to paraphrase one complainer I heard yesterday.

There are two sides to this argument, and honestly I can see the valid points from both.

“It’s just a game, and harmless fun”

This is the school of thought that says that Kelley wasn’t trying to show up the Chiefs, or be overly cocky, he was instead just trying to feed off the energy from the crowd, and inject some of his own. If you think the NFL is really starting to stand for the “No Fun League,” and you cringe whenever Roger Goodell hands out another fine for end zone celebrations, you probably see no problem with Washington’s antics. You loved when Joe Horn busted out the sharpie cell phone, Chad Ochocinco using the end zone pylon as a putter, and think T.O. should be an honorary member of the cheerleading squad. It’s not taunting, its just fun.

“Act like you’ve been there before!”

Those that fall into this camp absolutely hate celebratory dances/taunts, especially when they come after anything less than a game-changing touchdown. You fully support bans on “props” during end zone celebrations, which you think there should be far fewer of anyway. You wish these players would just realize that, when they succeed, they are just doing what they are GETTING PAID TO DO! You don’t jump up and down in your boss’s office when you hand him your timesheet or latest TPS report, or when you close a sale, so why do these idiots think they have to show everybody up? Barry Sanders is probably your favorite running back of the last 20 years.

Like I said, its tough for me to pick a side here. When I was at the game Sunday, and Kelley danced, I (very white-ly) mimicked it, and it did indeed pump me up even more. I can also understand the argument that Mark Zinno of 105.7 had, which was that, if it were Hines Ward out there dancing like that against the Ravens, we would all be losing our collective shits over it. Likewise, if Washington does that against Pittsburgh, he can expect to quickly find himself planted 6 inches into the turf, courtesy of James Harrison.

So, what do you think? Should Kelley tone it down, should John Harbaugh make sure he does so, or should everybody just keep it light out there?