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After the lull that the absence of football left over the last month, we are back to an exciting time for sports!

Baseball’s Opening Day is just around the corner, we are in the heart of March Madness and NFL Free Agents have hit the market.

This is the time of the year that some football fans love while others loathe. It is the time of the year when owners can re-energize a franchise or make you stop to scratch your head wondering “what were they thinking?”

Speaking of scratching your head, that’s exactly what I was doing Tuesday when Peyton put ink to paper with the Denver Broncos.

Now I think Peyton is a great QB but I’m not quite sure it was a good move for him. He repeatedly said in his presser that he and the Broncos were committed to winning and their goal was a Super Bowl. Now sure every team has a chance to go to the Super Bowl, and the Broncos had a great run last year but it took some magic just to finish 8-8 and to think that it can be easily topped is a little foolish.

Peyton ran the Colts, he played in a dome, had double digit wins and won the division basically every season; he won multiple MVP’s and in 13 seasons he was able to win only ONE Championship.

Now you think after this major surgery and a whole season off you can go into in a cold thin air city with possibly a less talented roster and repeat the success you had in Indy immediately?

If anything, the 49ers have a more complete team and are located in a better climate, and if he was so focused on winning now I think he would’ve had a better chance there.

Personally I don’t see why the Colts would ever toss the center piece of their franchise to the curb unless they really thought it was close to impossible for him to be the Peyton of old again.

I have no doubt that he can go out there and throw a ball, but I want to see him get hit again and again in a real game and see him continue to get back up, then and only then will I believe that he could return to his old glory.

I guess we will just have to wait and see; the Broncos do come to Baltimore this year so we may have a chance to see it for ourselves.

Speaking of Baltimore, since this is a Ravens blog I probably should say something about our team.

For Ravens fans so far it has been another year to say goodbye to some more familiar faces. It seems as though in a blink of an eye we lost Jarret Johnson, Ben Grubbs, Haruki Nakamura, Tom Zbikowski and Cory Redding. They all put their stamp on Baltimore in one way or another and while good things must always come to an end we won’t forget their impact on our team.

One of my favorite memories came via the Ravens version of an iron man, Double J, just this past September. He laid a hit on Hines Ward that I will never forget and it will always bring a smile to my face.

All but Redding were drafted by Ozzie Newsome, meaning we were the first team to recognize and have enough confidence in their talent to make them part of the Ravens organization. And after a few years of playing for the Ravens all of these guys were sought after by another team.

If this doesn’t give you even more confidence in our front office’s ability to find extraordinary talent I don’t know what will.

So yes while some players’ tenures in Baltimore will come to an end, that just means there will be a new beginning for others. Whether these new players come via the draft or free agency our front office makes the decisions that will be best for the Baltimore Ravens and they will give us the best chance to succeed.

So while some will sit and ponder the moves around the league, just remember the phrase we go by here in Baltimore…

“In Ozzie We Trust”

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Ola Chicas,

The weather is here! Summer is right around the corner and we will be pulling out those cute little suits. If I don’t get myself out on the street in my running shoes now I will never be bathing suit ready. I’ve gotta start Running Like a Raven!

It’s this time of year that I become a weekend warrior. I hit the road not just for my own physical and mental health but I do it for others. There are tons of local 5k charity runs. What better way to take care of myself and help out someone else It is very rewarding and motivational to run a race knowing that you are also supporting those in need.

Running in a race is so much more fun than hitting the pavement alone. The energy on the start line is contagious. Running amongst others inspires me to do my best and run my heart out. I know I’m not gonna take home the prize. It’s more about the personal satisfaction that I get from pushing myself and finishing. When I run in the race I take a look at those around me. I see the runner in front of me and tell myself, “Don’t them let them beat you to the finish! Push past them.” I make short goals to get me through to the end.

I also think about the motivation of the other runners. I see the guy with the knee brace and wonder what pushes him past the pain.

Perhaps the most inspiring runners are the senior citizens who weigh all of 100 pounds and move with a slow awkward stride that hurts just to watch. When is it time to hang up the sneakers?

I like to attend the smaller events that are hosted by the local groups who fundraise because they have a personal story to their cause. Everyone there is connected to the purpose and the energy they give off is uplifting and inspiring. Plus there are fewer runners so the road is wide open.

Running isn’t for everyone and some days it’s not for me either. But one a sunny cool morning in spring with tons of runners lining up at the start my heart starts to pound and I’m excited. It’s kinda like being at M&T at the start of a game, the energy is pumping and the crowd is humming with excitement. It’s a great feeling!

If you are a runner, or even if you’re not, consider signing up for a charity race some enter and walk and that’s cool).

No matter how you finish you won’t be disappointed. Try this one, The Packard Centers ALS Fiesta5K on May 5th. Join Ravens Chix in Team Brigance Brigade for former Raven O.J. Brigance. Follow this link

Run Chicas Run!

Rave ON!

Kosmo Krys

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The New Scapegoat

Posted by Tuesday, March 6, 2012 0 comments

Here we go the new scandal for all the media outlets to endlessly debate.

As some are now calling it, “Bountygate” has Gregg Williams and the New Orleans Saints front and center of conversation this off season, and it’s not a good thing.

Players from the past as well as current players are giving their opinions on the issue and I honestly agree with those that are saying it’s not as big of a deal as the media is making it out to be. I don’t think these bounties really changed the outcome of any game, I still think the Saints would’ve been Super Bowl Champions.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think what Gregg Williams did was absolutely stupid, but the NFL has to know this isn’t a new thing.

But, do you really think that players need the extra incentive of a few bucks to want to make a big play? With or without money players that love to hit are going to come after you, and if you are a quarterback you better believe defenses are out for your head, especially if your name is Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner or Brett Favre.

Players know if you take out a team’s QB or even their best player then your chances of winning shoot up drastically.

This is taught from peewee football up through college, what do you think those stickers on their helmets are for? That’s right for making big plays.

I don’t think these bounties gave the Saints or any other team that was involved a tactical advantage. Unlike “Spygate” which actually gave the Patriots an advantage over the teams they played. The hits that the Saints were handing out could’ve knocked out their best players, but those hits could’ve also been flagged which would’ve given the Saints a disadvantage.

Players are constantly fined for illegal hits, some of which may have offset any bounty that they received anyway. And if they didn’t get fined then the NFL considered it a legal hit, so if a player was injured on that play it was what it was.

However, I think the NFL is going to do it’s best to take care of this situation as quickly as possible. Especially since Favre has come out and questioned all the licks he took during the playoff game against the Saints a few years ago. The last thing the NFL wants is for players like him filing suits against them for the injuries they incurred while playing against the teams that supposedly had these bounties.

Even if the Saints aren’t the only organization that ran the bounty system, the NFL is going to make an example out Gregg Williams and those directly involved. We all know Roger Goodell likes to be the big man on the block and he won’t let this slide.

In the end, football is a tough guy sport.

Players are going to get hit whether there is a bounty or not.

So stop crying about it!