Not So Pretty In Pink

     Amidst the Ravens 27-21 loss to New England, did you notice the color pink getting some extra play on the gridiron? Of course you did.  Flacco was sporting the cleats, Rice had the arm bands, Mason had the gloves.  A lot of the NFL players, and coaches, got in on the act.  

     October is breast cancer awareness month and the NFL  launched a “Crucial Catch” program as part of a national reminder for women to get their screenings. All of the pink gear will be autographed and auctioned off at the NFL auction site here.   Be sure to check it out!


     So the pink gear was the bright spot.  Perhaps the only bright spot for me in this week of football.  Week four has been a doozie.  I’m struggling to get a win in my pool and getting it handed to me in fantasy.  Add to that, the Ravens let Brady and company slip away with that win…it is just not pretty.

O’s Woes Overshadow B-Rob’s Accomplishments

     Orioles second baseman, Brian Roberts surpassed Lance Berkman’s record for most doubles by a switch hitter Tuesday when he hit a routine double.  Bummer that the O’s are riding a 13-game losing streak and are too close to dropping 100 games this season. They sputter to the finish line with a 60-98 record with one series to go against Toronto this weekend.     

     In this article by’s Spencer Fordin, Roberts keeps it in perspective regarding the hit: “It seems kind of silly to talk about personal things at this point… When I’m sitting down after the year is over and you can kind of reflect back on the season, personally, team-wise and everything, maybe it will mean a little something. It’s certainly a blessing and humbling to be put in the category of all those great switch-hitters that have played the game.”

     Roberts is no stranger to history this season, becoming only the fourth player ever (that is amazing) to have three seasons where he hit 50 plus doubles.  The other three, all happen to be Hall-of-Famers: Stan Musial, Tris Speaker and Paul Waner.  So how about that?  

     Congrats B-Rob and way to go.  I’m guessing you cannot wait till this season ends so you can…ahem, reflect.  I just want the misery that is my Baltimore Orioles to stop.  And fast.

Vote For Flacco

     Again, Baltimore QB Joe Flacco is up for the Fed Ex Air player of the week.  Because, again, Flacco set his record book on fire.  The guy looks unshakable, completing 25 of 35 passes for 342 yards and one score in Cleveland’s whipping Sunday.  342 yards of offense, comandeered by our very own Joe. 

     In week one, Flacco was also nominated but lost to New Orleans Drew Brees.  Brees has owned the contest, winning both weeks so far, but is NOT nominated this week.  Joe is up against Indy’s Peyton Manning (24 of 35, 379 yards, four td’s) and Philly’s Kevin Kolb (24 of 34, 327 yards, two td’s).

     Come on Baltimore, vote for Joe here!  Vote often.

34-3, Never In Doubt

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Melo’s Got New Doo & New Kicks

     Baltimore’s own Carmelo Anthony appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show earlier this week.  The Denver Nuggets star is sporting a new look— sans braids— still has that signature baby face but now looks all growed up.  He credited Obama for his new look and change.   

     Then I saw a you tube video which showed Melo losing a video game where he bet his hair. No matter.  He still looks like a changed man. 

     As part of the Kimmell interview, Melo was pimping his new line of sneakers.  He also claims he has 300-400 sneakers.  Really?  His new sneaker is a part of the Air Jordan brand.  And he discussed his relationship with MJ calling him a mentor and friend.  And boss.

     The best part of the interview came when Kimmell asked Melo about Syracuse University naming a building after him.  Melo’s answer cracked me up…see below  

    Melo has put his money where his mouth is, giving back to the three cities in which he has seen so much success: Baltimore, Syracuse and Denver.  It is so refreshing seeing him grow up before our eyes and set a better example for the kids who worship him. 

     Go Melo!

Mason Milestone Ahead

     Baltimore wide receiver Derrick Mason is only 3 catches away from a slice of NFL history.  He needs only three catches to hit the 800 mark!  If (or should I say when) he can do it against Cleveland, he’ll become only the 23rd player in NFL history to hit that milestone (8th active).

Photo courtesy Jeff Gross/ Getty Images

     Last time Mason played against Cleveland he reeled in 9 receptions for 136 yards and one score.  In 14 career games against Cleveland he’s amassed 1,033 yards with four scores. 

     So yeah, Mason should def. be making NFL history Sunday when 2-0 Baltimore beats up on the 0-2 Browns.

Lights Out For Bolts; Thanks Ray!

     Baltimore fans nearly stroked out watching that magnificent matchup against San Diego Sunday afternoon.  Just when we thought we could not take one more second— the Chargers kept themselves in it and Rivers was having his way with our secondary—  Ray comes up big.   Real big.  Putting the exclamation point on the 31-26 victory! 

     Ravens win, Ravens win-  31-26!

     And let’s not forget the other, too close for comfort play with less than a minute left, when CB Frank Walker botched a td pass in the end zone.  Brilliant.  Rivers cannot be a happy camper, putting up 474 yards of offense but foiled in the end.


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