Oct 05

Ravens cut Stokley re-sign Bajema

Billy Bajema Navy Stadium 2012 PracticeThe Baltimore Ravens have cut veteran wide receiver Brandon Stokley and re-signed tight end Billy Bajema. This comes two days after the Ravens waived Bajema.

Stokley missed last game with a groin/thigh injury but has been an effective receiver this season for the Ravens. Stokley had nine receptions for 79 yards in three games for the Ravens and converted several third downs.  This move comes as a bit of a surprise as Stokley had some of the best hands on the team.

With Deonte Thompson being back from injury and the development of Marlon Brown the Ravens had more receivers than they could put on the field. Stokley is not a special teams player and may be available later in the season if the Ravens need to resign him.

Bajema is a blocking tight end and can play special teams well. The Ravens are also short on tight ends and Bajema brings experience to that position and knows the Ravens playbook.

My guess is that the Ravens know that Stokley was going to be unavailable to play this Sunday and they needed Bajema.  Stokley will likely be available to resign further down the road.

Update: Reports are that Stokley will be re-signed on Monday.

Here is the tweet from Luke Jones confirming the transaction.

 

Oct 05

Adam Hall vs Dane Byers

Adam Hall wins this short fight. Dane Byers took a bunch of rights and was taken down.

Win: Hall

Oct 05

Ravens at Dolphins game release

Here is the game release for the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins.  This weeks spotlight is Matt Elam, it is a very good Q&A with the rookie.

Oct 05

ARROW – “The Huntress Returns” Discussion

By the title itself, episode 17 of ARROW initially turned me off. If you recall from previous discussion entries; I’m not a huge fan of the Huntress character. Granted; the latest outing from Helena Bertinelli was much better than her initial entrance…but the return of her character still made me cringe a bit. Luckily, “The Huntress Returns” succeeds in being the best Huntress-focused episode. In terms of actual ARROW content though, it’s pretty average.

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Oct 04

The Dancing Bear: Ron McDole

Here’s another project courtesy of the great George Allen. Again, Allen could care less about offense and sometimes turned his back when the Redskins offense had the ball.

No problem. He just wanted to make sure the Skins’ defense was up to task.
So on May 11, 1971, the big-time trader Allen secured the services of Buffalo Bills’ star defensive end, Ron McDole. Of course he surrendered three draft picks to do it.

To be honest, this McDole fellow was no ordinary defensive end. While stationed in Buffalo (1963-70), he never let a season go by without picking off a pass. In 1968, he had two interceptions, including one, the 6-4, 265 pound player took back 47 yards.

So he came to the Redskins, seemingly out of his prime at 32-years-old, and proceeded to play eight more seasons in DC and never once called in sick. He was on the line every Sunday.

So let’s go to the fourth Sunday of the season in 1971. The Skins are unbeaten and the visiting Oilers from Houston were winless. No problem right?
Well heading to the final quarter at RFK Stadium it was Washington 16 and Houston 13.

It was hardly a blowout. The Skins offense, ignored by Allen, had three field goals from Curt Knight. Two of them were silly (13 and 15 yards).

And then, the Dancing Bear stepped up and made a play. His 18-yard interception return for a touchdown gave Washington some breathing room. Knight would kick two fourth-quarter field goals in the 22-13 win. The Houston kicker answered back with a pair of field goals as well.
Who was that kicker? Some guy named Mark Moseley.

McDole swiped another pass on December 5. In fact, five Redskins in all took away passes. Four of those went on the record on Fran Tarkenton. The eighth win of the year was a 23-7 romp over the New York Giants.

McDole’s final pick of the season came in the last regular season game of the season. In this Dec. 19th contest, the visiting Browns edged the Skins 20-13.

Now to be honest, McDole didn’t intercept another pass until 1977. That’s when he picked off two when he was 38-years-old.

In that other turnover department, McDole did grab a fumble in 1975 and plunged into the end zone against the evil Giants.

Oh, that Dancing Bear stuff? It seems he took his dancing moves out into the District and QB Sonny Jurgensen was so impressed, he gave him that nickname.

 

Oct 04

Ravens Dolphins Final injury report and game Status’

INJURY REPORT – BALTIMORE RAVENS at MIAMI DOLPHINS        
  SUNDAY, October 6, 2013      
         
         
         
WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY   GAME STATUS
PLAYER (INJURY) PLAYER (INJURY) PLAYER (INJURY)   PLAYER (INJURY)
OUT   OUT
         
DID NOT PARTICIPATE   DOUBTFUL
WR Marlon Brown (thigh) WR Marlon Brown (thigh) DT Terrence Cody (knee)   DT Terrence Cody (knee)
DT Terrence Cody (knee) DT Terrence Cody (knee) C Ryan Jensen (foot)   C Ryan Jensen (foot)
C Ryan Jensen (foot) C Ryan Jensen (foot) LB Albert McClellan (shoulder)    
LB Albert McClellan (shoulder) LB Albert McClellan (shoulder) DT Marcus Spears (knee)    
WR Deonte Thompson (concussion ) DT Marcus Spears (knee) WR Brandon Stokley (thigh)    
CB Lardarius Webb (thigh) WR Deonte Thompson (concussion)      
  CB Lardarius Webb (thigh)      
         
LIMITED PARTICIPATION   QUESTIONABLE
LB Arthur Brown (shoulder) LB Arthur Brown (shoulder) LB Arthur Brown (shoulder)   LB Arthur Brown (shoulder)
RB Shaun Draughn (ankle) RB Shaun Draughn (ankle) WR Marlon Brown (thigh)   WR Marlon Brown (thigh)
WR Jacoby Jones (knee) WR Jacoby Jones (knee) RB Shaun Draughn (ankle)   RB Shaun Draughn (ankle)
WR Brandon Stokley (thigh) WR Brandon Stokley (thigh) WR Jacoby Jones (knee)   WR Jacoby Jones (knee)
    WR Deonte Thompson (concussion)   LB Albert McClellan (shoulder)
    CB Lardarius Webb (thigh)   DT Marcus Spears (knee)
        WR Brandon Stokley (thigh)
        WR Deonte Thompson (concussion)
        CB Lardarius Webb (thigh)
FULL PARTICIPATION   PROBABLE
         
         
         
         
         
WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY   GAME STATUS
PLAYER (INJURY) PLAYER (INJURY) PLAYER (INJURY)   PLAYER (INJURY)
OUT   OUT
        CB Dimitri Patterson (groin)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE   DOUBTFUL
S Don Jones (elbow) CB Dimitri Patterson (groin) CB Dimitri Patterson (groin)    
CB Dimitri Patterson (groin)        
LB Jason Trusnik (rib)        
LIMITED PARTICIPATION   QUESTIONABLE
CB Nolan Carroll (ankle) CB Nolan Carroll (ankle) WR Brandon Gibson (ankle)   WR Brandon Gibson (ankle)
S Chris Clemons (glute) S Chris Clemons (glute) S Don Jones (elbow)   S Don Jones (elbow)
LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee) LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee) LB Jason Trusnik (rib)   LB Jason Trusnik (rib)
WR Brandon Gibson (ankle) WR Brandon Gibson (ankle) DE Cameron Wake (knee)   DE Cameron Wake (knee)
LB Koa Misi (shoulder) S Don Jones (elbow)      
DE Cameron Wake (knee) LB Koa Misi (shoulder)      
  LB Jason Trusnik (rib)      
  DE Cameron Wake (knee)      
FULL PARTICIPATION   PROBABLE
LB Jonathan Freeney (shoulder) LB Jonathan Freeney (shoulder) CB Nolan Carroll (ankle)   CB Nolan Carroll (ankle)
DT Paul Soliai (knee) DT Paul Soliai (knee) S Chris Clemons (glute)   S Chris Clemons (glute)
    LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee)   LB Dannell Ellerbe (knee)
    LB Jonathan Freeney (shoulder)   LB Jonathan Freeney (shoulder)
    LB Koa Misi (shoulder)   LB Koa Misi (shoulder)
    DT Paul Soliai (knee)   DT Paul Soliai (knee)
         
Limited Participation is less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.        
Full Participation is 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions.        
Not Injury Related Player is withheld from his normal repetitions for reasons other than injury.        

Oct 04

Dennis Pitta back at practice

450px-Dennis_Pitta_2011_stadium_practiceBaltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta must be making a quick recovery.  According to a tweet from Jeff Zrebiec Pitta is back at practice.

Pitta is reportedly catching passes from the JUGS machine, a machine that shoots out footballs.  This is a great sign for the Ravens who waited and put Pitta on the injured reserve designated to return.  Remember Pitta had a very bad hip injury in the first week of training camp.

The Ravens would love to have Pitta back at full strength, he is one of Joe Flacco’s favorite targets and has some of the best hands on the team.

Here is the tweet from Zrebiec.

 

Oct 04

West carrying the way for the Tigers

The Towson Tigers are 5-0 and are off to have their best season in school history. Since Terrance West has joined the Tigers as a freshman the Tigers football program has been revived and going strong.

This season has been no different for West who already has 12 rushing touchdowns, which is almost half of the Tigers total touchdowns. The Tigers have 13 touchdowns offensively that are not from West.

It is not just West’s touchdowns that set West apart, it is his yards per game. West averages 129.6 yards per game and 5.3 yards per carry, that is extremely good.

The only flaw in West’s game that Pro Scouts may not like is the lack of receptions that he has. West only has three receptions in five games, Tigers want him to run the ball when he can.

West will keep putting up the numbers if he stays healthy and the Tigers should keep dominating. The Tigers will play the New Hampshire Wildcats who are 1-2 next, should be an easy win.

Oct 04

Lance Bouma vs Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson dominated this fight. This fight started after Jack Hillen went down with an injury. Wilson got in all the punches and the take down. I like fights that start by defending a teammate, Wilson seems like a legit fighter.

Win: Wilson

Oct 03

Ravens Dolphins Thursday injury report

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