NEW ORLEANS — Well, check another item off the bucket list: police escort.
The hordes of reporters, photographers and cameramen attending Media Day on Tuesday were stuffed into buses and whisked away from the media center via police escort to the Superdome, roughly 1½ miles away. Read More
NEW ORLEANS — When the NFL does a big event, they do it B-I-G. Granted, this is my first time attending a Super Bowl and also my first trip to New Orleans, so take it with a grain of salt. Read More
Soon after arriving in New Orleans for the Super Bowl late Monday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens found out exactly why this football game is different from all the rest.
Coach John Harbaugh and several players were surrounded by hundreds of members of the media at the team hotel, and there were still plenty of questions to be asked before Harbaugh, then the players, were whisked away by Ravens officials. Read More
No Tom Brady. No Aaron Rodgers. No Ben Roethlisberger. Not a Manning in sight.
Super Bowl has a pair of fresh faces at quarterback, bona fide nobodies as far as the NFL title game goes. But one will leave New Orleans as football’s newest star.
For Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, this is new territory. And, of course, exactly where they want to be. Read More
Sack-happy defensive end J.J. Watt went out for a couple of passes as a wide receiver, retiring center Jeff Saturday snapped to two Mannings on opposite teams and the NFC blew past the AFC 62-35 in a Pro Bowl that could be the league’s last.
Whether the NFL’s all-star game will return or not is a question league officials will ponder the next few months. And the players gave plenty to consider on both sides of the argument Sunday. Read More
It was as if linebacker Ray Lewis, safety Bernard Pollard and the rest of the Baltimore Ravens’ defense set out to provide a quarter-by-quarter demonstration of how they do business.
About 11 minutes into the AFC Championship Game against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, Lewis drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for a helmet-to-helmet hit that pushed tight end Aaron Hernandez’s chin strap up near his nose. Read More
Jack and Jackie Harbaugh would do well to practice their impassive faces in front of a mirror before the Super Bowl.
The parents of Baltimore Ravens coach John and the 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh will be watched closely during Sunday’s Super Bowl — if anybody finds them — for any visual evidence that mommy and daddy really do love one boy or the other best. Read More
It certainly doesn’t seem like the NFL left a single stone unturned in terms of providing a potentially classic Super Bowl this time.
The Harbaugh angle, whether the Harbaugh boys — you just know they were Eddie Haskell types way back when — are playing along, is fascinating from multiple angles.
Retiring, polarizing and proselytizing megastar future Hall of Famer? Ray Ray will do.
Compelling quarterback matchup? Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, absolutely yes. Read More
Ravens safety Ed Reed isn’t planning on joining teammate Ray Lewis in retirement after the Super Bowl.
“I’ll be playing next year,” Reed said Thursday before Baltimore hit the practice field in preparation for their Feb. 3 Super Bowl matchup against the 49ers.
There was speculation that the 34-year-old Reed might retire after this season. Earlier this month, in announcing his intention to step down after the playoffs, Lewis spoke of taking a “last ride.”
To which Reed said Thursday: “No, it’s not my last ride. I just bought a bike.” Read More
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh produced a little prank during his parents’ NFL-organized conference call Thursday morning.
“John in Baltimore,” the moderator said, announcing the next person up for a turn to ask a question.
“Is it true that both of you like Jim better than John?” John chirped, before getting figured out fast by his sister, Joani.
Jackie had begun speaking with, “We do not.”
“Hey, John, how are you?” Joani replied.
“Is that John?” Jackie asked.
After a quick greeting, he was off to practice. Read More