Inside Pulse » Baltimore Ravens A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:41:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Baltimore Ravens The Gold Standard: Taking A Look At DC In April And Other Random Musings Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:00:03 +0000

Man, I really need to get my schedule together, it seems like every week I get a great topic in mind, start to write it, get distracted, and the next thing I know I’m writing reviews and on to the next one. With any luck that should be a bit more easier now that football season is over with and I can stop obsessing over my muchly improved home team (the Rams), and my favorite AFC team, the one I picked back in June to win it all…and who did so, the Baltimore Ravens!


Seriously, I’ve been watching a lot of football, and now I’m preparing to take my breather up until the combine, at which point I’ll go and start to make my guesses at who will be going on top, and more importantly, who will be playing in blue and gold next year.

But you guys aren’t here to read me ramble on about sports, this is the comics section! DC! Marvel! MONKEYBRAIN! Which really sounds like an awesome zombie movie, when you think about it. I could talk about Comixology, and how they help Marvel hate my wallet more. In the past few weeks I’ve picked up X-Factor, New X-Men, Iron Man: Noir (I had no clue Snyder wrote it), Cable & Deadpool, and more…that I may list later. I haven’t gotten any complete runs of the non-minis, but there’s a full run up every week and my bank account hates me for wanting to read stuff that I either have not read, or do not wish to find my single issues of.

Digital will kill trades before it kills single issues. Just you watch and see; who wants to spend fifteen bucks on seven issues for a random volume when you can wait it out on Comixology and find the entire run for a buck an issue? Especially with Marvel books and their love of overpricing undersized hardcovers. They really confuse me, to be honest. They do big twenty-four sales twice a week (Monday and Friday), and while it may not always be a selection you want (Punisher and Ghost Rider? Secret Wars and Squadron Supreme? Double Pass.) there’s a good chance you’ll find a few sales a month that really speak volumes to you. At the same time, when they do currentish books (on sales of ongoing books or those that have just ended, they omit the final arc or two) that’s really the only time you can expect a price dropping, because they bounce up to $1.99, and that’s the only way Marvel is a lock to put a book there. DC, Image, IDW, and most of the other publishers make that drop every three weeks.

On that note, if Marvel is going to include a ‘free digital copy’ in every book that’s four bucks, why would anybody spend the four bucks on the digital copy that lacks any sort of free incentive? How about make it three-fifty? Or even just three bucks? There is no excuse for a four dollar digital book without extra content, in fact, that’s the only reason I buy Swords of Sorcery from DC. Because at four bucks, with extra pages, it was worth reading, and I enjoyed it enough to stick around.

Does anybody else read that? Probably not, maybe, who knows? Now, real question, who has any interest in the goings on of Team 7? And who would expect to see the ramifications of Amanda Waller’s secret war with Basilisk in the pages of Suicide Squad wind up being revealed in Sword of bloody fucking Sorcery? Well, guess what people? That’s what happened in the most recent issue, and I just found out a few days ago when I read it at work. Beowulf, the Tony Bedard written backup, takes place in a future brought about by Basilisk. At the same time, and never outwardly mention, Beowulf himself is CLEARLY the future of everyone’s favorite elite gun for hire, Slade Wilson…DEATHSTROKE!


I mean, look at him, the missing eye is now a cyber eye, and there’s scars around it, and Grendel’s mother at one point clearly tells him he’s the result of Basilisk’s super soldier program and the works of Amanda Waller. Any chance that has anything to do with John Lynch’s Majestic Project? Food for thought until Beowulf returns later this year!


Speaking of later this year, how about I get to the point I originally had in mind when I decided to write this column? DC’s WTF solicits for April. I’m not going to do all of them, because I’m not a masochist and you really don’t want to scroll through that much, especially when I get to the books I couldn’t care less about (Batwoman) and just phone it in. So let’s start with the easy ones, shall we?


First up we’ll do Red Hood, where the cover has actually already been spoiled (which you can see here). So what horrors lie beneath the Red Hood? The fact that Jason Todd HAS NO FACE!

Stormwatch 19

Again with the spoiled covers, this time is Stormwatch, and while it wasn’t an accident like the Red Hood leak….actually, that makes this a bit less spoilery. Team Stormwatch is list in a dimensional rift? New Stormwatch comes in to take over, which could potentially include the real Midnighter or Apollo.

Nightwing 19

Nightwing isn’t going to be facing off against Joker that soon after Death of the Family, so I’m going to guess a New 52 version of Creeper, as I equate crazy amounts of laughter to him. Plus, Brett Booth designing him? Could be pretty awesome.


My money is on Catwoman grabbing Ollie by the neck on the JLA cover, under the mental control of a member of the Secret Society. I don’t expect this to go well, as Catwoman’s cover is her being dragged to Arkham.


Jonah Hex is being held up by Booster Gold, as everyone seems to have noticed by this point (and I wouldn’t have had I not seen it reported everywhere, I ignore this book simply due to my not liking westerns). I guess this means I won’t be ignoring the issue in April!


Green Lantern I expect to be Hal “Greatest Black Lantern” Jordan against Volthoom in a brawl for it all, though now I just have to wonder what Hal could do as a Black Lantern. I mean, all they did was use whatever they could do in life to torment those who cared about them, and I seriously doubt Volthoom could give a fuck about Hal Jordan.

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GLC is going to be Mogo, because he actually came back last week. I imagine he’s going to be mighty confused to return to find the Guardians trying to eradicate the Corps and freewill across the galaxy. For some reason I’d like to think Mogo just gets overly sick of it and uses planet power to off a Guardian. New Guardians is looking to debut another White Lantern, as Kyle is back in Green. Sinestro is there in Green too, which cuts down our list of potential candidates. Easy picks would be Hal or Carol, maybe even Guy Gardner or John Stewart. My pick? A fully restored Ganthet harnessing the White spectrum for one last hurrah.


Justice League is probably going to have Batman holding up a piece of Kryptonite to knock out Superman. Why? Because he saw the video of Superman and Wonder Woman hooking up and most likely sees their pairing as a potential major pitfall. He needed a plan, made one, and called it a day. Damned be the consequences, especially since he’s been shown to not be on their side come the Trinity War.


Finally, Batman Inc? I’m going with the Damian clone that’s been aged to adulthood, who will probably look enough like Bruce to make for some visuals. Also Batman having to layeth serious smackdown on his own son.

Damn, that scratched an itch.

What I read this week:

  • Aquaman #16
  • Batman Incorporated #7
  • Flash #16
  • Green Lantern Corps Annual #1
  • Justice League Dark #16
  • Masters of the Universe: Origin of He-Man
  • Superman #16
  • Talon #4
  • Teen Titans #16
  • Hack/Slash #23
  • Invincible #100
  • Avengers #4
  • Hawkeye #7
  • Superior Spider-Man #2
  • X-Treme X-Men #9
  • Masks and Mobsters #6
  • Deathmatch #2
  • High Crimes #1
  • Smallville Season 11 #32
  • Justice League Beyond #18

Comixology Sales of the Week:

  • Green Lantern Mosaic #1-4
  • Mr. Terrific

Top Five Books of the Week:

5. Batman Incorporated #7
4. Invincible #100
3. Masks and Mobsters #6
2. Aquaman #16
1. Hawkeye #7

What I Watched This Week:

  • Arrow
  • Necessary Roughness
  • 30 Rock
  • Anger Management
  • Archer
  • Suits
  • Shark Tank
  • Young Justice
  • Ultimate Spider-Man
  • Superbowl
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • WWE Raw
  • Raising Hope
  • New Girl
  • White Collar

The Worst Things I Saw On Shelves:

Superior Spider-Man essentially boiled down to Otto trying to fuck Mary Jane, as Peter, and failing. Then he realized he had Peter’s memories and gave himself some happy time by reliving them. Just typing that makes my skin crawl.

The Best Things I Saw This Week:

Sometimes last summer I made my early predictions for the season, really just after listening to the guys on the radio go on and on about trying to make theirs. I wobbled between two teams in the NFC that I felt were a lock to meet up in the playoffs, with the winner going on to play in the Superbowl, while in the AFC I swore up and down that this would be the year that the Baltimore Ravens won their second championship. The two NFC teams in question? The Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. When the people I wound up discussing it with told me to just pick one? I called for a Harbowl. I have spent the past week cursing myself for not putting money on it, and at the same time praising myself for not being a horrible jynx.

It was a great game, and my favorite team in the AFC won it all. It was a good weekend.

Invincible #100 is a testament to Ryan Ottley’s ability to be completely awesome on a monthly basis, not to mention handling the curve balls Robert Kirkman keeps throwing his way. The only consistent thing about this book is how quickly it moves from plot to plot and status quo to status quo, and no matter what Kirkman feels like writing, Ottley always turns in a job that has to have him on the top of Marvel and DC editors short lists for talent they wish they could put on their books.

The Green Lantern Corps Annual managed to completely slip beneath my radar for a few days, and that fact bothers me immensely. I’ve been enjoying GLC ever since the zero issue, and it usually falls into what I refer to as my ‘second tier’ of titles on its reading priority (Thursday or Friday on a big week). I think the fact that it was an Annual, and how weak those had been, that made me just assume it wouldn’t be anything too major. Man was I wrong.

Batman Inc had a cool reveal with Talia’s personal Batman’s identity. It raises more questions about Damian and just how exactly he came to be, but it’s going to make for a cool foe for Batman come the end of the run.

I have no affinity for He-Man, I’m not sure it it was before my time, or if it was just off my radar, but I’ve never really watched the cartoon. I know nothing about the concepts, characters, plots, any of it. Yet for some reason I was hooked on the digital first origin issues, enough so that I picked up the Skeletor one shots a few months ago, and the He-Man one this week. Now I’m eyeing the Masters of the Universe mini and wondering how much goodness I’m missing. On top of that? I’m seeing it on Netflix.

Hawkeye is absolutely fantastic and if you’re not reading it then you need to reexamine your taste in comics.

Throne of Atlantis is awesome, Aquaman is awesome, Justice League has become awesome, and this event has had the epic scale that Geoff has been needing to apply to the League. He has no problems handling the epic scale in Green Lantern, but Justice League had been sputtering through its first year. Now, into the second year, and joined by Ivan Reis, Justice League is finally hitting its stride. Aquaman is a big part of that, as Geoff spent the first year fleshing Arthur out into a character we would care about enough to want to see what happens when his worlds get torn apart. Despite the emergence of a third party as the villain, who has Arthur’s allegiance? His brother? His friends? His mentor? That’s a compelling story arc.

So far there’ve been seventeen issues of Teen Titans (including the zero), and you know what the best two have been? The zero issue and the current one, because for some reason, Tim Drake is still able to shine despite the questionable quality of the title. Wait, nevermind, Fabian Nicieza co-wrote, that changes everything. Fabian needs to be writing this book on his own.

My Pissed Off Moment of the Week:

Did the Ravens win the Superbowl? I think this week lacks things to be pissed about.


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Ed Reed Fined 21,000 For Hit On Deion Branch Sat, 29 Sep 2012 00:58:13 +0000 Future Hall of Famer, Ed Reed has been known for unleashing devastating blows to the opponent. However, this time it wasn’t legal. Two years ago, the NFL made sure to prohibit blows to the head to defenseless players to eliminate concussions. Stephen Tulloch and Ryan Mundy were both fined the same amount for their helmet-to-helmet hits on defenseless players.

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First Superbowl Rematch Since 1994? Fri, 02 Dec 2011 21:00:39 +0000 The last time we’ve ever seen a Superbowl rematch was 1994 as the Cowboys took on the Bills. Cowboys won both Superbowls and the Bills choking curse continued to live on. In the start of week 11, I haven’t seen a time that it was this close of happening. The Packers are clear favorites to go to the Superbowl, unless something dramatic happens. They have virtually already clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Steelers, on the other hand, are in all likelihood a wildcard contender this  year as they are one game behind the Ravens and the Ravens have the tie-breaker edge. So it would be like the Packers vs. Steelers last year except nearly flipped 180.

The only teams that can match-up against the Packers in the NFC are the Saints and Bears. In fact, I actually thought the Bears had a great shot of beating the Packers in the regular season, if not the post-season the way they were playing football around Jay Cutler. Now, their entire season is up in the air, and it’s questionable whether they will even make the playoffs. As seen, the Saints can go toe-to-toe with the Packers. But if they meet again, it will be not in a dome, it will be most likely cold, and those are all areas the Saints don’t excel in. It’s just hard seeing that happen. I know a lot of people are going to ask me about the 49ers, but I believe the 9ers just match up terribly against the Packers. Their offense is solid but nothing close to explosive and Rodgers and his 10,000 options would really expose that defense.

The Steelers have a higher hill to climb than the Packers, as they won’t be able to get home-field advantage (unless they face the 6th seed) and will have to play in the wildcard game. However, this team is built for climbing hills. They’re very experienced and they know how to bounce back from anything. The Raiders, Broncos or Chargers (I’m guessing Raiders) will play them in that game. The Raiders are a tough match-up for the Steelers. They’re much better off if it they can losing a few games to face the Texans….we’ll see how that works out, but still, the Steelers are more elite than the Raiders. Then, as it seems, they will face the Ravens, a team that’s beaten them twice. Honestly, I don’t know why they did other than the fact that Steelers weren’t 100 percent into those games. I mean the first game was obvious the Steelers’ minds weren’t in it to win it, and then the second game they came off an emotional win against the Patriots. Not trying to sugar coat Raven’s performances, but the Steelers match-up in almost every spot better. I’d say Raven’s defense is better by a few inches or two, but Steelers’ offense is in another battlefield than the Ravens. Big Ben is an elite QB with some of the best and fastest WRS/TES in the game, plus he also has a solid running game as well. It’s almost a flawless offense if you ask me. On the other hand, the Ravens offense is up and down. Joe Flacco isn’t elite. He doesn’t have the poised to win the big game and even though his WRS are talented, he doesn’t throw well to them. Inconsistencies and choking will not win any team a Superbowl; I don’t care how great your defense is. As a big Patriots fan, it’s hard to say this, but because I’m saying it that should show you that the Steelers are a very great football team, the Steelers will beat the Patriots again to get to the Superbowl. Like I said before, the Steelers are a complete team. The Patriots are far from that. They have one of the best QBS to ever play the game, but he doesn’t have the supporting cast needed on offense. He has everything great for the 10-20 yard throws, but when you’re talking 40+, he has nobody. If you take the short-routes out of Brady’s passing game, put pressure on him, there’s simply nobody to throw to. It’s almost kind of easy to stop the Patriots passing offense. While the Patriots running game has improved, the Steelers love stopping the run and the last game they played the Patriots didn’t even dare to run on the Steelers, making the offense very predictable and vanilla. On the other side of the ball, the Patriots defense has improved…but some people are acting like they’re the next Steel Curtain. Not even close. They’ve given up just 20 points in the last two game, but against who? Oh right, Mark Sanchez and Tyler Placko, two QBS who don’t have the kind of arm to spread out the field. However, Big Ben has the arm and he has the WRS that can beat man and if you play zone they have experienced players who can find the zones. The way the Steelers complied that gameplan was just utterly brilliant and their execution was flawless. Bill Bellichick is hard to out-coach twice, but this is just a personnel miss-match that I believe Bill Bellichick cannot do anything about.

The last question remaining now that I’ve established why these teams will make it to the big game in February,  it’s time to answer. The Packers style in a dome is hard to stop, one of the main reasons why they beat the Steelers last year. However, the other reason was because the Steelers secondary was a flaw in their defense. This year they are playing much, much better. There is no such thing as running the ball against the Steelers, especially when the Packers have a little running game to begin with, and the Packers also have a flaw protecting the QB. The Steelers love to blitz and they get pressure on QBS fast. The Packers defense has been improving but it’s nowhere near their defense last year, and the Steelers are playing great on the offensive side on the ball. If you were wondering if I was favoring the Steelers in this game, then you are wondering correctly. The Steelers, if everything holds up as I predicted, will beat the Packers and hand them their first lost of the season in the game that matters the most.

Let’s see how accurate I am, hold me on this column. Until then, have a fun weekend and enjoy the games.×120.jpg

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Wild Weekends: College Football Turning Up The Heat Fri, 04 Nov 2011 12:00:30 +0000 In college football the race to the finish has begun.


At the beginning of the season, TCU/Baylor seemed to me to be a college football game that would be around in November as a legit game of the year candidate. It almost made it to November. However, Stanford’s multiple overtime win over USC at the Coliseum this past Saturday has now overtaken that position as the two teams put on what is right now college football’s game of the year. I had to note that as of now it’s the game of the year in college football because, well, it’s November and with all the craziness that usually takes place in this month there are also plenty of great games that come out of it. Back to Saturday in L.A.: Andrew Luck finally faced a tougher brand of competition and finally looked mortal as the pick-six he gave to USC late in the game nearly gave them the game as well. But Luck, showing why it’s basically unanimous that he’ll be next year’s #1 draft pick in the NFL, lead the Cardinal to a game-saving touchdown drive following the INT, with the tying touchdown coming with less than forty seconds to play. The Cardinal’s triple overtime win has kept their national title hopes alive for the moment, but with a showdown with Oregon looming, Stanford’s defense couldn’t have afforded a game where they were exposed as being a team who can give up large amounts of yardage and points. Still, it was mostly about Luck, as his leadership late in the game helped Stanford from suffering the kind of upset that Oklahoma had to go through last week. If there is a silver lining to this wild and crazy shootout for the Cardinal going forward (besides the win), it’s that they are able to keep their offense moving fairly comfortably through an entire game, even as the score continues to go up and up and up. Remember, not being able to produce points for a full sixty minutes was what did Stanford in against Oregon last year. Also remember that if it weren’t for Curtis McNeal’s fumble into the end-zone that ended the game, who knows how long this game would’ve gone and how high the score would’ve gotten.


The NFL’s marquee matchup this past Sunday turned into a showcase game for the Pittsburgh Steelers. A deceiving 25-17 victory (it wasn’t even that close) helped the Steelers erase the demons of past meetings with Brady and Patriots from their minds as they held Brady to under 200 passing yards, never let Brady get comfortable, and forced Brady into an uphill climb the entire game as the Steelers never trailed. I mention all of those things as ways Pittsburgh stopped Brady from being Brady in this one because it was a collaborative effort. Keeping Brady uncomfortable and unproductive is key to beating New England, but keeping Brady off the field is the best way to get him uncomfortable and unproductive. And with that, it was probably Pittsburgh’s offense more than their defense that beat Brady on this day. Not to take a single thing away from the Steeler defense, but Big Ben and the Steeler offense keeping the ball for just under forty minutes in this game may have done more damage to Brady’s ability to lead his team than anything that was forced upon him by the Pittsburgh D. With a rematch (and one they’ve wanted since opening day) with Baltimore now taking center stage next week, this game should offer more than a few lessons for Pittsburgh on how to meticulously wear down a team they hate/have trouble with. For Pittsburgh, Baltimore provides both as Pittsburgh’s wins over Baltimore in recent years haven’t exactly been runaway’s or even easy.


Two more fell from the ranks of the unbeaten in college football this past weekend. One was a bit of a shock and one really wasn’t.


The Clemson Tigers surprise start to this season has been stopped in its tracks by an inconsistent triple option attack. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets’ claim to fame in recent years has been their triple option running attack that has been beautiful to watch at times and incredibly disappointing at others. Consistency has been lacking in this running attack, but a big enough game has generally been able to bring out its best, and Saturday was that game with an undefeated conference opponent coming into their house. As for Tajh Boyd and the Tigers, they fell behind early and never came back. The Yellow Jackets worked at the Tigers relentlessly with their running attack and just overwhelmed them; remember the Tigers’ D has been one to let up a lot of points and rushing yards, but also make the key turnovers. Well, they did force G-Tech to fumble the ball away once and intercepted Yellow Jacket quarterback Tevin Washington once, but Washington balanced out those turnovers by directing that already mentioned rushing attack to nearly 400 yards while contributing nearly half of that himself.


Last week I did mention how Bill Snyder had once again put Kansas State football on the national radar, and this past weekend they slipped off of it in game one of their four game nightmare. With Oklahoma State, Texas, and Texas A&M still to come, the Wildcats were run out of their own stadium (ironic in this case since it’s named after Bill Snyder) by over 40 points eliminating any chance they had at a BCS bowl game. Landry Jones had his way with the already vulnerable Wildcat defense throwing for over 500 yards (setting a school record in the process) and five touchdowns (setting a school record for career TD passes). And all the Wildcats (and maybe even Bill Snyder) could do was sit there and marvel at the force of nature known as the Oklahoma offense that had come into their house and made itself at home.


As for upsets, the biggest one came in the pro ranks this weekend with the St. Louis Rams gaining their first win of the season with a major upset over Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Call it hangover, call it look-ahead for the Saints with Tampa Bay next week, call it whatever you want, but the fact is the Saints were outplayed by the St. Louis Rams in every phase of the game for the better part of three and a half quarters and lost. To me this upset was particularly noteworthy due to not just who it came against, but when it happened. You may recall me singing the Saints’ praises after they abused the winless Colts at home last Sunday. So the instant reaction from such a huge and easy win, apparently, was to play exactly opposite the way they played against Indy. And what happened? They were slammed by St. Louis in a manner that might have made some think they had fallen into a time machine somehow and it was 2001 again.


The NFL’s most stunning results came this weekend, not so much in upset form, but in comeback form. The Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants both played against teams they were heavily favored to beat, but both had to make double-digit comebacks to avoid the sting that would come from losing to a winless team (Giants against Dolphins) or a one win team (Ravens against Cardinals). The Ravens were down by 18 at halftime only for Ray Rice to make a one-man, thirty minute charge that resulted in him scoring three times and the Ravens edging Arizona via a short Billy Cunduff field-goal as time expired. As for the Giants, it was all about Eli. Maybe if New York had to settle for a field-goal at the end of the first half things would’ve been different, but Manning found Mario Manningham in the end-zone for a 25-yard score that put the Giants within four to end the half and in better position to make up for next to thirty minutes of poor play. Down by only four, the Giants were able to will their way past Miami thanks to Eli, doing the scoring in the fourth, but also keeping themselves and Miami from letting the game get away in the third as Miami could only muster a field-goal in that quarter. Eli and the Giants had their opening (a one score game with one quarter to play) and used it to eventually gain a win and keep Miami among those in the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes.


The Big-10 got more exciting and more confusing over the weekend as Wisconsin once again fell thanks to a late touchdown pass, and Michigan State followed up their last-second win over Wisconsin by not scoring a touchdown in a dominating loss to Nebraska. Russell Wilson did what he could to bring Wisconsin back in a game they had control of, then lost (sound familiar?). The Badgers took a 7-3 lead into halftime, but the defenses took the second half off with the Buckeye offense in particular doing what it pleased while building a 12-point lead in the fourth. Wilson guided the Badgers back into the lead with two touchdown passes to Jared Abbrederis in the final three and a half minutes. But after letting up a near fifty yard kickoff return, the Buckeyes had plenty of time and fabulous field position to work with. While the field position helped set up what happened next, they didn’t need a lot of time to do it. On the fourth play following the kickoff, Buckeye freshman quarterback Braxton Miller rolled right under pressure, nearly ran out-of-bounds to stop the clock, stopped, and heaved a pass to the end-zone. That pass found a wide open Devin Smith for the score and the win. And when I mean wide open, I mean WIDE OPEN. The Wisconsin secondary appeared to have forgotten rule #1 of playing in the secondary: you follow the receivers. It appeared that Wisconsin’s defensive line and linebackers weren’t the only ones watching Miller roll right as Smith snuck right past the Wisconsin defenders making the touchdown that much more painful for everyone watching in Madison.


With Michigan St.’s poor showing in Lincoln, the Big-10 is now guaranteed not to send a team to play for the national title. What is still guaranteed is that they’ll send their champion to play in the Rose Bowl, but who that champion will be couldn’t be more of a mystery. Both divisions as of now have at least three teams that could be playing in the conference’s first championship game. In the Legends division it’s really about Michigan, Michigan St., or Nebraska, with Iowa looming as a possible spoiler or possible team that sneaks in amid the madness of November. These four still play at least one of the others during the final month of the season, so the possibilities are endless. Just as endless are the possibilities in the Leaders division with Purdue being the potential (but less likely) spoiler/team that sneaks in. I doubt that Purdue will somehow sneak away with the division, but I don’t discount the possibility that they could provide a crushing blow to a team by beating them this late in the season. The division has Purdue, Ohio St., and Wisconsin tied for second, with Penn St.—the only Big-10 team still unbeaten in conference play—leading the way despite making no waves this season. In fact, the biggest waves Penn St. has made this season have been about whether Joe Paterno will be coaching on the sidelines or not. They are unbeaten in conference, but the victories haven’t been impressive and with Nebraska, Ohio St., and Wisconsin to finish the season, it’s highly unlikely that the Nittany Lions are going to finish unbeaten in conference. So you have six (maybe eight) teams that could win the conference’s two divisions and play for the title. And with some teams playing inter-division conference games in November, there are a few possibilities (no matter how slim) that the first Big-10 championship game could not only be a rematch of a regular season Big-10 conference game, but the rematch could come quickly after the initial meeting.


Once again the Arkansas Razorbacks stay in the top ten by avoiding an upset. For the second week in a row, the Razorbacks fell behind early to an unranked conference foe only to come back for a close win. Down 21-7 in the second quarter against Vanderbilt, the Razorbacks once again kept calm and played their game. The result was a thrilling fourth quarter of football with Arkansas within a score at the beginning of it. They tied the game as Vanderbilt seemed to be putting distance between themselves and the Razorbacks. On second and goal from the Arkansas six yard-line, Zac Stacy of Vanderbilt fumble the ball and it was recovered by Razorback Jerry Franklin who returned it 94 yards for a touchdown. The ensuing two-point conversion tied the game and Arkansas took the lead with around six minutes to play via field-goal. But Vandy had a chance late. It was up to kicker Carey Spear from 27 yards, but it was not to be. Spear’s nervous energy may have gotten the best of him as his kick had the distance, but being on a right hash, it had to have a little hook to the left to go through. Instead, Spear kicked it straight and thus wide right to give Arkansas another close victory against a team they weren’t supposed to have a close victory against.


The comeback and all the excitement of the game would all be overshadowed by a single play. Marquel Wade of Arkansas brutalized Jonathan Krause of Vanderbilt on a third quarter punt with a hit that will surely go on many, many people’s big hit highlight reels. It will also be an example of why the two-yard “Halo Rule” is in place. Wade’s hit may not have even been what got him ejected as he did celebrate while still on the field, and that more than the hit was likely what got him kicked out of the game. Wade claims he believed Krause had the ball when he hit him and “screwed up.” Since Krause not only got up, but returned another punt later, that apology should be good enough.


But no matter what, shouldn’t the halo rule be basically jammed into the skulls of every special teams player on every college football team? Wade usually plays receiver, but was on special teams here. So what if he doesn’t play special teams every play? If he’s on the punt team, that should be something he’s aware of because it could cost your team fifteen yards in a pointless manner. I know people love to hit (this is football after all), but any time a team gets called for this it shows lack of discipline from the player and maybe even the coaching staff by proxy because it’s a simple rule to follow: keep two yards distance from a returner on a punt until he touches the ball. Simple enough. But time and time again we see players looking to make that big hit—maybe because they want somebody back home to see it, maybe because they want to get on SportsCenter, maybe just because they want to hit the guy—lose focus and clock a returner who’s called for a fair catch or is just in their path, like Krause was on Saturday. Last year, Roger Goodell painted a picture of helmet-to-helmet shots as basically a plague in pro football. He may be right, but what’s a plague in college football is players not obeying that two-yard rule. This has been something that has been occurring more and more over the years and unlike helmet-to-helmet shots, which can vary in speed and force, the shots committed on punt returners like Krause are always going to be full speed hits with as much force attached to them as the man trying to hit him can put into it. That is something that needs to be looked at within college football, and maybe football in general.×120.jpg

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Arizona Cardinals vs. Baltimore Ravens: NFL Week 8 Review Wed, 02 Nov 2011 12:09:24 +0000 Cardinals 27 – Ravens 30

Daniels blames the Cardinals coaching.  Are they sucking for Luck? “When a team concedes a 27 point lead, it’s on the coach more than it’s on the defense.  There’s not a lot else to say.  It took the Ravens an awful long time to do what a good team should have done in the first half.”

Rhett Davis, however, focuses on the Ravens as contenders: “After being down by three scores, the Ravens overcame the odds and winged down the red birds.  The Ravens are a team to watch this year.  They always have a good to great defense, but this year is Ray Lewis’ last.  You have to think he is more determined than any to finally win the big one.  With that kind of determination, I think the Ravens are a team to watch in the AFC.  As for the game, the Cardinals are poor and may even have a difficult time next week with the Rams.  The Cardinals main problem was Ray Rice, who continues to be one of the top (if not THE top) running backs this year, scoring three touchdowns.  The Ravens are a team to watch and the Cardinals are only going to go down from here.”

My Take: The Ravens aren’t, to me, contenders, so long as Joe Flacco is their QB.  Any good team with any kind of pressure will get to him, and they have a long way to go for a bye in the playoffs, so asking their defense to carry them 4 times before Flacco kills them is a tall order.  Ray Rice is great, but with the current rules, you can’t win in the NFL without a top level QB.  That’ll stop the Ravens.  If the Colts end up with Luck, and I’m the Ravens, I trade the moon for Peyton.  Arizona seem to have realized that Kolb is not the answer and are fine with losing for Luck rather than being mediocre.  That or the coaches have totally lost the team, but that hardly explains the huge early lead, then, does it?×120.jpg

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Houston Texans vs Baltimore Ravens: NFL Week 6 Thoughts Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:00:43 +0000 Houston Texans 14 – Baltimore Ravens 29

Daniels is done with the Texans thanks to their huge injuries : When one of my friends claimed Houston was “done” after their game with the Raiders, I hesitated.  I wasn’t quite ready to make that leap.  However, it looks like the lack of Andre Johnson and Mario Williams, in fact, supports this.  Baltimore is going to walk through this division.  It’s nearly as unbelievable as the Cardinals being in the World Series…… again.

But Rhett Davis sees the Ravens as a team that handled business: The Ravens continue their dominance with this win over the Texans.  This game was incredibly close until the 3rd quarter when Ricky Williams ran a TD in and it all went downhill from there.  The Ravens would kick 5 field goals throughout the game tying a team record.

My Take: With respect to Arian Foster, the Texans are missing their two best players, one on each side of the ball.  The Ravens had better kill any team when that’s true if they’re really Super Bowl contenders.  I was all ready to sell on the Texans, but, well their schedule is fairly easy and their main competition, the Titans, aren’t quite that good.  I think the Titans take the division, but the Texans can make it interesting, but they’ll need more from Foster than 59 yards on the ground.  The Ravens played among their best games of the season, but without Mario Williams pressuring Flacco, well, let’s just say the statuesque QB won’t have it that easy every week.×120.jpg

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New York Jets vs Baltimore Ravens: NFL Week 4 Thoughts Mon, 03 Oct 2011 20:18:39 +0000 New York Jets 17 – Baltimore Ravens 34


James Williams, a Jet die-hard, talks about their defensive woes: It’s been said 1,000 times, “Defense wins games.” So I guess it’s no surprise that 90% of this game’s points were scored on defense. In what can only be described as a complete offensive meltdown, the Jets, or the team in white, took a 34-17 loss to the Ravens. Offensive line folded under pressure and saw Sanchez get hit 15 times and sacked at least 4. Both team offenses looked terrible and this is probably the 1st game in NFL history to have two QB’s with a QB rating of 50 or less. The one lone bright spot was Plaxico Burress finally starting to get more looks on offense, but if the O-Line keeps letting Sanchez get knocked around neither he, nor any other receiver for that matter, will get another chance. Bottom line, this team has been billed as “Right on the cusp”, but if this level of play continues they’ll be on the cusp of another playoff drought and back to the bottom of the AFC East.


Ever the optimist, Daniels piles on: This was one of the most excruciating football games I’ve ever had the displeasure of watching half of.  We are learning slowly that the Jets can’t play from behind.  As long as their defense keeps the points Sanchez gives them in the lead, they’re fine.  If they fall too far behind, the offense isn’t good enough to bring them back.  Sanchez may not be good enough to lead multiple scoring drives in the 2nd half.  The Ravens are a good team with a mediocre quarterback.  They’ve won a Super Bowl on that, though.

Meanwhile, Grey Scherl piles on the Ravens Super Bowl bandwagon: Holy crap the Jets and the Ravens was a defensive battle. ONE offensive touchdown in a game that ended 34-17. How freaking insane is that? 7 of 51 points came from offense, and the rest was picks, fumble recoveries, and the Jets running a kick back for a TD. Generally when I think of a defensive battle I think of a game with less than twenty points scored across both teams. But this? This is freaking awesome. This is why the Ravens are going to the Superbowl.

My Take:  The Jets are officially not contenders until they fix their defense.  Ray Rice absolutely wrecked them here, as did their own inability to either run or pass. An offensive line that can’t set up either isn’t a lot of good, and while the Ravens defense is great, well, the Jets D is supposed to be, as well.  The Ravens simply look tough and dangerous most weeks, but when they don’t, they look disinterested and slow.  This was an ugly game and we knew the Ravens could win those, and they’re now in control of their division.  They really did win a Super Bowl with a similar team, but with a slightly lesser D and deeper league, I still can’t see them beating good teams that don’t fold at their physicality.×120.jpg

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Baltimore Ravens Crush Rams, Established as Super Bowl Contenders? NFL Week 3 Commentary Tue, 27 Sep 2011 14:00:27 +0000 Baltimore Ravens 37 – St Louis Rams 7


What to say about this kind of butt-kicking?


A fan of both teams, Grey Scherl rips into his hometown squad: The Rams played like absolute shit and they paid for it. Joe Flacco reminds me that I should have taken him in fantasy this year, Steven Jackson makes his not-so triumphant return, a few new stars are born in Baltimore, and Danario Alexander commands double coverage. If the Rams could have put up twenty-five points, this would have been a phenomenal game. Instead, the Ravens ran up the score while making the Rams look like amateurs. I can’t believe I stayed until the fourth quarter.


Balanced Andy Mac? The Ravens continue to ride something of a roller coaster this season.  They dominated a hyped up Steelers team then faltered against an average Titans squad.  Luckily this week they came out and did exactly what good teams are supposed to do against worse teams: namely, dominate them.  The Ravens turned in a great performance on both sides of the ball, and last week’s loss not withstanding are still the class of the AFC North.  The Rams are still not a good football team, but they are starting to put the pieces in place to steadily improve over the years the way the Lions seem to have improved.


Unless you just want to kick the Rams while their down, again, like Daniels: This was just utter road domination.  It’s unbelievable how much the Rams are missing Jackson.  It turned them one-dimensional and easy to predict.


My Take: The Ravens are a great defense that lost to an inferior team last week and came out ready to kill an offense that’s been out of sorts since Jackson went down.  Bradford doesn’t have the receivers to top the Ravens, even with their weak-ish secondary, and he really had no time to operate.  He needs weapons if the Rams are ever going to compete.  Flacco, meanwhile, looks like he might really be dangerous with a deep threat.  If Torrey Smith can do that, the Ravens take a leap forward this year ahead of the Steelers.  If not, well, the offense will again look the way it did last week.  Quite the swing and quite the pressure on a young receiver.  Who would have though, though, that after three weeks the Ravens look like they may be the class of the AFC and the Steelers seem to be going backwards?×120.jpg

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NFL 2011 Week 2 Thoughts and Commentary: Baltimore Ravens – 13, Tennessee Titans 26 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:00:16 +0000 Baltimore Ravens – 13, Tennessee Titans 26


Rhett Davis: With the Baltimore defense focused on Chris Johnson, Matt Hasselbeck threw for over 350 yards and scored a TD.  Tennessee was prepared unlike the Ravens.  Even the Titan defense looked phenomenal as they attacked Joe Flacco sacking him 3 times.  The Titans seemed to always be on offense in this game.


Grey Scherl: Joe! What are you doing?! You open the season looking like a Superbowl quarterback against the Steelers, and then you show up to Tennessee and play like this? The Ravens biggest issue is their general inconsistency, as Joe Flacco could be a top five quarterback if he could keep his momentum going for longer than a game. Tennessee is looking good, on the other hand, with veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck starting as they develop Jake Locker to most likely step in as starter in the next year or two. The Titans looked good in this game, and Hasselbeck is pretty good at reminding people that he won a Superbowl. Flacco was good at reminding people that just because he threw a bunch of TDs this week doesn’t mean he couldn’t throw some INTs this week. Ravens need to pull their shit together and keep it that way if they want to get the AFC Championship. The Titans…the Titans could emerge as the favorites in the AFC South, because honestly, with Peyton Manning gone it’s going to be Houston or Tennessee.


Daniels: This game totally overwrites what we knew about both teams just last week.  The Ravens dominated what looked to be an old Pittsburgh team and then they themselves looked old against the Titans.  The Titans couldn’t do anything against the Jaguars and then killed Baltimore.  I…….. got nothin.


Glazer:  Just like last week, let’s not overreact.  The Titans have a good defense and Flacco is entirely flappable – you can shake him and make him cost you a game.  The defense is still good, but 7 turnovers was always going to be a fluke and, well, when you crush your rival, sometimes a let down follows, especially on the road.  The Titans?  They are what we thought they were – a decent team.  The Ravens still have a weak secondary, but it probably isn’t a good sign for Ravens fans or Steelers fans long-term that Matt Hasslebeck could exploit that where Ben couldn’t.×120.jpg

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NFL: Team Transactions From August as of August 8, 10:00 PM ET Tue, 09 Aug 2011 22:00:25 +0000 Arizona Cardinals:
Aug. 2, 2011: Re-signed S Matt Ware. Waived OT Brad Thorson.

Atlanta Falcons:
Aug. 8, 2011: Agreed to terms with RB Jason Snelling.
Aug. 7, 2011: Waived PK Jacob Harfman and OT Rob McGill.
Aug. 3, 2011: Waived-injured TE Robbie Agnone.

Baltimore Ravens:
Aug. 8, 2011: Agreed to terms with RB Ricky Williams.
Aug. 5, 2011: Released FB Jason McKie.
Aug. 5, 2011: Agreed to terms with S Bernard Pollard on a two-year contract.
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with C Casey Rabach on a two-year contract.

Buffalo Bills:
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed WR Craig Davis.
Aug. 2, 2011: Activated CB Reggie Corner from the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Carolina Panthers:
Aug. 8, 2011: Clamed G Bryant Browning off waivers from St. Louis. Waived-injured LB Kelvin Smith.
Aug. 7, 2011: Waived WR Brandon Smith.
Aug. 5, 2011: Agreed to terms with WR Legedu Naanee.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed QB Derek Anderson.
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with DT Terrell McClain.

Chicago Bears:
Aug. 3, 2011: Waived TE Draylen Ross.
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with TE Desmond Clark. Signed TE Matt Spaeth. Waived S K.J. Gerard.
Aug. 2, 2011: Waived P Richmond McGee and DT Sean Murnane.

Cincinatti Bengals:
Aug. 8, 2011: Waived S Brian Lainhart and G Mark Wetterer.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed TE Bo Scaife. Waived OL Ryan McKnight.
Aug. 5, 2011: Claimed TE John Nalbone off waivers from Philadelphia. Waived RB Steven Robinson.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed RB Cedric Benson, LB Brandon Johnson and LB Manny Lawson.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed G Max Jean-Gilles to a one-year contract. Waived LB Keith Darbut and LS Neal Dahlman.
Aug. 2, 2011: Acquired WR Andrew Hawkins off waivers from St. Louis. Signed CB Nate Clements.

Cleveland Browns:
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed LB Eric Gordon, LB Archie Donald, DB Dimitri Patterson and P Richmond McGee. Placed P Reggie Hodges on injured reserve. Waived LB Derrick Addai and LB Alex Wujciak.
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with DT Phil Taylor.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed DE Jayme Mitchell. Sent an undisclosed 2012 draft pick to St. Louis to complete an earlier trade for G John Greco.

Dallas Cowboys:
Aug. 7, 2011: Signed QB Tom Brandstater and WR Dominique Edison.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen. Waived WR Jeff Moturi and DT Lawon Scott.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed Pee Wei Herman to play QB (just a joke).

Denver Broncos:
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with DE Derrick Harvey. Re-signed DE Marcus Thomas. Signed TE Daniel Fells and TE Dante Rosario. Waived S Nick Polk, CB James Rogers and WR Marshall Williams.

Detroit Lions:
Aug. 8, 2011: Released LB Daunte Akra and DB Jamal Robinson. Signed DE Keyunta Dawson and DT Montavious Stanley.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed LB Bobby Carpenter, CB Chris Houston, DE Cliff Avril and T Isaac Sowells. Released CB Branden Bufford, G Pat Illig, WR Michael Moore and CB Brandon Stephens. Claimed WR Nate Hughes off waivers from Jacksonville and G Greg Niland off waivers from Arizona.
Aug. 3, 2011: Released LB Zack Follett, LB Korey Bosworth and DB Jack Williams. Signed DE Greg Banks.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed WR Maurice Stowell. Released WR Jared Jenkins.

Green Bay Packers:
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed LB K.C. Asiodu. Re-signed WR James Jones.

Houston Texans:
Aug. 7, 2011: Signed LB Tim Dobbins.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed FB Lawrence Vickers. Signed P Brad Maynard.

Indianapolis Colts:
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed OT Anthony Castonzo and LB Ernie Sims.
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with DL Jamaal Anderson.

Jacksonville Jaguars:
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed TE Marcedes Lewis to a five-year contract.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed G Wade Grayson. Waived WR Nate Hughes.

Kansas City Chiefs:
Aug. 8, 2011: Removed TE Tony Moeaki from the phyically-unable-to-perform list.
Aug. 6, 2011: Signed DL Amon Gordon.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed FB Le’Ron McClain, CB Brandon Carr and S Sabby Piscitelli. Agreed to terms with DE Justin Houston on a four-year contract.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed DB Javes Lewis and CB Mario Ruussell. Signed WR Chris Manno.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed OT Barry Richardson to a restricted free agent tender and LB Brandon Siler.

Miami Dolphins:
Aug. 7, 2011: Waived T Micah Kia.
Aug. 6, 2011: Signed OT Ray Willis.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed QB Kevin O’Connell, Signed T Micah Kia. Re-signed OL Nate Garner, RB Lex Hilliard, T Lydon Murtha and RB Kory Sheets.
Aug. 3, 2011: Terminated the contract of LB Tim Dobbins.
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with OT Marc Colombo. Signed LB Jason Taylor and LB Mark Masterson.

Minnesota Vikings:
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed OT Ryan Cook.
Aug. 3, 2011: Released OT Bryant McKinnie.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed OL Charlie Johnson. Placed OT Bryant McKinnie on the non-football injury list.

New England Patriots:
Aug. 8, 2011: Signed DE Shaun Ellis and DE Andre Carter.
Aug. 7, 2011: Signed DE Mark Anderson. Released DL Marlon Favorite and CB Thad Turner. Placed OL Kyle Hix on injured reserve.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed OL Nate Solder.
Aug. 3, 2011: Re-signed T Matt Light. Signed C Chris Morris, CB Ras-I Dowling, RB Shane Vereen, DE Christian Cox, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, OL Jonathan Compas and RB Richard Medlin. Released RB Thomas Clayton, OL Mike Berry and QB Jonathan Crompton.

New Orleans Saints:
Aug. 7, 2011: Waived DE Curtis Johnson.
Aug. 5, 2011: Agreed to terms with C Olin Kreutz on a one-year contract, DT Aubrayo Franklin, OT George Foster and OT Alex Barron. Placed LB Jeremiha Hunter on injured reserve. Waived PK Jacob Rogers.
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with DE Cameron Jordan, TE Tory Humphrey and CB Terrraill Lambert. Waived-failed physical G Carl Johnson. Waived-injured CB Josh Gatlin.
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with LB Clint Ingram. Signed G Carl Nicks and C Cecil Newton. Re-signed OT Zach Strief.

New York Giants:
Aug. 6, 2011: Re-signed DE Dave Tollefson.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed CB Prince Amukamara to a four-year contract, CB Darnell Burks, and DT Rocky Bernard. Waived-injured DT Martin Parker and CB Bruce Johnson. Agreed to terms with CB Prince Amukamara.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed RB Andre Brown, WR Michael Clayton, OT Stacy Andrews, DT Gabe Watson, and RB Ahmad Bradshaw.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed QB David Carr and TE Ben Patrick. Waived-injured RB Martell Mallard. Waived/non-football injury S Chad Jones.

New York Jets:
Aug. 7, 2011: Signed WR Derrick Mason to a two-year contract and LS Wilson Raynor and TE Keith Zinger. Waived LB Cody Brown and TE Collin Franklin.
Aug. 5, 2011: OL Damien Woody announced his retirement. Re-signed S Brodney Pool. Signed G Trevor Canfield and T Pete Clifford. Waived CB Jeremy McGee, G Tom Ottaiano and T Jeff Wills. Released WR Jerricho Cotchery.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed LB David Harris to a four-year contract. Signed S DaJuan Morgan. Waived RB Carlos Brown.
Aug. 2, 2011: Re-signed CB Antonio Cromartie to a four-year contract. Signed CB Donald Strickland. Placed WR Jerricho Cotchery and G Brandon Moore on the physically unable to perform list.

Oakland Raiders:
Aug. 7, 2011: Signed WR Derek Hagan, WR Chad Jackson, WR Shawn Bayes and FB Bryson Kelly.
Aug. 6, 2011: Re-signed RB Michael Bush.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed TE Kevin Boss to a four-year contract and LB Darryl Blackstock.
Aug. 3, 2011: Re-signed C Samson Satele. Signed OL Seth Wand, OL Justin Smiley and OL Stephon Heyer.
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with LB Kamerion Wimbley on a five-year contract.

Philadelphia Eagles:
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with OT Ryan Harris, RB Ronnie Brown, S Jarrad Page, DT Anthony Hargrove and DT Derek Landri to one-year contracts and WR Cordario Calvin. Signed WR Brandon Caleb. Waived LB Terence Thomas and TE John Nalbone.
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with OL Danny watkins on a four-year contract. Traded DT Brodrick Bunkley to Denver for an undisclosed 2013 draft pick. Waived WR Keith Carlos.

Pittsburg Steelers:
August 5, 2011 Signed LB LaMarr Woodley to a six-year contract.

San Diego Chargers:
Aug. 8, 2011: Waived WR Giovanni Stanley. Signed RB Dean Rogers to a three-year contract.
Aug. 7, 2011: Waived FB Kenny Younger. Waived-injured FB Patrick DiMarco.
Aug. 5, 2011: Agreed to terms with DE Corey Liuget on a four-year contract and WR Malcom Floyd. Signed RB Shawnbrey McNeal and S Nick Polk to two-year contracts.
Aug. 2, 2011: Placed TE Antonio Gates and LB Larry English on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

San Francisco 49ers:
Aug. 8, 2011: Placed WR Dontavia Bogan and CB Curtis Holcomb on injured reserve.
Aug. 7, 2011: Signed S Donte Whitner to a three-year contract.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed C Jonathan Goodwin to a three-year contract and LB Blake Costanzo and WR Braylon Edwards to one-year contracts.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed CB Carlos Rogers and S Madieu Williams to one-year contracts, and CB Phillip Davis to a three-year contract.

Seattle Seahawks:
Aug. 5, 2011: Agreed to terms with DE Raheem Brock.
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with DE Jimmy Wilkerson and TE Zach Miller. Signed PK Jeff Reed, CB Kelly Jennings, LB Michael Johnson, TE Zach Miller, RB Chase Reynolds and DE Jimmy Wilkerson. Released DT Ladi Ajiboye, PK Wes Byrum, G Michael Huey, QB Zac Lee and LB Blake Sorensen.

St. Louis Rams:
Aug. 6, 2011: Resigned OL Adam Goldberg and T Quinn Ojinnaka. Activated FB Britt Miller from the physically unable to perform list.
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with RB Jerious Norwood on a one-year contract.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Aug. 2, 2011: Re-signed LB Adam Hayward to a three-year contract. Released RB Deonte Jackson.

Tennessee Titans:
Aug. 5, 2011: LB David Thornton announced his retirement. Agreed to terms with CB Frank Walker and S Jordan Babineaux. Placed CB Ryan Mouton on injured reserve. Waived WR O.J. Murdock.
Aug. 2, 2011: WR Randy Moss announced his retirement. Agreed to terms with DE Dave Ball and FB Ahmard Hall. Signed DE Jacob Ford.

Washington Redskins:
Aug. 6, 2011: Signed OT Sean Locklear, C Donovan Raiola and P Sav Rocca. Released LB Robert Henson, DT Joe Joseph and LB Kyle O’Donnell.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed S Reed Doughty, DL Kedric Golston and LB Rocky McIntosh.
Aug. 3, 2011: Re-signed QB Rex Grossman.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed OT Jammal Brown, LB Horatio Blades, WR Isaac Anderson, LB Obi Ezeh, LB Eric McBride, DB Devonte Shannon, TE Joe Torchia, QB Marc Verica and DT Thomas Weaver.

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