None of us can relate to what it’s like to win 8 gold medals in one Olympics (He has 14 gold medals total) like Michael Phelps (cause no one else on Earth has done that) but we can all relate to his admiration of Baltimore Raven’s Linebacker Ray Lewis. Following the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, Phelps told the Baltimore Sun that he was somewhat burned out and having some trouble getting motivated for the 2012 summer games in London. But since then he has got the chance to get to know the future hall of famer, hear his pep talks, and witness the passion he still has for his sport going into his 17th season. Being a Baltimore native, Phelps is a big Raven’s fan and speaks highly of charm city, saying; “Baltimore is my hometown, and it’s where I grew up. I’m always going to have a place there. I love Baltimore, I love being close to [where] the Ravens play.” He also added that he and Lewis are “good friends,” and that he loves to watch Ray play saying that watching him play “sends chills up my spine.” The fact that experiencing Ray’s passion up close reinvigorated Phelps desire in his sport shouldn’t be a surprise to Raven’s fans. I can say that even from my season ticket seats all the way up in section 552, seeing Ray down on the field gets me fired up, I can’t imagine what kind of effect he’d have face to face.
Closing in on two months until draft day, it’s about time to start mocking. With the exception of the first overall pick, anything can happen on Draft day which makes it one of the most exciting days in sports. In this first mock I’m going to familiarize you with the prospects and what each team is looking for position wise. Keep in mind that this is my best guess as of now, everything can (and probably will) change after the combine…
1. Indianapolis Colts – Top 3 Needs: QB, DT, CB
Selection: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Now that the NFL season has officially come to an end it is time to turn our sights towards next year and what the Ravens must do to finally get over the hump. Seeing how close they came to reaching the super bowl I do not think that they are in need of a loud offseason or drastic changes anywhere (unless you consider taking a hacksaw to Billy Cundiff’s leg drastic). I anticipate Steve Bisciotti and Ozzie Newsome to follow their usual blueprint of taking care of their in-house free agents and addressing their needs primarily through the draft.