After having 41 years of Hopkins making the NCAA Lacrosse tournament snapped, another first has occurred: No Maryland based school has advanced to the second round. Time to start watching Women’s Lacrosse, I guess.
In a seemingly abrupt move, Rolando McClain announces his retirement. In reality, this is could only be a stunt. After his most recent arrest, the Ravens pulled him aside and gave him an ultimatum: Shape up. Expect McClain to reappear on the scene once his existing 3 police squabbles are resolved, assuming nothing new crops up. If he can’t keep his nose clean, he really will be retired.
Hey all you Roost #4 members! Please note that we have a Roost #4 meeting this coming Monday, May 20th, 7pm up at Jilly’s! The meeting is one week early this month since our normal “4th Monday of the month” fell on May 27th … Memorial Day.
For those members who purchased Oriole ticket packages with Roost #4 … we have a game this coming Sunday, May 19th! Gametime is 1:35pm at Camden Yards against the Tampa Bay Rays. A bunch of folks are meeting on Cross Street between10am & 11am for some adult beverages on the way to the game – contact Mitch for more details.
Also … just a reminder … the Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts Convention in Ocean City is only 2 weeks away! Start getting psyched!
Ravens acquired center AQ Shipley from the Indianapolis Colts for a conditional 2014 draft pick to add depth at center, and challenge Gino Gradkowski and rookie draftee Ryan Jensen for the starting job. Shipley, form Pittsburgh, is a seventh-round pick out of Penn State by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 (where he never made it off the practice squad; same story after a year in Philadelphia), started five games at center for Indianapolis last season and saw action in 14 total games. At 6 feet 1 and 309 pounds, Shipley can also play guard. The Ravens acquired the final two years of Shipley’s contract where he is due base salaries of $470,000 and $580,000.
Bryant McKinnie has been resigned to an incentive laced 2 year, $7M contract, which analysts predict will solidify our offensive line. However, in my opinion, we still lack a go-to “Hands” receiver. That Boldin trade is looking worse and worse every day.
After the free agent exodus, the Ravens are back filling through the draft. The first several picks went to top notched defensive players, and then they started working on other future needs. S Elam, ILB Brown, NT Williams, and DE Simon, all have promise for improved range and power on the Ravens Defense. Next, came the backfilling. FB Juszcyk looks to be a future (cheaper) Leach replacement. OT Wagner (5th round), looks to compete for time and possibly even starts to protect Flacco. Sixth and Seventh round acquisitions are primarily depth options, but are all guys that could have gone earlier than they did, once again showing the Ravens prowess in finding value picks in each round. Other analyst list the Ravens as one of the big “winners” in the draft, with predictions that the Defense will actually be better in 2013, than it was in 2012.
Roost 4 had 12 volunteers out for our 1st Adopt-a-Highway clean-up of 2013. We clean 1.3 miles of Frederick Road in Oella 4 times each year. Thanks to all of our volunteers!
Rolando McClain (1 year, $700k), who was reported to have more baggage than BWI, will compete for a starting linebacker spot… 2013 schedule finally release witht he Ravens opening on the road in Denver, as anticipated… Draft starts this Thursday, as the Ravens look to find more diamonds in the rough.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said on his Twitter page today that the league is expected to release its regular-season schedule Thursday night at 8 p.m.
The unveiling is expected to be made on NFL Network.
It was initially expected that the schedule would be released today, but it’s been delayed for two days.
The Ravens will open on the road after they couldn’t work out a scheduling compromise with the Orioles on the night of Sept. 5. The Denver Broncos are believed to be their most likely opponent that night, but the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears are also possibilities.
2013 regular-season schedule will be announced at 8 pm ET on Thursday (April 18).
— Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) April 16, 2013
Former overall eight draft pick Rolando McClain passed his physical and will play a 1 year trial period for the Ravens, as they try to sure up their non-existent linebacker core. McClain is no stranger to trouble, and the Ravens are believed to be one of the few teams that can keep him in line, after he was banished from the locker room half way through the season last year.