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Janay Rice married Ray Rice after the elevator knockout…why?

Ray Rice is now a former Baltimore Raven. It is hard to believe that the NFL did not see that video until today, but the reason he was let go is because we saw it. Sure we knew an altercation happened on that elevator, but when you see it you can not ignore it. Rice abused his wife that night and she was further abused when she appeared at his press conference and apologized for her part in the incident, but they both knew what happened that night and she still married him. She said “I Do” to her abuser, and that is heartbreaking. How could she say yes to this mess? No, this is not victim bashing this is simply asking the question “why?” In marriage we all live with something, but abuse should be a non-negotiable. The media will be talking about this for a week and then they will move on, but what is the lesson here? I was watching SportsCenter earlier today and one of the pundits referred to her as a “girl”. She was not a girl she is a woman, a wife, a domestic violence victim. What are we teaching our daughters? How could a young woman marry a man who had knocked her unconscious? Did her relatives and friends know the details of the event? Did they tell her suck it up this man is a millionaire? This is domestic violence and it happens every day and we have to talk to our children. Our sons and our daughters. Share your thoughts.

Baltimore Ravens cut Ray Rice…was this the right decision?

Ray Rice is now a former Baltimore Raven. He was cut today after the 2nd video of his elevator fight with his wife became public. The NFL had suspended Rice for 2 games but the Ravens decided today to terminate his contract. Was this the right decision?


Domestic Violence, Ray Rice and Us

Ray Rice is not the first NFL player to be involved in a domestic violence incident, but he might be the first to get this kind of national press. Yesterday the NFL handed Rice a two game suspension, but many are questioning if that is actually enough. A friend of mine made an interesting point regarding the Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh respone to the punishment. Harbaugh felt the punishment fit the crime, but what if Rice knocked Harbaugh’s wife unconscious? Would a two game suspension be enough? would he still think Rice was a “hecka of a guy” or would Rice have been immediately released from the team? Society has become highly sensitized to gay slurs, but where is that sensitivity regarding domestic violence? So often we see movies that use domestic violence as a punchline. In the movie This Christmas how many people laughed when the Regina King character puts baby oil on the floor and beats her husband with a belt as he tries to walk on the slippery floor after a shower. Or who felt the character that demeaned her husband in the Tyler Perry movie, The Family that Preys Together got what she deserved when her husband slapped her so heard she slid accross the diner counter top. The truth is domestic violence is never funny and never deserved, but we have to all collectively share this belief, and as long as some people think it is a personal matter it will still be tolerated. So maybe Rice has learned his lesson, and maybe he is a changed man, but society has to change and it has not.

The gospel according to Ray Lewis…who is listening?

Interesting perspective on Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis. He is loud about his faith and some people are sick of it, but others including me love it. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.


Why would Dan Patrick ask Joe Flacco if Ray Lewis scares him?

Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis is passionate about football, and he is not afraid to show it. He plays hard and he is an inspiration to his team. His teammates respect his play and yes his passion. Tonight Flacco was interviewed during the half time of the Pro Bowl NBC Dan Patrick asked Flacco if Ray Lewis scared him. Patrick must have pulled this question out of his stupid question file. One is left wondering why would he ask this question. Share your thoughts.

Is America sick of Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis preaching?

Ray Lewis has a testimony and he shares it freely with everyone. He does not pretend to be a perfect man, but he like all of us is flawed. Over the past few days I have heard sportscasters on ESPN say they are sick of him. So what are they sick of? Lewis motivates his team and the citizens of Baltimore. It is interesting that after the New England Patriots lost Sunday night Wes Welker’s wife chose direct the world to to Lewis’ Wikapedia page and read about the future hall of famer. there the reader would read about his children, girlfriends and legal issues. All of this is true, but does that explain her husband’s butter fingers? Welker has been dropping passes since last year. She has since apologized, but I for one and not tired of Lewis sharing his testimony and like it or not he will be doing just that until Superbowl Sunday.

Peyton Manning is a class act

peyton Manning and Ray lewis
Ray Lewis is a beloved figure here in the Baltimore area. On Saturday there was a collective cheer when the Ravens beat the Broncos, but this picture is more about Peyton Manning than Lewis. Manning was terribly disappointed, but he showed that he is a class act. This photo was taken after all the press conferences. Manning waited and greeted Lewis and that says alot about Manning.

Ravens fire Cam Cameron and the Ravens Nation Rejoices

I am a fan of the Baltimore Ravens and yesterday we watched them lose to the Washington Redskins. Somebody’s going to win and somebody’s going to lose that is a given, but it how we lost. The Redskins were down by 8 points and RG3 their sensational rookie quaterback was down with an injury and they brought in the 2nd string quarterback who managed to connect for a touchdown and run in a two point conversion. You could fault our defense for not being able to stop the run, but you also have to take a hard look at our offense and their failure to deliver in the red zone and when you look that way you will see Cam Cameron. Well this morning he was released and Jim Caldwell will be calling the plays. Cameron held the job for 5 years. So you ask how does it relate to politics? This is a case of an employers expectations not being met. Sure Cameron tried and the Ravens allowed him to keep the job for 5 years, but when it became obvious this was not going to work the team let him go. This is how we need to look at our elected officials. Winning elections should not be based on your ability to run a good campaign it should demonstrate that you actually have the ability to govern, and if after (2 years-House) or (6 years-Senate) we the people should give these people their waking papers and not reward them with another term.

Baltimore Raven Matt Birk speaks out for traditional marriage…will he be villified?

A few weeks ago Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayandejo came out in support of gay marriage. A local preacher penned a letter to the Ravens seeking to silence him, but the Ravens supported his right to speak and hopefully they will afford Matt Birk the same courtesy.

This article was written by Matt Birk and it appeared in the Star Tribune
It should come as no surprise that the National Football League supports the right of its players to share their opinions on important public matters, nor should it come as a surprise that I personally support my colleagues’ rights to voice their opinions. But the conversation during the last few weeks on the subject of same-sex marriage has told a different story — one that appears to be drawing a false connection between supporting true American values like free speech and the institution of marriage, our most fundamental and important social institution. I think it is important to set the record straight about what the marriage debate is and is not about, and to clarify that not all NFL players think redefining marriage is a good thing. The union of a man and a woman is privileged and recognized by society as “marriage” for a reason, and it’s not because the government has a vested interest in celebrating the love between two people. With good reason, government recognizes marriages and gives them certain legal benefits so they can provide a stable, nurturing environment for the next generation of citizens: our kids. Children have a right to a mom and a dad, and I realize that this doesn’t always happen. Through the work my wife and I do at pregnancy resource centers and underprivileged schools, we have witnessed firsthand the many heroic efforts of single mothers and fathers — many of whom work very hard to provide what’s best for their kids. But recognizing the efforts of these parents and the resiliency of some (not all, unfortunately) of these kids, does not then give society the right to dismiss the potential long-term effects on a child of not knowing or being loved by his or her mother or father. Each plays a vital role in the raising of a child. Marriage is in trouble right now — admittedly, for many reasons that have little to do with same-sex unions. In the last few years, political forces and a culture of relativism have replaced “I am my brother’s keeper” and “love your neighbor as yourself” with “live and let live” and “if it feels good, go ahead and do it.” The effects of no-fault divorce, adultery, and the nonchalant attitude toward marriage by some have done great harm to this sacred institution. How much longer do we put the desires of adults before the needs of kids? Why are we not doing more to lift up and strengthen the institution of marriage? Same-sex unions may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children — the next generation. Ideas have consequences, and laws shape culture. Marriage redefinition will affect the broader well-being of children and the welfare of society. As a Christian and a citizen, I am compelled to care about both. I am speaking out on this issue because it is far too important to remain silent. People who are simply acknowledging the basic reality of marriage between one man and one woman are being labeled as “bigots” and “homophobic.” Aren’t we past that as a society?
Don’t we all have family members and friends whom we love who have same-sex attraction? Attempting to silence those who may disagree with you is always un-American, but especially when it is through name-calling, it has no place in respectful conversation. A defense of marriage is not meant as an offense to any person or group. All people should be afforded their inalienable American freedoms. There is no opposition between providing basic human rights to everyone and preserving marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman.
I hope that in voicing my beliefs I encourage people on both sides to use reason and charity as they enter this debate. I encourage all Americans to stand up to preserve and promote a healthy, authentic promarriage culture in this upcoming election.


Matt Birk, a native Minnesotan, is a former center for the Minnesota Vikings and current center for the Baltimore Ravens.

Art Modell, former Baltimore Raven owner dead at 87

I love football and I truly love the Baltimore Ravens. Sad news today, Art Modell the man that brought pro football back to Baltimore died today. Read the linked story for all the details.