Found October 30, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
AN OLD MAN approaches a table of three young men at a Tuscaloosa Applebee's. "Roll Tide," says the old man. "Roll Tide," the young men say. The old man takes a seat. He warns everyone that he's been drinking. Crown Royal Black. "Smooth as a baby's ass," he says. He wants to talk Alabama football, a random drunk guy with stories to tell. The first game that he attended: 1958, against LSU. Bear Bryant's debut as coach. Blew a lead and lost. Still gnaws at him. Then one of the young men -- the biggest of the three, with massive arms and shoulders that extend from his neck like a perfect square -- says, "I used to play here." "What's your name?" the old man says. "Rolando McClain." "Rolando!" The old man turns to his family at the nearest table. "That's Rolando McClain!" For a moment, McClain's face -- scruffy and cherubic and subtly earnest -- seems to freeze. He knows the...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Rolando McClain on retiring at 23: ‘I just wanted to kill somebody’

Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain said he walked away from the NFL because he was worried he would do something he would regret. “I felt like Aaron Hernandez, like I just wanted to kill somebody,” McClain said in an interview for this week’s ESPN The Magazine. The Raiders released McClain in April.  He signed with the Baltimore Ravens, but abruptly decided...

Baltimore Ravens: Could RB Bernard Scott be the answer?

The NFL trade deadline was at 4:00 pm EST on Tuesday, but that didn’t matter to the Baltimore Ravens. Bernard Scott (Kirby Lee/US Presswire) There was a lot of speculation that the Ravens would take advantage of the trade deadline by trying to get a wide receiver to help out the offense. There were reports that the team was looking at New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks...

Ravens waive Michael Huff, Marcus Spears

The Baltimore Ravens have announced that they’ve waived veteran safety Michael Huff and defensive end Marcus Spears. The Ravens waived two vested veterans, safety Michael Huff and defensive end Marcus Spears. Both players were signed this past offseason. Baltimore signed two practice squad safeties, Omar Brown and Brynden Trawick, to the active roster. They will be counted...

John Harbaugh cuts two veterans, sends a message to the rest of the Ravens..

They were symbolic mid-season cuts because both had been under-performing--- but even more significant, John Harbaugh cut them to send a message to the rest of the Ravens roster. He might as well have said, "Look, I know you were brought in here as free agents after successful careers elsewhere, but right now I just don't think you're capable of playing like a Raven...

Ravens' LB McClain to start again vs Browns

Jameel McClain will remain Baltimore's starting weak-side linebacker against Cleveland. Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees says McClain will get the nod Sunday over Josh Bynes, who started the first six games when McClain was sidelined by a spinal cord injury. McClain returned in Week 7 and had six tackles in the 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bynes was...

Ravens Release S Michael Huff & DE Marcus Spears

The Baltimore Ravens announced that they have released veteran S Michael Huff and DE Marcus Spears. The Ravens signed safties Omar Brown and Brynden Trawick to their active roster. Both Huff and Spears were signed to contracts this offseason in the hope that they would help to solidify their rebuilt defense. Huff, 30, signed a three-year contract worth $6 million, which also included...

Baltimore Ravens’ Fans Are Maniacs Just Look At Roland Brown

  The Baltimore Ravens, and their fans have had a lot to enjoy over the last 13 seasons with two Super Bowl trophies, 14 playoff wins, and nine playoff appearances. To say Ravens’ fans enjoy what is going on is an understatement. Just follow a big time Ravens’ fan in Roland Brown, and see what [&hellip(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)The post Baltimore Ravens’ Fans Are...

Baltimore Ravens: Why The Ravens Will Heat Up Following Their Bye

After coming off a much needed bye, Baltimore has a lot of questions that must be answered concerning their 3-4 record.The impact of losing Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, Dannell Ellerbe, and Paul Kruger seems to has made its mark thus far. So have the injury issues of star running back Ray Rice. The inconsistancies of quarterback Joe Flacco haven't helped much either...

Ravens Waive Veterans Michael Huff, Marcus Spears

Before heading into the bye, Head Coach John Harbaugh indicated the Ravens could shake up their special teams unit. On Wednesday, the Ravens made two big moves to do just that. The Ravens waived two vested veterans, safety Michael Huff and defensive end Marcus Spears. Both players were signed this past offseason. Baltimore signed two practice squad safeties, Omar Brown and...

Ravens Cut Michael Huff & Marcus Spears

So much for Michael Huff replacing Ed Reed in the Ravens secondary. Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Ravens have cut off-season additions Michael Huff, and former Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears. https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/395566755977781249a According to the Baltimore Sun, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said heading into the bye week that the team will explore every...

Rolando McClain Says He ‘Felt Like Aaron Hernandez,’ ‘Wanted to Kill Somebody’ Before Retiring from NFL

Rolando McClain vividly remembers watching former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez hauled out of his home in handcuffs on murder charges earlier this year. That sight alone confirmed for him that he made the right decision. McClain, who was selected eighth overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2010 NFL Draft, decided to retire from the NFL earlier this year at age 23. The decision...

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith Can Rise To Stardom

Jimmy Smith has been largely average throughout his short career. This has mostly been due to injuries, including a high ankle sprain he suffered on the first play of his NFL career. Because of injuries and inconsistent play, Smith has never lived up to the first round selection the Ravens used on him. Once Smith was in Baltimore, the front office viewed him as the next great corner...

Ravens-Browns Preview

If the Baltimore Ravens are to continue their dominance of the Cleveland Browns, they must return from their bye week playing better than they did heading into it. Hoping to avoid a third straight defeat, the visiting Ravens try for a 12th consecutive victory over a Browns team that looks to end a three-game slide Sunday. Not since Nov. 18, 2007, has Baltimore (3-4) lost to the...

Baltimore Ravens: 2013 Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#13)

Last week: 13 (+0) Record: 3-4 On bye.
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.