Ravens snow blow McDonogh kids out of phys ed classes


Gym is 2nd practice move of week, but Billick happy

Pro Football

January 06, 2001|By Paul McMullen and Brent Jones | Paul McMullen and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

The Ravens had another change of scenery yesterday when a morning snow led them to bus south on Reisterstown Road and practice indoors at the McDonogh School gymnasium.

With the field at their Owings Mills facility frozen, the Ravens had practiced at PSINet Stadium Wednesday and Thursday. Coach Brian Billick said that the Ravens went through their typical Friday routine, which usually consists of an hour-long practice.

"I want to thank [headmaster] Bo Dixon and his staff over at McDonogh," Billick said. "They did a nice job on short notice. We had to kick some of the PE [physical education] classes out, and I hope we didn't displace the kids too much. We had two really good days on Wednesday and Thursday, so today was going to be a little scaled down anyway."

Asked about the hassles of practicing at different locales, Billick said adaptability is a must in the postseason.

"If we're fortunate enough to go on, and then if you go on to the Super Bowl, that's what it's all about," Billick said. "It's dealing and adjusting your routine, because it can't be business as usual, it just can't. This was a nice dry run for us, if we have to go back over there during the next couple of weeks."

Pipe backs up Adelphia

Workers at Adelphia Coliseum spent Thursday and yesterday scrambling to repair the damage from an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 gallons of water that spilled from a burst pipe.

Officials said the cleanup should be complete before tomorrow's game.

A pipe fitting in the 2-year-old, $292 million stadium apparently gave way early Thursday after consecutive nights of temperatures near single digits.

Is three the charm?

This is the second year in a row the Titans have faced a team for the third time.

Tennessee swept all three games last year against Jacksonville, including a 33-14 rout of the Jaguars in the AFC Championship.

Tennessee and the Ravens split the series this year. Titans coach Jeff Fisher does not think facing Jacksonville three times last year will give his team any advantage heading into tomorrow's third meeting with the Ravens.

"You still have to go back and see what your opponent's done recently," Fisher said.

It's official: Herring out

As expected, the Ravens placed starting strong safety Kim Herring on the inactive list. Herring suffered a bruised ankle on the kickoff coverage team in last week's 21-3 wild-card win over the Denver Broncos, and the Ravens practiced all week under the assumption that he would be unavailable. Corey Harris will start in his place.

"I just want to step in and do the job so that this defense doesn't get beat," Harris said.

The Ravens' other inactives are wide receivers Marcus Nash and Germany Thompson, and offensive lineman Sammy Williams. The Titans' inactives are defensive tackle Rod Walker, defensive end Byron Frisch, running back Mike Green and linebacker Peter Sirmon.

Quarterback Trent Dilfer received a checkup Thursday for an ear infection, and said it's nothing.

No place like home

A year ago, the Titans had to deal with playing in a dome in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Titans won that game against Indianapolis at the RCA Dome, 19-16.

Players all week expressed relief that they hold home-field advantage through the playoffs, especially since the home teams won all four games in last week's opening round.

"We want to make sure we start out fast so the crowd can stay into it," Titans quarterback Steve McNair said. "They are going to play a big factor."

Extra points

Holder Kyle Richardson and long snapper Frank Wainwright will be kicker Matt Stover's guests at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. John Hudson became the long snapper when Wainwright was placed on injured reserve midway through the season, but he preferred the gift of a watch from Stover instead of the trip next month.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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