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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. Each week, I hope to chat with one of them in a regular feature called Blogger on Blogger. This week, I exchanged emails with Dan Ciarrocchi, a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association who writes about fantasy football for Pro Football Focus and the Redskins for Hogs Haven, an SB Nation website. MV: Which rookie backs will have the most fantasy impact in 2013?
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2014
The biggest story of the fall TV season begins tonight in Baltimore with the debut of "Thursday Night Football" on CBS. The bold programming move - which includes the largest marketing effort in the history of the network as well as the relocation of TV's most popular sitcom, "The Big Bang Theory" - is also the biggest gamble of the year. The new night of primetime NFL competition that opens with the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers is already the second most expensive program on television with CBS asking advertisers to pay $500,000 for 30 seconds of commercial time.
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By Matt Vensel | July 23, 2013
Looking ahead to the 2013 NFL season, Matt Vensel over the next few days will break down the five Ravens players worth drafting in your fantasy league and when you should draft them. Though they are worth picking up, he did not include the Baltimore D/ST or kicker Justin Tucker because they should go in the final two rounds . The Ravens liked Bernard Pierce so much coming out of Temple, they traded up in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft to select him. He might have exceeded their early expectations for him in his rookie season.
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By Matt Vensel | July 23, 2013
Looking ahead to the 2013 NFL season, Matt Vensel over the next few days will break down the five Ravens players worth drafting in your fantasy league and when you should draft them. Though they are worth picking up, he did not include the Baltimore D/ST or kicker Justin Tucker because they should go in the final two rounds . The Ravens liked Bernard Pierce so much coming out of Temple, they traded up in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft to select him. He might have exceeded their early expectations for him in his rookie season.
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By Matt Vensel | September 1, 2011
My apologies for interruptions in this week's blog schedule. I was actually doing real reporting for a change. (I know, crazy talk.) But I still had time to stay on top of my many fantasy football leagues. I completed another draft last week, and I have three more between now and next Thursday's regular season kickoff. I've noticed some trends in the drafts I've conducted so far. Quarterbacks are flying off the board in the first few rounds. There isn't a consensus on the order of the top running backs.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2012
The Orioles put an interesting spin on how they decided the draft order for their annual team fantasy football draft this past weekend - with the help of some Maryland blue crabs. Reliever Darren O'Day wanted to do something more exciting than just picking names out of a hat. At first, O'Day was thinking about having a snail race, but he soon found out snails aren't that easy to purchase. “It's hard to buy them,” O'Day said of the snails. “I was looking out looking in the garden, and I looked down in the harbor because I live right down by the water and I saw crabs everywhere.
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By DAVE ALEXANDER | October 28, 2004
There's fantasy football chatter coming up, I promise. But I've got baseball on the brain. Boston baseball, to be exact. I'm not a real Red Sox fan; never have been, never will be. For one, I snicker when I see the Buckner clip. And I never liked Jim Rice. I will admit, I think "Oil Can" is about the coolest nickname ever, but that doesn't make me a fan. I'm more of a Sox sympathizer, if you will, a late-comer to the Beantown bandwagon. But I've got the fever. Bad. For instance, I've asked my friends and family to start calling me "Papi."
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By Dave Alexander | October 14, 2004
You know it's going to be a strange week when your first-round pick (Clinton Portis? Ahman Green?) gets one-upped by a guy named Artose or Mewelde. That's how it went last weekend, when on-field results flew in the face of reasonable predictions, making so-called experts look so-so at best. Week 5 included the unexpected return of Deuce McAllister (so long, Stecker!) and the unexpected departure of DeShaun Foster (so much for that breakout season, huh?). It was a week in which quarterbacks Tim Rattay and Josh McCown, who play for a couple of the worst teams in the NFL, were among the best players in all of fantasy football.
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By CHILDS WALKER | November 9, 2006
Ihave a friend in the newsroom who's an expert on gambling and we sometimes talk about the parallel universes formed by fantasy players and bettors. This newspaper and others cover sports as a fairly straight enterprise. Teams make moves on and off the field to try to win games. Local fans alternately take glory in or bemoan those choices. It's a tried-and-true formula for engaging with sports. But every Sunday, hundreds of thousands, probably millions, watch NFL games without any parochial interest in which team wins.
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By Dave Alexander and Dave Alexander,baltimoresun.com Staff | December 23, 2004
For those who made an early exit from the fantasy football playoffs, Sunday's schedule played like a visit from the Ghost of Football Past. Chargers at Browns. Bah! Seahawks at Jets. Humbug! Is this what Sundays were like before fantasy football? Pretty scary. Football without the fantasy is like Desperate Housewives without the desperation - it's pretty hot and all, but you know it could be so much better. At this late stage in the season, once the fantasy has faded, most owners go back to being fans.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. Each week, I hope to chat with one of them in a regular feature called Blogger on Blogger. This week, I exchanged emails with Dan Ciarrocchi, a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association who writes about fantasy football for Pro Football Focus and the Redskins for Hogs Haven, an SB Nation website. MV: Which rookie backs will have the most fantasy impact in 2013?
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
The Pro Bowl, especially in recent years, has produced as much excitement and intrigue as watching somebody spackle your bathroom. But the NFL is reportedly considering shaking up the format to try to save the game. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, one suggestion for tweaking the all-star game, which is held between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl, ripped a page out of the NHL's playbook. The, in Rapoport's words, “intriguing option” is holding a draft when players arrive in Honolulu to determine who would play on each team.
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By Matt Vensel | October 4, 2012
After catching 18 passes in his first three games of 2012, in the process endearing himself to fantasy football aficionados, Dennis Pitta was shut out by the Cleveland Browns last Thursday. He played 57 snaps as the Ravens continued to line up the tight end all over the field, but he had zero catches on a season-low two targets. As a result, those finicky fantasy football folks have been bailing on Pitta, but there is no reason to think he won't continue to be a big part of the Ravens offense.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2012
The Orioles put an interesting spin on how they decided the draft order for their annual team fantasy football draft this past weekend - with the help of some Maryland blue crabs. Reliever Darren O'Day wanted to do something more exciting than just picking names out of a hat. At first, O'Day was thinking about having a snail race, but he soon found out snails aren't that easy to purchase. “It's hard to buy them,” O'Day said of the snails. “I was looking out looking in the garden, and I looked down in the harbor because I live right down by the water and I saw crabs everywhere.
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By Matt Vensel | July 9, 2012
As it is an annual tradition in the Vensel household every July, I picked up one of the many fantasy football preview magazines on Saturday while picking up some groceries. I went with the one from Sports Illustrated this year because the cover caught my eye most, and because it had many reality football nuggets sprinkled in. The most appealing of those was the magazine's “enemy lines” feature, where “a rival coach” gives his take on each team's offensive players for fantasy nuts like me. So what does an anonymous enemy coach think about the Ravens ?
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By Dave Alexander and Dave Alexander,Baltimoresun.com Staff | December 8, 2004
Sometimes, as I'm kicking back and watching the 'The Amazing Race,' I can't help but think: Wow, this really is an amazing race. And not amazing in the sense that 'Amazing Animal Videos' is amazing, either. It's a cat watching television. Got it. But I mean, really, truly amazing. The show, if you've never seen it, pits teams of two against one another in a race around the globe. And they really race. One day they're in Iceland, then Sweden, then Senegal. Amazing. They're darting around, frantic and flustered, catching planes and trains and haggling with angry cab drivers.
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