April 15, 2010
The Sun cannot be seriously reporting on the effectiveness of speed cameras ("Highway work zones are deemed safer now," April 15). Maryland highways chief Neil J. Pedersen said Wednesday at a news conference that "his employees and contractors have noticed a decrease in the number of vehicles going more than 10 mph over the speed limit in work zones." Mr. Pederson also said "police have also noticed fewer crashes." "Noticed" is how we are to measure success, what someone "notices"?
September 10, 2011
Sunday's opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, has gotten a good deal of attention for injecting its receiving corps with a good deal of speed. The Ravens have taken notice, but their strategy heading into Sunday's season opener for the AFC North rivals remains unchanged. “We just play the same,” cornerback Lardarius Webb said. “It's about technique and playing ball. Most wide receivers in the league have speed, and most teams draft receivers because of their 40 time. Most of the people we guard run a 4.3. If you've got a 4.2, it's a little bit different, but you have to respect everybody's speed.
September 19, 2011
Wide Receiver Torrey Smith, the Ravens' second-round pick out of Maryland, got into the game a couple of times Sunday, but I'm not sure he understands his role, or the plays that are called. Smith is supposed to be one of the fastest, if not the fastest, player on the roster, yet a couple of us in the pressbox repeatedly watched him jog through plays. It's hard to see this on the TV screen because the cameras don't show the entire field. But there were at least two occasions when he came soft off the line of scrimmage and ran without a purpose.
June 26, 2010
I remember seeing the movie "Speed" in 1994 and thinking the premise — a load of commuters in a city bus rigged to explode if its speed falls below 50 miles per hour — was a little far-fetched. But that was before today, when I was viciously held hostage by my vehicle's electrical system. Of course, Sandra Bullock could certainly play me in this sequel, but she'd have to spend months at the gym snack bar enjoying muffins and fruit smoothies to achieve my current fitness level.
July 21, 2011
Two of the city's six mobile speed cameras were moved to new locations this week: One on northbound Van Dusen Road, between Laurel Park Drive and Olive Branch Way; and another on Sandy Spring Road, near Phillip Powers Drive. The cameras were installed and activated Monday, July 18, in anticipation of schools opening next month, according to city officials. Other speed camera locations in the city include one on Seventh Street, at Main Street; two on Cherry Lane; and a second camera on Van Dusen Road.
September 13, 2011
Lee Evans did not catch a pass despite being targeted four times by quarterback Joe Flacco in the Ravens' 35-7 thumping of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, but that doesn't mean that the wide receiver was ineffective. Coach John Harbaugh said Evans' speed forced the Pittsburgh defense to monitor him closely, which carved out opportunities for his teammates on underneath and intermediate routes. "Lee opened up a couple crossing routes for us where he takes the top off the coverage, and if they don't run with him, Joe's going to throw to him," Harbaugh said during his post-game media session on Monday.