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Did Mike Tomlin prevent Jacoby Jones from scoring TD on kickoff return? (GIF)

Mike-Tomlin-interferenceThe NFL is fortunate the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a thrilling game on Thursday night. Otherwise, there would be major controversy surrounding whether or not Mike Tomlin prevented Jacoby Jones from scoring a touchdown and should have been penalized.

Jones ripped off a 73-yard kick return in the third quarter that helped set up a field goal to give the Ravens a 16-7 lead. If you watch a replay of the return, you can clearly see that Tomlin was standing in the field of play as Jones jetted up the sideline. It’s unclear if Tomlin’s interference was the reason Steelers defensive back Cortez Allen was able to catch Jones from behind, but it appeared that Jones had to slightly alter his route to avoid Tomlin.

Joe Flacco thought Tomlin knew exactly what he was doing.

“That’s exactly what he just did,” Flacco said after the game, via ESPN.com. “He was looking at the big screen the whole entire time, he knew where he was, he knew where Jacoby was. He pulled my move.”

Flacco was referring to his joke in the Super Bowl about how his teammates should have tackled kick returned Tedd Ginn Jr. from the sideline to prevent a game-winning touchdown. Tomlin, of course, said the mistake was innocent.

“I always watch the returns on the JumboTron. It provides better perspective for me,” he said. “I lost my placement as he broke free and saw at the last second how close I was to the field of play.”

At the very least, Tomlin should have been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. That would have been a 15-yard penalty and given the Ravens even better field position. However, Pro Football Talk cited a league source who claimed officials have the right to do whatever they deem to be equitable if a player or coach on the sideline interferes with a play. That could even mean awarding a touchdown if the official thought the interference prevented one.

Again, the league will be breathing a sigh of relief that Baltimore won once it takes a look at the replay. It’s obvious a big call was missed, as the official even had to run around Tomlin to keep up with the play.

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Ray Lewis believes he could have helped prevent Jacoby Jones party bus fight

Ray LewisThe Baltimore Ravens lost two of their most popular veteran leaders this past offseason in Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. The two former Miami Hurricanes had been the heart and soul of a championship defense. Without them, the Ravens are left to go around getting into fights on party buses and hanging out with strippers.

At least, that’s what Lewis seems to think. During the Monday Night Football pregame show on ESPN, Lewis was asked about the incident that took place in Washington, D.C. over the weekend where Jacoby Jones was allegedly hit with a bottle by a stripper.

“We talk about the transition of losing so many guys, a guy like myself and Ed Reed and other guys that are based off leadership, I’ve said it earlier: ‘Where would the leadership come from?'” Lewis said, via the Baltimore Sun. “Because the leadership being strong in the locker room and winning games, listen talent sometimes can win you games. But when you talk about what’s going on off the field, that’s the most important place where leadership steps up.”

Of course it’s all about Ray. Why wouldn’t it be? Lewis has been waiting weeks for an opportunity to break out the leadership void card. Had he still been with the organization, Sweet Pea would have never cranked Jones in the head. Maybe the Ravens wouldn’t have even gone out to celebrate Bryant McKinnie’s birthday — who knows?

“When you think about the Baltimore Ravens and the transition that they went through, they’re missing leadership right now. When you have an incident like that, the first thing a leader is going to do is find some way to dissolve everything that’s going on and actually dissolve it before it comes to that type of head or even gets to that point. When you talk about the Baltimore Ravens they’re going to have to refocus and find some quick leaders in that locker room very quickly.”

It sounds like the police were able to dissolve the situation without any arrests being made. Was it dumb of the players to put themselves in that situation? Of course, but let’s not get carried away. Lewis was an emotional leader who could make guys want to run through a wall for him while confusing the hell out of others like Joe Flacco. He wasn’t a babysitter. Most NFL teams don’t have one of those.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Jacoby Jones reportedly hit with bottle by stripper during Ravens party bus brawl

Jacoby-JonesBaltimore Ravens offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie turned34 on Monday. He and his teammates reportedly went out partying in Washington, D.C. on Sunday to celebrate McKinnie’s birthday after their victory over the Houston Texans. Toward the end of the night, things are said to have gotten out of hand when a brawl broke out.

According to TMZ, some of the Ravens players were involved in a fight on a party bus at about 3 a.m. People allegedly began fighting on the bus after leaving the Opera Ultra Lounge. Sources told TMZ that at least one stripper, named Sweet Pea, was on board the bus. Yes, that information is relevant, as she supposedly clocked Jacoby Jones with a bottle.

One eyewitness tells us he saw a bottle being swung at Jacoby Jones — it connected with his head and hurt him.  We’re told an ambulance was called ‘for a bleeding male’ but he was not taken to the hospital.

Our sources say a stripper named Sweet Pea is the one who hit Jacoby with a gigantic Ace of Spades bottle and this may have triggered the brawl.  We’re told the bottle smashed over his head and he was ‘bleeding everywhere.'”

The story goes on to claim that Jones’ friends tried to retaliate against the stripper and that McKinnie stepped in and stopped them. McKinnie then reportedly got into a fight with one of Jacoby’s friends. Police were called to the scene and no arrests were made.

What a mess. The Ravens will likely have to address the situation at some point, especially since it sounds like several members of the team were involved. Jones is already dealing with a knee injury because of this embarrassing punt return mishap, so the team can only hope he didn’t suffer serious injuries when Sweet Pea allegedly clocked him. It sounds like the Ravens are fortunate no arrests were made.

Jacoby Jones heading for MRI after punt mishap with Brynden Trawick

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Brynden-Trawick-Jacoby-Jones-fair-catchBaltimore Ravens rookie defensive back Brynden Trawick performed well enough in training camp and the preseason to earn a spot on special teams, but he may lose it after what happened on Thursday night against the Denver Broncos. Jacoby Jones, also of the Ravens, called for a fair catch on a punt in the first half and was leveled by Trawick as he was waiting for the ball to come down.

Jones did not return after being diagnosed with a knee sprain. He is scheduled for an MRI on Friday to assess the damage, which Baltimore is hoping will be minimal. The Ravens’ passing attack looked unimpressive against a Broncos secondary that was missing Champ Bailey, so they can ill afford to lose another receiver.

What appeared to happen is that Trawick was locked onto the man he was supposed to be blocking and completely lost track of where Jones was standing. He’ll need to have better awareness than that if he wants to keep his job. If it’s any consolation for Trawick, his play was not nearly the most idiotic play of the evening, although it may have cost his team more.

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Jacoby Jones gets Ravens Super Bowl tattoo (Pictures)

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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones is the latest professional athlete to get a championship tattoo, and it’s a big one. As you can see from the photo above that he posted on his Instagram account on Monday, Jones recently got a tattoo of the Ravens logo and the Vince Lombardi Trophy on his back.

The artwork has been ongoing for a while now, and the logo and trophy appear to be the finishing touches in front of a backdrop of the city of New Orleans. You can make out the Superdome in the background if you look carefully.

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Jacoby Jones tells Jimmy Kimmel he badly wants to go on Dancing With the Stars: ‘Do polar bears poo on ice?’ (Video)

Jacoby-Jones-Jimmy-KimmelBaltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones loves to dance, and he earned the right to put his moves on display in the Super Bowl when he scored on a kick return and a 56-yard reception. On Thursday night, Jones made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and was asked if he would ever consider going on “Dancing With the Stars.”

“Let me ask you this,” Jones said to Kimmel with a serious look on his face. “Do polar bears poo on ice?”

I’ve heard of the expression involving a bear crapping in the woods, but the polar bear one is new for me. Whether polar bears poop on ice or not, it’s obvious Jones is excited about the possibility.

“I think I’d get down,” Jones said. “I’d get down, baby.”

Jones’ kick return in the Super Bowl already resulted in nearly $600,000 worth of free furniture for some people in Baltimore, so he might as well continue putting smiles on people’s faces by going on the show. It sounded like Kimmel was authorized to offer him a spot on the show on behalf of ABC, but we’re not sure if anything is official yet. I’m sure the network doesn’t want Jones quite as badly as it wants this lovely lady.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Jacoby Jones’ kick return TD resulted in $600,000 worth of free furniture

Jacoby-Jones-Super-BowlWhen Jacoby Jones returned the opening kick of the second half of the Super Bowl 108 yards for a touchdown Sunday night, he did more than just pad the Baltimore Ravens’ lead and set a Super Bowl record. He also won free furniture for lots of people in the Baltimore area.

According to the Baltimore Sun, a furniture company called Gardiners Furniture offered to refund money on all furniture purchases between Jan. 31 and 3 p.m. on Sunday if the Ravens returned the opening kick of the game or the start of the second half for a touchdown. As if Jones wasn’t going to be popular enough after the play.

“That was amazing!” the store posted on its Facebook page after Jones’ 108-yard scamper. “Furniture is FREE! If you made a purchase this weekend, it’s your lucky day. Go Ravens!”

The store has run the promotion for the past three years. This year, customers bought $600,000 worth of furniture during the promotional time period. Kasee Lehrl, the advertising and marketing manager of Gardiners, told the Baltimore Sun they are overjoyed with the result.

“We’re obviously thrilled,” she said. “So exciting.”

Yes, they took out an insurance policy. It’s not uncommon for stores to run promotions like this, but it’s extremely rare for the consumers to come out on top. Earlier this season, we saw a Denver appliance store offer free appliances for a Broncos shutout. A Chevy dealership later offered the same thing for a Redskins shutout, but neither team came through. That’s because neither team had Jacoby Jones.

H/T The Big Lead