Terrell Suggs Questions Lack of Touches for Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin

The Baltimore Ravens lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 12-7 in a pitiful performance Monday night. They only gained 16 yards by halftime, including one passing yard by Joe Flacco, and they didn’t record their first first down until under six minutes left in the third quarter. Coach John Harbaugh called the disgrace “almost as bad as you can play on offense.” Flacco said the team needs to be better even when they’re off their game. But nobody was as straightforward regarding the team’s problems as linebacker Terrell Suggs.

“It baffles me that Ray Rice only had seven carries,” Suggs said. “This is a Pro Bowl running back you’re talking about. They fed their horse. We have to feed our horse. It’s all right, just calling a spade a spade.

“When I have a Pro Bowl running back, and he’s not getting his touches, I’m going to feel some kind of way about it. He wants the ball. And I think we should feed him. Ray Rice is a phenomenal player. You have to use your phenomenal players. I have to question how many touches Anquan [Boldin] had. We’ve got guys on this team that can do some great things. We have to use those guys. It’s that simple.”

[Read more...]

Tim Hightower and Ray Rice’s Fantasy Stocks are Booming

In case you’re a new reader to LBS, you may not know that LB fancies himself somewhat of a fantasy guru. What qualifies him as a fantasy guru? Well when you start your own website you get to call yourself anything you damn well please. On a serious note, LB has been playing fantasy sports since elementary school and he’s been winning leagues on a regular basis for the past 12 years.

The secret to success is simple: LB relies upon a deep understanding of the game of football, a network of trusted sources, and personal observations to provide expert advice that delivers on a consistent basis.

Through the first three weeks of the preseason season, some fantasy trends have become apparent. I don’t like to recommend players until I 100% believe in them. Now I’ll share two players I think will star on your fantasy squad this year: Tim Hightower and Ray Rice.

[Read more...]

Ray Rice Has Best Career Game for Ravens to Beat Saints at Home

The matchup in Baltimore between the Saints and Ravens was one of several key games with heavy playoff implications Sunday. Baltimore won it 30-24 to solidify their playoff chances, making both teams 10-4. The defense held New Orleans to just 269 yards and forced two turnovers, ending the Saints’ six game winning streak. The rest of the work was taken care of by running back Ray Rice.

If you saw any of the game, it felt like every time you looked up Rice was breaking a big play. The pint-sized runner from Rutgers rushed for 153 yards on 31 carries, both season highs. He ran in Baltimore’s second touchdown giving them a 14-7 lead, and then he made it 21-7 with a beautiful 17-yard touchdown catch in single coverage. In addition to the season high rushing game, Rice also was the team’s leading receiver by far, racking up five catches for 80 yards.

Rice has had several big games in his career (see last year’s playoff game against the Patriots, his 155-yard game last year against the Steelers), but this was his best. Rice’s 233 scrimmage yards were a career high for the emerging star, and the best part is they came against a strong defense and in a key game with the playoffs on the line. It was great timing for the Ravens, but probably too late for most fantasy owners who were burned by Rice’s disappointing season until now.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Nick Wass

Ray Rice Pulled Over, Gets Favorable Treatment from Redskins Fan Policeman

I have a secret camera installed on Ray Rice’s dashboard so I pretty much know everything that goes on in his life. On his way home from practice today, I was watching him drive when he got pulled over by a policeman. The policeman approached the car because it of its extra tint but once he realized it was Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s vehicle, he changed his tune.

OK, so the whole dashboard camera thing isn’t true, but the incident really did happen. I only know because Ray Rice shared it with his 54,303 followers on twitter. “Just got pulled over for my tints Smh but gave the officer a autograph for his son and he let me go. … And the officer admitted to being a die hard redskins fan I def got lucky tonight.” Rice relayed the story in two separate tweets, and it’s obvious he could use some grammatical work on his articles.

Getting pulled over for having too dark tint on your car is hardly a serious infraction, but it proves to us once again that athletes frequently get preferential treatment from law enforcement officers. Do you think you would have been let off so easily? An officer would probably tell me he’d wipe his butt with the paper if I offered an autograph to get out of a ticket.

Ray Rice, Shaun Ellis in Pregame Fight

Ray Rice is a 5’8″ running back for the Baltimore Ravens. Shaun Ellis is a 6’5″ 290lb defensive lineman for the New York Jets. Perhaps someone should remind Rice it’s not a good idea to mess with someone about twice his size, as he did pregame.

Prior to kickoff of Monday Night Football’s contest between the Ravens and Jets, ESPN showed footage of Rice and Ellis in a war of words. Ellis stuck his hand in Rice’s face as if to say “back off” little man. Ed Reed was in there trying to play peace maker but he didn’t appear to have much luck. The best part was former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott picking up a football Rice had tossed at Ellis and chucking it at him. Here are a few pics of the pregame skirmish (with video below)

Ellis got the early laugh by absolutely crunching Joe Flacco on Baltimore’s first offensive play. I’m surprised they didn’t have to cart Flacco off the field after that bone-crushing hit.

Here’s video of Ray Rice and Shaun Ellis fighting:

[Read more...]

See Ray Run, Ray Rice for Heisman!

If there’s any rhyme or reason behind Rutgers’ recent surge to competitiveness and popularity — besides Greg Schiano — it’s their P.R. department. They are flawless. Probably the greatest group I’ve ever worked with when it came to interview requests. And this story fits right in. As Ben Maller pointed out, the athletic department has created the website SeeRayRun in order to promote Rice for the Heisman. The mission statement of the site is as follows:

Welcome to the official website for Heisman Candidate Ray Rice. Throughout the 2007 season, the site will be updated with stats, photos and video highlights as Ray runs his way into the Rutgers record book.

Even better, the New Jersey Star Ledger says that a SeeRayRun themed gift will be sent out to reporters across the country. Speaking from experience, if there’s any way to get the media in your favor, a good meal and a nice gift are excellent starting points. All P.R. directors and media relations departments should take note. Now this is how to promote a player. And it’s much cheaper than buying a billboard in the middle of Times Square.