Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith had some fun at Mike Tomlin’s expense on Friday morning. During the third quarter of Baltimore’s 22-20 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tomlin appeared to stand in kick returner Jacoby Jones’ way as he was sprinting up the sideline. Some have speculated that Tomlin’s interference — which he was not penalized for — prevented a touchdown.
When word surfaced on Monday that the Minnesota Vikings had traded Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, Adrian Peterson was not shy about expressing his disappointment on Twitter. Later in the day, the Baltimore Ravens traded playoff hero Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers. As you might expect, his teammates were just as disappointed.
The Ravens had made it quite clear that Boldin needed to take a pay cut to remain with the team, and it seemed unlikely that they would be able to find a trade partner given the fact that they had given up most of their leverage. However, San Francisco offered a sixth-round pick and Baltimore pulled the trigger. This did not please Torrey Smith.
This business is BS at times
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) March 11, 2013
As CSNBaltimore.com pointed out, a number of other Ravens players were also disappointed and confused after learning that the man who caught four touchdown passes in the playoffs en route to a Super Bowl championship had been dealt.
Like the rest of the San Francisco 49ers, linebacker Ahmad Brooks has likely been spending most of his time over the past week or so preparing to face the Baltimore Ravens. Brooks has a responsibility to learn about Baltimore’s tendencies on offense and keep track of their playmakers, but I suppose there’s no reason he has to know their actual names. As long as he’s familiar with their numbers, that should suffice.
Thank goodness for that, since he recently confused Torrey Smith with Joe Torre. During an interview with 95.7 The Game’s Bucher and Towny on Tuesday, Brooks sounded like he legitimately believed Smith’s name was Joe Torre.
“They have good receivers; they have a good deep threat with Joe Torre, matter of fact he’s from around my way, shout out to Joe Torre,” Brooks said. “Is that his name? Joe Torre? They have him and Anquan Boldin. They have a good offensive line, they have a good fullback and we played against them last year on Thanksgiving, and the fullback was just pancaking some of our guys, so we have our hands full on Sunday.”
The audio of the interview is available here, and the Torrey/Torre talk comes in at about the 5:20 mark. Brooks and Smith are indeed both from Virginia. Brooks was informed that he was talking about Torrey Smith later in the interview, and he corrected himself by giving shout-out to the Ravens receiver rather than the legendary MLB manager.
As a linebacker, Brooks won’t have to worry as much about Smith as someone like Carlos Rogers will. However, he could learn his name in a hurry if Joe Flacco and Smith hook up on one of their patented deep balls early in the game and set the tone. I don’t know if Brooks was intentionally insulting Smith or not, but either way the second-year receiver must be slightly offended. If I was one of his Ravens teammates, I’d be hanging the quote above his locker.
Thanks to Sports Radio Interviews for transcribing the quotes
Torrey Smith celebrated his 24th on Saturday, which was likely a welcome break from the preparation and anticipation of the Baltimore Ravens’ upcoming Super Bowl match-up against the San Francisco 49ers. As you can see from the photo above that Smith shared on Twitter over the weekend, somebody ordered an incredible cake for the second-year receiver.
If I didn’t know any better, I would probably think that was his actual helmet and shoulder pads. Smith’s birthday was likely a difficult time for him this year with his brother having died in a tragic motor cycle accident back in September. Thankfully, it appears that he has a great support group around him.
The cake isn’t quite as exquisite as this LeBron James b-day cake or this cake that Cam Newton celebrated with, but that’s probably a good thing. There’s something to be said for keeping it relatively modest.
The Baltimore Ravens do not like the New England Patriots. That has become quite evident since Baltimore’s 28-13 win in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, but wide receiver Torrey Smith may have the most legitimate reason for not respecting Patriots fans.
As you may recall, Smith lost his younger brother Tevin in a tragic motorcycle accident earlier this season. On Tuesday morning, the former Maryland Terapin took to Twitter to rip Patriots fans for sending him classless tweets:
Played a lot of games since my brothers death and I never received as many rude tweets after a win than Sunday…yet NE fans cry about class
— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) January 22, 2013
People say some awful things when hiding behind a computer. It’s one of the biggest downsides of social media and technology. While you can’t hold the team responsible for the things their fans say, you can understand why Torrey would feel hostility toward Patriots fans if he truly has been hearing derogatory tweets from New England fans about his loss.
If the Patriots and their fans were being cocky and arrogant leading up to the game (and Terrell Suggs certainly feels that they were), that’s one thing. The fact that anyone would bring up the death of Smith’s brother is despicable.
H/T Andrew Siciliano
Over the next two weeks, the media will spend a tremendous amount of time focusing on Ray Lewis and the final chapter of his career with the Baltimore Ravens. Since the 13-time Pro Bowler announced that he will retire after the season, the Ravens have appeared to play with more urgency. However, he is hardly the only reason Baltimore is headed to New Orleans for Super Bowl 47.
On Monday, Torrey Smith reminded reporters that there are 52 other players on the team who have earned a shot at the title just as much as Lewis has. And they want to capture the Vince Lombardi trophy just as badly as he does.
“We wanted to be here before (Lewis) said he wanted to retire,” Smith said according to Around the League. “We all want to win a Super Bowl. You know, Ray isn’t the only guy here. He has one (ring) and we all know that this is his last shot at it. Ed Reed has never been to the Super Bowl. Terrell Suggs has never been to one. Anquan Boldin has never won one, he’s been there. These are (who) I play for every day, we play for each other.”
Good for Torrey. He was in no way trying to upstage Lewis or understate what he has accomplished, but a team is a team. When players are asked question after question about the same person on their team, it starts to take its toll. It doesn’t matter if that player is a rookie or a 17-year veteran. Lewis has already won a Super Bowl. Do the Ravens want him to be able to end his NFL career on top? Sure, but they want to win a Super Bowl for the same reasons every other player in the league wants to win one. Ray’s retirement tour is simply a footnote.
If Bill Belichick finds a way to have the New England Patriots removed from the Madden video game series next year, don’t be surprised. As we all know, Belichick is the ultimate man of mystery. When it comes to injury reports and other inside information, he tells absolutely nothing. Once he hears that Ravens receiver Torrey Smith knows all about the Patriots’ offensive ability and knows them all by name because of Madden, he might try to have every remaining copy pulled from the shelves.
“The biggest thing I know about New England is my brother always picks them in Madden,” the rookie speedster said Monday according to Shutdown Corner. “They pretty much always have the best offense for some years in that game. I would be lying to you if I say I did not know their names before we play them. I mean, my brother plays with them all the time. It does not fail.”
We know there are people out there who believe in the Madden curse, but could the game actually have something to provide in the scouting department? In reality, I don’t think Smith needed a video game to tell him the Patriots have an explosive offense. Not to mention, New England’s offense doesn’t really concern him.
Smith should be salivating at the fact that the Patriots’ defense has been beatable all season long — especially at the corner position. Following a Pro Bowl rookie season, cornerback Devin McCourty has been torched all year long on the deep ball. If Joe Flacco can deliver, the potential for a big play or two should present itself on Sunday afternoon. Perhaps Madden ’12 has given Smith some ideas about the perfect route to run.