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Gore says 49ers the better team, Obama tweets congrats, John ‘devastated’ for Jim.

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congrats to ravens,boldin,and jacoby jones were the unsung heors.joe played a great game,i think jacoby jone deserved the mvp award,my opinion. and dont release boldin.
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Gore need to quit crying. If it makes you feel better you can have the title that you are the better team. We are World Champions!!!!
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"We were the better team" -- Gore.

We'll we could have said that the last couple years, but guess what ... it is meaningless. If you win, you're the better team. If you don't, your not. Simple as that.
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Oh yeah and if the light would not have went out this game would not have even been close. JOE!! give that MVP to Jones and save some money for Boldin.
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Honestly, if the lights haven't went out, this game would have been a blowout, and we had our fair share of mistakes down the stretch. We were the better team, and proved it. This feeling is awesome, its still setting in, but its amazing to thing we are superbowl champions.
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The SF media is going to be making excuses for a while, I can just tell.

The better team won the game. That's how football works. I'm sure someone will explain it to Frank one day.

Wish I were in Baltimore! Go Ravens!!
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Sour grapes Gore. We were beating your team so bad b4 the blackout, it would have been a mercy killing. Please keep Anquan, Tandon Doss is not ready to take over.
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It's a perfect love affair. The fans love the team and the team loves the city back just as much. How often does that happen in real life? Wonderful win. They really brought home the bacon. Luv this team and the way they always play football. Flacco was super. The defense was outstanding and absent the blackout the score would have been 56 to 6 and we all know it.
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Conversations we no longer need to have:

- The NFL hates Baltimore. Yes, there have been times we've felt jobbed in the past. Yes, there is no doubt we don't always get the love from the media. But there is no internal conspiracy within the NFL to prevent us from succeeding.

Do we think the right call was made at the end of the game? Yes, but had it happened to us, would there be complaining - You better believe there would have been. The refs could have destroyed us last night and did not. I think you just have to face the fact that the refs do the best they can and sometimes it works against us and sometimes it works for us.
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Oh no ask Joe to give a discount... Brady, Manning, Brees never won another superbowl after getting so much out of salary cap just for their contract... Yes Joe deserves all the money Manning, Brady have, but it would not be good for team... Ask him, if he wants to be paid as an individual or if he wants to play for good team... Difference between 15M or 20M yearly for Joe is one more good player on the roster, maybe 2...
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Conversations we no longer need to have:

- Is Joe Flacco "elite". I am not saying that the conversation is now moot because he now has proven he is definitely elite. I'm saying we don't need to have the conversation because it doesn't matter. What we do know Joe is - is a WINNER. I'll take a winning QB over an elite QB any day.
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I dont think Flacco or his agent are going to show us any mercy. They're going to want all the money they can get. Which means players like Cary Williams, Paul Kruger, Ed Reed, and Anquan Boldin will probably leave. Im still enjoying the SB win but I can't stop thinking about whats going to happen in the offseason. Its gonna be brutal.
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After this Superbowl victory most of us are numb and cant describe our feelings or thoughts. I just hope we feel this way again next year and many more years to come.

Every member of Ravens Nation should be proud of their self.
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[quote name='feartheflock' timestamp='1359996703' post='1344636']
I dont think Flacco or his agent are going to show us any mercy. They're going to want all the money they can get. Which means players like Cary Williams, Paul Kruger, Ed Reed, and Anquan Boldin will probably leave. Im still enjoying the SB win but I can't stop thinking about whats going to happen in the offseason. Its gonna be brutal.
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He will be franchised and whatever that does to our cap will define the parameters for what we'll be able to do going forward. I'm not speculating yet, until I see what the numbers look like. Things change every year and I fear that players like Suggs and Ngata are going to expand in their cap hit and we're going to have problems.

I want to enjoy celebrating this team now (for a good week), before I want to see how it is going to change going forward.
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The Ravens deserved that win, plain and simple, especially Ed Reed and Ray. He couldn't have had a better ending.
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Yeah see here's the thing Gore...you cant be the better team AND the loser. Those are two mutually exclusive circumstances.

and had it not been for the half hour blackout, it might not have even been close. The way i see it, you got an extra half hour of adjustment time and STILL lost...the better team wouldnt do that.
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feartheflock: cary williams turned into premier CB in the league, but I can live with the feeling we will loose him... We still have Webb, Smith, Brown and Graham... Jackson is gonna improve next season too... I can live without Boldin too, because I believe in Tandon Doss, even when the truth is Boldin is the best in the business in what he is doing... I can live with Reed leaving the team, because I just think he is not the Reed of the past anymore, but I hope they can make him Raven for life with offer with the great future after his last ride with the team... He used talk about he is opened to that kind of contract which would not hit the salary cap too much... We will see, but i think the hardest loose would be Kruger... I believed in that guy since we drafted him... He did not play so well in his first years, but he is now the premier pass rusher in the league and we honestly need him... On the other side, we will get 4 compensatory picks in the draft possibly and with these guys leaving we are on the line for great that kind of picks next season too... So i believe Ozzie and Da Costa can do the magic and keep us in contention...
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[quote name='balfan23' timestamp='1359996527' post='1344622']
Conversations we no longer need to have:

- The NFL hates Baltimore. Yes, there have been times we've felt jobbed in the past. Yes, there is no doubt we don't always get the love from the media. But there is no internal conspiracy within the NFL to prevent us from succeeding.

Do we think the right call was made at the end of the game? Yes, but had it happened to us, would there be complaining - You better believe there would have been. The refs could have destroyed us last night and did not. I think you just have to face the fact that the refs do the best they can and sometimes it works against us and sometimes it works for us.
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oh no, there's no question the nation at large hates Baltimore and does not want to see the Ravens succeed, that's always a valid convo.
Agree there is no ref conspiracy though. BUT...refs DO bend certain rules certain ways for certain players, and we end up playing a lot of those players because our team is as good as it is. We're always gonna see MAnning, Brady, Roethlisberger multiple times a season, etc and they are all favored all the time, so its easy enough to mis-attribute that favoritism to conspiracy.
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The national media really sucks they keep talking about 49ers got screwed really can the media just talk about the world champions Ravens and how that they are the true definition of a Team they are to many haters out there. Go Ravens!!!!!!
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The front office needs to find a way to keep Flacco's contract reasonable, not because Flacco doesn't deserve it, but because the team can't sacrifice players to put extra $$ in Flacco's pocket.
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[quote name='DebiK' timestamp='1359997730' post='1344673']
feartheflock: cary williams turned into premier CB in the league, but I can live with the feeling we will loose him... We still have Webb, Smith, Brown and Graham... Jackson is gonna improve next season too... I can live without Boldin too, because I believe in Tandon Doss, even when the truth is Boldin is the best in the business in what he is doing... I can live with Reed leaving the team, because I just think he is not the Reed of the past anymore, but I hope they can make him Raven for life with offer with the great future after his last ride with the team... He used talk about he is opened to that kind of contract which would not hit the salary cap too much... We will see, but i think the hardest loose would be Kruger... I believed in that guy since we drafted him... He did not play so well in his first years, but he is now the premier pass rusher in the league and we honestly need him... On the other side, we will get 4 compensatory picks in the draft possibly and with these guys leaving we are on the line for great that kind of picks next season too... So i believe Ozzie and Da Costa can do the magic and keep us in contention...
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nah, you dont drop your most crucial playmakers, thats backwards. If you have to lose anybody, let it be some one from the least effective part of your team.
Its suicide to break up what Joe and Anquan have now, and we all know a good secondary is hard to come by, not to mention Webb has two ACL tears now in as many years. Letting go of corner depth makes no sense, especially not if you're relying on Chykie Brown.
Keep those two. We can cover pretty well and we're used to operating without a pass rush (thats been a problem for a few years here now and yet we still prosper) so let Kruger go if you have to. Upshaw's been playing pretty well, and he can develop better pass rush skills, this was his rookie year and he was already a legit starter, Kruger's a specialist. Then (hate to say it) maybe lose Reed. Maybe even McClain or Ellerbe (preferably McClain, but i dont think he's an FA, not sure it would save us anything), lets face it: Safety and MLB are not the strength of this defense anymore, and they way we gave up rush yards this season, we got a lot of work to do at LB no matter what.
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I remember before playoffs started, Heath Evans and many others said we were the worst playoff team. LOL What an idiot!
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[quote name='themind'seye09' timestamp='1359998717' post='1344692']
The front office needs to find a way to keep Flacco's contract reasonable, not because Flacco doesn't deserve it, but because the team can't sacrifice players to put extra $$ in Flacco's pocket.
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We are about to sign our franchise QB. Sure it will be expensive, but the majority of the league would love to have these kinds of salary cap issues. Just ask the Jets and their 3 QBs.
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Somebody tell Trent Dilfer the difference between his SB win and Flacco's is the Ravens are not looking to replace Flacco !!! Trent Dilfer was very lucky,as far as Ms.Fox goes, does anyone really care what she say's is she even relevant?
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Speak of credit being taken away from Flacco. Some idots on TV keep saying Flacco shouldnt have been MVP. instead Jacoby Jones..I love Jacoby but Flacco deserved that MVP. what do you guys think?
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I think the power outage was caused by the NFL big wigs about to explode....the Ravens manhandling the 49ers? Joe Flacco putting up an MVP performance? A Baltimore Super Bowl victory? This can't be happening!!! Lol. So proud of these Ravens and for Joe Flacco finally getting some respect he earned years ago. Sadly, its going to be sickening now to see all these same Flacco bashers start adoring him as one of the greatest quarterbacks right now and for years to come. So easy to jump on a bandwagon I guess and have no accountability for what you said/wrote prior to this victory.
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Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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Time to think about the offseason Signing players, free agency, the draft.

Im scared to see what happens with all of our free agents after Flacco gets this huge deal.

I believe Ellerbe, Kruger, Reed, Pollard, Jacoby Jones, Pitta, Dickson, Cary Williams, and McKinnie are all free agents this year. We will lose at least 2-3 of them no doubt. Question is who will it be?

I dont see Cary Wlliams back. Corner back depth on this team is too deep and he wouldnt even take 3 years 15 mil or whatever it was last year.

Ellerbe is a definite must come back. As well as Pitta. Dickson is a little iffy to me. I thouht before the super bowl there was no way he would be back because he seemed to not show up at all. But he did last night. For the right price id take him back.

Il be the first to say it, but I dont see Kruger back either. Yes he is the best pass rusher this past season on the team, but he is most likely going to want a big contract for only having 1 good season. I dont think its worth the risk.

That leaves Reed, Pollard, McKinnie and Jacoby Jones.

I believe one of Reed/Pollard will be back and the Ravens will draft a young safety early... preferably Matt Elam from Florida (dude is amazing at tacking and solid in coverage) or Bacarri Rambo from Georgia (straight playmaker). My heart tells me keep Ed Reed to mentor the young one into being his eventual "replacement". My mind tells me keep Pollard because he is younger and will be cheaper.

McKinnie I believe will be back for a cheap price. He played solid when given the opportunity.

Jacoby Jones should be back to return kicks and be a 3rd/4th receiver. I still believe the Ravens need a slot receiver. If not Doss, drafting Tavon Austin from WVU would be a good fit. Very fast and he is from Dunbar, and by looking at twitter last night he is a huge Ravens fan. So wouldnt that be cool to have a rookie on the team that is acually a fan of that team.

Any ways im scared for what is going to happen. I wish we could keep this whole team together.
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On a side noe... How does Ben Grubbs feel leaving to the Saints for a litte more money... and we traveled to his new city to win a Lombardi. What a slap in the face.
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The following players, coaches, and public figures should accept my heartfelt condolences:

Jarret Johnson: You gave the Ravens and Baltimore your heart, sweat, and blood for 10 years only to watch the team hoist the trophy a season after you left-- a departure that was by no means your fault. Thanks for the meritorious service, you're a champ in out book.

Cam Cameron: You designed this offense that ironically took flight after you left. In your next gig we sincerely hope you'd be less rigid and more open to evolving with your players knowing a scheme is useless if you don't have people willing to buy into it.

Rex Ryan and Bart Scott: You bolted to the Jets and declared that you were the real engineers of that vaunted defense and essentially the success of the Ravens. Now we all know how close or far that declaration is from the truth.

Jamision Hensley, Skip Bayless, Mike Florio...: And so many other media personalities for writing us off at the beginning and along the way. To his credit Florio tried to jump on the band wagon after Sizzle informed him it was already full and ended up with a broken back... Can't still believe Hensley jumped ship faster than Jack Sparrow exited The Interceptor. I didn't know that is what a job at ESPN would do to a homegrown reporter. Skip will always be Skip-- it's fun watching him try to justify his Super Bowl pick ten hours later.

And to all the other non-believers I have two words for you. Need I voice them? Naa this is a family friendly blog. C'mon Ravens fans let's paint this mother... purple!!!
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[quote name='riseNConquer81' timestamp='1359997913' post='1344679']
oh no, there's no question the nation at large hates Baltimore and does not want to see the Ravens succeed, that's always a valid convo.
Agree there is no ref conspiracy though. BUT...refs DO bend certain rules certain ways for certain players, and we end up playing a lot of those players because our team is as good as it is. We're always gonna see MAnning, Brady, Roethlisberger multiple times a season, etc and they are all favored all the time, so its easy enough to mis-attribute that favoritism to conspiracy.
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I don't think we're really disagreeing here. No doubt, we're not a national fan favorite and I do agree with what you're saying about star players getting a little different treatment than regular folks (Michael Jordan syndrome).

What I'm trying to convey is that the league has no concerted effort to screw us - but more importantly, I'm saying this: We as a fan base need to stop playing that card and now is the perfect time to stop it. Why? Just listen today to the 49rs fans that are carrying on about the ending - how it was rigged up so Ray Lewis could go out on top. Doesn't that sound weak, cheap and tinny to anyone who has any sense? I just don't want us to sound that way going forward.
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[quote name='riseNConquer81' timestamp='1359998847' post='1344696']
nah, you dont drop your most crucial playmakers, thats backwards. If you have to lose anybody, let it be some one from the least effective part of your team.
Its suicide to break up what Joe and Anquan have now, and we all know a good secondary is hard to come by, not to mention Webb has two ACL tears now in as many years. Letting go of corner depth makes no sense, especially not if you're relying on Chykie Brown.
Keep those two. We can cover pretty well and we're used to operating without a pass rush (thats been a problem for a few years here now and yet we still prosper) so let Kruger go if you have to. Upshaw's been playing pretty well, and he can develop better pass rush skills, this was his rookie year and he was already a legit starter, Kruger's a specialist. Then (hate to say it) maybe lose Reed. Maybe even McClain or Ellerbe (preferably McClain, but i dont think he's an FA, not sure it would save us anything), lets face it: Safety and MLB are not the strength of this defense anymore, and they way we gave up rush yards this season, we got a lot of work to do at LB no matter what.
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McClain was a FA after last season. I agree about Kruger. He's a specialist, and I think his sacks can be replaced. I'm not sure if Boldin is a FA; I think he has another year but is at a point where he can be cut without the big cap hit. Hopefully they can restructure things to keep him around at a lesser cap cost. I think we've seen the last of Reed in a Ravens uniform, sad to say. You can't keep everyone, and for the moment he would command, he's more of a liability now.
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not going to entertain the negative not today, not for a long time . actions speak louder then words and our actions yesterday screamed loud and clear we ae the champions
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Hey Gore... if the Niners were the better team, who were those guys who fell behind 28-6? If the power had not gone off, it would have been 45-13 or 45-20. Your "better team" was getting smoked.
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Does anyone know what happened to Ngata's knee? It didnt look good when it happened I havent seen any reports since then.
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I gave Yao Ming's face for those who have talked abt no-call on Holding this morning at work.

If Refs called us for Holding, we would have stopped another 4 downs.. no doubt abt it.
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[quote name='balfan23' timestamp='1359996629' post='1344630']
Conversations we no longer need to have:

- Is Joe Flacco "elite". I am not saying that the conversation is now moot because he now has proven he is definitely elite. I'm saying we don't need to have the conversation because it doesn't matter. What we do know Joe is - is a WINNER. I'll take a winning QB over an elite QB any day.
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@RavenManiac..., Ngata came out because he Sprained his Knee again. Soon as he left, thats when the run game got started for the 4whiners..
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Ngata was on the Sideline in Sweats for the 4th Qaurter... so at least he can walk and move on his Legs the a good sign..
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