RYAN SICKLER: ABOVE GROUND COOL

There are friends who‘ll buy you a beer and there are real friends, like Ryan Sickler, who‘ll bring over a cooler of beer and some great stories. On his debut album, ABOVE GROUND COOL, Sickler pulls the audience in with unapologetic stories of his biggest fears, relationships and family secrets.

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This was the biggest game of the season. I was worried that the Ravens I didn’t want to show up might show up. They showed up. I get the same feeling when I know my paranoid schizophrenic cousin might show up to important family events like weddings, funerals and court. When he’s on his meds, he’s ok. When he’s not, his day usually ends the same way the Ravens ended their season – with an ass-whoopin. The Ravens scored three points, had four turnovers and committed seven penalties for 64 yards. I’ve seen old ladies put up better numbers playing ping pong. When Ed Reed and Ray Rice are fumbling, you know it’s gonna be a long day.
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Grandma ain’t scared!

Simply put, the Colts were better than the Ravens Saturday night. They played smarter and faster and took away the running game. What else can you say about Peyton Manning that hasn’t already been said? The guy is phenomenal and he has our number. Peyton says it’s not easy playing against the Ravens but he makes it look like he’s throwing against fans that were just pulled out of their seats.
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Does this dude own a mirror?

After the pain fades remember this, Joe Flacco is only a second year quarterback. Getting to the AFC Championship game in his first season and the AFC Divisional game in his second season is incredible. Let’s not forget we have a second year head coach and a second year running back. The offensive line is young and talented and the defense is among the elite every year. A play-making wide receiver here, a shutdown corner there…smells like the makings of a dynasty to me.

Next up…a long off-season. Eddie Reed – don’t retire. Give us a few more years.

Kuh Kaw!

Ryan Sickler, Ravens Blogger

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Joe Flacco completed four out of ten passes for 34 yards and the Ravens turned the ball over twice. You can’t win playoff games with stats like that especially against the Patriots in Foxboro. But the Ravens did and they did it with a punishing running game and a nasty defense. It was total domination. It’s clear to me that the Patriots are a different team when they’re not cheating.

On the first play from scrimmage, Ray Rice broke loose for an 83-yard touchdown run that set the tone for the game. By the end of the first quarter it was 24-0. The Ravens kept their foot on the Patriots throats and never let up. They played fast and physical on both sides of the ball. The running game was unstoppable with Rice, McGahee and McClain combining for 27 points on 52 attempts. The defense was relentless forcing Tom Brady into four turnovers and the offense capitalized scoring 20 points off those mistakes.

I have to give credit where credit is due; Frank Walker – you played a very solid, physical game. Let’s be frank, Frank – until today’s game, you’ve been paid to do card tricks on the team plane.
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Hey Ray, pick a card.

Most importantly Frank and the team played smart, committing only three penalties for 15 yards. It’s good to have Ed Reed back doing what Ed does. And how about Ray Lewis? In his words, “You can’t hurt this! I’m a machine, jerk!” He is a machine. The guy is absolutely phenomenal. Ray led the team with 13 tackles and had a huge sack on Brady.

The Ravens know what lies ahead of them and so do the fans. This is the postseason – one bad game and it’s over. In the words of Apollo Creed, “There is no tomorrow!”
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Any fighter wearing this outfit deserves to die in the ring.

Next up, our old team. If the same Ravens show up in Indy it could be a long day for Peyton Manning and the Colts. If not, it could be a long offseason.

Kuh Kaw!

– Ryan Sickler, Ravens Blogger

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly and the Consistent.  Where do I start with this Baltimore Ravens team?  Let’s get the Consistent out of the way now.  Frank Walker – penalty in the 1st quarter.  I gotta give it to you, Frank.  You are consistently terrible.  They say no one person can cost a team the playoffs.  Whoever said that never saw you play.  Why don’t you go work for the State?  You can hold the STOP/SLOW sign at road construction sites.  You seem to excel at holding things.
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Frank Walker would make the Pro Bowl of holding

Let’s take care of the Ugly next.  Jamarcus Russell – you should be ashamed of your diamond earrings.  There are more dollars in your ears than Cambodia.  It’s absurd.  You should be fined 25% of their cost because you’ve done absolutely nothing to earn the money you used to pay for them…except help us get to the playoffs.  Thank you but I’m still adding you to my growing Dash of Downs list.
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That diamond looks great on you in this economy

On to the Bad.  Hiram Eugene – Willis McGahee bitch-slapped you for six.  It wasn’t a stiff arm, it wasn’t a shove.  It was an old-school, Ike Turner bitch-slap for a touchdown.  You stood in the way of the playoffs Hiram and the Ravens were going to the playoffs.  It had to be you, Hiram.  It had to be you.
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Accessorizing was always a strong point for Ike

Which leads me to the Good and right back to Willis McGahee.  I think McGahee’s a beast.  The dude has 14 touchdowns this year and had one called back last week against Pittsburgh.  He ran hard against Oakland and looked fresh.  He has all the touchdowns and none of the beating which is nice to see after he ended last season on a stretcher.  I’d love for him stay in Baltimore but I think he’s gonna get a bigger payday somewhere else.  Maybe New England.  Todd Heap – great catch.  Caught it, lost it and caught it again.  Falling backwards.  Great concentration.  Cam Cameron – loved the play calling out of our endzone.  Flacco to Heap and McGahee to the endzone.  Two plays, 95 yards.  The Ravens are back in the playoffs.  A new season begins.

Next up, the Patriots.  Welker’s gone and Brady’s beat up.  Do what you gotta do Tom just don’t throw it anywhere near #41.

Kuh Kaw!

– Ryan Sickler, Ravens Blogger

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