First, Ravens101 would like to send our thoughts and prayers out to everyone that has, is, and will be affected by hurricane Sandy as it moves up the east coast and into Canada as the week progresses. On the home front, my family is safe and just had a few branches come down thanks to the winds. I hope everyone is just as lucky.
Hurricane Sandy is not only creating havoc for most of the eastern seaboard, but the NFL franchises as well. New England was able to safely land early Monday morning from their game in London over the weekend and have a bye week this week so player travel was not needed. The New York Jets have a bye week, so their players remained travel free and the New York Giants were able to arrive home from Dallas ahead of the storm as well.
The Baltimore Ravens are coming off of their bye week and Monday's are usually set for meetings and practices for the players and game planning for the coaches. All but three Ravens players were able to make it to work on Monday, with the oddest being Terrell Suggs who had to land in Raleigh, NC and drive all the way up in the rain from Sandy just to make practice. Coach John Harbaugh dismissed the players after lunch to head home safely to be with their families, but the coaches brought their sleep over stuff as they stayed late into the night setting up a game plan. Harbaugh also had to cancel his normal Monday 2:00 PM press conference and instead had a conference call later in the day where he stated:
"The guys did a great job of getting in. I was really happy about that. Mondays and Tuesdays are really huge work days for the coaches as far as game planning and preparing and getting practices ready and all that. That work needs to get done, so we'll be doing that."
The Ravens players have today off, before returning to work tomorrow, and hopefully all will go to plan with that. The more unfortunate circumstances regarding Hurricane Sandy, other than the obvious health and safety concerns to everyone involved, are the cancelations of the off the field type events, such as Michael Oher, Ed Dickson, and Dennis Pitta's Annual Goodwill Gridiron Halloween Party at Arundel Mills Mall which had to be canceled.
Once again, we hope everyone is safe and is doing their best to weather out this storm.
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