|LEWIS LEAVES HALFWAY HOUSE TUESDAY! (NFL)
By Bob Acton of
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With all due apologies to major league baseball, there is excitementin the air as NFL training camps have kicked off and the collegeones begin this week as well.
Most of you will have forgotten that I wrote in this sectionseveral months ago that the Baltimore Ravens, will be a handfulfor NFL teams this season.
The defense will once again be terrorizing opponents as Lewis,Suggs, Rolle, Sanders and McAllister, are bent on making up fora mediocre season. The offense though is ready for a breakoutseason and with Billick, Fassell and Neuheisal calling the shotswatch out!
Jamal Lewis has now paid his debt to society and I would assumehas done some big time soul searching while under lock and key.With a healthy Todd Heap back and some strong wideouts in Mason,Clayton and the sleeper Clarence Moore, the Ravens will defeatthe Colts on opening weekend in September.
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You can either look at the cup being half full or half emptyin regards to former Seahawk wide receiver Koren Robinson. Hehas checked himself into a 28-day alcohol rehabilitation programin South Carolina.
Robinson pleaded guilty July 18 to a charge of driving underthe influence, but he faces an additional probation violationcharge because he had alcohol on his breath when he reported toserve a one-day jail term a few days later. The Seahawks releasedRobinson in June after he was charged with drunk driving, thelatest in a series of problems.
The receiver missed six games last season, four because of anNFL-mandated suspension for violating the league's substance-abusepolicy and two others as punishment by the team for missing meetings.
Maybe and that is a big maybe, the talented but troubled receiverwill see the light in the hospital and come back a better person.Some guys just cannot handle success and actually sabotage theirhappiness!
Keep an eye on Ashley Lelie in Denver as the guy has finallydecided to hit the weight room! The decision to hit the weightroom hard coincided with the natural development of Lelie's 25-year-old body.
It yielded significant results, too, even if he never will moldhimself into a hulking figure at a lanky 6-foot-3.
An example of the gains he made could be seen in the bench press.Whereas he previously could do a single repetition, or maybe two,lifting 225 pounds, this off-season he was doing three sets of225 seven or eight times.
"He's worked his (expletive) off," Broncos quarterbackJake Plummer said.
Lelie also gained 5 pounds, bringing his weightto about 205.
"Honestly, this year he's grown up," fellow receiverRod Smith said. "He just grew up as far as this business and asfar as understanding what we expect and what he can get out ofhimself. And he knows he can get a little more."
Watch out for the Broncos!