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“The expectations of athletes to perform at a increasingly high level has never been more relevant than it is in today current sporting climate. As the NFL seeks to extend the regular season and currently partakes in Thursday night football, the pressure to stay healthy and excel is pushing the envelope in not only traditional [...]

Superstar wide receiver Demaryius Thomas addresses the media following the Broncos’ explosive Week 1 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Forget the banners and preseason hoopla. Peyton Manning carved up the Baltimore secondary, and his top wide receiver made his mark.

The NFL kicked off the 2013 season with a high-scoring, wild affair in Denver. Peyton Manning posted a game for the ages, ripping apart a tired and over-matched Baltimore defense. The game played even for a half prior to Michael Oher’s injury, and the surgeon-like Manning went to work. Naturally, Harmon was quick to reach [...]

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Harmon returns to the microphone with a bevy of quick-hits across the sporting and entertainment worlds. There were three big injuries in the NFL out of the gate, with Jeremy Maclin, Dennis Pitta and Dan Koppen being lost for the season. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown celebrated this year’s induction ceremony, but crowds [...]

Nobody banged the drum harder and louder for rising star Dennis Pitta of the Ravens. He was a leading red zone target for Joe Flacco last year (the other, Anquan Boldin, is off to San Francisco) and caught 75 passes between the regular season and Baltimore’s charge to the Super Bowl (14 receptions, including three [...]

It’s a year of change in 2013. The longtime heroes of fantasy defenses, Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis, have entered retirement. Ed Reed is playing with the Texans, who have the freakishly athletic J.J. Watt leading the charge. How quickly will Brian Cushing get back in the mix? Let’s light up the rankings and let [...]

Consider this the teaser for the greatness to come as SwollenDome.com begins to ponder the 2013 NFL season. Below, I roll out the preliminary quarterback rankings for standard leagues. At the end of June, I will release a comprehensive fantasy football draft guide, replete with player profiles, team analysis, schedule reviews and countless performance breakdowns. [...]

Monday was a beautiful day here “Inside The Swollen Dome.” The podcast returned after a hiatus – call it a renewal with Vol. 1, Episode 1. I recapped the weekend’s events, got a little bit into the NBA Playoffs, Derrick Rose, early baseball returns, news of the weird and a wee bit of NFL schedule [...]

“I’m not going to play for that … not for the Bears, at least.” Brian Urlacher discussed the path to being released on Wednesday with Jim Miller and Alex Marvez on SiriusXM Sports. Urlacher’s separation from the Bears makes him the latest decorated veteran defensive player to seek new options. He joins Dwight Freeney, Ed [...]

As free agency loomed, NFL fans, particularly those in Baltimore, were curious to see what Ozzie Newsome and his team would accomplish. We knew that that Ray Lewis was set to retire. Matt Birk did so shortly thereafter. Fans knew that Joe Flacco was coming back on a big contract. And though those fans were [...]

Yes, I quoted Samuel L. Jackson from “Pulp Fiction.” The Seahawks pulled off a big move on Monday morning by acquiring receiver/returned Percy Harvin from the Vikings. In return, the Vikings received two draft choices in 2013 (including a first-round selection) and one pick in 2014. Harvin had long been rumored to be on the [...]

I understand that two huge events, “March Madness” and Major League Baseball’s opening day, are just around the corner. As a Chicago native, my attention drifts toward the ice and the incredible season-opening streak put forth by the Blackhawks. That’s a long post to come following Tuesday night’s game against the Wild. I digress. Let’s [...]

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One of the events that kick off Super Bowl week in New Orleans was the Moves Magazine party hosted by Jay Glazer to benefit The Wounded Warriors Project. Event Producer Stephanie Jones made The Metropolitan the top spot in the city as football stars streamed into the event. The dance floor was mobbed and a [...]

The action is starting to heat up in “The Big Easy” as the countdown to kickoff grinds toward zeroes. Fans from Baltimore and San Francisco are making their presence known, and the party schedule has expanded immensely. Follow the Twitter-verse and you’ll see a ton of notes about celebrities being out and about at restaurants [...]

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Ravens coach John Harbaugh joined 98 Rock in Baltimore to discuss an upcoming 5K in support of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research. In addition to his discussion of the event and whether he could out-run the team’s linemen (he’s got his eye on Bryant McKinnie), Harbaugh was asked about the Saints and cheating [...]

Pro Football Talk reported earlier on Wednesday that the Indianapolis Colts had tabbed a new head coach to succeed Jim Caldwell. Jim Irsay will have to run through his Twitter comments to find a winner for those Super Bowl tickets he offered. Chuck Pagano, defensive coordinator of the Ravens, moves into the top spot to [...]

“I think a couple times he needed to get rid of the ball. It just didn’t look like he had a hold on the offense.” To those who tuned out the media following the weekend’s Divisional Playoffs, you’d probably assume that this was more of the fallout from the Jets’ locker room. Instead, future Hall [...]

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Joe Flacco became the latest NFL player to chime on the phenomenon of Tim Tebow. It’s a story that has shifted beyond the walls of the sporting world and has created a larger dialogue (have some questioned their faith?). I understand there is frustration associated with the 24-hour “All Tebow, All The Time” coverage. I [...]

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For the past 7-10 days, there had trades rumors connecting Lee Evans to a number of teams. The sudden depth in the Buffalo receiving corps made Evans expendable. And frankly, it’s a fantastic thing for Evans and now for the Ravens, who dealt for the deep threat on Friday morning in exchange for a fourth-round [...]

Get yourself some inspiration on a Sunday morning & hit the ground running. As expected, he went overtime, and Sharpe didn’t disappoint. “Determination … Dedication … and Discipline” Sharpe’s Speech

Following the media circus that rolled into town to cover Ben Roethlisberger in 2010, the Steelers were hoping for a quiet offseason (other than the lockout questions, of course). Early in the day, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison took over the Twitter-verse and Facebook as snippets of his Men’s Journal interview started to surface. As [...]

Kids’ bedtimes took me away from the computer and draft coverage. So, I’m going rapid-fire for these Final Seven. Let’s rock and roll. #26: Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh to Kansas City (Baltimore’s clock had expired) — Cassel and Bowe get much-needed help #27: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado to Baltimore — I thought he’d end up [...]

The Ravens saw the clock expire, putting Kansas City on the clock. More to come …