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The Baltimore Ravens completed their on-field preparations for the Super Bowl with a brief, fun-filled session at the Superdome.
Veteran center Matt Birk decided last offseason to return for at least one more year, and now he's poised to play in his first Super Bowl on Sunday. And then, after he caps his 15th NFL season by banging helmets against the defensive line of the San Francisco 49ers, Birk will determine once again whether to take his scarred and weary body into retirement.
Once the domain of mayors and governors betting tasty regional specialties such as sugar cream pie and crab cakes, friendly sports wagers have spread to a much wider pool of players for this year's Super Bowl, as bishops, zookeepers, librarians and police chiefs from San Francisco and Baltimore get into the act. And what's at stake has become more elaborate, including a lot of shame-inducing jersey wearing.
They look at the world upside down between their legs.
Not only are we getting a steady dose of all things Harbaugh and Lewis, but D.C. fans are being prodded into drinking the purple Kool-Aid and riding alongside our neighbors to the north on their cruise to the Crescent City. To which I politely reply, "Hell no."
In a brewing controversy, a high-profile member of the Baltimore Ravens organization won't take the field at the Super Bowl. And no, it's not Ray Lewis.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh says he spoke with star linebacker Ray Lewis about reports linking him to a company that makes deer-antler spray containing a banned performance enhancer.
Kurt Warner still winces at the memory of the helmet-to-helmet shot that Anquan Boldin absorbed in a 2008 game against the New York Jets.
Mario Manningham hobbled into the Superdome stands on crutches and found an out-of-the-way seat to watch his San Francisco teammates go through media day frenzy two weeks since the 49ers wide receiver underwent reconstructive surgery on his left knee.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is fulfilling the last part of his bet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over the Denver Broncos' playoff loss to the Ravens.
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