Teams often cancel OTAs voluntarily, showing Ravens’ penalty is no big deal

The Ravens were punished this week with the loss of two days of Organized Team Activities because they violated the rules related to contact at practices. That penalty is next to nothing.

The reality is, teams often voluntarily cancel their own OTAs for all sorts of reasons, as a June practice or two just isn’t a particularly big deal.

This week, for instance, the Dolphins canceled the final day of their minicamp. NFL teams have canceled June practices to play paintball, to have a barbecue and to race go-karts. Last summer Ravens coach John Harbaugh canceled a practice to tour the Pentagon.

Why should he now want to go to Canton and shake hands and smile and act like he has no problem whatsoever with how things went down? Owens’ refusal to submit to external expectations reflects the rarest kind of integrity and courage. He’s being true to who he is, and he’s brave enough to take the criticism from those he knew would be criticizing him, because they didn’t want him in the Hall of Fame in the first place, they still don’t, and they’re using the exercise of his prerogative to not show up as justification for trying to apply an asterisk to his bust.

So under Ira’s five-tool standard, plenty of the folks gleefully calling out T.O. are batting far worse than .200.

This Raider team really respects me, Johnson said, via Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. Once I say something, they kind of get it. My style isn’t too aggressive. It’s not that guy that’s in their face. I’m a big guy of lead by example, of course. But at times you have to speak up. You have to let them know what you’re thinking. You have to demand some things at times. Everybody is different, with different personalities. You can’t talk to everybody the same. I have to talk to [second-year pro] Nick Morrow different than [veteran] Bruce Irvin. It’s just a different type of deal.

The Steelers were smart to break in Roethlisberger as more of a caretaker for a team that had a dominant defense and running game.

Two Super Bowl wins and many jaw-dropping run-around bombs later, he’s inching toward Canton.

Losman was the forgotten fourth first-rounder in an otherwise stellar draft class. He was set to sit behind Drew Bledsoe as a rookie, and then there was no choice when he broke his left fibula in training camp. It caused him to miss several early developmental reps and see only limited work late.

The Bills never gave him a good chance to succeed with the parts around him. Injuries didn’t help, either. There was some promise in 2006, but it was followed by significant regression and little playing time afterward.

Guice had to wait too long to be picked, given he should have been the second running back taken after Saquon Barkley. The Redskins will be thrilled to catch the falling star, They get a decisive power runner with great burst to upgrade from the early-down shakiness of Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine.

Former Clippers teammates Jamal Crawford and Chris Paul exchanged heated words after Crawford ran over Paul. Crawford was called for an offensive foul and a technical foul.

Former Clippers teammates Jamal Crawford and Chris Paul exchanged heated words during the second half, after Crawford pushed Paul down to the floor with a forearm. Crawford was t’d up. Now the heated discussion in the tunnels of the Toyota Center. Not even trying to be quiet about it. Paul arguing that whatever Crawford said to him after the tech was uncalled for. Crawford pointing to another moment earlier in the series where Paul knocked him down didn’t check on him. The argument is still going.

The Rockets take the lead with a 10-2 run to start the second half. Houston had an 11-0 run right after halftime in Game 4 to get their 50-point quarter started.

Karl-Anthony Towns went to work when the Rockets went to a small lineup. Mike D’Antoni summoned Clint Capela off the bench after back-to-back baskets by Towns, who has a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) in the first half.

Kenyan Drake fired up by addition of Frank Gore

Over the last month of the season, Kenyan Drake looked like he didn’t need much help in the Dolphins backfield.

The Dolphins found him some anyway, and he’s grateful for it.

Via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, the fourth-year running back Cheap Basketball Jerseys gushed about the addition of veteran Frank Gore this offseason.

“So an in my rookie year it was a big learning experience. Because at the end of the day I just wasn’t mentally prepared to handle the work load. As if I was out there being an every-day starter. Which I take personally. Because I’m supposed to put myself in the position to help this team win games. And I came up short my rookie year. And as the second year went on I got a lot more special teams opportunities and that gave me a lot more opportunities. Once I got the ball in my hand it was just natural again.”

And now, he gets to work with a guy who entered the league when he was in sixth grade, who learned those lessons long ago.

Long elaborated on the situation on Tuesday in the Eagles’ locker room.

“It actually was too many. I’m like, cringing now,” Long said regarding the extent to which his gag worked on hockey fans, via Tim McManus of ESPN.com.

“The problem is, I’m going to be like walking through Canada at some point and just get jumped,” Long said. “And I’m going to be laying on the ground and I’m going to be like, ‘It was a joke.’”

Here’s one of Long’s jokes, which should have been obvious: “I see some ppl saying ‘turn on the Stanley Cup.’ Guys take too many breaks in hockey. Shift changes constantly. For instance, last night, Lebron played the entire game. I’d rather watch the grinders.”

Even though anyone with any sense should have known that Long was joking, Long needs to realize that Twitter is populated with thousands, maybe tens of thousands, maybe tens of millions, who don’t have sense.