A tough stance

A tough stance

There are 37 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Aug 2, 2008, titled A tough stance. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Ahh, goo-goo. Is it too hot outside? Do you want a Popsicle? Do you want Mommy to rub your little forehead? It's not the majority of people, but it's those who don't quite understand the nature of sports, ...

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Columbia, MD

#21 Aug 2, 2008
I just have one question from Donut's last paragraph ' but at least he deserves some time'(refering to Harbaugh). Why does he DESERVE time? He has no experience as a head coach and has done nothing to earn the respect of any of his players or fans. No one deserves anything, thats not how the world operates.
zimmy from parkville

Dundalk, MD

#22 Aug 2, 2008
mike brown, right on the money. i've strapped it up and coached for 15 years. game conditions are the test, not training camp.

Philadelphia, PA

#23 Aug 2, 2008
Hey Mike good article! Tell some of these fools that you actually played the game and you what you are talking about.
Jim from Dundalk

Middle River, MD

#24 Aug 2, 2008
There is a happy medium to everything training camp included , Harbaugh is finding it but in the mean time he is learning things about this team,,,,,,,,,,the over 30 club gets rested while the young guns get tested ,we have plenty of holes to fill and game like conditions at camp can weed out the pretenders , we do need tougher guys on this team both mentally and physically , I think we are going to be surprised at some of the players who don't make this team..........

Philadelphia, PA

#25 Aug 2, 2008
sorry ---you KNOW waht you are talking about.

I know I should have proof read!

Columbia, MD

#26 Aug 2, 2008
Willey wrote:
Pretty funny bloated Mike won't go after the real problem here, Steve Bigshotti.
Harbough can have all the tough talk he wants but when Ray and the God Squad go crying to their star f'ing owner Harbough will be undermined and marginalized. Big Mike knows this but he doesn't want to lose access to the team. Amazing something with no spine can weigh that much and walk.
Unbelievable how some people think they know how the operation works behind the scenes. Biscotti fired a successful coach and brought in "his guy" Harbaugh. What the hell makes you think he will undermine him? Are you in the Ravens org? A personal friend of Ray's? If you are going to post something, THINK first.

Casselberry, FL

#27 Aug 2, 2008
Couldn't agree more Mike. A few bumps, bruises, and sprains doesn't prove anything other than football is a super physical sport. Let's make men out of these boys and kick some butt this year!

Waldorf, MD

#28 Aug 2, 2008
Harbaugh is building mental toughness. That's what you do in training camp. Start off on the right foot and you stay there.. In the last few years, we've lost our mental toughness late in the season when it's make or break. This year will be different!

Middletown, PA

#29 Aug 2, 2008
Mr. Preston,
I think what many of the readers are trying to say is that your job is to be a literary cheerleader, not a columnist for a newspaper.
A columnist for a newspaper would look at all the Ravens issues with an open mind, reporting the good and the not so good, so as to not create false hopes for the reader but give due where it is deserved.
The Cheerleader always spews out hope and excitement, neglecting to deal with the bad things they see or hear.
Columnist says, "Boller is not the answer, offensive line is in flux, and Harbaugh needs time to create a solid foundation in a rebuilding year."
Cheerleader says, "Boller is about to explode his talent on to the scene now that the dredded Ego manic is gone, offensive line experienced bad luck last year and will be much improved, Harbaugh has the tools in place and the fire to drive this team the AFC North championship and beyond."
I think most would prefer the latter to the former. Feeling warm and fuzzy is so much better than cold, calculated reality.
Be a cheerleader and you will be loved by all.

Parkville, MD

#30 Aug 2, 2008
It didnt matter what coach runs this camp we all knew one thing was inevitable... that Mr. Softee Heap was gonna get hurt. Wah wah Todd do you want a tissue. I hope Ozzie has already started looking at tight end prospects for the 09 draft because we are paying Heap way to much money to be constantly in the trainers room. Prediction.... Heap plays no more than 8 games this year max. He is one of the best tight ends in the league when he is healthy the problem he is never healthy. Stick a fork in him.
Maui Guy

Los Angeles, CA

#31 Aug 2, 2008
I just hope Brutal Meanie Coach H. doesn't let any of his players get a bruisy-woozy! Ohh, he makes me so mad, making his guys get into shape and stuff! It's sooo unfair! Why can't they just take it easy...not only now but for the whole darn season. That approach worked just fine last year!
The Fish

Oak Park, MI

#32 Aug 2, 2008
Let's see..hmmm, our projected starters at tackle are injured and we have either Kyle, Troy or Joey at QB. Whatchew talkin' bout' Willis must be shaking in his cleats at the thought of what this offense will be capable of over 16 games. Johnny Boy is going to have a lot of explaning to do this eeason and it starts with this high school/college approach to training camp. Johnny Boy this is the NFL and breaking down your players before the season starts is going to make you a consistent 6-10 team. At least our special teams will be exciting.

Beltsville, MD

#33 Aug 2, 2008
First of all John Harbaugh is a great motivator and teacher. I know our youngsters will be ready for the Patriots, that's their chance too prove themselves too the coaches and they wouldn't blow it for anything. Man, I've been talking too these guys enough about their roles on the field and doing only what their supposed too do and nothing more or less, I actually let em call me Uncle Ray once in a while, hahaha. I am personally really enjoying this camp and its much needed change of pace and tempo. Of course its hard but its just like taking honors classes in high school you welcome the challenge! Hey Preston keep ya head up boi! Ray-Lou out,#52 was here....
Wow this article

Pleasanton, CA

#34 Aug 2, 2008
is a real surprice. Not ONE or orginal thought or one that a 10 year old couldn't develop. So Mike, how many previous articles from you and other Sun coulmnist did you cut and paste from? You freakin piece of sh!t loser.
Preston spotting

Pleasanton, CA

#35 Aug 2, 2008
David21009 wrote:
Great article. Typical thread. Business as usual.
Get a like Mike. We all know you are a pathetic loser. Why go out of your way to prove it.


Since: Nov 07

Los Angeles, CA

#36 Aug 2, 2008
Christopher wrote:
Sorry, but I have to disagree with you here, Mike. If this guy is getting injuries IN TRAINING CAMP.... then he is running MUCH too harsh of a camp, and frankly..... I don't have ANY faith in his methods, if he keeps on hurting players.
The best way to run a training camp is SAFE AND SLOW, though tough to a reasonable degree. If you are getting ANY injuries..... you are either being too tough with your players or your players aren't tough enough for your playing style. Seeing how some of these football players are built..... I'm betting it's the latter.
that has been done before and we sucked. Don't worry the Ravens will be fine.
Big Perm

Durham, NC

#37 Aug 2, 2008
Injuries happen, whether or not they are practicing in 100 degree heat or an AC'ed practice facility. There is no association between intensity level and the frequency of injury. In fact, injuries tend to occur more at 1/2 speed or 'going through the motions.' By the way, you can sprain your ankle jogging around your local track.

Lay off Harbaugh. He is not the reason for the slew of injuries, and I believe his style will equate to more toughness and discipline on game day.

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