The Baltimore Ravens were well represented and made themselves seen and heard in yesterday's 2010 NFL Pro Bowl. The game was won by the AFC, 41-34, in case anyone cared. The Ravens who had the most impact were Ray Lewis, Ray Rice and LeRon McClain, and Haloti Ngata also played in the game. Rice was the game's leading rusher in attempts (7), yards (42) and also had the games longest rushing play (23 yards). McClain had the "key" fourth down carry that resulted in the AFC's final first down that allowed them to kneel down in the "Victory Formation" and run out the clock at the end of the game.
Of course Ray Lewis led the AFC's defense in tackles and was miked throughout the game. You could hear him directing the defense, positioning players and talking to everyone on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Listening to him calling out the signals and almost knowing the offense's plays before the snap, his love and passion for the sport came out on this day ad he pretty played the entire game and was, as always, around the ball on pretty much every tackle .
While the outcome of the contest was irrelevant, and it seemed once the ball was snapped, the issues surrounding the timing and location of the Pro Bowl was forgotten, it then just became a fun time to watch most of the stars in the league that weren't either in the Super Bowl or "injured" and apparently, a fun time was had by all.
By the way, though I doubt most of the players didn't really care, the winner's share was $45,000 and the losers had to settle for only taking home the "chump change" of $22,500. All travel, lodging and food expenses for the players were paid by the league. Not bad for a fun exhibition, eh?