Ravens Paint ESPY's Purple And Black

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The Ravens are nominated for four top categories at this years ESPY Awards.

The 2013 ESPY Awards will be held on July 17th at 9:00 pm EST on ESPN of course. Our very own Baltimore Ravens will be well represented at the nations largest sports awards show as well.

The Baltimore Ravens as a team are nominated for best overall team after beating the San Fransisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. However they will have some stiff competition from the Miami Heat, Chicago Black Hawks, San Francisco Giants, Alabama Crimson Tide, Oklahoma's softball team and the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Squad.

Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco is nominated for "Best Overall Championship Performance" for his play in the Super Bowl. As we all know Joe had another outstanding performance in the Super Bowl completing 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns, good enough for Super Bowl MVP. However that is simply becoming common place for Flacco in the playoffs. Flacco will be going against LeBron James, Pablo Sandoval and Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski.

The Ravens, Bronco's playoff game in which the Ravens edged out Peyton Manning and the Broncos in double overtime 38-35 is also nominated for "Best Game". This is likely one of the best chances to win as this was one of the best games I have ever seen and certainly the best football game last season. It will compete with the Boston Bruins’ Game 7 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Heat’s Game 6 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.

Ravens' running back Ray Rice's "Hey Diddle Diddle" play in San Diego, in which Rice scampered for 30 yards on a fourth and 29 dump off pass from Joe Flacco, is up for "Best Play." It is currently ranked third in a bracket with 16 nominations. I think Ray has a good chance in this category as well as this play was unbelievable and will be forever remembered in Baltimore Ravens football folklore.

The Ravens have brought tremendous accolades to the city since winning Super Bowl XLVII and winning in any one of these categories would be icing on the cake but it is truly nice to be nominated so many times to begin with. Good luck boys and remember to tune in and cheer on your team Ravens Nation!

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