Stephen Varanko III: Baltimore Ravens and Orioles
Hey there, this is Stephen Varanko III and welcome to my sports blog! This page is dedicated to my favorite sports teams in Maryland, the Baltimore Ravens and the Baltimore Orioles. My father’s hometown is Baltimore, so you could say I was influenced early on to cheer for these teams. If you’re a fan of either team, you can follow or bookmark this page to get instant updates on the team and the players.
Stephen Varanko III: Baltimore Ravens
So here we are, the end of the road for the Ravens this season. I suppose this automatically makes us fans of any team playing against the Steelers and the Patriots. It still boggles my mind how we didn’t make the playoffs given these stats:
- Alex Collins averaged 4.6 yards per carry, putting him in 9th place in the league; this is higher than Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell, and Oakland Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch
- Michael Campanaro improved by leaps and bounds, averaging 10.8 yards per punt return; his showing against the Bears (77-yard touchdown) was the season’s fourth longest
- Mike Wallace ran 21.42 miles per hour on the 66-yard reception play in the game against the Detroit Lions; it was the season’s ninth fastest and the team’s longest play
- Justin Tucker scored 141 points this season, tying the franchise record he already owns since 2016; even more interesting to note is that Tucker hit 34 of 37 field-goal attempts and all his extra points
- The Ravens only gave up 749 yards due to penalty; that’s the third fewest in the league this season
- The Ravens forced 34 glorious turnovers; the best in the league this season
Given these numbers, it is upsetting the Ravens didn’t make it to the playoffs. Better luck next year? ! I, Stephen Varanko III, am already on it!
Stephen Varanko III: Baltimore Orioles
Can you imagine the O’s without Manny? Me neither! So, it’s with pleasure I report that the O’s have reached an agreement with Manny. He’ll be paid $16 million for 2018 and anyone who thinks Manny isn’t worth every penny are kidding themselves. Whew! For a second there, I thought they’d have to go to arbitration, which nobody wants. Why? Well imagine this, the O’s would have to state their reasons why Manny isn’t worth the salary he and his agent demands. Not only does this create tension, but it also gives the player more ammunition to leave the team eventually. No one wants that.
In other news, the O’s have also reached an agreement with Zach Britton for a cool $12 million for 2018. Unlike Manny’s deal, I’m on the fence with this one. This is because Britton is coming off from a major injury, a ruptured Achilles tendon, that will see him out for at least half the season. Was this a good move by the O’s? We’ll soon find out.
Be sure to check in here again for more updates about the Ravens and the Orioles. I’m Stephen Varanko III signing out for now.
Thanks for reading,
Stephen Varanko III