Late For Work 2/3: Jets Fine Rex Ryan $50,000

Plus Ravens don’t raise ticket prices, OCNN’s coverage, and The Blind Side awards.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 at 9:04 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Jets fine Rex Ryan $50,000

The New York Jets fined head coach Rex Ryan $50,000 for making an obscene gesture to a fan at a mixed martial arts bout in Miami last weekend, according to the Associated Press. The action was photographed and the image quickly spread across the Internet.

The 50 grand may not be the final judgment, however. Ryan may have to dig even deeper in his pockets.

The NFL, which fined Titans owner Bud Adams $250,000 for making the same gesture out of his private box during a game against the Bills, could still decide to punish Ryan under its personal conduct policy.

Ryan apologized on Sunday, classifying his actions “stupid and inappropriate.”

During this MMA ringside interview, Ryan talked a little trash with Miami fans declaring, “Hey, we’re coming to beat you twice next year.”

Until then, Dolphins fans can take pride in the fact they beat their divisional rivals in both meetings this season.

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Ravens Don’t Raise Ticket Prices

As expected, the Ravens aren’t raising ticket prices for the 2010 season, as reported by the Baltimore Sun.

I’ve seen fans on the Web commend the Ravens for not raising tickets even after making the playoffs two years straight.

I’m sure the organization would love to take the compliments, but to be honest, the decision to raise tickets prices has less to do with past performances and more to do with an overall ticketing strategy.

The idea is to keep ticket prices among the top third of all teams in the NFL. As one of the league’s lowest-ranked television markets, Baltimore must maintain that status to stay competitive. To do so, the Ravens have typically raised prices every other year. And when ticket rates do increase, it’s usually to cover the annual rise in player costs.

Since working for the Ravens, I’ve always taken comfort in the fact that Owner Steve Bisciotti funnels every dollar of generated revenue back into the team. Doing so has allowed Ozzie Newsome and his team to attract and retain players that can help the Ravens win.


Rice to Mathis: Why did you hit me so hard?

Well, at least they hyped themselves up really, really high.

But the “Ochocinco News Network” fell short of their promised in-depth coverage from the Super Bowl. Perhaps Ochocinco realized that not all players are as great an interview as he is.

From the looks of this photo, it seems the media was just as interested in covering the four-player network crew (Ochocinco, Ray Rice, Chris Cooley and Darnell Dockett) as they were the Super Bowl teams.

Rice did manage to break at least one piece of news. He apparently discovered Saints defensive tackle Remi Ayodele has the “worst Mohawk in America.”

The Ravens Pro Bowl running back also asked a burning question of Colts defensive end Robert Mathis.

“Mr. Mathis! Ray Rice with the Ochocinco News Network Powered by Motoblur. I just want to know, why did you all have to hit me so hard during that game?” Of course, Rice was speaking of the Ravens’ 20-3 loss to the Colts in the AFC divisional playoffs.

Check out OCNN’s coverage of the Super Bowl media day.

The Blind Side Nominated for Best Picture

The movie based on Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher’s life, The Blind Side, is an Academy Award nominee for best picture of the year, while Sandra Bullock, who played Oher’s adoptive mother in the film, will contend for the Best Actress honor, according to E! Online.

Here is a list of The Blind Side’s competition. The Oscars ceremony and winners will be announced March 7 on ABC.

Best Motion Picture of the Year: The Blind Side, Avatar, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglorious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the Air.

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side; Helen Mirren, The Last Station; Carey Mulligan, An Education; Gabourey Sidibe, Precious; Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia.

AFC North Top 40 Continues

James Walker of ESPN continued his list of the top 40 AFC North players. Yesterday, he revealed numbers 32 through 25. Here are the Ravens that made the list so far:

No. 31: Jarret Johnson
No. 30: Derrick Mason
No. 28: Jared Gaither

Grody Jody

I couldn’t resist posting these pictures. Can you guess whose ankle and hammie?
Times up.

This nastiness is Brett Farve’s body after taking a beating from the Saints in the NFC Championship game. Gooo.


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