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MODELL HOF DEBATE

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MODELL HOF DEBATE

One of the liveliest debates this weekend in New Orleans could be not about the Super Bowl itself, but on whether late Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell should be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of fame.

In Cleveland, many fans haven't forgiven Modell for deciding to relocate his Browns franchise to Baltimore 17 years ago. But his supporters contend he helped create America's most popular sport.

Modell will be considered for enshrinement along with coach Bill Parcells, former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., single-season sacks leader Michael Strahan, offensive linemen Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, running back Jerome Bettis, wide receivers Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed, defensive standouts Charles Haley and Kevin Greene, guard Will Shields and defensive back Aeneas Williams.

Also up for consideration, two senior nominees: defensive tackle Curley Culp and linebacker Dave Robinson.

Voters will select between four and seven new members.

The Ravens' unexpected run to the championship game has been, in part, fueled by the team dedicating its season to Modell. Baltimore's players have worn patches with ``Art'' on their jerseys to honor Modell, who died on Sept. 6, just four days ahead of the opener.

- Tom Withers -http://twitter.com/twithersAP

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Steve Smith bashes Dolphins for complaining about grass field

Steve Smith bashes Dolphins for complaining about grass field

OWINGS MILLS – As if wearing a Yoda costume to his Wednesday media session wasn’t enough, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. had a retort for Dolphins players who complained about the condition of the grass field at M&T Bank Stadium.

“Sounds like Miami was complaining about it, so you want to know what the players think on the Ravens” said Smith. “Since Miami got their ass whupped (38-6), of course they’re going to complain about it. But it looked pretty good for us.

“And I’ve been in Miami. They shouldn’t be barking when they just started putting grass on half of the field, when they had the dirt and the baseball. Beggars, again, can’t be choosy.”

Sunday's game is over, but Smith is still dishing out punishment to the Dolphins. 

RELATED: STEVE SMITH SR. SHOWED UP IN A YODA COSTUME TO ADDRESS THE MEDIA

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Steve Smith Sr. showed up in a Yoda costume to address the media

Steve Smith Sr. showed up in a Yoda costume to address the media

Steve Smith Sr. is a known funny guy, but he took things to another level while addressing the media Wednesday.

Smith showed up wearing a Yoda costume.

"At the holiday helper event, they had it," Smith said. "It’s been a few decades since I wore a onesie. I tried it on. I bought it. So I got to use it. It was raining yesterday, kind of gloom and doom. I try not to waste money."  

Smith was also seen wearing the costume earlier this week in a department store.

Maybe Smith is a huge Star Wars fan. Or maybe he's been doing this for no reason at all. Either way, it's kind of awesome.