Ravens’ Ayanbadejo Trashes New England Patriots On Twitter

Ravens' Ayanbadejo Trashes New England Patriots On TwitterBaltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo took to Twitter in the first half of New England’s divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans and started blasting the Patriots hurry-up offense as a gimmick and mocking the organization for the 2007 “SpyGate” scandal.

‘Hurry-up n snap it’

“In a sport that is predicated on mano y mano, ‘let’s hurry-up n snap it’ = bitchassness,” Ayanbadejo tweeted.

New England edged Baltimore 23-20 in last year’s AFC championship game, in part because the Ravens dropped a potential game-winning pass and missed a game-tying kick in the final seconds. Ayanbadejo, after waves of negative reaction, backtracked from his comments on Monday, offering an apology via Twitter.

“I made selfish comments on twitter last night that reflected poorly upon myself, my teammates, and the organization,” he tweeted. “For that I apologize.”


The Patriots, famed for their focus, seemed unconcerned by the talk.

“The best thing we do is ignore the noise,” quarterback Tom Brady told WEEI on Monday. “Nothing anyone says is going to affect us next week.”

In piecing together some previous tweets, Ayanbadejo took issue with New England’s tendency to snap the ball quickly in an effort to get defenses off balance. The Patriots have run more offensive plays this season than any team in the league.

New England scored an easy touchdown in the second quarter on an eight-yard Tom Brady to Shane Vereen pass in part because the Texans failed to line up properly before the quick hiking of the ball. Ayanbadejo also questioned the class of the Patriots organization.

“You know the same organization that did spygate and cut a guy the day [before] the Super Bowl,” he said of receiver Tiquan Underwood, who was released the day before last year’s Super Bowl to make room for a defensive end to be moved from the practice squad.

Do you think Brendon Ayanbadejo’s trashing on Twitter was too much? Which team are you rooting for — Ravens or Patriots?

Source: Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports

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Connecticut School Shooter Kills 20 Kids And 6 Adults

Connecticut School Shooter Kills 20 Kids And 6 AdultsDressed in black fatigues and a military vest, a heavily armed man walked into a Connecticut elementary school Friday and opened fire, shattering the quiet of this southern New England town and leaving the nation reeling at the number of young lives lost. Within minutes, 26 people were dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School — 20 of them children.

‘No known criminal record’

Among the six adults killed were Dawn Hochsprung, the school’s beloved principal, and school psychologist Mary Sherlach. The shooter, identified by three law enforcement officials as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, also was killed, apparently by his own hand. Separately, his mother’s body was found at a Newtown residence.

Responding police officers helped evacuate the children, telling them to hold hands and keep their eyes closed to the carnage as they exited the building. Police declined to speculate on a motive Friday evening, citing the ongoing investigation. Lanza had no known criminal record, a law enforcement official said.

‘Hug your kids closely’

Three weapons were recovered from the school: a semi-automatic .223 Bushmaster found in a car in the school parking lot, and a Glock and a Sig Sauer found with Lanza’s body, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said. The weapons were legally purchased by Lanza’s mother, the official said. The official said Lanza died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police said that the medical examiner will determine the cause of death for the gunman, though he noted that police never discharged their weapons.

The fact that so many of those killed were young children — Sandy Hook serves students in kindergarten through fourth grade — touched a nerve across the world Friday, from U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders expressing grief to regular folks reacting with horror on social media as the news unfolded. The overwhelming sentiment: Hug your kids closely.

In connection with the  occurrence of another deadly shooting spree, what is your present view on gun ban? Would you want some changes in gun policies?

Source:  Susan Candiotti and Sarah AarthunCNN

Image: Gaston Gazette