One year after Always Dreaming cruised to victory over a muddy Churchill Downs track, could rain dampen the 144th renewal of the Kentucky Derby ?
The answer, according Accuweather.com, is maybe.
The Ravens are hoping Flacco can rebound in 2018 from three straight mediocre seasons by surrounding him with better offensive talent. Three wide receivers were signed in free agency (Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead), and South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst was drafted earlier in the first round at No. 25.
Still, it’s fair to wonder whether the additions are enough to make Flacco the difference-maker he was when he led Baltimore to victory in Super Bowl 47. At age 33 and with a mounting injury history, the odds are against it. Plus, the Ravens now have a viable way to get out of the $63 million in base salary remaining on the final three years of Flacco’s contract, which is set to expire after the 2021 campaign.
The wideout depth chart boasts Josh Gordon, Landry and Corey Coleman. The team also took a huge risk on fourth-round rookie Antonio Callaway. In addition, the offensive line could struggle after Joe Thomas retired in March.
Sometimes those types of things escalate, but more often they’re just cyclical. Especially when the two depend on each other for continued success.
Could it be that this is the year all of this does matter, and I’m wrong when I say none of it does? Sure, it’s always possible. But I doubt it.
There’s also the stark difference between how the two men approach life. Brady may seem like a robot, but he’s passionate. It’s why you often see him screaming and fiery.
Brady still sees himself as that player who was snubbed by the NFL and drafted in the sixth round. It’s still his motivation, his warp core. In many ways, Brady, who has played 18 seasons and in eight Super Bowls, is a man who is all heart and emo wrapped in an indestructible shell.