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This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Baltimore RavensOverall: 26 Title track: 6 Ownership: 12 Coaching: T10 Players: 22 Fan relations: 28 Affordability: 22 Stadium experience: 27 Bang for the buck: 90 Change from last year:?-8Not even a five-win season (the Ravens worst record since 2007) can drop this team too far in our standings, thanks to affordable tickets and one of the NFLs best coaches and rosters. The Ravens ranked in the top quarter of all teams in all categories but one -- bang for the buck -- which could change quickly next year with a few more wins.Whats goodA sixth-place title track ranking is second only to the Patriots in the NFL, and no surprise: The Ravens are one of four NFL franchises to win multiple Super Bowl titles since 2000. This franchise has come a long way since relocating from Cleveland in 1996 and being a perennial loser for its first four seasons in Baltimore. Thats in large part thanks to coach John Harbaugh (ranked 10th overall). Few coaches have placed an immediate stamp on a franchise like Harbaugh. His teams pride themselves on being tough, aggressive and intelligent. Last year was among his best coaching seasons, when he held the team together through a trying 5-11 season. I truly believe that if it wasnt for him approaching the season and each game the way he did, I dont think the team would have held it together the way we did, Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith says. Instead of him coming and blaming us every week, he was figuring out ways to get better and how to stay positive. I think thats carried over to the team.Whats badThe Ravens ticket prices have never been outrageous, so, combined with their perennial winning records, theyve always placed well in bang for the buck. But this year, after a 5-win season, they dropped 55 spots, all the way to 90th overall. (Only eight NFL teams were worse.) But considering theyre already 3-1 through Week 4 of 2016, they should climb back up quickly next year.Whats newMaintaining a connection with their fan base has been a priority for the Ravens, and they do this in creative and surprising fashion -- helping explain a 21-spot jump in fan relations this year. Players have popped up at toll booths, distributed prepaid gift cards for gas at a convenience store, delivered gifts to newborns and their families in the nursery unit of a hospital and hosted a pizza party at a firehouse for first responders. Quarterback Joe Flacco, wide receiver Steve Smith and offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley snuck up behind fans at a Ravens festival and photo-bombed them. Smith even greeted season-ticket holders at the team facility in full uniform. All this, plus fans ranked the team the best in the NFL in connecting fans to information they want online.Next: Jacksonville Jaguars?| Full rankings Cheap Christian Kirk Jersey . 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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- As night fell over Happy Valley on Friday, hundreds of Joe Paternos former players gathered outside the schools baseball stadium to celebrate their accomplishments and the coach who inspired them before he left a polarizing legacy.About 50 yards from where a statue of Paterno was removed by the university after the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, and Paternos possible role in it, rocked the small Central Pennsylvania town in 2011, former players hugged, laughed and told stories about Paterno as they filed into the private ceremony.Jimmy Cefalo, who played for Paterno from 1974-77 before embarking on a broadcasting career, called the late coach the most influential man in my life other than my father.He said his opinion of Paterno, who coached at Penn State for 46 years, remains unchanged.Joe will always be someone who took me out of a very small town and gave me a wonderful opportunity, Cefalo said. I dont know how many people would say he was my mentor and someone who gave me a great deal of my life and then change your opinion about him. It doesnt happen very often and it shouldnt happen to any of us.Its a sentiment shared by many of the men gathered there but not by a large group who view Paterno as a villain in the Sandusky scandal. For them, Paterno didnt do enough to stop Sandusky, an assistant on Paternos staff for three decades and believe honoring Paterno in any way is is insensitive to Sanduskys victims and the severity of the scandal.Paterno said hed wished he had done more before he died from lung cancer in 2012,Robert Hoatson was the only protestor who showed up. He said he drove in from New Jersey, identified himself as a victim of sexual abuse with no ties to Penn State and said he was outraged the university would honor Paternos head coaching debut. Penn State plans to do that during Saturdays game against Temple.Hoatson stood across the street from the stadiums entrance with two large signs -- one reading You already forgot the other sexual abuse of little boys and girls is soul murder. He gave several interviews to multiple reporters, said he hoped others would join him in protest and only smiled as a young heckler paced back and forth with him, questioning his motive. There were no other confrontations, however.Im just outraged that Penn State, even in the midst of so much still going on with the trials coming up of administrators, with the recent information that Joe Paterno did know in the 70s at the latest that kids were being sexuallyy abused by Jerry Sandusky, said Hoatson, who founded and operates a sexual abuse support network called Road 2 Recovery.ddddddddddddIts just outrageous that they have a celebration of Joe Paterno. Its as if these poor little kids who were sexually abuse here dont matter.Hoatson was referring to court documents unsealed in May that said an alleged Sandusky victim complained to Paterno about Sandusky in 1976 and was rebuffed. The universitys president, Eric Barron, has said the allegation was not substantiated in court or tested by any other process. Paterno was never charged with a crime related to the scandal.Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 charges in June 2012 and is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence.Former Penn State standout and Pittsburgh Steelers star Franco Harris has long been a supporter of Paterno and has insisted college footballs winningest coach did nothing wrong.Earlier this year, Harris encouraged fans to leave a brick near the small tree where the Paterno statue once stood. One blue brick with 409 -- the number of Paternos wins and his initials, JVP, stood at the foot of the tree on Friday night. Harris hoped it would send a message to Penn State administrators to make amends with the Paternos.Penn State will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Paternos coaching debut in addition to his commitment to student-athletes and academics during the Temple game on Saturday. Harris said hes happy with Penn States first step to do right by the Paterno family with the gesture.Its a good first step and one that is good and I know they received a lot of heat for it but so what, Harris said. Thats part of it. We know the truth so people can think whatever they want. We feel very comfortable where were at and we want Penn State to start to feel comfortable where theyre at. And so we hope that this grows and grows.Harris said hed like to hear a formal apology from the universitys board of trustees who fired Paterno over the phone in 2011.I think they handled it wrong and I think they got bad advice from the lawyers and the lawyers got it wrong and they handled it wrong, Harris said. And it caused a lot of damage to Penn State football and to a lot of individuals and that blame shouldve never been focused on Penn State football and a lot of these individuals.Members of the Paterno family would not comment during the event that was closed to reporters. Wholesale NFL Womens Jerseys China Womens NFL Jerseys Nike NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Outlet Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Discount Jerseys ' ' '
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