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Dan Shaughnessy

John Harbaugh, Ravens not afraid of the Patriots

Picked-up pieces while waiting for the Edgar Allan Poe Bowl . . .

That’s right, Edgar Allan Poe. The Ravens get their name from the poet, who spent much of his life in Baltimore and is buried in Maryland. However, Poe was born in Boston and legend holds that his story, “The Cask of Amontillado,” was inspired by a tale he heard when he served in the military at Castle Island. Beatle John Lennon famously referenced the Boston/Baltimore poet in “I Am The Walrus” when he sang, “Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe.’’ That song also contains the lyric, “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together,’’ which is believed to be Bill Belichick’s inspiration for, “It is what it is.’’

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