We've seen this Harbaugh Brothers movie before.
One Harbaugh has a team that jumps out to a huge lead, only to see the other brother's charges come storming back to make it a contest. We saw it in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, John's Ravens taking a huge lead in the third quarter only to see Jim's 49ers have a shot to win in the final minute.
Well, it's playing out that way again, only this time it's John's Ravens making the late run. Also, the sport isn't football, the sport is offseason crime.
Over the weekend, Raven cornerback Jimmy Smith helped shave 49ers lead in the NFL offseason Fantasy Crime League to the slimmest possible margin.
Late Saturday night, Smith was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after an alleged incident at a suburban Baltimore bar.
Unlike the other four Ravens to get into criminal trouble this offseason (and especially unlike the incident where Ray Rice allegedly knocked out his fiance), the story of Smith begins with him actually helping another human being. According to the police report, Smith was helping a drunk woman in the bathroom at a Towson bar when she began to feel sick.
Medics arrived shortly thereafter, and perhaps pretending he was a doctor, and apparently wanting to see the treatment of his patient through to fruition, Smith would not comply with multiple requests to step aside and allow the doctors to do their job. Police asked Smith to step into the hallway, and he became argumentative.
Thankfully, upon arrest, Smith began to cooperate. (Amazing how a citation will do that sometimes.)
Smith, 25, is considered one of the top young cornerbacks in the NFL, and like many 2011 first round draftees, he recently had his fifth year option ($6.5 million) for 2015 exercised, keeping him under contract for at least two more years to Baltimore. Smith was no stranger to off the field issues in college at Colorado, which was the main reason he fell all the way to 27th overall in the 2011 draft.
So with less than two weeks to go until training camp, which Harbaugh brother has the team that will emerge victorious? The Ravens have the overall lead in number of players arrested (five), but the two 49ers who have piled up their points (Chris Culliver and Aldon Smith) have made it count just a little bit more (Niners lead 8 points to 7 for the Ravens).
I smell another fantastic finish! Here are the updated Fantasy Crime League standings...
2014 FANTASY CRIME LEAGUE STANDINGS
1 point .. misdemeanor 3 points .. felony 10 points .. murder
49ERS .. 8 * 3/28/14: 49ers CB Chris Culliver is charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor reckless driving, and felony possession of brass knuckles. * 4/13/14: 49ers DE Aldon Smith is charged with MISDEMEANOR false report of a bomb threat.
RAVENS .. 7 * 2/14/14: Ravens RB Ray Rice is charged with third degree assault. * 2/21/14: Ravens WR Deonte Thompson is arrested for suspicion of possession of marijuana. * 3/9/14: Ravens OL Jah Reid is arrested on two counts of battery. * 5/26/14: Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro is arrested for public drunkenness (misdemeanor) and destruction of property (misdemeanor). * 7/12/14: Ravens CB Jimmy Smith is arrested for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
BILLS .. 6 * 5/7/14: Bills DT Marcell Dareus is arrested for felony possession of synthetic marijuana * 6/3/14: Bills DT Marcell Dareus is arrested for reckless endangerment in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, as well as reckless driving and participating in an illegal speed contest, both unclassified misdemeanors.
CHIEFS .. 4 * 6/9/14: Chiefs CB Sean Smith is cited for DUI and careless driving.
BEARS .. 3 * 4/21/14: Bears WR Josh Morgan is arrested for simple assault. * 6/20/14: Bears DE Cornelius Washington is arrested for speeding and driving on a suspended license.
BROWNS .. 3 * 7/4/14: Browns WR Josh Gordon is arrested for DUI in North Carolina.
COLTS .. 2 * 3/16/14: Colts owner Jim Irsay is arrested for DUI and possession of a controlled substance (felony), downgraded to two OUI misdemeanor charges.
FALCONS .. 1 * 2/18/14: Falcons WR Roddy White is arrested for failing to appear in court.
TITANS .. 1 * 3/20/14: Titans DE Adewale Ojomo is arrested for solicitation of prostitution.
BENGALS .. 1 * 3/31/14: Bengals FB Orson Charles is charged with wanton endangerment.
RAMS .. 1 * 3/29/14: Rams CB Greg Reid is arrested for violating probation.
PANTHERS .. 1 * 5/13/14: Panthers DE Greg Hardy is arrested for misdemeanor domestic assault.
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