Ravens WR moonlights as crime-fighter

With Donovan McNabb in Minnesota, the Vikings will have to worry about holes being punched in their turf instead of their roof.

Tandon Doss is a rookie wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, was a finalist for Indiana’s Mr. Football Award his senior year of high school, and is Batman.

Yes, Batman. Or at least a very close facsimile.

Before the Ravens’ 34-31 win over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night, Doss broke up a knife fight at a Five Guys burger joint in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Like any good action hero, he deflected praise.

“I saw somebody start fighting, and I broke it up,” Doss said, according to NFL.com. “That’s all it was to me.”

The Baltimore Sun said a police spokesman reported that two men attacked a manager at the restaurant at about 4:30 p.m., cutting his chin with a knife. Doss, aka the Dark Knight, intervened and the two attackers fled.

Afterward, Doss tweeted: "Jus had to break up a fight at five guys. Baltimore is too ratchet!!!"

Indeed, Baltimore may be "too ratchet," but not for our fearless crime-fighter.

A few hours later, the fourth-round draft pick caught two passes, gained 28 yards, and had zero assault breakups vs. Washington.

Behind the times
In an interview with ESPN.com, Southern California coach Lane Kiffin said it was “almost impossible” for the Raiders to win with Al Davis running the organization.

Kiffin was fired as Oakland’s coach in 2008, four games into his second season. At a memorable news conference to discuss the move, Davis used an overhead projector to show reporters a letter he wrote to Kiffin that called the coach “immature” and accused him of a “destructive campaign” to hurt the Raiders.

Kiffin said the overhead projector was a fitting symbol of how the Raiders have fallen behind the rest of the NFL under Davis’ stewardship.

“You’re waiting for [Davis] to wake up and come to work at 2 o’clock in the afternoon to make decisions that the rest of the league is making at 6 o’clock in the morning,” Kiffin said.

(Left unsaid in the ESPN.com interview was how telling another line in Davis’ letter was — the one in which he said JaMarcus Russell was “a great player.”)

Back at home
The Minnesota Vikings will host the Dallas Cowboys Saturday night in their first game at Mall of America Field since a snowstorm tore a hole in the roof in December.

Of course, now that the Vikings have Donovan McNabb at quarterback, they’ll have to worry about holes being punched in the turf five feet in front of intended receivers.

News of note
U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in St. Paul, Minn., issued an order on Friday that formally dismissed the antitrust lawsuit brought against the league by a group of players headlined by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. ... Defensive tackle Kyle Williams agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Buffalo Bills. The deal is potentially worth $39 million, a person familiar with the contract said. ... The NFL is donating $1 million to the new memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on Washington’s National Mall. ... The Tennessee Titans agreed to a contract with ex-Eagles receiver Kevin Curtis.