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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Flash Points: Ravens' defining moment

By James Walker

What key event significantly changed the fortunes of the Ravens -- for better or worse? Give us your take and we'll give you our definitive moment May 18.

The Baltimore Ravens have only been in existence since 1996. But already this franchise has had several memorable moments. We're using our SportsNation poll to ask Ravens fans to vote for their team's most defining moment.

The Ravens created a solid foundation in 1996 when they used first-round draft picks on future Hall of Famers Jonathan Ogden at left tackle and Ray Lewis at middle linebacker. Was this starting point Baltimore's most important moment? Or was it four years later in Super Bowl XXXV following the 2000 season, when Lewis won MVP honors and led the Ravens to their first and only championship?

Brian Billick was hired as head coach in 1999, took the Ravens to the next level, and remains the only Baltimore head coach to win a championship. The Ravens also had another significant draft pick in 2002: safety Ed Reed, a future Hall of Famer who has greatly influenced the way the Ravens have played defense for nearly a decade.

Cast your vote on Baltimore's defining moment. If you vote Other, give us your suggestion in the comments area below.