LETTERS 2 TL: LET’S GO BALTIMORE HERE WE GO!

Lombardi's Way LETTERS 2 TL: LET’S GO BALTIMORE HERE WE GO!

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PLAYERS VISITING OWINGS MILLS
 
Hey TL,
 
I noticed that Aaron Wilson has reported on some collegiate players visiting the Ravens. What do they hope to accomplish during those visits that they can’t determine from film study, the combines or the individual workouts?
 
Thanks,
 
Mark, Canton
 
Mark,
 
To a very small extent the player visits are a practice in the art of deception. But to a much larger extent, the visits are medically related. The Ravens have an interest in the players that they invite in yet there might be a lingering and potentially nagging medical concern that the team has with these players that has not been addressed to their satisfaction. The team has an infinite amount of confidence in Bill Tessendorf and his staff and the team’s interest in a player could be affected by how the player checks out with the doctors.
 
Put the lime in the coconut,
 
TL
 
BLACK JACK ANYONE?
 
TL,
 
What’s the latest with J.O. and if you were a betting man, does he come back or does he retire in Vegas?
 
Mike, Reston, VA
 
Mike,
 
Nothing new on J.O. It’s pretty much status quo but my bet is that J.O. will return. I think the recent restructure of his deal to free up some cap space suggests that he’s returning plus sources close to him that I’ve spoken to expect him to return as well. While the fat lady hasn’t stepped up to the microphone yet, my bet is that his return is close to a lock!
 
Viva Las Vegas,
 
TL
 
GETTING FLAGGED
 
TL,
 
I thought the league would consider refining the pass interference rules during the recent owner’s meetings. What happened?
 
Jay, Finksburg
 
Jay,
 
The 49ers are the team that tabled the discussion and they later withdrew it from consideration. Personally, I think something that is arguably incidental contact 40 yards downfield that isn’t viewed as such by a referee who is running to make the call, is too severe of a penalty. If it’s close, in my opinion, a lesser penalty of 10 or 15 yards is in order.
 
After further review,
 
TL
 
LOSE YOUR KEY?
 
TL,
 
If the Ravens draft an offensive lineman, might they then cut Keydrick Vincent loose?
 
Karen, Monkton
 
Karen,
 
If the Ravens draft an interior lineman on the first day, I think Vincent could be a goner. He would free up $1.6 million in cap space and let’s face it, he hasn’t been healthy for a full season as a Raven so there’s a chance that he might not be going forward either.
 
Cheers,
 
TL
 
A FIZZLE IN SIZZLE?
 
TL,
 
Terrell Suggs is an unrestricted free agent after the 2007 season. What’s the latest on his contract status?
 
Mike, White Marsh
 
Mike,
 
If the Ravens don’t extend Suggs before the end of the 2007 season, I think he’s as good as gone unless they tag him. Suggs will turn 25 a month into the new season so he has plenty of tread left on the career tires. He has also developed into a complete player and the Ravens coaches, front office personnel and the players all think the best has yet to come for the sizzling one.
 
Speaking of sizzle, if he hit’s the open market, his wallet will do that and then some. If you think AD’s contract was large, wait for Suggs’. My recommendation to the Ravens is to get that deal done now. The restructure of Ogden, release of Mulitalo and perhaps a release of Vincent could help to make room for a new Suggs deal and THAT in my opinion would be the best offseason move they make.
 
Give me the sizzle,
 
TL
 
LET’S GO YOU COLTS!
 
Hello Tony,
 
I just wanted to thank you for getting the Coltsheritage petition going…. I hope it NEVER dies… We deserve to be in the Hall Of Fame as " BALTIMORE COLTS ".. Not taking anything away from the other Colts team…
 
Tony, do you know of anything that is being done to help the old retired players of the NFL? I have read that a lot of the old players are having a tough time because their pensions are no where near what they should be… You know that it was those old players who got the NFL to where it is today.
 
Tony, thank you for your time
 
Don Majka, Ocean City, Maryland
 
TL,
 
This is a great website and your petition is important to so many people. Thank you for your work to give Baltimore it place in History. My Dad attended the 58 Championship Game, as well as attended Colt practices. He shared his memories and Colt history with us. These are our heroes, our history, our memories and the Hall of Fame should recognize the Baltimore franchise.
 
Thanks again for this important step to keep our history intact.
 
Gene W., El Cajon, CA
 
TL,
 
I gladly signed the petition. That’s ridiculous! Glad somebody found out – No one can take away the glory of the BALTIMORE COLTS.

What’s next no more Houston Oilers?

Tom Sorensen
Falcons , Saints, Steelers, Alouettes
Founding President South Florida, Carolina NFLPA Retired
NFL Alumni

 
TL,
 
Thanks so much for a great job! I am No. 22649 and PROUD to be!
 
My dad owned a bar in Pasadena during the 50s and 60s , and the Colts occasionally would come in after games. Dad was notorious for staging huge dollar betting competitions AGAINST the Colts, just to get his customers to go crazy! Of course, he always lost ( Yeah, Colts!) and then had a huge resurgence of business as the customers flocked to get their dollars. I learned what great guys they were by the fun-filled ribbing the Colts, including Johnny U., Artie Donovan, and Raymond Berry, would give my dad!
 
I am proud of my Baltimore heritage, and I am honored to be on your petition!
 
Thanks,
 
Toni Blondell Gibson
 
To all,
 
Thanks for your support. Together I know we can at least get the officers of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to stand up and take notice. Please spread the word and please have everyone you know sign the petition. The way I see it, if there are 70,000 fans at each Ravens’ home game, there’s no reason why each wouldn’t sign the petition. It’s about civic pride. It’s about our heritage.
 
As for the retired players, what a travesty! That Don, is our next crusade. We will be working closely with Bruce Laird and D3 Corp to do our part and develop a new site that hopefully will make Gene Upshaw take notice and recognize where he came from.
 
To our heritage and our NFL heroes,
 
TL

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