About Mike Fast

Mike Fast

I was born and raised in Baltimore. But after a year at York College of Pennsylvania, I transferred to Towson University. At York and Towson, I hosted various radio shows, wrote for the school paper, spoke on a panel RE: college game day presentation at IBS conference in Manhattan and was a public address announcer for multiple sports. Since 2012, I've been able to cover the Ravens during their training camp as well as work for Johns Hopkins during their home men's lacrosse games. A life-long goal was realized when I got to attend Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans and witness the Ravens triumph over an excellent 49ers team. What an experience! If you choose to do so, follow me on twitter: @MikeFastJr.

Can The Ravens Win Without Ray Lewis?

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Entering its 19th season, the Ravens organization has established a high standard. It expects to win, in the regular season and in the postseason, and it has done just that. Since 1996, Baltimore’s overall record is 172-136-1 (55.7% winning percentage). Besides Ozzie Newsome, Kevin Byrne and a few others, Ray Lewis was the only remaining original Raven until he retired in February 2013. Jonathan Ogden (12 years) and Matt Stover (13 years) were original Ravens too and played major roles in helping Baltimore win its first Super Bowl since 1970, but the...

Do Pro Football Players Deserve Privacy?

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When you see someone in public that you’ve previously only seen on a television screen, you’ll generally experience feelings of shock, thrill and nervousness. In many cases these people have accomplished great feats in sports or entertainment. In other cases, something happened to them (self-inflicted or otherwise) that resulted in great detriment to their capital or reputation. Either way, seeing a celebrity excites us. This fact alone has kept tabloids in business for years. The response becomes particularly intense when that person is someone that has created positive, lasting memories...

Ravens Coaching Staff Is Among The Very Best

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When the University of Maryland men’s basketball team won the national championship in April 2002, it was a tremendous accomplishment. They fought through the toughest conference there was and knocked off perennial powers during the NCAA tournament. In my opinion, that team was successful because each person on the team and the coaching staff was a perfect fit for their specific role. They didn’t try to mask deficiencies. They could give their all because they knew where they were was a perfect fit. Steve Blake was a true point guard....

Ravens Starting DE Spot up For Grabs

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Competition verifies passion, and passion leads to progress. In football, like in life, you’re tested. There are people with similar qualifications that are competing with you for a spot on a staff, board, roster, etc. As Logan Quick and I have been writing about over the last few weeks, the Ravens have multiple positions on their roster in which the starting spot is up for grabs. Defensive end is no different. Besides Chris Canty, Baltimore has three young players from which to choose their starting defensive end. Canty may end...

Williams Has Edge Over Jernigan at DT

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It seems like linemen these days are more versatile than they have been in a long time. Whether a coach is talking about an offense or defense, that player is usually taught to play multiple positions. Baltimore’s groups are no exception. Both guards (Kelechi Osemele, Marshal Yanda) can and have played right tackle, and when he was a Raven, Michael Oher seemed to see-saw between right and left tackle. Center Jeremy Zuttah could probably play both guard spots and Ryan Jensen has seen practice time at all three positions across...

Strong Side Linebacker: Upshaw or Elvis?

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As far as their defense is concerned, the Ravens had a good one in 2013. They ranked 12th overall, and considering the entire unit could’ve played better, it’s encouraging to know their floor is high heading into this season. Baltimore’s defensive line lost a key player in Arthur Jones via free agency (Colts), but was re-vamped through the draft (Timmy Jernigan, Brent Urban). Assuming Haloti Ngata and Kapron Lewis-Moore are healthy, Brandon Williams and DeAngelo Tyson keep improving and Chris Canty continues to break up passes, the defensive line figures...

Who’s The Ravens No. 2 Wide Receiver?

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Torrey Smith has proven his critics wrong. I know. I was one of them. When Smith first came into the league, I thought he was one-dimensional. I thought speed was all he had to offer. Since then he’s shown everyone that, in addition to being incredibly fast, he’s tough and clutch. Three particular games in Torrey Smith’s career are evidence that he’s clearly Baltimore’s top receiver: at Pittsburgh in 2011 (five receptions, 71 yards, 14.2 yard average, one touchdown–the game winner) versus New England in 2012 (six receptions, 127 yards,...

Could Bernard Pierce Start at Running Back?

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Call me crazy but I think Bernard Pierce could challenge Ray Rice for the Ravens’ starting running back spot. Yes, this season. Rice and his wife Janay addressed the Baltimore media Friday regarding their February 14 altercation in Atlantic City, NJ. Rice did most of the talking and expressed his regret and apology to the Ravens organization and to his fans. In my opinion, the Ravens will not suspend Rice. However I do believe a six game suspension from the NFL isn’t out of the question. Roger Goodell doesn’t play...

Five Reasons to be Excited About the Ravens in 2014

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Lawsuits, court appearances, bloated salaries and constant threat of serious injury puts the game we love in a less than favorable light. I understand we can’t have the good without the bad. I understand that frustration and joy comes as a package deal when viewing pro football. When you factor in the gambling and fantasy football aspects, it’s easy to see how people get so invested in the NFL brand. Speaking of which, commissioner Roger Goodell made $44.2 million in 2012. If that doesn’t boggle your mind, during a 2010...

What do you expect from the Ravens in 2014?

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An expectation is a two-edged sword. It can spur you on to success in difficult times and it can hold you captive if it’s not realistic. Since 2000, the Ravens have had high expectations of themselves. Prior to that point they had talented players and intermittent success but hadn’t made their mark as a consistent winner. Ozzie Newsome constructed and Marvin Lewis conducted the best defense in the history of football. John Harbaugh is among the game’s winningest coaches; Jonathan Ogden made the Hall of Fame and will soon be followed...

Which Remaining Free Agents Could Help the Ravens?

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In 67 days the Ravens will begin their 2014 training camp. John Harbaugh, Joe Flacco and the rest of the 2008 first-year Ravens will begin their seventh NFL season with the club. Although training camp is over nine weeks away, mini-camp and practice time is quite limited (per Article 23, Section 6 of the 2011 NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement). The clock is ticking. As you may have heard, the Ravens haven’t taken it easy since the draft ended. Baltimore has signed 17 undrafted free agents since then. Still there are...

What If The Ravens Drafted Michael Sam?

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What if the Ravens would’ve drafted Lawrence Phillips instead of Jonathan Ogden? What if the Colts would’ve drafted Ryan Leaf instead of Peyton Manning? What if David Tyree doesn’t finish off the most incredible play in Super Bowl history? What if the Patriots’ Matt Estrella never got caught taping Jets defensive coaches? It’s interesting to ask those questions. We already know the outcome of those situations, but still it creates conversation. Therefore, I propose this question to you: What if the Ravens drafted Michael Sam? For context, let’s briefly recap...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: C.J. Mosley

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Finally, the draft is here. For what it’s worth I think the Ravens will pick either Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Zack Martin with their 17th overall pick, if either one of those players are still on the board. If both of those players are still there, I think Baltimore will take Clinton-Dix. Speaking of former Alabama defenders, C.J. Mosley is the final player we study in our 2014 pre-draft series. Why would the Ravens take a linebacker at No. 17? The answer is simple. If Mosley is on the board...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Eric Ebron

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Believe it or not, the NFL draft is this week. In the words of Kurt Angle, “Oh it’s true. It’s true.” In three short days, the Texans will be officially on the clock and the draft will be underway. At approximately 9:50 P.M. ET this Thursday (if they don’t trade their pick), the Ravens will be making their first round selection. Could that selection be Eric Ebron? Two of the four tight ends on the Ravens’ roster have played in a NFL game (Dennis Pitta, Owen Daniels), and both of...

2014 Russell Street Report Mock Draft

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Aside from the actual football season, the NFL Draft represents my favorite time of the sports year. So much is going on and so much excitement is in the air, because if your team drafts a certain player you saw dominate the college game, that could be the missing piece to the puzzle. Whether your team is looking for a fresh start or is looking to get over the hump and seriously contend for the Super Bowl, the NFL Draft represents the ability to realize those goals. It’s all the...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Kony Ealy

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We’re less than two weeks away from the 2014 NFL Draft. As much preparation as scouts have done, they might not even know who they’re taking until their team is on the clock. This time of year is both exciting and unpredictable to say the least. So far in this series we’ve looked at five players that fit a specific need for the Ravens. Marqise Lee, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Zack Martin, Brandin Cooks and Aaron Donald can all potentially start for the Ravens in Week 1, partially due to the...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Aaron Donald

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There wasn’t a more decorated and disruptive defensive lineman in college football last season than Aaron Donald. He did something not many high school players do: attend the university in his hometown and stay for four years. Something else that sets Donald apart from his peers are the accolades he gained after his stellar senior season. He won four major awards: Outland Trophy (best interior lineman), Vince Lombardi Award (best lineman), Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year) and the Bronko Nagurski Award (defensive player of the year). Donald...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Brandin Cooks

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As we reach the halfway mark in our NFL Draft profiles, we take a look at the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner (nation’s best receiver), Brandin Cooks. The consensus All-American made 226 career receptions at Oregon State for an average gain of 14.5 yards. Cooks has been blessed with incredible speed, but that’s not all he has to offer. He was as dynamic a playmaker as there was in college football last year and his game translates to the NFL, especially today’s NFL. Cooks should be available when the Ravens make...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: Zack Martin

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The third player profile in our series centers on the best of South Bend in 2013. Zach Martin, former offensive lineman for the Fighting Irish, played multiple positions along the offensive line during his time in college. The team that takes him will certainly get a versatile player, but just because Martin played a position in college doesn’t mean he can excel at that same position in the NFL. Zack Martin ranks 19th out of all the 2014 NFL draft prospects, according to NFL.com.  He was named the top offensive...

Ravens Round 1 Draft Profile: WR Marqise Lee

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This is the first of eight player profiles analyzing who the Ravens may select with their 17th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. This series is meant to be devoid of mainstream media influence and present to you the player I think fits best on the Ravens when compared to which players will be available when they make their selection. All of the eight players we’ll look at over the next four weeks are dynamic. They don’t just get by. They are among the best at their respective positions....
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