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.

FAST REACTION: What Was That??

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The Ravens did not show up for their game against the Patriots, and subsequently got their tails whipped at home on Sunday, losing 41-7. It was the worst Ravens loss since they were shut-out in Week 11 of the 1997 season at Pittsburgh (37-0). Baltimore did not fire off the ball and allowed New England to dictate tempo all game long. The Ravens were not sharp, and though the Patriots weren’t perfect, they were effective. New England didn’t run complicated schemes. They frequently ran between the tackles, to the tune...

NICKEL PACKAGE: The Ravens’ Second Best Rivalry

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Remember when the Ravens would play the Patriots and there was this feeling that no matter what Baltimore did, New England was going to win the game? I sure do. Do Ravens fans still feel the same way? I sure don’t. The Steelers will always be the Ravens’ biggest rival. But these days the Patriots are the team the Ravens have had to go through to get where they want to go. Over the last five years, Baltimore versus New England has been like Baltimore versus Pittsburgh, but with bigger...

TWO MINUTE DRILL: Path to Festivus Clears

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Although there are just two weeks to go in the regular season, I don’t know if I can take much more excitement. The Ravens once again proved how clutch they are. Stats matter, but their best collective asset can’t be quantified. Some teams might say they believe or they have faith, but the Ravens mean it. I’ve been around and have studied the team and their organization enough to know that’s not talk—it’s who they are. Three of the top contenders in the AFC (Denver, New England and Cincinnati) all...

FAST REACTION: Lions Get Tucked!

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Behind Justin Tucker and a staunch defense, the Baltimore Ravens beat the Detroit Lions, 18-16, on Monday night in Detroit. It was Baltimore’s fourth consecutive win, which is now the top win streak in the AFC. Statistically, the game was pretty even. The Lions had 19 first downs to Baltimore’s 18, 63 offensive plays to Baltimore’s 60 and eight penalties to Baltimore’s seven. The one stat the Ravens dominated was the one stat that changes games instantly: turnovers. The Ravens forced three turnovers and committed none. It was a welcomed...

NICKEL PACKAGE: Defending a Lifeform From Cybertron

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Both the Ravens and the Lions need a win on Monday night in a bad way. Both teams are 7-6 and would currently be playoff teams, but will likely have to win out to maintain that position. Before we take a look at the current rosters, let’s go back to the last two games in this series. On October 9, 2005, the Ravens went to Detroit and were dominated, 35-17. Baltimore gave away four turnovers and committed 21 penalties for a total of 147 yards. By comparison, Detroit’s entire offense...

TWO MINUTE DRILL: Can Week 15 Top Week 14?

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Week 14 in the NFL was wild. It contained 104 touchdowns, snowstorms, last-minute lead changes, scary injuries to mega-stars and two NFC games that could end up deciding division titles. LeSean McCoy ran wild for 217 yards and two touchdowns. He extended his league-leading rushing total to 1,305 yards. Before the season I asked Emmitt Smith who he thought the best all-around running back in the league was. His response: McCoy. You can’t argue with that. Peyton Manning threw four touchdowns in what was, I think, four-degree weather in Denver....

FAST REACTION: “One we’ll all remember”

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“It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t perfect. But it was us.”—John Harbaugh, after Super Bowl XLVII   How did he know those words would apply to what was essentially a must-win game 10 months later? It wasn’t pretty. There were slips, drops, missed tackles and penalties. It sure wasn’t perfect. Baltimore turned the ball over three times and allowed two touchdowns in 42 seconds, late in the 4th quarter. But it was the Ravens. They made plenty of errors, but when it counted the most, they got the job done. The...

NICKEL PACKAGE: Ravens v. Vikings

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No NFL game is easy to play, much less win. But when looking at personnel and pedigree, the Ravens should beat the Vikings on Sunday. The Vikings aren’t going to roll over, but as far as top-to-bottom talent in the NFL, they aren’t that good. They do have the reigning league MVP (Adrian Peterson) and an elite pass-rusher (Jared Allen), but their quarterback situation is a mess. In this league, that’s a major problem. Baltimore enters this game well rested, having played last on Thanksgiving Night. They’ve won two in...

TWO MINUTE DRILL: NFL Week 14

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With four weeks remaining in the regular season, there’s still much to be decided. The games are getting bigger and the weather is getting worse, but separation of true contenders from the rest of the field won’t happen for another month. After the Seahawks dismantled the Saints on Monday night, they look like the favorite to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVIII. But who’s to say the Saints won’t get a first-round bye and host the NFC Championship game after Seattle is upset in the divisional round? That’s not...

FAST REACTION: Ravens Edge Steelers

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As if the first 58 minutes didn’t have enough pushing, shoving, drama and huge hits, the final two minutes had plenty of its own and then some. Twice on their final drive, the Steelers thought they had a touchdown. But after review, both Heath Miller and Le’Veon Bell were denied access to the end zone. Miller’s knee was down before the ball crossed the goal line. Okay, that’s happened before. But two plays later when Bell ran off left tackle, he was hit really hard by Jimmy Smith and his...

NICKEL PACKAGE: Ravens vs. Steelers

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Thanksgiving night marks the 36th game between the Ravens and the Steelers, by far Baltimore’s most common opponent. As you’re likely aware, most of these games result in extremely close scores no matter where the game is being played. The last four games in this series have all been decided by three points. The total combined score in those four games: Baltimore 72, Pittsburgh 72. This one is a de facto elimination game for the loser and a strong step toward the AFC North title for the winner. As usual,...

Week 13: Two-minute drill

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What a Week 12 it was in the NFL. The Packers and Vikings played to the first tie of the year, the Cowboys gained a much-needed divisional road win, and how wild was that Sunday night game? Despite the fact that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have never played one snap against each other, it was billed as such, but entertained (and tired) viewers nonetheless. For any Denver fan, player or coach to blame the loss on Wes Welker or Tony Carter would be wrong, lazy and inaccurate. I remind...

FAST REACTION: “It was a dominant defensive performance”

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After the Jets scored a field goal early in the 1st quarter, the Ravens scored 19 unanswered points and held New York scoreless for the final 53:08 of the game to get the crucial win in Baltimore. “What can you say about our defense? I mean, it was a dominant defensive performance,” said John Harbaugh during the post-game press conference. “All three levels played exceptionally well.” Harbaugh was right. The Ravens were dominant. They played a 60-minute game for the first time in a long time. In fact, it was...

NICKEL PACKAGE: Ravens v. J-E-T-S

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The first time the Ravens and the Jets played, the Ravens lost in New York, 19-16, on November 2, 1997. Since then the Ravens have won all seven contests against the Jets and are favored (by 3.5 points) to win again this Sunday. A win against the Jets would put the Ravens ahead of New York in the standings. They would each be 5-6 but the Ravens would then own the head-to-head tiebreaker. Considering the Jets are currently the sixth seed in the AFC playoffs, it’s safe to say this...

TWO MINUTE DRILL: Week 12

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This week marks the last bye week of the season. Three of the eight division leaders (Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Seattle) along with Buffalo are off this week. That means there’s a big opportunity for teams like the Ravens, Giants and Cowboys to make up ground in their respective divisions. We saw proof Monday night that the Panthers are for real. Well, at least their defense is. Any defense that holds a Tom Brady-led offense to 20 points is legitimate. Speaking of that game, it featured a couple of nice skirmishes...

FAST REACTION: “We’re Getting Better”

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For the second straight week, the Ravens (4-6, 1-5 on the road) played an overtime game in which they only scored three points in the second half and overtime. Two big differences this week were that they got the ball to begin overtime but lost. Another difference was not just the progression but the dominance of Baltimore’s running game. After the Ravens gained 85 yards last week, they more than doubled that effort (174 yards) today. Ray Rice spoke about the team’s success on the ground after the game. “We’re...

NICKEL PACKAGE: Ravens at Bears

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After a head-scratching, breathtaking win against the Bengals, the Ravens and their season have new-found energy and purpose. When the Ravens travel to Chicago on Saturday to take on the Bears on Sunday, they’ll have finished their preparation for an elite Bears offense. The Bears score almost 29 points per game (3rd), but the Ravens defense is equally proficient, allowing just 21 points per game (8th). The last time these two teams met, it was a one-sided affair to say the least. In Week of 15 the 2009 season, the...

TWO MINUTE DRILL: Postseason Picture Taking Shape

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The Ravens gained a crucial win this past Sunday in their quest for their third consecutive AFC North title and their sixth consecutive playoff berth. The Eagles won again, the Redskins lost and the Cowboys got destroyed, yet Dallas is still in first place (3-0 in the NFC East). What’s more evidence that the NFC is unpredictable is that the Giants (3-6) are two games out of first place with seven left to play. The Giants host the Cowboys in Week 12. But as for this week, there are a...

FAST REACTION: They Won!

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Did the Ravens win or did they lose? Well, they should’ve been able to— Did they win or lose? Yeah, but Joe Flacco and the offense— Did they win? Yes. The 20-17 overtime win was the Ravens’ 20th all-time win against the Bengals and their 100th home win (combined Memorial and M&T Bank Stadium wins). It was also their first win in five weeks. For a milestone game, it was appropriately reminiscent of former Ravens victories. A struggling offense, a fierce defense and a tremendous kicking game were what helped...

NICKEL PACKAGE: It’s “Must Win” Time

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“The playoffs start now for us. It’s do-or-die against Cincinnati, a must win.”—Chris Canty Wednesday night on NFL Network (courtesy of Mark Viviano)   Those are my thoughts exactly, Chris. I’ve been telling people this week I’m done stressing out about Ravens games. I want to sit back and see how they react to the hole they’ve dug for themselves. Though looking back on a team’s performance a week ago helps when projecting how they’ll fare in the coming game, that process has become almost exhaustive. The Ravens are simply...
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