About Steve Hasler

Steve Hasler

March 29, 1984. Steve Häsler was attending college in Gambier, Ohio when the phone rang in his dorm room. His parents were calling with disturbing news – our beloved Colts had poured the entire organization into Mayflower vans and left town. For the next four autumns, Steve was forced to watch football with Browns fans, unsympathetic to the plight of losing a hometown team. By 1987 he was back in Baltimore, working in advertising, and attending the Towson Fourth of July every year just to hear the Baltimore Colts Marching Band play the old fight song as they waddled by. It made his mother cry every year. And yes, he called his old Ohio roommates back in 1995 just to make sure they heard the news that he once again he was going to have a team to root for. Steve has been opining on all things Ravens pretty much since the invention of message boards. You may know him as Shas.

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 30, Cardinals 27

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REARVIEW MIRROR BALTIMORE RAVENS 30, ARIZONA CARDINALS 27 OCTOBER 30, 2011 Frustrating means to a satisfying end With self-inflicted mistakes piling up throughout a frustrating first half of play, the Baltimore Ravens found themselves in a bewildering hole, losing 24-3 to the visiting Arizona Cardinals.  Against most opponents it would have meant, game over. But this was a Cardinals team that came into town on a five-game losing streak, with a defense that could not match the talent level the Ravens had faced six days prior in Jacksonville. So the...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Jaguars 12, Ravens 7

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REARVIEW MIRROR JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 12, BALTIMORE RAVENS 7 OCTOBER 24, 2011 There was a point in history when the Jacksonville Jaguars dominated the Baltimore Ravens.  Badly.  So badly, that the Ravens franchise began 0-8 against their one-time divisional rival. But that was then. That was before the Ravens reeled off six wins in the next seven contests against the downtrodden Jags, who came into this nationally telecast contest with a five-game losing streak that had firmly placed their head coach and former Ravens linebacker coach Jack DelRio firmly on the...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 29, Texans 14

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REARVIEW MIRROR BALTIMORE RAVENS 29, HOUSTON TEXANS 14 October 16, 2011 Credit the Houston Texans for coming into Baltimore and throwing everything they had at the Ravens, even without their top players on both sides of the ball – the injured Mario Williams and Andre Johnson. While the Texans played the Ravens tight for nearly three quarters, in the end the Ravens had too much talent for the Texans to match, and rode the home field advantage to a 29-14 win, outscoring Houston 19-7 in the second half. Both the...

Ravens Report Card: First-quarter grades

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As the players head off on their first semester break during this bye week, let’s break down their performances through the first four games of the 2011 season.  At 3-1 and leading the AFC North, including a 1-0 mark in the division, the team is about right where they realistically hoped to be at this juncture.  But there is always room for improvement. We’ll whip through a summary of the MVP standouts to-date, followed by the individual unit grades. OFFENSIVE MVP Bryant McKinnie While McKinnie may not be the best...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 34, Jets 17

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Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Jets 17 October 2, 2011 Remember how crazy it was when Rex coached in Baltimore? His defenses terrorized opponents and then pleaded with their offensive teammates not to screw it up. Well, it must have been Rex Ryan tribute night in Baltimore Sunday when he brought his Jets into town because the Ravens defense stomped on a New York offense that literally couldn’t protect itself.  “Hey, Rex, we’re over you,” seemed to be the message as the Ravens defense set a new franchise record with...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 37, Rams 7

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REARVIEW MIRROR BALTIMORE RAVENS 37, ST. LOUIS RAMS 7 September 25, 2011 Coming into the third game of 2011 the talk around Baltimore was whether the Ravens had suffered an emotional let down in a bad loss to the Titans the week prior, and could they bounce back this week against a Rams team desperate to avoid a 0-3 start? The Ravens did more than bounce back. They trounced St. Louis 37-7.  They looked so dominate, in fact, that many observers will see this as proof that the Titans loss...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Titans 26, Ravens 13

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Tennessee Titans 26, Baltimore Ravens 13 September 18, 2011 Coming off a physically dominating win over the rival Steelers, the Baltimore Ravens ventured into Nashville feeling unbeatable. And they swore there would be no letdown against the Tennessee Titans. The game plan was easy. Stop All-Pro running back Chris Johnson and make retread quarterback Matt Hasselbeck beat them.  He did.  Doubling up on the Ravens 26-13 in a game that wasn’t even that close.  The Ravens secondary had no answer for Hasselbeck, Kenny Britt, or former Steelers receiver Nate Washington,...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 35, Steelers 7

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Ravens Report Card Baltimore Ravens 35, Pittsburgh Steelers 7 September 11, 2011 The Baltimore Ravens handed the Pittsburgh Steelers their asses. There, I said it. And boy did it feel good, and strange, for Ravens fans who witnessed this 35-7 Ravens beat down of their division rivals, eight months removed from their gut-wrenching playoff loss to the Steelers to complete the 2010 campaign. A win this decisive definitively answered so many offseason questions about how the Ravens would respond.  Could Joe Flacco finally overcome his 0-6 all-time record against a...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 21, Falcons 7

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Ravens Report Card Baltimore Ravens 21, Atlanta Falcons 7 September 1, 2011 If you’re squeamish, you may want to stop reading right now.  If you’re the kind of person who slows down at an accident scene, then this is the report for you.   Because the Ravens and the Falcons played a train wreck of a football game that in the end–and yes, yours truly stayed through the bitter end–gave the Ravens’ backups a 21-7 win over the Falcons’ reserves. While coach John Harbaugh may tell you that he always wants...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 34, Redskins 31

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Rearview Mirror Baltimore Ravens 34, Washington Redskins 31 August 25, 2011 Another week, a different story.  For the second straight week the Ravens offense put more than thirty points on the board, but this time it came in a comeback, 34-31 win over the Washington Redskins.  The tight margin of victory is not the only difference between this week and a lopsided victory over the Chiefs a week ago. Against Todd Haley’s arrow-headed group we ignored the starters and place our collective entire focus upon the new faces and the...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 31, Chiefs 13

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Baltimore Ravens 31 Kansas City Chiefs 13 August 19, 2011 Two-hundred and twenty-two days.  That’s how long it’s been since the Baltimore Ravens had tasted victory.  The opponent? The Kansas City Chiefs, who soundly lost to Baltimore 30-7 in a playoff mismatch. At first glance, Friday’s 31-13 victory by the Ravens over the Chiefs Friday was a bit of Déjà vu.  But the score is where the similarities end. The stakes were completely different this time. Not to say that nothing was at stake.  In fact, games like this represent...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Steelers 31, Ravens 24

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS 31 BALTIMORE RAVENS 24 JANUARY 15, 2011 It was a remarkable first half. In a rivalry where scoring in the low 20’s is usually enough to seal a victory, the Ravens had the Steelers right where they wanted them: up 21-7 at half, thanks to a missed field goal and a series Steelers miscues converted into Ravens points. But then again, putting teams right where they want them turns out to be the last place this Ravens team has wanted to find itself in this season, as season...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 13, Bengals 7

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REARVIEW MIRROR BALTIMORE RAVENS 13,  CINCINNATI BENGALS 7 JANUARY 2, 2011 The good news: the Ravens defense finally exorcised a demon by controlling Carson Palmer and a Bengals offense that had come into Baltimore very hot.   For much of the game the Ravens were dominant defensively. By halftime the Bengals running backs had totaled just 23 yards on 10 carries while Palmer was being harassed into what amounted to a 50 passer rating. But then in the fourth quarter, like so many fourth quarters for the Ravens this season, a...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 20, Browns 10

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REARVIEW MIRROR BALTIMORE RAVENS 20, CLEVELAND BROWNS 10 DECEMBER 26, 2010 Twas the day after Christmas, when all through the stadium Barely a creature was stirring — you could sense the tedium. The Ravens’ points were hung on the scoreboard with care In hopes that the playoffs would soon be there. Apologies to Clement Moore.  There are some games where you’ll do anything to make it sound more interesting than it was. This snorefest was one of those games, despite the stakes.  The Ravens beat the Browns 20-10 to nail...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 30, Saints 24

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DECEMBER 19, 2010 The experts outside Baltimore and the pessimists closer to home didn’t see this one coming.  The Ravens defense was too tired, they said, coming off a short week and a harrowingly close finish in Houston.  The offensive line had lost its luster, unable to protect or push its way past opposing defenses.  That’s what the doubters believed, based upon recent history. And for a while, it looked like the doubters were right as the reigning Super Bowl champion Saints came to town, needing a win to keep...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 34, Texans 28

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REARVIEW MIRROR BALTIMORE RAVENS 34  HOUSTON TEXANS 28, OT DECEMBER 13, 2010 Awkward.  How else do you describe the Baltimore Ravens?  They resemble an awkward teen, delighting you one moment when their full potential shines through, scaring the hell out of you the next with boneheaded moves. Will they ever grow up?  They better, with just three weeks left in the regular season to figure things out before they enter the grown-up world of the NFL playoffs. The Ravens made child’s play out of the Houston Texans in the first...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Steelers 13, Ravens 10

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REARVIEW MIRROR PITTSBURGH STEELERS 13, BALTIMORE RAVENS 10 DECEMBER 5, 2010 You hear coaches say it all the time.   Teams need to play sixty minutes of good football to win games.  They say it, because it’s not a cliché.   When the Ravens played a sloppy second half against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a 13-10 loss was the painful lesson delivered. The Steelers outlasted the elements, and the early beating delivered to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to patiently work their way back on top in the fourth quarter. Along the way the Ravens...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 17, Bucs 10

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BALTIMORE RAVENS 17,  TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 10 November 28, 2010 Thanks to workman-like performance the Ravens outlasted a talented but young Tampa Bay Buccaneers team for a 17-10 victory, running their home record to 5-0 on the year. For fans of pristine football this was no beauty contest.  Any sense of continuity was up-ended by sixteen punts between the two teams, and interrupted by some shaky officiating and a handful of injuries.  While Tampa lost starting safety Cody Grimes to a leg injury, the Ravens saw Le’Ron McClain and Michael...

RAVENS REPORT CARD: Ravens 37, Panthers 13

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BALTIMORE RAVENS 37, CAROLINA PANTHERS 13 November 21, 2010 John Harbaugh doesn’t like to answer questions about his safety Ed Reed’s laterals during interception returns.  We know this, because the coach bristled when asked about it this week on his radio show, prior to Sunday’s trip to Charlotte to meet the Panthers. It’s a question the conservative head coach is certain to continue to hear for a couple more days after Reed snagged his 50th career interception Sunday and promptly pitched the ball to fellow safety Dawan Landry, who took...

REPORT CARD: Falcons 26, Ravens 21

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REARVIEW MIRROR ATLANTA FALCONS 26, BALTIMORE RAVENS 20 NOVEMBER 11, 2010 Sixty-five seconds…  That’s how long a ragged Baltimore Ravens defense needed to hold-up at the end of the game in order to preserve a most unlikely comeback win.  But hold up they did not. Instead, they broke down in the home stretch, once again, dropping to 6-3 in a season littered with down-to-the-wire scoring. The fact that the Ravens had somehow managed to grab a 21-20 lead in the game’s final seconds was remarkable, given their atrocious first-half play,...