About Tom Moore

Tom Moore

TOM MOORE is from Baltimore and writes on sports for Press Box, and he previously served as a columnist for The Baltimore Examiner on many topics related to Baltimore and Maryland. Described by many as a ‘Renaissance man,’ Mr. Moore has hosted the weekly radio program The Tom Moore Show on AM 680 WCBM since 2003, and sings in a jazz/standards band, which released its first record in 2010, “Restless Journey” available on I-Tunes. Mr. Moore has also acted on stage in local theaters and on TV programs such as the NetFlix series “House of Cards” and HBO’s “The Wire.” An NCLL Final Four lacrosse player at the University of Richmond, Moore transferred to, then graduated from the University of Maryland in 2000 with a degree in Journalism. From 2000-2002, he worked as a producer for ABC Radio WMAL in Washington, DC where he was part of the station’s 2001 Edward R. Murrow Award-winning news team. A busy Maryland attorney (known better as Thomas Maronick Jr.) by day, Moore is a lifelong baseball, football and lacrosse fan and may be reached at tommooreradio@yahoo.com

The Ravens Don’t Franchise Monroe, So What Now?

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Well first I should say that I’m sorry about my long absence from writing for the site, as I have been pursuing another favorite pursuit of mine – acting – and you can find me playing Mr. Hyde in the Vagabond Players production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through March 30 – to that regard. Now, to the Ravens: the indefatigable TL was dead-on in saying that applying the franchise tag on lineman Eugene Monroe was a bad idea for the team. Monroe’s not an elite offensive lineman –...

Kubiak and Flacco’s Relationship a Do-Or-Die for Ravens

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When the Ravens announced the hiring of new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and quarterbacks coach Rick Dennison, this should have caused Ravens fans to collectively breathe a sigh of relief, albeit a somewhat nervous one. I want to start out by saying that the hire of Gary Kubiak is a brilliant one for the Ravens, proving that they, unlike the Cleveland Browns, don’t often self-destruct just as a gift horse arrives. (The Browns, by the way, have reportedly hired Kyle Shanahan to run their offense, which should also prove to...

Is John Harbaugh a Player’s Coach?

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What type of coach has the longevity to stick around in an organization, a players’ coach or a disciplinarian? This is a question the Ravens have to wrestle with a bit in the enigma who is John Harbaugh. While I previously wrote about how organizations that hold on to good coaches tend to have more success than those with a quick trigger finger after a couple losing seasons, the debate on which “coach type” is better will rage on as it has with many other organizations trying to find that...

For Ravens Class is in Session

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While the Ravens watched Sunday’s NFC Championship between the Seahawks and the 49ers that came down to the wire on TV, there were plenty of lessons to be learned. Before that, these same Ravens probably enjoyed a nice late lunch, while watching Peyton Manning surgically dissect the defense of the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship – the same team that walloped Baltimore at home during the 2013 M&T Bank finale. Even more lessons were learned. What we don’t know is whether those who have a say in making...

Lions Could do the Ravens Another Favor by Hiring Caldwell

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The Baltimore Ravens have confirmed reports that Jim Caldwell is interviewing for the Detroit Lions head coaching position. Should he get hired, this would be a win-win for both organizations, and for minority coaches through the Fritz-Pollard Alliance (which promotes hiring of more minorities into head coaching and team front office positions). Caldwell was widely credited for his help in developing the skills of Peyton Manning in the flex-style offense the Indianapolis Colts ran, which gave Manning a lot of options to change plays at the line, and run an...

Knocked Out, Ravens Now Face Challenging Offseason

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Despite the promise of just a few weeks ago, the Baltimore Ravens’ 2013 season came to a final, miserable end with their excruciating loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in a game that ended up meaning very little to the Bengals, but everything to the Ravens. The loss ended a five-year run of making the playoffs under John Harbaugh, including three AFC Championship Game appearances and last season’s Super Bowl win. But this year it just wasn’t meant to be. The collapse began far earlier in the season when Baltimore took...

Ravens Can Turn to Ghosts of Playoffs Past for Inspiration

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In spite of John Harbaugh’s bad-PR-man impression after the Patriots game debacle in which he suggested that “nothing’s changed” for the Ravens as far as the playoffs, there is actually some precedent in miracle final-Sunday results for teams appearing to be on the outside looking in. In one strange, ironic twist the Ravens actually have to look no further than two of the players with direct correlation to their playoff chances – Chiefs coach Andy Reid and the Cincinnati Bengals – for a little inspiration. Of course, despite Harbaugh’s silly...

Total Team Collapse Leads to Patriots Laugher

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The Ravens have made a name for themselves, both recently this season and in the past, by winning tough home games and being a formidable opponent when their backs are against the wall. Sunday was expected to be more of the same, and most predictors had the Ravens winning a close contest against the New England Patriots. Unfortunately, the Ravens quit before the game started, coming out flat and staying flat until the end of the third quarter through about 6:35 in the fourth quarter, when the team simply gave...

Despite Media Obsession, Brady Not Nearly Superhuman vs. Ravens

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As the Ravens prepare for New England this Sunday in a game that is a must-win for the Ravens, and certainly could only help the Patriots in their quest for the 2nd AFC playoff seed, you will hear a lot about Tom Brady in the national media. Tom Brady is truly a great NFL quarterback and this piece will do nothing to suggest otherwise, but that being said, the weekly (sometimes daily) media groveling over his greatness should make any self-respecting Baltimore fan quite ill, and for good reason as...

Suddenly Ravens Playing with Hearts of Champions

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It’s the thing about champions – they win games even when it looks like they will not. Champions act like they have been there before when other teams do not know how to even get there. The Ravens, in a road Monday night contest that featured the playoffs on the line for both teams, played like champions. The Ravens seemed like a team that had been there before. They played like it anyway. In a game that just a few weeks ago would likely have been a blow-out loss, turned...

The True Miracle Win Would Be Beating the Lions

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I wrote before that the Vikings game and the Lions game could decide the season for the Baltimore Ravens. At least one of those games was a must-win. The good news is that due to a true miracle finish, in one of the most memorable games in team history, the Ravens accomplished job #1. So, great, they are 7-6. The Dolphins are also 7-6 after finishing off the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road in a game most people probably expected the Steelers to win. It’s a good and a bad...

Coaching Longevity is a Sign of a Winner

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It must have been shocking (or alternately, annoying) for loyal Ravens fans to turn on morning sports talk radio recently and hear some listeners, self-proclaimed fans, calling for the head of the head coach after a couple losses despite the fact that said coach took the Ravens to five consecutive playoff appearances with a sixth hanging in the balance. Of course all that happened before the Ravens won two in a row at home with a third (likely) win on the way, and now sit tenuously in control of their...

The Next Two Games Should Decide the Season

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After an emotional win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, a renewed Ravens team must now start looking ahead to the next two games, against Minnesota and Detroit, in two contests that could decide the team’s playoff fortunes. The huge, emotional lift that the 22-20 win over the Steelers gave the Ravens, should also immediately send coaches running to pull tape of recent games-off the Ravens have taken after similar emotional wins to avoid the same fate against the Vikings. One year ago, Baltimore opened the season at home against the Cincinnati...

Ravens National Anthem Policy Hits Wrong Notes

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The Star Spangled Banner, the U.S. National Anthem – the most important song in American history and it was written, as public address announcer Bruce Cunningham tells us before every game, “right here in Baltimore.” That is true, as Baltimore lawyer Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics to the tune while aboard a British vessel, the HMS Tonnant, while trying to negotiate the release of several War of 1812 prisoners and saw the American flag still flying while he watched the Battle of Fort McHenry take place from his quarters...

Defense Finishes The Job Against Jets

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The Ravens’ 19-3 win over the New York Jets marked a welcome return to Baltimore for a critical three-game stretch, but more importantly showed the emergence of a defense that had been maligned this year for not finishing games. Sunday, finally, the defense never let up, and played a complete game, something they had not done in `second-half of game against Green Bay, Pittsburgh, and Chicago last week, amongst others. The numbers Sunday did not lie, and they were not good for Gang Green: two interceptions of Geno Smith, three...

Will Pitta be a Saving Grace or a Rusty Bike?

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So, we’ve heard from ESPN’s Ed Werder – Dennis Pitta’s return to the Ravens is “closer than ever” – and the word on the street I am hearing is that it is actually just weeks away – like returning to practice as early as after the Pittsburgh game. That’s this close in football terms. He could be back for the Vikings or Lions game it appears. Dennis Pitta, who is of course the Ravens tight end/Joe Flacco’s best friend/go-to receiver who was injured during a training camp scrimmage and thought,...

Ravens Season Now on Life Support

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When the Ravens miss the playoffs in 2013, they will look back at their overtime loss to the Chicago Bears, 23-20, and to being on the 2-yard line, with a chance to get a touchdown that would have won the game. A win on the road against the Bears would have brought them back to .500, in a game they were not expected to win, and give them a margin of error in an effort to get to 10-6, as well as keeping them in the hunt for the AFC...

Who Are You and What Have You Done with Ray Rice?

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In a season marred by the disquieting failure of the run game, it been painful for Ravens fans to watch. However, it’s certainly been harder for none other than lead running back Ray Rice himself. Rice has been nothing short of a superstar for Baltimore ever since he emerged from being a backup to Willie McGahee as a 2nd round pick from Rutgers to becoming one of the undisputed stars of the NFL at his position. In his career (2008-2013), Rice has rushed for 5,809 yards, earning three Pro Bowls...

Gut-Check Win Delivers Positives for Ravens

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Well, a win is a win is how the saying goes, but the Ravens’ astounding 20-17 OT win over Cincinnati, a game featuring a last-second, tying touchdown, a blown 17-point halftime lead, and a huge overtime field goal from Justin Tucker, was not just “a win.” This win was epic, a near heartbreak for the Ravens while many fans headed to the exits after Elvis Dumervil’s third sack of the game (2.5 total for the game) left the Bengals scrambling for one last Hail Mary throw with two seconds left...

2013 Ravens Like a Rudderless Ship

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What a difference a year makes for the Super Bowl champs.  Last year they were the team that scared opposing teams.  Before that, under defensive coordinators Marvin Lewis, Rex Ryan and Chuck Pagano the team played angry, tough, and beat up opponents. Remember the headline in Sports Illustrated after the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV? “BALTIMORE BULLIES…The Ravens defense beats up the Giants in the Super Bowl” Well, this year the Ravens are the ones getting bullied.  They don’t scare anyone, least of all the Cleveland Browns, who, against a...
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