About Tony Lombardi

Tony Lombardi

Tony is 24x7 Networks, LLC's founder (the parent of EutawStreetReport.com and RussellStreetReport.com) His work has been featured on various sports websites and he is a regular guest on 105.7 The Fan. A diehard Fab Four fan, Tony is a frustrated musician who thinks beating on the steering wheel is akin to being John Bonham. Follow Tony on Twitter @RussellStReport.

Things Just Got Worse For Ray Rice

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Roger Goodell clearly misunderstood the potential outcry following the two-game suspension given to Ray Rice. I’ve argued that he could have more emphatically stated to the public why he was so lenient with the Ravens running back. He hasn’t. And today he’s done just the opposite and admitted to making a mistake in a letter to the NFL owners. “At times, however, and despite our best efforts, we fall short of our goals. We clearly did so in response to a recent incident of domestic violence. … My disciplinary decision...

Ravens at Saints: 5 Things to Look For

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Tonight is game 4 of the preseason and we’ll get to see some Ravens starters in street clothes while some will be MIA, probably enjoying a relaxing evening in Baltimore. The action should be fast and furious although at times reminiscent of the old electric football games with players out of place while communication breakdowns abound. To help sift through the probably chaos, here are five things to look for as the Ravens close out the preseason. 1. GO OUT WIDE: Who will win the battle for the 6th wide...

Former Teammate Takes Swipe at Ray Rice

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The Ray Rice backlash is not going away anytime soon. When he travels to other stadiums the activists will follow and vitriolic fans with nothing better to do with their sad little lives will make signs, probably throw things at the Ravens bus or in Cleveland they just might take out their frustrations on the children of visiting Ravens fans like they once did to an 8-year old Jets fan. It’s really a sad statement on society. You hear the hate on sports talk radio; you see it at times...

Ravens QB’s Turn to a New Color

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Quarterbacks throughout the league almost always wear a third color during practices – a color that stands out and apart from those worn by the offense and the defense. The idea, mostly for the benefit of defenders (and of course the QB’s), is to promote safety. When you see “color” Mr. Defender, back off and avoid contact. That said, during the Brian Billick era the Ravens quarterbacks never wore a third color. Years ago I asked a member of the Ravens front office about that, wondering why Brian Billick chose...

Meriweather Suspended For Hit on T. Smith

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The Baltimore Ravens preseason game against the Washington Redskins last Saturday night was unusually physical. One might think that it’s understood that the starters on opposing teams wouldn’t go for kill shots or throw their bodies around with reckless abandon. The stars and starters are simply looking to get in their work without risking the regular season due to unnecessary injuries. Apparently the Washington Redskins, particularly defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and safeties Ryan Clark and Brandon Meriweather didn’t get that memo. Meriweather has a history of headhunting and on Saturday...

Say Hello to Our Little Friends in Section 336

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We’ve been at this thing we do here on RSR for 11 years. We’ve seen a lot of players come and go and we’ve seen many in mainstream media do the same. Since Ravens24x7.com was launched on July 3, 2003 when we enthusiastically welcomed Kyle Boller (ugh!), we’ve always maintained our fan-centricity. As we’ve grown and evolved (at least I think we have on the later) we’ve added features that almost always have two things in mind: 1. How does it benefit those who visit our site? 2. What value...

Ravens v. Redskins: 5 Things we Saw

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Heading into Saturday’s game we suggested 5 Things to Look For  besides the ball. What did that focus tell us? 1. Tackling: The tackling from the front seven was vastly improved. The open field variety from the secondary still leaves much to be desired and if the Ravens don’t clean that up, look for big plays from opposing offenses this season. 2. Matt Elam: Lost in Space comes to mind and if Elam’s play doesn’t start to ascend soon he’ll be in DANGER of being labeled a bust. Or is...

RAVENS 23, REDSKINS 17: 5 Good, 5 Bad Takeaways

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Usually the most physical play in an NFL preseason game takes place in the second half. It’s then that players fighting for their jobs, in some cases for their careers, run around with their hair on fire seeking assurance that they’ll receive regular paychecks on Fridays from September through December. That wasn’t the case on Saturday night at M&T Bank Stadium. Starters seek to get in their work, refine their craft and escape fake games with their health in tact. And that seems to be generally understood by both teams....

KNEE JERK REACTIONS: Ravens 23, Redskins 17

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“Welcome back D!!!” ~ Paul Lukoskie After a couple of disappointing ends to drives to start the game, the Ravens offense really clicked in the second quarter. Steve Smith and Joe Flacco seem to have developed some great chemistry this offseason. Smith’s passion is a welcomed sight, and is great for an offense that was missing that fire last year after the trade of Anquan Boldin. ~ Ryan Jones Overall…VERY physical preseason game…The Good…the Ravens defense showed up and attacked the line of scrimmage. Brandon Williams is developing into a...

The Turk Visits WNST…Again

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WNST at one time really had it going on. They were pioneers in the all-sports talk format in Baltimore. They were fans with access and they delivered fun and informative content tailored to the fans of Charm City. They groomed talent like no other station on the dial. Bob Haynie Jeremy Conn Rob Long Terry Ford Ken Weinman Casey Willet Other contributors included Bruce Cunningham, Aaron Wilson, Spiro Morekas, Allan McCallum, Mark Mussina, Mark Suchy, The Swami, Ray Bachman (who was fired shortly after being labeled the station’s MVP) –...

Ravens v. Redskins: 5 Things to Look For

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Tonight is game 3 of the preseason, often referred to as the Opening Day dress rehearsal. That’s a bit of an exaggeration. There’s little to no game planning, just many subplots as players either work to refine their game in preparation for the start of the regular season while avoiding injury or they are fighting for their careers. This is the reason why some journeymen players are often preseason stars and seldom suit up on Sundays – provided they make the team. That’s why the preseason is a lie. It’s...

Juan Castillo: Ravens Villain to Hero?

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It’s no secret that last season was an awful one for the Ravens offense, particularly the offensive line. Joe Flacco was under duress far too often and the rushing attack ran on empty and ended up as the NFL’s worst. Coming off a Super Bowl XLVII victory fans demanded answers, sought solutions and wondered why the Ravens changed anything at all, championing the credo, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Yet changes were ushered in and the uncommon denominators were Juan Castillo and Gino Gradkowski. The Ravens had little...

THE GRAPEVINE: Ravens Rumors and Hard Knocks Snoozers

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The Ravens host the Redskins in game 3 of the preseason, usually the contest during which the starters get their biggest workload. Afterwards John Harbaugh and his staff will be forced to cut down from 90 to 75 players. Following preseason game 4 the team must cut down to 53 players. That cut down is eased slightly by the recent expansion of the practice squad from 7 to 10 players. Three rookie receivers may be competing for 1 spot among the 53: Michael Campanaro, Kamar Aiken and Jeremy Butler. Deonte...

RAVENS 37 COWBOYS 30: 5 Good, 5 Bad Takeways

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The Ravens offense did not take the field until the 3:25 mark of the first quarter and then proceeded to stay on the field for all of 53 seconds, their total time of possession for the quarter. Yet the first quarter ended with the Ravens on the lead end of a 14-7 game thanks to a fumble recovery for score by Courtney Upshaw and a 108-yard kick return by Deonte Thompson. It was a strange and uneven game/performance, even for a fake game.   PLUS 1. BIG MAC: Pernell McPhee...

The Cowboys Defense is Offensive

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The Dallas Cowboys had a really bad defense in 2013. Really bad! Of the 32 teams in the league the Cowboys were ranked 32nd. Some other key defensive stats also paint a bleak picture of a season owner Jerry Jones would love to forget: • Opponents converted 43% of third down attempts (4th worst) • Opponents averaged 6.1 yards per play against the defense once known as “Doomsday” (2nd worst) • Opponents threw for 286.8 yards per game on average (3rd worst) • Opponents ran it for 128.5 yards per...

Ravens Offense Keeps on Rolling

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Quarterback Joe Flacco looked sharp on Saturday evenly distributing the football while keeping the 49ers defensive backfield a bit off-balance. The Ravens signal caller set comfortably and generally delivered the ball quickly and on time. His only struggles seemed to take place when a play’s timing was disrupted and he pulled the ball down with the hopes of creating a play. Flacco’s receivers are not quite on the same page when that happens in the way that Ben Roethlisberger’s receivers know to keep plays alive when their quarterback breaks contain....

Concerns Mount Around the Ravens Defense

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A buzz was in the air as the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers warmed up to prepare for their cross-continent practice partners. This would be no ordinary day of training camp. The same drills, the same 7-on-7 routines, the same 1-on-1’s that by this time during the summer have become as mundane and boring as ESPN’s and NFL Network’s excessively redundant coverage of Johnny Manziel, just weren’t the same – in a good way. These athletes with a heightened sense of focus ushered in by the flow of competitive...

Ravens Headquarters Painted 49ers Red

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Before “The Turk” makes his first rounds during summer camp to trim rosters from 90 to 75, the Under Armour Performance Center at One Winning Drive can get pretty crowded. More players, more assistants to the coaching staff, more interns and more media makes Baltimore Ravens headquarters a pretty crowded place. Even the locker rooms are equipped with temporary lockers leaving it with the appearance of a sporting goods store under renovation. On Saturday afternoon The Castle that Steve Bisciotti built hosted more king’s horses and more king’s men than...

This Week on Russell Street

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Some of you may be familiar with This Week in Baseball, a recap of the goings on in Major League Baseball. It’s a convenient way to catch up on things you may have missed. Borrowing from that concept, we will do the same here for the Baltimore Ravens with a new feature called This Week on Russell Street (creative, right?) Without further ado (not adieu)… FILMSTUDY The Ravens 23-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers during their 2014 Preseason Opener impressed many. But Ken McKusick, aka “Filmstudy”, is a difficult...

RAVENS 23 49ERS 3: 5 Good, 5 Bad Takeaways

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Teams build foundations during OTA’s, take playbooks to the field during training camp and then increase the tempo and physicality during “fake football” games. It is then that things begin to change for some – when the threat of contact is introduced to the competitive environment. As a result mistakes will be made and hopefully lessons learned – fertile grounds in the development process. Here are 5 takeaways, both plus and minus, from last night’s preseason game between the Ravens and 49ers… PLUS 1. First-team Offense: Joe Flacco was precise...