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.

NFL Could Release 2014 Schedule on Tuesday

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According to multiple sources the 2014 NFL Schedule could be released as early as Tuesday April 22 but as late as Thursday April 24. This would mark the latest date in a given calendar year that the league has released the annually much anticipated slate of games. There’s little doubt that the league is pouring over statistics and consulting with sponsors of the schedule release program to be broadcast on NFL Network, to maximize the potential earnings. Perhaps that is the reason for releasing the “potential” dates today. It also...

New Deal Ngata Happening…Yet

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Photo courtesy of ShawnHubbardPhoto.com   Perhaps one of the more understated needs of the Baltimore Ravens as they prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft is the position of defensive tackle. The team as expected, lost Arthur Jones to free agency and now they’ll need to distribute his reps to others currently on the roster and perhaps a few who aren’t among the potential 53 – yet! The obvious choices for more playing time are Brandon Williams and DeAngelo Tyson. Both are capable and as we’ve seen in the past, defensive...

Ravens Should Give McClain Another Shot

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So Rolando McClain showed up late for a workout in front of Ravens’ officials yesterday and then promptly failed his conditioning test. Same old Rolando? Maybe, maybe not. It’s easy to assume that the guy is still a mess given his track record but should we, and more importantly the Ravens rush to judgment? Some may argue that the guy is fighting to save his career and that he should have been in great shape and passed his conditioning test with flying Crimson Tide colors. But let’s not forget that...

Ravens Backfield Running on Empty?

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Gary Kubiak’s offense has long been a productive one, among the league’s best. It has also been one that heavily depends on an effective running game. In 2013 the Ravens’ running game was hardly effective. Some blame the running backs; some blame the offensive line; some blame the coaching of the offensive line; some blame the play calling. It was all of the above. The Ravens have improved the offensive line this offseason. They’ve re-signed Eugene Monroe who we hear has become quite the gym rat and they’ve added center...

Do What You Love!

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Several years ago a friend who was an assistant principal asked me to make a presentation to his after-school groups at a local private school. The groups were separated by interests, one being sports and the other computers. He thought that given my chosen occupation that my story might be of interest to both groups. The kids ranged from 11-13 years of age so I initially thought that it could be a challenge maintaining their interest. To my surprise, they seemed to cling to every word and today, when I...

MOVIE REVIEW: Draft Day

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The problem with me and movie reviews is that half the time I’m not even sure what I’ve just read. Maybe it’s that I just don’t grasp the art form or maybe I just don’t care about the art form. I just want to be entertained. I don’t want to have to look at my watch wondering when it’s going to end. I want an escape from reality – one during which the director and his cast take me on a journey and when it’s done, I’m glad I went...

The Best NFL Rosters Start at The Bottom

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Consistently successful NFL teams maintain quality depth. Depth provides insurance in the event of key injuries and it fuels competition within a team. The threat of losing a job ushered in by competent competition channels a player’s focus, his attention to detail, the willingness to persevere all of which motivates him to dig a little deeper for even an extra ounce of effort. Creating such a competitive environment forces athletes to show up on tape in any way they can. They become more willing participants on special teams. They do...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Liar’s Luncheon

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For several years the Ravens have hosted a Draft Luncheon for members of the media. Traditionally the head coach, Ozzie Newsome and Director of College Scouting have been seated at the dais, expanded in recent years to include the Assistant GM, Eric DeCosta. Back on April 20, 2006 I shared my observations, which I’ll do again following this year’s luncheon on April 30. Today we’ll take a look back at the luncheon the preceded the Draft Class of 2006:   1st round – Haloti Ngata, defensive tackle, Oregon 2nd round...

Harbowl III?

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you now know that the Ravens preseason schedule has been release, details of which you can find here. A couple of things jump off the page upon first glance at the schedule.   Harbowl III ~ The Ravens host the San Francisco 49ers to open their preseason schedule on August 7. The travel distance seems a bit extreme. It isn’t often that teams travel across the continent for a preseason game. Maybe the Harbaughs are hosting a family reunion in John’s new home?...

Birdland Suffers a Big Loss

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One year ago Matt Hersl, a devout fan of the Baltimore Orioles and community activist was tragically taken from us following a senseless, careless and reckless accident. Today we once again take a moment to remember Matt. Here is his story. ~ Tony Lombardi   There’s purity to the game of baseball that no other sport can match. Its history and the indelible mark it has left upon our nation’s landscape has no peer. The legendary names, folklore, the metaphors and the history, they lure you in and take you...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The NFL’s UFO’s

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Back on April 24, 2006 we examined the Ravens prowess in the undrafted free agent recruiting process. Last year it helped to land Marlon Brown. Here’s a look back at how Ozzie Newsome & Co. consistently get it done…   The Ravens front office has often been lauded for its prowess and success in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. And while the balance of Day 1 of the draft has historically been checkered at best for the Ravens, they have discovered a few gems on Day 2 such as...

RAVENS NEWS AND NOTES: Offense to Get Physical

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Today the Ravens hosted a chalk talk session with the media to expand the knowledge of NFL concepts. The focus this morning was offense and the presenters were offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and offensive line coach Juan Castillo. Also involved in the presentation were assistant coaches Tom Hammock, Brian Pariani and Rick Dennison. The session was really intended to boost the football IQ of the media – a tutorial of sorts to help improve the coverage and level of intelligence when reporting or opining on the Ravens and the NFL....

RAVENS RUMORMILL: London, Contract Clauses & New Unis

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It is no secret that one of the Ravens’ offseason objectives was and is to find a free safety to pair up with Matt Elam. Word is that Ozzie Newsome and his merry band of capable front office execs had their collective sights set on former Bill Jairus Byrd. The Ravens were said to be close to a 5-year deal with the 3-time All Pro until the Saints came marching in. Byrd was waiting to board a flight to Baltimore at Buffalo Niagara International Airport when his agent called to...

The Celebration of Opening Day

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Opening Day has long been one of my favorite days of the year. It ushers in hope, a new season and serves as a reminder that the epic days of summer are just around the corner. The Boys are back in town! For years, along with several buddies, we made a complete day and night out of Opening Day. An early morning tee time was followed by a great lunch and a few beers down in the area of Camden Yards. Then of course there was the game. Weather was...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: No Respect in 2006

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While the Ravens were on their way to their best record in franchise history during the 2006 season, they received little fanfare, little respect for a team that would ultimately finish the regular season 13-3. Here’s a look back at a column published on December 12, 2006, one that captured the feeling that the Ravens were the league’s ugly red-headed stepchild, with all due respect to ugly red-headed stepchildren.   Chances are if you are reading this you are a Ravens fan. And thanks to the genetics of a Ravens...

Ravens Meanderings: More Free Agent Spending?

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Free agents who remain on the open market at this time lose leverage and therefore money with each passing day. Representatives for these agents have more than likely drawn proverbial lines in the sand in an attempt to set market value for their clients. Yet as the draft draws nearer, their clients’ cases grow weaker and those lines become less defined. Of the remaining unrestricted free agents, those most frequently discussed as potential Ravens are Owen Daniels and LeGarrette Blount. Daniels on the surface would appear to be a natural...

Ravens Need a New Backup Plan

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“Well, you know, Tyrod’s only got one year left on his contract,” Harbaugh said. “We’ve been very happy with Tyrod, and we feel like he has a great future, but we have been a little disappointed how he’s played in games certainly. We feel like he’s a lot better than he’s showed. I know he feels that way too.” The handwriting is on the wall. If John Harbaugh, one of the best protectorates of the Ravens’ Holy Grail, keeper of the fortress known as One Winning Drive, master of saying...

NFL Proposes Rule Changes, Only Few Make Sense

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The NFL Owners’ Meetings begin this week and among the things that will be discussed are rule changes. Why the league’s brain trust feels compelled to make material changes to a game that is wildly popular is in some ways unconscionable and in other ways simply arrogant. But be that as it may, they’ll convene this week and discuss 13 different proposed changes to the game. Maybe they should spend their collective time discussing ways to improve the fan experience at the game such as NASA powered wifi, free access...

Steelers Fans Sad to See Oher Leave Baltimore

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Mention the name Michael Oher and Ravens fans might respond as if the uttered syllables were the equivalent to nails on a chalkboard. And while Oher’s play as a member of the Baltimore Ravens fell far short of his first round draft status you have to give him credit for being a solid teammate, good locker room guy and a man who showed up for work every day. Now he’s a member of the Tennessee Titans, a lost free agent that brought a smile to many faces in Charm City....

RAVENS NEWS & NOTES: 3 Comp Picks For 2015

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RSR has learned that there will be a rotation among the 8-8 teams in each round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In other words if a team is picking first among the group in Round 1, then they will be picking last among the group in Round 2 (and so on)… A team source has informed RSR that newly acquired safety Darian Stewart is a possible starter if the Ravens don’t get a good free safety in the draft. The team believes that Stewart is a better fit than James...