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.

STREET TALK: Unitas Plaza is Wrong For Lewis Statue

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The backlash over the Ray Rice suspension just won’t go away and with each new visit that Rice makes in each new town since the altercation in Atlantic City, the possibility of new and/or sustained vitriol directed towards the Ravens running back exists. His first game back from the two-game suspension will be a road trip to Cleveland, a sports town with football fans who throw bottles on the field to force the end of a game and tackle 8-year-old boys wearing visiting colors. Imagine the warm reception that Rice...

Harry O Fought to The Final Whistle

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Harry O was a regular participant in “Letters 2 TL”. It’s that mailbag that brought us together. Harry made me feel relevant, like my opinion mattered and was somehow more important than his. It wasn’t… “Letters” connected us in the cyber world and eventually paved the way to a friendship in the real world. The first time I met Harry he was a custodian for Safe Management during Ravens training camp at McDaniel College. I was both flattered and humbled by his affinity for our work but that wasn’t the...

Final Word (I Think) on Ray Rice’s Suspension

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We received a lot of push back from Ravens and NFL Fans not happy about what they believe to be a light-handed suspension given to Ray Rice (2 games, $500,000+). Some followers were nasty after I posted the following Tweets: Ray Rice’s suspension announced…check; overreaction from everyone…check; time to move on…TBD. Time 2 focus upon the field #Ravens — Russell St. Report (@RussellStReport) July 25, 2014   Haters gonna hate. The overreaction is to Rice’s suspension. When has Goodell ever given anyone a break? Ever think that he has more...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Remembering “The Hot Sauce”

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This article was originally posted back in March 6, 2009 after Bart Scott signed with the New York Jets as an unrestricted free agent. This looks back upon my experiences with him as his co-host on The Hot Sauce. ********** When I started Ravens24x7.com back on July 3, 2003 I had no idea where it would go. Like most of you I was a diehard fan who couldn’t get enough new information, insight and opinion on the Baltimore Ravens. My objective back then was to deliver such content from the...

Rice Suspended For 2 Games

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According to Adam Schefter the NFL has suspended Ray Rice for two games. He will miss the opener against the Bengals and the Thursday Night game, CBS’ first, on September 11 against the Steelers. NFL is suspending Ravens RB Ray Rice for the first two games this season, per sources. The suspension is expected to be announced today. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 24, 2014 The suspension is less than most expected and probably comes as a relief to the Ravens organization. Baltimore will also get some salary cap relief...

Ray Rice’s Suspension Could be Lighter Than Expected

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The first full-fledged practice of the Ravens 2014 training camp will get underway this morning at 8:30 and still there is no news about the expected suspension of Ray Rice from Roger Goodell’s office. The absence of any announcement begs the question, “What is taking so long?” Lately Goodell has opted to allow the judicial process to take the lead before issuing any fines and/or suspensions. Rice’s case may be particularly tricky. The NFL is keen on expanding its market, penetrating new demographics and they’ve done an outstanding job drawing...

The Baltimore Ravens All-Time 53-Man Squad

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With your votes we were able to come up with an All-Time 53-man squad for the Baltimore Ravens. The voting produced the best squad from all who have ever donned the Ravens colors with a few debatable exceptions. Tony Jones should have easily bumped Harry Swayne from the available offensive tackles. Swayne was quite pedestrian during his days in Baltimore. Dawan Landry probably benefitted from being a Raven more recently but Eric Turner was a vastly superior player. Jermaine Lewis as the Return Specialist should have edged Jacoby Jones but...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, Linebacker

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Today we wind down our 53-man roster selection and it only seems fitting that the final position to choose would be that of linebacker. For many years it seemed as though the Ravens churned out quality linebackers the way the Atlanta Braves used to groom pitchers. But times have changed and so have the demands on the position particularly in today’s pass happy NFL. Yesterday you voted on the position of offensive tackle and you still can by clicking VOTE HERE. For the moment our four tackles look to be:...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, Tackle

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We’ve now focused in on 40 of the 53 spots on our All-Time Ravens Team. If the votes hold up our team so far shakes out as follows: OFFENSE Quarterback (2): Joe Flacco, Vinny Testaverde VOTE HERE Running Back (3): Jamal Lewis, Ray Rice, Willis McGahee (tie) VOTE HERE Fullback: (1): Vonta Leach VOTE HERE Wide Receiver (5): Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Qadry Ismail, Michael Jackson VOTE HERE Tight End (3): Shannon Sharpe, Todd Heap, Dennis Pitta VOTE HERE Center (1): Matt Birk VOTE HERE Guard (4): Marshal...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, Fullback

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The Ravens for many years were considered to be a smash mouth football team. Play good defense, manage field position, protect the football, take away the football and run the football. This was a formula that produced many wins and a world championship during the Brian Billick Era. But to make that formula work you need the right mix of players. On offense this approach only works with a solid fullback and throughout the Ravens history they’ve often fielded a throwback player positioned in front of their tailback that John...

Fan Gets Decked by NFL Linebacker

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Back in the days of Brian Billick the media could get pretty close to the sideline during training camp at McDaniel College. One day while kneeling and catching up on my notes as Gary Zauner put his punt and punt return units on the field, I remember Roderick Green running down the sideline closest to me. Here was a man who was 250+ pounds who could really run. A second after he passed I could feel a breeze whisk by. I couldn’t help but think what it must feel like...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, Tight End

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The single greatest season by a Ravens tight end was that of Shannon Sharpe’s in 2000. Really, it’s not even close. Sure, Todd Heap’s 2005 regular season eclipsed Sharpe’s 2000 season statistically but if you take a step back, the two seasons weren’t even close. The 2005 Ravens finished 6-10 and were at one point 4-9. They barely put up a fight and that alone tarnishes Heap’s stats. Sharpe’s 2000 was magical. He caught the game winner against the Jaguars in the team’s home opener – an AFC Central foe...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ask Brian

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On Flashback Friday we take a look back at one in a series of interviews we called “Ask Brian” featuring head coach Brian Billick. This one took place in December of 2007, the last month he would hold the title of “Baltimore Ravens Head Coach”. ********** Tony Lombardi: Brian, down in Miami you had a chance to win the game by going for it on a fourth and goal from the Dolphins’ one foot line. Conventional wisdom suggests that you go for the win on the road and the tie...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, WR

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Throughout their 18-year history the Ravens have had a difficult time discovering and developing talent at the position of wide receiver. It was once so bad that prior to the 2011 second round selection of Torrey Smith, fans dreaded the thought of the Ravens burning a first round pick on a wide receiver. We have Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton to thank for that. The absence of a prototypical No. 1 WR has only added fuel to the fire of Baltimore’s yearning for a player in the mold of a...

Who’s Next in The Ravens Ring of Honor?

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During one of our Ravens Rap shows down at The Blue Ox in Ocean City that featured team owner Steve Bisciotti, the topic of Todd Heap surfaced. Heap has always been a popular Raven and for good reason. He was a very good tight end who could have been better and perhaps played longer if not for years of ineptness at quarterback during the prime of his career. The 2001 first round draft pick’s popularity is no less in our State’s city by the sea. When Heap last visited M&T...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, Quarterback

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Quarterback, the most highlighted of all positions in sport has certainly been a problematic one for the Baltimore Ravens. Not until the arrival of Joe Flacco has there been any stability at the position. One could argue, and with good reason, that substandard play behind center cost the Ravens playoff wins and possibly another Super Bowl Championship given a defense that regularly ranked among the NFL’s elite. Be that as it may, to borrow from former team head coach Brian Billick, “It is what it is.” So in our continued...

Ngata Quite The Athlete

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For a 330-pound man, Haloti Ngata is quite an athlete. Ngata is an accomplished rugby player (could you imagine this beast in a scrum?) Here he shows that he has hops as well, as the southpaw slams one home from a standstill under the basket.   Video courtesy of Miles Goodman and the Coach’s Buzz Post by ASAP Training.

VIDEO: Ngata Crushes it in The Gym

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Haloti Ngata is primed to have a big season. In 2014 he will be playing to preserve the balance of his contract or better still, an extension that like his best friend on the team, Terrell Suggs, will allow him to retire as a Raven. Things are shaping up nicely for Ngata and he should benefit from many things outside of his control. DeAngelo Tyson is a surprise developmental player and continues to improve. Brandon Williams is more prepared for the NFL after not playing against elite collegiate talent. And...

Fans Point Finger of Blame at Cops in Smith Arrest

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Whether it be on our Facebook page, message board or in the comments section of our blogs on the topic of Jimmy Smith, the most vocal fans have come to the defense of the Ravens’ promising cornerback after his arrest on Saturday night at The Greene Turtle in Towson. Relatively speaking the crime isn’t a big deal. No one was seriously injured and hopefully there were some lessons learned. Although it is at least slightly curious why Smith was allegedly with a coked up girl then flew out of town...

FAN’S CHOICE: Baltimore Ravens All-Time Team, D-Line

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The greatness of the Ravens defensive line has been the byproduct of depth, complementary players and an efficient rotation of personnel more so than the distinction of its individual contributors. That said the Ravens have had some pretty solid defenders in the trenches over the years and in this segment of “Fan’s Choice” we’ll ask you to pick 8 players to man the defensive front of the Baltimore Ravens All-Time 53-man roster. * FF ~ Forced Fumbles ** PD ~ Passed Defensed Here’s a video that features veteran lineman Kelly...
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