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.

Ravens v. Steelers: Looking Away From The Ball

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As kickoff draws near this game for obvious reasons just doesn’t have the same electric vibe to it as nearly all other Ravens v. Steelers slobber-knockers. But something tells me that when all of the distractions are removed and the ball sails end-over-end through the September night this will be a game to remember – like most that involve these two teams. I must admit that I do have some concerns about what might happen off the field, in the stands and tailgate lots. Some fans will proudly and defiantly...

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens v. Steelers

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For the first time since 1997, the Ravens and Steelers will combine for more than 70 points. ~ Tyler Lombardi I expect that Juszczyk and Taliaferro will combine for 10 touches. ~ Chris Stoner Joe Flacco and Bernard Pierce will combine for 500 total yards. I think it goes like this: Flacco 325 yards passing, 15 yards rushing…Pierce 95 yards rushing, 65 yards receiving. ~ Mike Fast The Ravens come out flat, as they did last week against the Bengals. Steelers win the first half and hold on to win...

What’s Next?

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Roger Goodell has always been a heavy-handed disciplinarian. And while things don’t look particularly good for his administration right now there are obvious inconsistencies in the current speculation stemming from the NFL’s alleged knowledge and viewing of the Ray Rice video. If he did not see the video as he claims, the two-game suspension, while unusually lenient for Goodell, is understandable if he trusted Rice while taking into account the former Raven’s impeccable reputation prior to that night at Revel Casino. However, if it is proven that Goodell did see...

A Time For Perspective

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I had a great column all worked out in my mind full of some silver-tongued journalistic prose, but I opted not to write it. Instead I’d like to apologize. I am not experienced in the area of domestic violence and writing about it feels clumsy to me. I’m simply not qualified. I can only share with you how the Ray Rice incident has affected me and how I believe it affects the Ravens. I can’t speak for all fans. Some of you may have first-hand experience with domestic violence and...

Perhaps Time Can Make Things Right For Ray Rice

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The last couple of days have been a whirlwind for us here at Russell Street Report and you all know why. I’ve heard from many of you, good, bad and somewhat indifferent. I’ve been criticized for defending Ray Rice previously and now for being critical of him. I don’t see it as wavering or as piling on. For me it’s all about following the evidence. Reasonable doubt! Innocent until proven guilty! It has been less than 48 hours since I was first made aware of Ray Rice Video II. There’s...

Goodell’s Believability is Tanking

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Something feels dirty about the handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case and it starts with the NFL and Roger Goodell. Back in February we all saw Part II of the Ray Rice video as he attempted to drag his fiancée Janay Palmer out of an elevator at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. For months we were left to speculate about Part I. How did Ms. Palmer fall into a state of unconsciousness? Was she drunk out of her mind? Did she fall and hit her head? Did...

Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox: Bengals 23, Ravens 16

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The Ravens home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals looked eerily similar to the gut-wrenching games from the 2013 season. The offense struggled, abandoned the running game, let Joe Flacco chuck it all over the place, got the lead and then the defense let it slip away in the fourth quarter. Now the team will have to dust off, pretend not to hear the deafening noise emanating from the Ray Rice elevator incident and focus on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Perhaps the football field will actually be necessary safe harbor for the...

New Rice Video Challenges Ravens’ Integrity

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Up until now I’ve stood by Ray Rice. I’ve lauded his humility and his apparent willingness to fall on the proverbial sword for the benefit of his family. A three-minute video certainly changed that. Like many of you this morning I’m stunned by the video released by TMZ capturing Ray Rice hitting then fiancée Janay Palmer not once, but twice. So many thoughts are swimming through my head but the one that resonates most is Rice’s casual disregard for Palmer after she hits her head on the elevator rail knocking...

TMZ Releases The Second Ray Rice Video

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Yesterday the Ravens season got off to a bad start as they dropped the 2014 season opener to the Cincinnati Bengals 23-16. This morning things just got worse as TMZ released the smoking gun, the second video from the elevator at Revel, during that now infamous night in February in Atlantic City. Ray Rice — ELEVATOR KNOCKOUT … Fiancee Takes Crushing Punch [Video] - Watch More Celebrity Videos or Subscribe

Ravens v. Bengals: Looking Away From The Ball

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July 24, 2014, the first day that the full 90-man roster took the field at the Under Armour Performance Center seems so long ago. Forty-five days and 37 players later opening day has finally arrived. The outlook for the Ravens both locally and nationally is mixed. Many believe that offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak along with Joe Flacco’s new go-to-guy Steve Smith, Sr. will have a huge impact upon the Ravens offense and that eventually the defense, which consists of an ideal blend of youth and experience, will eventually gel. Of...

Have The Ravens Taken a Back Seat to The O’s?

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For years fans of the Ravens have looked to the team to provide a release, a timeout from the daily grind – a purple oasis nestled in the middle of a concrete jungle. The Orioles, mired in years of futility and hopelessness were nothing more than a temporary distraction at best and usually just the community’s orange-headed stepchild. The Ravens were kings and when training camp opened in late July the overwhelming majority of Baltimore area sports fans donned their purple-shaded Maui Jim’s and set their sights upon the gridiron....

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Winning Ugly

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Today on Flashback Friday we look back upon a rather bizarre game at M&T Bank Stadium featuring the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals on November 10, 2013. Here’s a snapshot of the Good, Bad & Ugly from the game along with video highlights.   THE GOOD Nearly everything that was good in yesterday’s game took place on the defensive side of the football. The Ravens secondary had arguably their best outing of the season. Jimmy Smith (5 tackles, 2 PD’s, 1 TFL) was stout at corner and Lardarius Webb...

Ravens Predictions For The 2014 Season

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Biggest Surprise: To say that the position of cornerback is thin for the Baltimore Ravens is about as insightful as saying ESPN slobbers over Johnny Manziel. Starters Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb have struggled to stay healthy and Chykie Brown is an inviting welcome matt for opposing QB’s. And then there’s Asa Jackson. Jackson has shown during preseason games that he has solid ball skills, fluid hips and can break quickly on the ball. What he lacks is game experience. He’ll get that experience in 2014 and his play will...

Ravens Trim to 53, More Moves Expected

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The Ravens made several roster moves to get down to the mandated 53-man roster. Placed the following player on Physically Unable to Perform list: DT Terrence Cody Placed the following player on Injured Reserve: WR Jeremy Butler Waived the following players: T Parker Graham; CB Tramain Jacobs; OL Ryan Jensen; DT Jamie Meder; DT AJ Pataiali’i; CB Sammy Seamster; G/C AQ Shipley; OLB John Simon; TE Phillip Supernaw; RB Fitzgerald Toussaint; QB Keith Wenning Terminated the contract of the following vested veterans: CB Derek Cox CB Dominque Franks RAVENS 53...

RAVENS 22, SAINTS 13: 5 Good, 5 Bad Takeaways

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Although the scoreboard tells a different story, the Baltimore Ravens reserves absolutely dominated the New Orleans Saints last night in the Superdome. There’s a social media phenomenon called Throwback Thursday and the Ravens certainly seemed to be playing along by featuring a smash mouth brand of football. Controlling the clock, running the ball down the throats of the opponent, kicking several field goals and playing solid defense was a formula that worked splendidly in the early 2000’s. It worked again last night and the coaching staff must be extremely pleased...

Ravens at Saints: What we Looked For, What we Saw

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Heading into the Ravens final preseason game we chronicled five things to look for as the Ravens closed out their preseason schedule last night in New Orleans. Here’s a look at how those things played out… 1. GO OUT WIDE: Michael Campanaro only added to his case to make the team and is a lock to stick. It’s possible that he could be the featured punt returner saving Jacoby Jones for more offensive reps and kickoff returns. Camp had 3 catches for 55 yards (he had 21-yard reception called back...

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...