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.

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...

Ravens Fans Finally Get to Say Goodbye

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When fans filter into M&T Bank Stadium tonight to see the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers they will see a familiar face and a familiar number – Anquan Boldin, No. 81. Boldin was a fan favorite and why not? He embodies the character of Baltimore – hard working, tough, blue collar, overachieving. And he was a star during the team’s postseason run up to and through Super Bowl XLVII. The decision to trade Boldin to the 49ers for a very late 6th round pick went over about...

Preseason For Dummies: Ravens v. 49ers

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Tonight when the Ravens host the 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium most fans will, for the first time, see the 2014 Ravens hopefuls in action. There will be many new faces in many new places and it could be hard to keep track of all the moving parts. Influenced by what we’ve seen during OTA’s and Training Camp, let me present a 2014 Preseason Game 1 Guide for Dummies (I should know)…   THINGS TO LOOK FOR Offensive Line The biggest culprit during the Ravens disappointing title defense season was...

Former Raven Wants to be The Biggest Loser

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When Brian Billick arrived in Baltimore he brought with him a confidence and swagger that the then 3-year old Baltimore Ravens had never seen or experienced. He was anointed “Offensive Genius” and was thought to be an X’s and O’s guru who could do no wrong. Perhaps Billick himself even sipped some of that Kool-Aid, while embracing delusions of grandeur, thinking he could emulate his successes in Minnesota where he was the architect of the Vikings high-flying offense, even with Scott Mitchell and Tony Banks at the controls behind center. It...

Ravens Secondary is a Primary Concern

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Lardarius Webb plays like a heat-seeking missile. Pound for pound he is one of the league’s best tacklers and arguably the best of the Ravens’ defenders. Unfortunately the 180-pound corner’s kamikaze style can lead to injuries, particularly when he takes on opponents who weigh 25-plus % more than him. Yesterday we learned from John Harbaugh that Webb will not be practicing with the team and he will not suit up for the first two preseason games. “He’s not going to play. He probably won’t play the first two preseason games....

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ravens Best/Worst Free Agent Signings

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On March 11, 2012 we took a look at the best and worst free agent signings in Ravens history. Over two years later should the lists be modified? Might Elvis Dumervil be among the best? Michael Huff and Marcus Spears among the worst? Should the order of the rankings be different? Share your thoughts with a comment below… ************* As we approach the NFL hunting season (aka free agency) I thought to take a look back at the Baltimore Ravens best and worst free agent signings (emphasizing value) since the...

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...
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