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.

The Good, Bad & Ugly: Colts 20, Ravens 13

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We knew the Ravens would find the going tough in Indianapolis but most of us expected this to be a shootout between Andrew Luck and Joe Flacco. It was anything but. What we saw was a sloppily played game from both teams albeit a physical and closely fought struggle. As a franchise the Ravens have yet to win in Indianapolis and unfortunately on Sunday it was yet another typical trip to the stadium by “The Brickyard”.   THE GOOD It wasn’t one of Joe Flacco’s best games (case in point...

Ravens at Colts: Looking Away From The Ball

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BIG MAC: Pernell McPhee is quietly putting together a terrific season. Last week against the Panthers team insiders, after reviewing the game tape, believed that McPhee was the best defender on the field. His effort doesn’t show up on the stats sheet but the menacing presence of the former 5th-round pick out of Mississippi State makes life easier for his defensive teammates. HURST TO FIRST: Undrafted rookie free agent James Hurst has been thrust into the limelight due to starting left tackle Eugene Monroe’s knee injury. Last week Gary Kubiak...

This Week on Russell Street

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PROPS TO THE O-LINE! My how times have changed! Well at least through four weeks anyway. Don’t look now but the Ravens’ offensive line has been stellar in pass protection and that’s saying a lot for a unit that faced many uncertainties heading in to 2014. Here’s a look…   WINLESS IN INDY The Ravens have yet to win a game in Indianapolis since the team’s inception but today’s game is a winnable one for the Ravens. Here’s what they’ll need to do to come home with the road “W”....

BOLD PREDICTIONS: Ravens at Colts

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The Ravens defense gets 3+ turnovers, 5+ sacks, a TD, and sets up a Justin Tucker 44-yard FG for the win. ~ Joe Wedra The Ravens fail to answer the bell on Sunday against the Colts explosive offense. The secondary folds and allows Luck to pass for 4 touchdowns and 400 yards passing. Flacco throws two interceptions and Smith Sr. is held without a catch for the first time in 2014. Ravens lose 31-17. ~ Brian Bower The Ravens and Colts get into a track meet from the start but...

Ravens Lack Trust in Young Players?

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During the 2013 season Arthur Brown struggled with some nagging injuries yet still made his way on to the field during 14 of the Ravens’ 16 games, inactive just twice. This year, assuming he dresses for the remainder of the 2014 campaign, Brown will suit up a total of 12 regular season games. The team’s scouts and coaches say Brown will be a very good player. Some say he will remind you at times of the San Francisco 49ers NaVorro Bowman. When they drafted the former Kansas State Wildcat the...

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Ravens 38, Panthers 10

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From about midway through the second quarter the Ravens completely controlled the game and it became pretty clear that the Panthers just didn’t have the horses to compete when they fell behind. The Ravens were extremely efficient on both sides of the ball with the only true mental lapse being the breakdown in Cover 2 that led to the Kelvin Benjamin touchdown. Many thought the team’s choice to don the all-black uniforms was ill advised on this hot and humid September day. The only thing hotter was the Ravens who...

Ravens v. Panthers: What we Looked For, What we Saw

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1. Steve Smith, Sr. LOOKED FOR: We know that Joe Flacco will target Senior often. But the fun stuff might take place when he’s not, particularly when the Ravens run the ball. His blocks just might have a little more juju behind them. And who knows what that might lead to. SAW: We all witnessed a red-letter day for the 5-time Pro Bowler who turned in a professional day without any extracurriculars. If anything Senior seemed to dial down the emotion in order not to be distracted by the task...

This Week on Russell Street

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Ravens v. Panthers Every win in the NFL requires a solid plan and if the Ravens coordinators Gary Kubiak and Dean Pees follow this one, the Ravens will advance to 3-1 on the season. Without further ado here are our Battle Plans…   BOLD Predictions It’s that time again! The RSR staff while NOT under the influence of any mind-altering substances (at least we think so) serves up these predictions for today’s game at The Bank…   Can we go back to having fun? As a fan of the Ravens I’m...

Ravens v. Panthers: Looking Away From The Ball

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Whether at home or down at The Bank, here are a few things to look for when you aren’t watching the ball during the Ravens v. Panthers “blood and guts” hoedown. 1. Steve Smith, Sr.: The day that Senior signed with the Ravens, he circled September 28, 2014 on his calendar again and again. It would not surprise me if an added incentive for signing with the Ravens was the fact that the Panthers were on Baltimore’s schedule. We know he’ll be targeted often by Joe Flacco. But the fun...

Sports Media Sells Dirty Laundry For Profit

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As a fan of the Ravens I’m so done with the Ray Rice drama. As the publisher of Russell Street Report I’m exhausted by the topic. And as a follower of this site you are probably nodding your head in agreement and hoping that this isn’t yet another Ray Rice story. It isn’t… I’m tired of the Ravens bashing. I’m tired of Keith Olberman’s pompousness and Roger Goodell’s cowardice and ESPN’s erroneousness and Mike Florio’s self-righteousness. In a Chris Rock kind of way I’m TIRED-TIRED-TIRED of the entire lot. How...

The Good, Bad & Ugly: Ravens 23, Browns 21

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The Ravens escaped Cleveland with a 23-21 win against a divisional rival — always a great road win but the journey to that “W” wasn’t always pretty.   THE GOOD Joe Flacco shook off an inconsistent performance and delivered in the clutch when he hit Steve Smith, Sr. in stride with what was essentially a game-winning laser beyond Joe Haden and before the closing Donte Whitner could arrive. Good players, make big plays when the game is on the line. Flacco and Smith, Sr. did exactly that. The Ravens had...

Ravens at Browns: What We Looked For, What We Saw

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Here are the things we looked for when not watching the ball and here’s what we saw…   1. Phone booth LOOKED FOR: Last week against the Steelers (which by the way seems like a month ago) the Ravens did a great job of keeping Ben Roethlisberger contained. His pocket was small which disrupted his rhythm and his arm angles, which affected his accuracy. Expect more of the same when the Ravens front seven takes on Brian Hoyer. SAW: The Ravens’ defensive front was stonewalled when trying to get to...

Ravens at Browns: Looking Away From The Ball

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The Ravens have won 11 of their 12 contests against the Browns during the John Harbaugh era by an average score of 24-13. Oftentimes, particularly in Cleveland, the games have been closely fought battles until late in the game when the Ravens have persevered. Expect more of the same today. Here are a few things to look for when you aren’t watching the ball… 1. Phone booth: Last week against the Steelers (which by the way seems like a month ago) the Ravens did a great job of keeping Ben...

ESPN on a Ravens Witch-hunt?

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Roger Goodell’s press conference on Friday to address Ray Rice’s Elevator-gate and domestic violence boiled down to this: Random media guy: Roger what do you have to say for yourself? Goodell: I’m sorry. I was wrong and I will do my very best to see that it doesn’t happen again. THE END. Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing of substance during 43 minutes of hyperbole. This presser wasn’t much different than disciplining a child by injecting a little public embarrassment to allow the lesson to resonate. Ok Roger. Now go to...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Same Old Browns?

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Last year the Ravens split the season series with the Cleveland Browns, each team winning in their own back yard. On September 17, 2013 the Ravens won an ugly game at M&T Bank Stadium by the score of 14-6. The Browns responded at home on November 3 winning 24-18, the first setback suffered by John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco when facing Cleveland. Marlon Brown has been very quiet in 2014 and the Browns hope it stays that way. During his rookie campaign Brown hauled in 9 passes for 99 yards...

THE GRAPEVINE: 2013′s Scapegoat

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just talk about football when we talk about football? But before we do… Ray Rice got it going on the topic of domestic violence and now the accused/convicted/indicted in the NFL on DV include the 49ers Ray McDonald, the Panthers Greg Hardy and the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson. You know the NFL always talks like they are a business and the players like to think of themselves as businessmen so how about this – let’s just send them all home with pay until due...

RAVENS GAME DAY PARTY: Join us at Parker’s!

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Russell Street Report and Parker’s will be co-hosting a Ravens viewing party on 9/21/14! Let’s say goodbye to summer, hello to fall and welcome the promise of a 2-1 record as the Ravens try and keep pace with the Bengals. Join us to watch the Ravens take on the Browns while you enjoy some food, drinks, and a chance to win some great prizes!! Specials include: * $2 domestic drafts * $3 cans of beer * $5 specialty drinks * $12 buckets of beer *FREE HALFTIME BUFFET* (while it lasts!)...

PURPLE PONDERINGS: Where’s Arthur?

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Many Ravens fans are concerned about the play of Arthur Brown, or the lack thereof. The promising 2013 second-round pick from Kansas State has yet to dress for the Ravens in 2014 and many have speculated as to why. The team holds Brown in high regard and at times he has shown sick athleticism from the inside linebacker position. Team insiders will tell you that at times he can make plays that will make you pause and think – Navarro Bowman. Unfortunately Brown has not developed the consistency that the...

Former Drive Time Sports Talker Joins RSR

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A few weeks ago we all heard about “The Turk’s” visit to WNST, the day when station majority owner Nestor Aparicio decided that the then current configuration of administrative and on-air staff was no longer consistent with his vision for AM 1570. The station that once claimed to have balls was seemingly left with no one to play with them, save of course the enigmatic Aparicio. Upon hearing the news my first thought centered on Drew Forrester. After all that he’s brought to that station in terms of content, new...

This Week on Russell Street

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IN THE WIN COLUMN The Ravens were able to overcome a sloppy performance against the Bengals and fight off the off-the-field drama to dominate the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night before a national audience, 26-6. Here are a few articles the recap what went right on a much needed victorious night! FILMSTUDY: Defense FILMSTUDY: Offense Good, Bad & Ugly Ravens Report Card   A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE The Ravens have been heavily criticized by many for the way in which they’ve handled the Ray Rice situation including some vicious commentary directed...