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 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...

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Ravens 26, Steelers 6

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Just four days prior to Thursday night the Ravens played poorly against a tough Cincinnati Bengals team yet hung around long enough to nearly force overtime. Before they could even let the loss soak in the Ray Rice elevator video surfaced a little over 12 hours after the defeat. It took the world and the Ravens by storm. No one was quite sure how the team would respond. An 0-2 start was certainly a possibility and thoughts of an implosive season weren’t far behind. A convincing team win certainly put...

STEVE BISCIOTTI: A Beautiful Mind

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As many of you know I’ve had the good fortune during the past 6 seasons to participate in Ravens Rap TV/Radio show in Ocean City, MD with Steve Bisciotti. During that time I’ve gotten to know Bisciotti a bit and he’s a fun-loving, approachable guy who is often humbled by the journey that is his life. He hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from and he’s deeply loyal to those who have contributed to his fortune. He’s also very self-deprecating and as most good leaders do, he contributes to the success...

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

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Here’s a recap of what we looked for and here is what we saw… 1. LARDARIUS WEBB: One of the few disappointments from last night’s 26-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers was the absence of Webb and the frustrating manner in which the team is handling is back problems. How far away are they from using the one-time recallable IR tag on their most well-rounded corner? 2. BERNARD PIERCE: Nice answer to your critics Bernard (myself included). He ran with purpose and protected the football on his way to a...

KNEE JERK REACTIONS: Ravens v. Steelers

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A statement game for the Ravens! They stared adversity in the face and rallied as a team to take on the world. This is an absolute building block for the balance of the season and it sends notice to the rest of the league. ~ Tony Lombardi Complete team win. The o-line was good, run game was on, receivers made plays, defense played well, playcalls and game plan was right on. I didnt expect it after the week they have had, but glad I was wrong and happy about the...

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...