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.

Which Former Ravens Would You Welcome Back Home?

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I’ve never liked LeBron James. He’s been coddled since the day I first heard of him and probably since well before that. I’ve never liked the sports fans of Cleveland. They whine more than the sirens in Baltimore City and in that regard, James and Cleveland seemed like a perfect pairing. But the apparent match made in heaven didn’t last as long as expected. Even the Akron, OH (40 miles from Cleveland) native skipped out of town, opting for the sexy and chic South Beach in an obnoxious and embarrassing...

Do Ravens And Orioles Fans Share One Heartbeat?

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There was a time when I thought Ravens fans and Orioles fans were one and the same, give or take 5% or so. I considered Baltimore “One Heartbeat” when it came to the two major league teams in town. Now, I’m not so sure. Take that back – now I seriously doubt it! When we post Ravens-related content on our Orioles 247 Facebook page, there’s push back from some Redskins fans and believe it or not, Orioles fans who root for the Steelers. When we post Orioles-related content on our...

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

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Ozzie Newsome is on record saying often, “You can never have enough good corners.” And in the modern era of the NFL the declaration is even more valid. During their 18-year history the Baltimore Ravens have had their fair share of solid corners. Today we’ll take a look back at a list that includes a few major talents who played the position for the purple and black as well as some complementary players who served as very solid nickel corners. From this list we’ll ask you to select 6 for...

Ways to Improve The Fan Experience at NFL Stadiums

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The NFL may soon be forced to navigate unchartered waters – filling NFL stadiums. As costs for tickets continue to climb; concessions carry gaudy profits; parking fees spiral upward; traffic bottlenecks after games challenge one’s sanity; queuing into the stadium is borderline ridiculous; and bathroom lines force you to miss big chunks of the game, fans are beginning to question the value to live games. Is the juice worth the squeeze? Meanwhile watching games at home not only represents dramatic savings, the viewing experience is infinitely better with the advent...

FAN’S CHOICE: Ravens All-Time Team, Running Back

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We continue our pursuit of the Baltimore Ravens All-Time team. So far we have touched down on the positions of center and safety. The plan is to carry only one center and hope that one of the guards we select has the ability to fill in at center. We’ll ask your help selecting those guards in a subsequent piece. As for center it appears from the voting thus far that Matt Birk remains the overwhelming favorite. At safety we will carry three and so far the preferred choices are Ed...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Thanksgiving in July

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Originally posted on July 4, 2011   I remember as a kid there was always a buzz about the Fourth of July. The energy, the positive karma, the celebratory atmosphere combined to create riveting electricity during this most festive of summer days. There were the backyard barbeques, the trips to the Rosedale Cabana Club or maybe even a family gathering at Beaver Dam or a trip to Ocean City. All of the Moms seemed to effortlessly orchestrate the day’s activities as they bunkered down alongside the picnic tables with reclining...

FAN’S CHOICE: Ravens All-Time Team, Safety

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The contributors to the Ravens success have been many and to acknowledge them we want your help in assembling the greatest Ravens team of all-time. We’ll target a 53-man squad and an 8-man practice squad and ask you to vote by position. The configuration of this fictitious roster will mirror a typical John Harbaugh squad. So far we’ve tackled the position of center and as of now Matt Birk is the runaway leader. Today we’ll touch down on the position of safety and here are the nominees:   Will Demps...

Are Criticisms of Flacco’s Leadership Valid?

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Joe Flacco has been the subject of debate and criticism amongst fans, on local sports talk radio and even on several national media platforms. Almost unanimously supporters and critics agree that the potential is there for Flacco to become one of the league’s best – even elite. Yet that hasn’t quite happened – at least not yet. Clearly Flacco was elite during the Ravens stretch run of the 2012 season that culminated in Baltimore’s second world championship and a Super Bowl MVP for the big-armed quarterback from the University of...

FAN’S CHOICE: Ravens All-Time Team, Center

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It’s hard to believe that July is now upon us and that later this month (July 24) Ravens’ training camp will be officially underway. As is always the case at this time of year, fans will be locked in on the many new faces. Will the additions be enough to return John Harbaugh & Co. to the postseason in 2014? While the team pursues its ticket to the January playoff dance there will be many highs and lows. As fans we’ve experienced that first hand during the Ravens’ 18-year history....

Football > Futbol

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On Thursday I took some time out my normally hectic day to take in the USA v. Germany at a local watering hole. Admittedly I’m not the biggest soccer fan on the planet. Far from it. Clearly for the moment, I’m a bandwagon fan, cheering on the USA in much the same way that I cheer Olympic athletes. My entire life, I’ve been surrounded by soccer players. Some of my best friends are soccer aficionados and that makes sense since I grew up on the east side of town –...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Best Plays in Ravens History (Part IV)

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Back in June of 2008 we put together our list of the Best Plays in Ravens History. Of course time has a way of changing things. Several plays since could bump a few from THIS LIST. We’ll revisit the list but over the course of the next 2 Flashback Fridays, presenting what we once regarded as the 10 best in pairs. We will then ask YOU to help us create a new list. Here are the plays we ranked as the 3rd and 4th best in Ravens history 6 years...

The 2013 Draft Class Will Make Its Mark in 2014

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As teams head into training camp plenty of attention is given to the current year’s rookie class. How will the shiny new toys perform? Will any of them start? How will they adjust to playing against the world’s best? The adjustment isn’t easy. Not only has the level of competition intensified dramatically in terms of speed, strength, knowledge and skill, there’s also a learning curve to travel. New playbooks, new terminology, pre-snap adjustments to be made with less time within which to make them, will challenge rookies cerebrally. The thinking...

Ravens Need a New Slogan

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Back on March 5, 2014 I suggested in a blog that the theme for the Ravens upcoming season should be “Get Back.” The rationale… “In the spirit of creating a more compelling theme than “Here We Are”; to help re-establish an identity as a tough, physical football team; to champion the return to post season football with our collective sights directed towards the desert at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ on February 1, 2015 – Super Bowl XLIX, we decided to coin our own theme…GET BACK” Today I...

Silence is Golden in The NFL

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When the Ravens consider new players for their roster, whether they are free agents or they are players emerging from the college ranks via the NFL Draft, character, whether good or bad is always an issue. And during this time of year, character or lack thereof, always seems to rear its sometimes-ugly head. This stretch of 4-5 weeks between the last set of organized team activities and the first reporting day of training camp (unofficially labeled “The Dead Zone”) can leave head coaches and front office personnel a tad on...

Ravens Hopefuls Look to ‘Go The Distance’

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As children, many of us aspired to be professional athletes. Back in the days before Xbox and PlayStation and EA Sports, the days when Video Pong was cutting edge (yes I’m that old), we spent our summer on the ball field from mid morning to sundown. The fields were simple. Bases were made of castaway clothing or boxes — perhaps even a crushed soda can or milk carton. The fields were safe. Parents didn’t seem to mind that you hopped on your bike and took off, not to be seen...

Flacco, Kubiak Don’t Have to be Best Friends

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Those infamous “sources” in and around the Baltimore Ravens are stirring it up a bit regarding the allegedly frosty relationship between quarterback Joe Flacco and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. Even if they aren’t drinking buddies – BIG DEAL! Some of the best collaborators have at times been adversarial. Lennon & McCartney, Jagger & Richards, Simon & Garfunkel, Martin & Lewis, Sting & Copeland, Unitas & Shula, Montana & Walsh, Shaq & Kobe…the list goes on. In many cases the adversarial nature of the aforementioned relationships and many more have their...

Ray Rice It’s Your Move!

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Many have criticized the Ravens handling of Ray Rice’s domestic incident involving Janay Palmer – particularly the press conference that they hosted enabling Rice to make a public statement on the matter. Rice was understandably uncomfortable. “Uncomfortable” would actually be an understatement. From a media perspective the press conference was a debacle. Rice’s behavior was interpreted by many to be insincere and poorly thought out. Instead of a prepared statement he read notes from his cell phone. Despite the charges and the infamous video of Rice attempting to drag his...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Best Plays in Ravens History (Part III)

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Back in June of 2008 we put together our list of the Best Plays in Ravens History. Of course time has a way of changing things. The Mile High Miracle may arguably be the greatest of all and we invite you to include your favorites not on THIS LIST. We’ll revisit the list but over the course of the next 3 Flashback Fridays, presenting what we once regarded as the 10 best in pairs. We will then ask YOU to help us create a new list. Here are the plays...

MINICAMP NOTES: Suggs in Good Form

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On Tuesday the Ravens worked through a heat index that approached 100 degrees during the first day of their 3-day mandatory mini-camp. The practice was crisp and spirited with great energy driven to new levels that can at least in part be attributed to the presence of Terrell Suggs. Suggs is in great shape – very similar to the physique in which he reported to training camp last summer. His comedic flair hasn’t changed either, targeting a few of the team’s offensive players with good-natured ribbing, most notable of which...

Ravens Offensive Line on The Mend

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Last season the Ravens offense ranked 30th in rushing with 83.0 yards per game and they ranked dead last (32nd) in yards per carry (3.1). The results were the byproduct of a perfect storm. Bryant McKinnie was a failure – again! Kelechi Osemele fell to injury. Marshal Yanda hadn’t fully recovered from shoulder surgery and Michael Oher was Michael Oher. Eugene Monroe was brought in on the fly and paired up with an undersized left guard playing out of position (AQ Shipley) who in turn played beside an inexperienced center...
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