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 Collateral Damage of Rice’s AC Journey

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The Ray Rice domestic violence case is unfortunate on many levels. Clearly it affects the lives of Rice, his fiancée Janay Palmer and their young daughter more than anyone else. The collateral damage for them is most costly. Still, regardless of Rice’s guilt or innocence the former All-Pro’s Atlantic City transgressions amount to a nightmare for the Baltimore Ravens both on and off the field. The Ravens gave Rice a huge contract in 2012 not just for his impressive statistical accomplishments but also for his leadership and the way he...

FLASHBACK FRIDAYS: Hopes Are High For Bazooka Joe

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During the 2008 training camp, Joe Flacco’s first as a Baltimore Raven, the rookie quarterback turned heads and it quickly became apparent that it was only a matter of time until he would become the team’s starting QB. No one could have predicted the injury to Kyle Boller and the illness suffered by Troy Smith that would make the very predictable happen sooner than later. But it did and Flacco took the starting job and not only has he not relinquished it, he’s never missed a start. Looking back at...

Let’s Not Jump to Conclusions

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If we’ve learned anything about the modern media and social media in recent years it’s that news travels quickly while bad news seemingly travels at the speed of light. Today has been a tsunami of bad news for Ravens running back Ray Rice. More than likely the full story has not yet been told so it’s premature to draw any definitive conclusions. Hopefully what happened between Rice and his fiancée Janay Palmer, is simply a misunderstanding and that soon cooler heads and the truth, whatever that might be, will prevail....

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Day Ray Lewis Nearly Left

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On Flashback Fridays RSR will take a look back at some published articles that today act as reminders of what once was here in Ravens Nation. These pieces will range from nearly clairvoyant to downright silly. We hope you enjoy your 5 minute journey down memory lane. Today we look back to a time when Ray Lewis eagerly looked forward to his status as a free agent.   (Originally posted February 28, 2009) Make no mistake about it, free agency lures Ray Lewis because it feeds his ego. Lewis wants...

Sam I Am

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So Michael Sam is gay. Big deal! His sexual orientation should be no more relevant to his success as a football player than if he preferred Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey over Cherry Garcia. Unfortunately the media will see to it that it does make a difference. I had to chuckle at 105.7 The Fan yesterday as I listened while meandering around town. A few of the hosts agreed that the media makes a far bigger deal about Sam’s sexual orientation than need be, yet with each of their sports...

Dissed by the ex-GM on FM

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When I first started Ravens24x7.com back in 2003 I honestly didn’t know where it might go. It began as a hobby and provided me with a forum to express my thoughts about the Baltimore Ravens. Somewhere along the line the site started to create a little bit of a buzz and I was asked to join Bob Haynie on air when he manned the 10-2 slot on WNST. The appearance on Bob’s show led to more including a couple of in studio visits. I will be forever grateful to Bob...

Great Things Can Happen if The Ravens Come Together

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During the early days of Russell Street Report (fka Ravens24x7.com), being a huge fan of The Beatles, I once posted columns labeled Blackbird Singing and Paperback Writer. Making matters worse (or getting better, depending upon your perspective), after clicking on those blogs, 10 seconds of the title song played. I thought it was cool until I received an email from a site visitor. “Tony, I love The Beatles too but the problem with those songs is that every time I jump on your site to read Blackbird or Paperback, the...

A Father and Son Reunited by the Ravens

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I’ve always said that if for some reason things changed for me and I was no longer blessed with the ability to guide this website, the journey has been so rewarding and I’d leave knowing that I’m better because Ravens24x7.com came along. You see along the way as this piece of real estate on the information highway has evolved, I have had the good fortune of meeting some very kind, giving and wonderful people. Some may have only entered my world for a few fleeting moments but when they left,...

THE WATER COOLER: Defense Still Wins Championships

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Super Bowl XLVIII proved one thing – the more things change the more they stay the same. Roger Goodell and his merry band of rules tinkerers (otherwise known as the competition committee) have done all that they can to get the NFL to cater to the whims of fantasy football players and make the league look like Arena Football on PED’s. Yet despite all of the rules to open up scoring the Seattle Seahawks proved once again that defense wins championships. Comparisons were made between the 2013 Legion of Boom...

IT’S PREDICTION TIME: Super Bowl XLVIII

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SUPER BOWL XLVIII MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ Broncos (-2 ½) v. Seahawks Over/Under @ 48 Today it comes to an end. Before the clock strikes 10:30PM, the Ravens reign as Super Bowl Champions will officially end. We’ve heard it for two weeks how rare it is for Peyton Manning and his No. 1 Offense from the No. 1 seeded Broncos to take on the Legion of Boom and the No. 1 defense of the NFC’s No. 1 seeded Seahawks. That’s where most of the attention has been focused. But...

THE WATER COOLER: How About Mason for WR Coach?

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The Ravens are in search of a new wide receivers coach after Jim Hostler stormed out of town in a huff when Gary Kubiak nailed down the job he wanted – the team’s offensive coordinator. To replace Hostler perhaps John Harbaugh should look no further than towards an old friend – the franchise’s all-time pass receiving leader, Derrick Mason. Mason is a professional who has played the position at a high level and with that comes a level of respect that the Jim Hostlers of the world can only dream...

The Last Days as Champions

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One year ago we were basking in the glow of being a Super Bowl participant. Collectively we had a swagger. The Ravens were kings and we their humble servants. Together we steamrolled the franchise that broke our hearts in 1984, dropped a Mile High Miracle on Denver and carved the Patriots at Gillette Stadium with razor precision. There was just one more standing in our way in pursuit of another Lombardi – the San Francisco 49ers. Tens of thousands gathered at The Inner Harbor while many more watched on TV...

APOLOGY NECESSARY: Harbaugh a BIG Factor in Kubiak Hiring

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Back during the second season of this site’s existence when we operated as Ravens24x7.com I received a call from a friend who had a friend working in the NFL’s offices in New York. The NFL employee shared the 2004 Ravens schedule with our mutual friend who then shared it with me. The information was golden because it had not yet been released to the public. I posted the schedule on 24×7. It was dead on – flawless. Web traffic soared and in some ways it helped put us on the...

Super Bowl XXXV or XLVII?

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Yesterday marked the 13th anniversary of the Ravens Super Bowl XXXV victory at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The date triggers emotions and memories for all Ravens’ fans – a day that will go down as an unforgettable one in Baltimore folklore. During the summer leading into the 2000 season, a friend and I vowed to make our way down to Tampa for the Super Bowl without regard for the participants and for no defining reason other than a desire to witness the grandest stage in all of professional sports....

Humbling Harbaugh

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Ed. Note: The opinion expressed below was later recanted. Please CLICK HERE for the subsequent apology and for more information.  Just like it wasn’t John Harbaugh’s choice to part ways with former Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in 2012, it wasn’t his choice to hire Gary Kubiak to replace Jim Caldwell in 2014. Harbaugh is fiercely loyal. He genuinely believes in the abilities of his staff individually and collectively and has an unwavering faith in their potential to persevere and work through problems. Harbaugh’s choice was Jim Hostler. Word is...

And Then There Were Two

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Word is that the Ravens have informed Pittsburgh Steelers Running Backs Coach Kirby Wilson that he is not among the finalists for the John Harbaugh’s new offensive coordinator. Scott Linehan, another of the four favorites for the job, is said to be heading to Dallas to be the Cowboys play caller. By most counts that leaves Ravens’ Wide Receivers Coach Jim Hostler and former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan as the last two man standing.

Harbaugh’s Loyalty Could Prove Costly

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John Harbaugh has been a very successful coach in the NFL. The numbers are all there for you to study and absorb if that’s your thing. 5 straight trips to the playoffs 3 AFC Championship Game appearances 1 Super Bowl victory There are franchises around the league that would die for such success yet here in Baltimore we stop just short of ridiculing it because this season wasn’t such a good one for Harbaugh. You see 2013 was Harbaugh’s first as a head coach without Messrs. Lewis and Reed. Whether...

Officiating in the NFL Needs to Improve Quickly!

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For a professional sports league as large and far-reaching as the NFL, it’s shocking to see just how often poor refereeing decisions are in the spotlight. Bad officiating can have an impact on every area of the game; the players, the fans, even down to pay per head sportsbook websites who can see results defy their given odds thanks to a bad call. The Ravens are, in particular, no stranger to being penalized, and whilst it’s impossible to say that the amount of infractions that they have amassed is purely...

A Baltimore Homecoming for Boldin is Doubtful

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He was instrumental in the Ravens unforgettable playoff romp to close out the 2012 season. He brought attitude and toughness to an offense that needed it. He made contested catches in the clutch. And then they traded him! Anquan Boldin, a Ravens star in Super Bowl XLVII has just abruptly concluded his first and possibly last season as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. And he will soon become an unrestricted free agent. Fans in Baltimore want the Ravens front office to correct what they believe to be a...

Mocking The Mocks

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I sometimes have to laugh at mainstream media and their insatiable appetite to break a story. They’ll chase any lead, real or false, and then put it out there to give them some kind of competitive edge. Sometimes the news is real. Sometimes it’s qualified with some cleverly scripted language like, “According to a source speaking on the condition of anonymity…” And sometimes the “news” is intended to throw off a false scent – a red herring of sorts. Agents will filter news about their clients to achieve a premeditated...