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.

IT’S PREDICTION TIME: Conference Championship Sunday

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As a Ravens fan, it seems a bit odd to be sitting at home watching the NFL playoffs with no skin in the game. Oddsmakers forecasted 8-9 wins for the 2013 Baltimore Ravens with many over/under win totals set at 8 ½ wins. Vegas listed the Broncos, Patriots, 49ers and Packers as stronger candidates and set the Ravens with sports book odds as low as 12:1 and as high as 25:1 to repeat as Super Bowl Champions. Riding the wave and glory of Super Bowl XLVII, we didn’t want to...

The NFL’s Best Kept Secret

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I’ve had the pleasure of being on the sidelines during Ravens practices. I have knelt with notepad in hand and watched 250 pound chiseled athletes who run at abnormal speeds for bodies that big, race past me from about 5 yards away. Just a few fleeting seconds after they pass you feel a breeze go by, the byproduct of mass and velocity. And then you can’t help but be left with the thought, “What if someone that big and that fast hit you when you weren’t looking?” It happens every...

Cloudy Skies Ahead for Harbaugh, Ravens?

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During his first five campaigns as an NFL head coach John Harbaugh built a pretty impressive resume. He is the only head coach to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons while guiding his team to the AFC Championship three times and of course winning Super Bowl XLVII. You really can’t ask for much more than that! Enter season number 6. The face of the franchise and the NFL’s quintessential leader, Ray Lewis retires. Demonstrative players like Bernard Pollard and Anquan Boldin are set free. Enigmatic...

Trade of Q Gets an F

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Anquan Boldin. The mere mention of his name in your friendly neighborhood sports pub will trigger debate amongst Ravens fans. Most will question GM Ozzie Newsome’s wisdom (or lack thereof) in trading Q for a 6th round pick. Terrell Suggs appeared on NFL Network last night practically busting out of his suit jacket given his bloated stature and mocked the deal. (Careful there, Sizzle. You could be next.) Some will defend Ozzie’s decision and say with confidence that the move paved the way for needed reinforcements on defense. The $6M...

Ravens Need to be BOLD on Draft Day

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Teams that are regularly successful in today’s NFL generally have solid quarterback play, efficient management of the salary cap and they effectively mine collegiate talent in order to replenish their roster. Miss on one and it puts pressure to be even better with the other two. The Ravens believe they have their franchise quarterback in Joe Flacco and they’ve paid him like an All Pro. Next season Flacco’s cap number climbs to $14.8M. More seasons like that of 2013 from Flacco and it will really crush the team’s chances for...

What The Ravens Meant to Say…

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Last Wednesday’s State of the Ravens press conference revealed little about the team’s intentions for the 2014 season. Yes we did receive the news that Juan Castillo would stay on as the offensive line coach, a revelation that was as welcomed as a Hines Ward comeback in a Ravens uniform. Even Steve Bisciotti seemed less than impressed when the presser ended with the team owner exclaiming, “Where’s Mike Preston…no questions from Mike Preston?” Those questions from Preston would come in a private conversation with Bisciotti who seemed hell-bent on delivering...

Jim Harbaugh, 49ers Have No Class

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Maybe I’m a little old fashioned but I like an organization, a team or a player that is classy. I respect an organization that respects itself and forces all those within it to adhere to policies and codes that promote positivity, professionalism and dignity so much so that observers aspire to be part of who you are. I like a team that collectively dresses like professionals, to and from a game; a team that recognizes, appreciates and accepts responsibility for the message that they send in the way they carry...

IT’S PREDICTION TIME: Divisional Playoffs, Day 2

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49ers (-1 ½) @ Panthers, 1:05 EST Over/Under @ 41.5 The last time these physical teams squared off was in San Francisco back on November 10, a game that the Panthers won by the score of 10-9 on a Graham Gano 53-yard field goal. The game was the worst of Colin Kaepernick’s young career, going 11 of 22 for a paltry 91 yards with an interception and passer rating of 42.0. Kaepernick was also sacked in that game six times for a net loss of 45 yards. The Panthers weren’t...

DeCosta Still Willing to Stay On-Deck

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Since I started doing what I do here at Russell Street Report I’ve been blessed with some opportunities that otherwise would never have come my way. One of those blessings is getting to know Ravens Assistant GM Eric DeCosta. Now I have no doubt that some of you reading this will accuse me of having a man crush. If that’s your conclusion, so be it. If that’s how you define admiring a man’s commitment to his family and to his job, I’m ok with that. DeCosta is a stickler for...

IT’S PREDICTION TIME: Divisional Round, Day 1

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Saints @ Seahawks (-8) 4:35 EST Over/Under @ 45 These two teams met in Seattle 40 days ago when the hosts throttled Drew Brees & Co. 34-7. Since that time very little has changed and the Seahawks remain the league favorite according to most NFL Super Bowl Odds. The Saints are 3-2 since that December 2nd beat down, 1-2 on the road while the Seahawks are 2-2. Pete Carroll’s troops haven’t exactly been sharp but they have the league’s best defense, one that is particularly dangerous at home where they’ve...

Ravens Rookie Class Gets Bad Marks For Participation

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Heading into summer training camp last July we listened as John Harbaugh described the 2013 Draft Class as among the best that he had seen. Officials around team headquarters glowed when questioned about the draft class, proudly explaining how intelligent the group was and how each in their own way had been a leader of their respective collegiate teams. The scouts boasted that they would have been happy selecting Arthur Brown in the first round but got him in the second. Brandon Williams was described as a third-round steal; fourth...

Bisciotti Gives His Staff a Mulligan For 2013

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Local media will try to tell you that the State of the Ravens press conference is that one time of the year when owner Steve Bisciotti fields questions about his team. Those of us who contribute to the Ravens Rap in Ocean City, Maryland know otherwise. For the last six seasons Bisciotti has visited us on the set of the Ravens Rap because of his loyalties to and long-standing friendship with Steve Pappas, the owner of The Original Greene Turtle. Through the years we’ve come to know Bisciotti a bit...

SPONSORED VIDEO: Super Bowl XLVII Memories

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The Super Bowl was once just a game but today it is a two-week extravaganza loaded with events, parties, concerts and interactive contests featuring a who’s who of sports and entertainment celebrities. The game’s participants have traveled the long and sometimes tortuous journey of an NFL Season and the last two teams standing are physically beaten – mentally drained. Yet driven by their individual and collective quest to fulfill a dream they persevere, fight through and prepare their bodies for one last challenge. The mental challenges may be even more...

Ravens Repair Man

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1. Fix the Offensive Line The most obvious weakness and by far the single biggest deterrent to the Ravens success in 2013 was the horrific play of the offensive line. Joe Flacco was sacked 48 times, good for second highest in the league and the running game was a putrid 30th in yards and a league worst in yards per carry (3.1). The repairs won’t come easy and they won’t generate production immediately as offensive fronts take time to gel. Ozzie Newsome needs to: 1) Re-sign Eugene Monroe; 2) Closely...

Ravens Coaching Staff Needs to be Held Accountable Too

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For 6 out of 7 seasons and five straight the Baltimore Ravens were postseason participants. After that degree of success, as a fan you grow a little accustomed to that second season. So sitting at home, watching the playoff games without anything on the line seemed a little different. When you don’t have a dog in the fight your perspective changes and sometimes you see things a bit more clearly when the emotion is stripped away. As I watched (great games by the way) it was hard not to compare...

IT’S PREDICTION TIME: Wild Card Games Day 2

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In round 1 of Wild Card weekend I was 2-0 with winners and 1-0-1 against the spread. Great games for sure, unless of course you are a Chiefs fan. I can’t imagine what the good folks of Kansas City feel like today…38-10 and you lose. WOW! Moving on to today’s games…   San Diego @ Cincinnati (-7) Over/Under 46 These clubs met in San Diego a little over a month ago, a game won by the Bengals 17-10 a very evenly played game and one decided by a key turnover....

IT’S PREDICTION TIME: Wild Card Games Day 1

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Kansas City @ Indianapolis (-1) 4:35 EST Over/Under at 46 Andy Reid & Co. travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Colts in the first of four Wild Card games this weekend. The teams squared off less than 2 weeks ago in Kansas City, a game controlled from the start by the visitors. The Colts possessed the ball for 38:20 compared to the Chiefs 21:40 as Andrew Luck threw for 241 yards while Donald Brown and Trent Richardson led the ground attack (135 yards in total) on their...

THE GRAPEVINE: Ravens Rumor Mill

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Whether you are a defending Super Bowl Champion or a downtrodden team trying to emerge from the ashes, roster turnover season-to-season is a way of life in the NFL. Twenty-five percent or more of any team’s roster churns and burns. That’s just the way it is in a league governed by a hard salary cap. This offseason has just begun but given the struggles of the Baltimore Ravens in 2013 and considering the club’s standards and winning ways, they will likely blow through that 25 percent. Defensive End Arthur Jones,...

Montgomery Out, Castillo Next?

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When you are the Running Backs Coach for a team that averaged a league worst 3.1 yards per carry and finished 30th overall in total rushing yards and said team missed the playoff for the first time since George W. Bush was in the Oval Office, job security is about as realistic as a January heat wave in Green Bay. And therefore it should come as no surprise that Wilbert Montgomery lost his job with the Ravens yesterday. The spin from John Harbaugh on what many are reporting as a...

Looking For a Rooting Interest in The 2013 Postseason

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I’m wondering if I’m the only one trying to find a team to hitch my emotional fanwagon to during the postseason. Let’s consider the possibilities…   New England: Yeah right… I’d rather wear Tom Brady Uggs than root for them. Cincinnati: No thanks…I want Andy Dalton to continue to be for the Bengals what Matt Schaub is for the Texans. Indianapolis: Isn’t that blasphemy for a Baltimore native? Denver: Sorry, sick of hearing about Peyton Manning and I’ll never forgive Mr. Ed, aka John Elway. San Diego: Nope. Phillip Rivers...