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.

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

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Today we wind down our 53-man roster selection and it only seems fitting that the final position to choose would be that of linebacker. For many years it seemed as though the Ravens churned out quality linebackers the way the Atlanta Braves used to groom pitchers. But times have changed and so have the demands on the position particularly in today’s pass happy NFL. Yesterday you voted on the position of offensive tackle and you still can by clicking VOTE HERE. For the moment our four tackles look to be:...

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

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We’ve now focused in on 40 of the 53 spots on our All-Time Ravens Team. If the votes hold up our team so far shakes out as follows: OFFENSE Quarterback (2): Joe Flacco, Vinny Testaverde VOTE HERE Running Back (3): Jamal Lewis, Ray Rice, Willis McGahee (tie) VOTE HERE Fullback: (1): Vonta Leach VOTE HERE Wide Receiver (5): Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Qadry Ismail, Michael Jackson VOTE HERE Tight End (3): Shannon Sharpe, Todd Heap, Dennis Pitta VOTE HERE Center (1): Matt Birk VOTE HERE Guard (4): Marshal...

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

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The Ravens for many years were considered to be a smash mouth football team. Play good defense, manage field position, protect the football, take away the football and run the football. This was a formula that produced many wins and a world championship during the Brian Billick Era. But to make that formula work you need the right mix of players. On offense this approach only works with a solid fullback and throughout the Ravens history they’ve often fielded a throwback player positioned in front of their tailback that John...

Fan Gets Decked by NFL Linebacker

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Back in the days of Brian Billick the media could get pretty close to the sideline during training camp at McDaniel College. One day while kneeling and catching up on my notes as Gary Zauner put his punt and punt return units on the field, I remember Roderick Green running down the sideline closest to me. Here was a man who was 250+ pounds who could really run. A second after he passed I could feel a breeze whisk by. I couldn’t help but think what it must feel like...

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

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The single greatest season by a Ravens tight end was that of Shannon Sharpe’s in 2000. Really, it’s not even close. Sure, Todd Heap’s 2005 regular season eclipsed Sharpe’s 2000 season statistically but if you take a step back, the two seasons weren’t even close. The 2005 Ravens finished 6-10 and were at one point 4-9. They barely put up a fight and that alone tarnishes Heap’s stats. Sharpe’s 2000 was magical. He caught the game winner against the Jaguars in the team’s home opener – an AFC Central foe...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Ask Brian

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On Flashback Friday we take a look back at one in a series of interviews we called “Ask Brian” featuring head coach Brian Billick. This one took place in December of 2007, the last month he would hold the title of “Baltimore Ravens Head Coach”. ********** Tony Lombardi: Brian, down in Miami you had a chance to win the game by going for it on a fourth and goal from the Dolphins’ one foot line. Conventional wisdom suggests that you go for the win on the road and the tie...

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

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Throughout their 18-year history the Ravens have had a difficult time discovering and developing talent at the position of wide receiver. It was once so bad that prior to the 2011 second round selection of Torrey Smith, fans dreaded the thought of the Ravens burning a first round pick on a wide receiver. We have Travis Taylor and Mark Clayton to thank for that. The absence of a prototypical No. 1 WR has only added fuel to the fire of Baltimore’s yearning for a player in the mold of a...

Who’s Next in The Ravens Ring of Honor?

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During one of our Ravens Rap shows down at The Blue Ox in Ocean City that featured team owner Steve Bisciotti, the topic of Todd Heap surfaced. Heap has always been a popular Raven and for good reason. He was a very good tight end who could have been better and perhaps played longer if not for years of ineptness at quarterback during the prime of his career. The 2001 first round draft pick’s popularity is no less in our State’s city by the sea. When Heap last visited M&T...

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

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Quarterback, the most highlighted of all positions in sport has certainly been a problematic one for the Baltimore Ravens. Not until the arrival of Joe Flacco has there been any stability at the position. One could argue, and with good reason, that substandard play behind center cost the Ravens playoff wins and possibly another Super Bowl Championship given a defense that regularly ranked among the NFL’s elite. Be that as it may, to borrow from former team head coach Brian Billick, “It is what it is.” So in our continued...

Ngata Quite The Athlete

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For a 330-pound man, Haloti Ngata is quite an athlete. Ngata is an accomplished rugby player (could you imagine this beast in a scrum?) Here he shows that he has hops as well, as the southpaw slams one home from a standstill under the basket.   Video courtesy of Miles Goodman and the Coach’s Buzz Post by ASAP Training.

VIDEO: Ngata Crushes it in The Gym

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Haloti Ngata is primed to have a big season. In 2014 he will be playing to preserve the balance of his contract or better still, an extension that like his best friend on the team, Terrell Suggs, will allow him to retire as a Raven. Things are shaping up nicely for Ngata and he should benefit from many things outside of his control. DeAngelo Tyson is a surprise developmental player and continues to improve. Brandon Williams is more prepared for the NFL after not playing against elite collegiate talent. And...

Fans Point Finger of Blame at Cops in Smith Arrest

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Whether it be on our Facebook page, message board or in the comments section of our blogs on the topic of Jimmy Smith, the most vocal fans have come to the defense of the Ravens’ promising cornerback after his arrest on Saturday night at The Greene Turtle in Towson. Relatively speaking the crime isn’t a big deal. No one was seriously injured and hopefully there were some lessons learned. Although it is at least slightly curious why Smith was allegedly with a coked up girl then flew out of town...

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

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The greatness of the Ravens defensive line has been the byproduct of depth, complementary players and an efficient rotation of personnel more so than the distinction of its individual contributors. That said the Ravens have had some pretty solid defenders in the trenches over the years and in this segment of “Fan’s Choice” we’ll ask you to pick 8 players to man the defensive front of the Baltimore Ravens All-Time 53-man roster. * FF ~ Forced Fumbles ** PD ~ Passed Defensed Here’s a video that features veteran lineman Kelly...

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

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Today we continue our effort (with a BIG shout out to the fans for their votes) to assemble the Baltimore Ravens All-Time 53-man squad with a look at the specialists. But before we do that, let’s revisit each of the positions voted upon so far with the leaders shown in descending order. The number in parenthesis represents the total number of players we plan to carry at that position. Voting for each position remains open until July 20, 2014. OFFENSE Running Back (3): Jamal Lewis, Ray Rice, Priest Holmes (VOTE...

Ravens’ Jimmy Smith Arrested

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Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested last night at The Greene Turtle in Towson according to multiple sources. The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Smith was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and was later released after being issued a citation. The arrest marks the fifth time that a Ravens player has been arrested this offseason, four the arrests (Ray Rice, Jah Reid, Lorenzo Taliaferro being the others) were alcohol-related while the fifth (Deonte Thompson) was tied to marijuana possession but later dismissed. Players report for the first veteran-laden day of...

Remembering Training Camp at McDaniel College

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Those early morning days of late July in Westminster, MD were special. The sunlight felt a little lazier just after dawn – the dew in the grass a bit heavier and the feeling of change surrounded us. This was training camp at McDaniel College. The morning included a round of golf followed by lunch at Baugher’s. From there it was off to Ravens training camp where thousands of fans convened with great anticipation for the coming season. It was Americana at its finest. Concession stands and games for children dominated...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Billickisms

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Today, we look back upon some of the more interesting quotes from the man who has a PHD in Spin Doctoring; he is the Prince of Hyperbole; a Connoisseur of Wordsmithing and a Master of Rhetoric. He’s also the coach with more NFL victories (85) than any other here in The Land of Pleasant Living. Of course I mean, the one and only Brian Billick. * When questioned on Deion Sanders “questionable” status on the injury report: “When you’re 50 years old, you’re going to be listed as questionable every...

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

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The topic of the best plays in Ravens history is one that has been debated in pubs throughout the Land of Pleasant Living and as time goes on, the list of plays will change and the debate could become even livelier. In June of 2008 we put together our list of the Best Plays in Ravens History. During the previous editions of Flashback Friday we revisited the plays ranked 3 through 10. Today we conclude with the two plays arguably the best – at least in 2008. Clearly if we...

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

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The Baltimore Ravens haven’t been known as a team that has consistent offensive line play and over the years few have made the trip across the pond to Honolulu. Today we will focus on the Ravens All-Time greatest guards. We’ve heard it said often that Ozzie Newsome prefers to spend the team’s money and high draft picks on players who touch the ball or the quarterback. That’s not a description for guard. The list below is admittedly thin and is an indictment on the team’s historical lack of attention given...

SLOGAN CONTEST: Help us Pick a Winner!

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Ok, I know what you’re thinking… “Haven’t you guys beaten this topic to death?” A valid criticism. Yet our blog on the topic inspired some worthy suggestions from fans of our Facebook page and on this blog. So I said to myself… “Self, what if we run a contest to include the best of the suggestions?” Our staff picked out what seemed to be the 10 slogans that received the most positive feedback either in the blog comments or Facebook comments and likes. Here are those 10… From Facebook Jason...