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.

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...

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,...

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

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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. We’ll revisit the list but over the course of the next 5 Flashback Fridays we’ll present what we once regarded as the 10 best in pairs and then we’ll ask your help in creating an updated list. Here are the plays we ranked as the 7th and 8th best in Ravens history 6...

It Could be One And Done For Kubiak in Baltimore

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The NFL coaching carousel is a ride that begins towards the end of each season and usually doesn’t stop until a few days after the Super Bowl.Head coaches come and go to the tune of about 5 to 7 per season and today they come in many shapes and sizes, often too wide ranging to predict. We need to look no further than the guy who controls the Ravens sideline for proof. Chances are that the name John Harbaugh was nowhere to be found when forecasting coaching changes. Harbaugh was...

Why Can’t Canty Show Up?

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As fans of the Baltimore Ravens it’s only natural for you to want all of the players working hard during the offseason to improve upon a disappointing 2013 season and stick it to the naysayers who suggest that the best NFL odds for the Ravens point to a .500 season. And that includes the players participating in “voluntary” organized team activities. The attendance during these OTA’s has been very good, albeit short of perfect. Questions surface when players like Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata fail to appear. Two players who...

Eric Winston Not Right For Right Tackle

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One of the uncertainties facing the Baltimore Ravens as they work through OTA’s and prepare for training camp is the position of right tackle. Most observers would concur that the team’s offensive front is 80% complete and that the right side is the unanimous choice as the offense’s weakest link. Some have debated the merits of Kelechi Osemele moving out to right tackle and allow Ryan Jensen and John Urschel to battle it out for the left guard job. But based upon the enthusiasm amongst the coaching staff during OTA’s...
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