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, 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...

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...