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.

Fans Should “Play Like a Raven” Too

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When you win the Super Bowl there’s a natural swagger that goes along with it. It’s the walk, the body language of a champion. Years, sometimes full careers are spent trying to capture The Lombardi. It drives players and coaches. It inspires them to arrive at work a little earlier, stay a little longer, lift a little more with the hope that it all pays dividends. When it finally does and the confetti in your team’s colors rains down from above symbolizing the crowning achievement it can be a little...

MERRY CHRISTMAS: A Season of Hope

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Forward: Our goal from the day Ravens24x7.com launched back in 2003 was to deliver from the perspective of a fan, Ravens news, opinions and insight in an informative and fun way. Along the way our journey has taken twists and we’ve ventured down new paths. Sometimes those paths have little to do with the Ravens or the NFL because it seemed to make sense to travel such paths if for no other reason than it was the right thing to do. Such is the case today with this…   Perhaps...

A Holiday Embarrassment!

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In a word – embarrassing. The World Champion Baltimore Ravens had an opportunity to make a statement against perennial playoff contenders, the New England Patriots. Instead of seizing the opportunity as proud defenders of the crown, they looked like shameful pretenders. They were outplayed, outhustled, outcoached, out-planned, out-executed and probably ousted from the post season while being outscored in record fashion at M&T Bank Stadium. There was nothing good about the game except the fact that a fan could comfortably sit in the stands in shorts and a t-shirt on...

BOLD Predictions…Ravens Style

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BOLD PREDICTIONS   Marlon Brown catches 5 passes for 65 yards and 1 TD Joe Flacco throws for 225 yards and 2 scores Elvis Dumervil, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata have 1 sack each Bernard Pierce will rip off a run of 25+ yards Pernell McPhee tips a pass that will be intercepted by James Ihedigbo Vonta Leach will play at least 10 snaps Tom Brady’s passer rating will exceed Joe Flacco’s by 10 points in a losing effort Mishael Miller’s encore performance of The Star Spangled Banner will be...

IT’S PREDICTION TIME: Championship Combatants Face Off Again

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Ravens (- 2) v. Patriots Over/Under @ 45 When you think of the New England Patriots you think of two things first: Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. One’s whining and the other’s cheating cast shadows on their greatness. But make no mistake about it, they are both among the league’s all-time greats at what they do. Looking at the 2013 New England Patriots it’s hard to imagine how that team is 10-4 and how that offense is ranked 8th overall in the league. Their offensive line is in tatters and...

MAILBAG: Is Arthur Jones Gone in 2014?

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Michael Lippert: Why are we not using Vonta Leach in the run game? We have the best blocking FB in the National Football league and we never use him anymore. At this point re-signing Vonta seems like a big mistake and a waste of cap space. However I could see a coming out party for Leach this Sunday. The Patriots are struggling to stop the run, particularly with their banged up defensive line. Mary Mehalick Torres: Why can’t we score touchdowns? It seems that as of late teams are rushing...

GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Where The Ravens Are Today

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The Baltimore Ravens in many ways have become 2013’s cardiac kids. Nine of their 14 games have been decided by 3 points or less, during which the Ravens are 5-4, winning 4 of their last 5 such contests. Their 8 wins are by an average margin of victory of 7.9 points and their 6 defeats by an average score of 5.5 points, even with the opening night waxing in Denver. None of this matters going forward. What does matter is that the Ravens can navigate a clear path to the...

Flacco Needs to Improve for Ravens to Advance

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Whether you are a fan or not everyone can agree on one thing when it comes to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco – he’s one tough player. During the course of his very successful 5+ years in the NFL, Flacco has taken the field every single game day. He has started 107 consecutive games (including 13 post season starts) and he’s never missed a single snap due to injury. Given his willingness to stand in the pocket, his tall and lanky frame, predictable play calling and an offensive line that...

Despite Struggles Rice Still Leads

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Ray Rice has been heavily criticized this season. His production is off and clearly he’s not performing to the level of his contract. The three-time Pro Bowler is being paid to be an elite running back yet he averages just 3.1 yards per carry and is ranked as the 54th most productive back in the league out of a total of 54 backs ranked by Pro Football Focus. The burst isn’t there. The elusiveness is missing. Of Rice’s 197 carries he’s broken tackles or made defenders miss just 9 times...

IT’S PREDICTION TIME: Ravens Control Destiny

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Ravens (+6 ½) at Lions Over/Under at 50 One team’s loss is another team’s gain. The Cincinnati Bengals, long believed to be a NOT-ready-for-prime-time team fueled criticisms that they and their quarterback aren’t built for the big stage, fell flat on their collective face in Pittsburgh last night while dropping to (9-5) on the season. The loss left the door to the AFC North title wide open and for the Baltimore Ravens the path is clear – the game plan is simple…win out, win the division. But while the path...

Flacco Gets a Chance to Make a Statement

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Joe Flacco has been the subject of much debate and criticism so far during the 2013 season and with plenty of reason — 120 million reasons. When you sign what was then a record setting contract, not only does it provide financial security, it can also provide headaches. Now granted the structure of Flacco’s deal is relatively cap friendly in 2013 but beginning next season, the stakes get higher and so will the expectations. It comes with the landscape designed by the salary cap. There are fewer dollars to go...

REMEMBERING SANDY HOOK: The story of a young Ravens fan

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This was originally posted on December 21, 2012   This is a story about a little girl who just a few days ago celebrated a birthday. She’s a happy child with a magnetic personality, engagingly social who laughs and hugs often. Having entered the world just seven years ago Joey is known for her affection and incredibly wonderful sense of humor for someone so young. She loves to swim, swing, play with her Barbie dolls and enjoys her iPad and computer. And she really loves her sisters. Joey’s hair is...

A Detroit Obstacle More Daunting Than Stafford or Johnson?

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It has been 8 years since the Ravens visited the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, a day that was one of the most embarrassing in franchise history. On that October 9 day, Terrell Suggs was ejected for going face-to-face with referee Mike Carey who claimed Suggs had “malice in his heart” and BJ Ward was ejected for making contact with an official. Chris McAlister was flagged for tossing a football at a Lions’ player. Maake Kemoeatu flashed some obscene gestures towards the fans in Detroit while Motor City native Derrick...

Are NFL Fans Out of Control?

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As you know Adrian Peterson got his panties in a bunch on Sunday over the behavior of Ravens fans who he alleges threw snowballs at the Vikings’ players. In this day and age when pictures and video appear out of nowhere on the web, no visual evidence whatsoever has surfaced that corroborates Peterson’s claims. There is also no evidence that is publicly available (for the moment) that supports claims by some fans that the Vikings players returned frozen fire into the crowd. Whatever happened or didn’t happen, crowd control is...

THE WATER COOLER: Could the Ravens Get a 1st Round Bye?

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Perhaps partially lost in the hoopla of the wildest 2 minutes in NFL history was the return of Dennis Pitta. Pitta got off to a rough start and was hardly the sure-handed tight end we’ve come to know and respect. However he did adjust as the game went on and clearly made an impact when it counted most. Pitta and his battery mate Joe Flacco have great chemistry and that’s important when plays don’t unfold the way they are designed. The ability to adjust on the fly post-snap is such...

“Offensive” Steeler Should Have His Man Card Revoked!

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Back during the 2007 season I hosted the Bart Scott Show at Della Rose’s Tavern in their now closed location in Canton. Bart was always entertaining and I’ll always remember some of the stories he shared both on and off the air, some of which I can’t repeat. During one show we discussed what goes on in a scrum. What happens down there in that pile as players wrestle for the football? Why is it that a player who seemingly has possession before the scrum comes out of it with...

GOOD, BAD & UGLY: 2013′s Answer to 4th & 29?

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So yesterday I opted to sell my tickets to a buddy’s daughter, preferring instead to be comfortable at home and not have to deal with the extreme weather and what I thought might be mind-blowing traffic problems following the game. At halftime I was thinking, “Thank God I made THAT call!” The first half was sloppy and the game boring through 45 minutes of football.  I couldn’t help to think that by 4:15PM the Ravens season, for all intents and purposes could be over. And with 6:32 left in the...

IT’S PREDICTION TIME: Darker Shade of Purple Will Prevail

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Ravens (-6 ½) v. Vikings Over/Under at 42 Ok, I could roll up my sleeves, break this game down and give you plenty of weaknesses the Ravens can exploit and their own disadvantages that they need to be mindful of and protect. But why bother? Let’s just get this out on the table now – THE RAVENS WIN! So we’ll skip the X’s & O’s and give you the straight dope:   The Vikings are 0-6 on the road this season In 6 road games the Vikings have allowed 15...

LIAR, LIAR!

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So Mike Tomlin gets a $100,000 fine. BIG DEAL! One hundred large is like a pimple on Casey Hampton’s butt when compared to Tomlin’s annual salary of $5.75M. But Tomlin’s salary isn’t the real issue. The real issue is, does the punishment fit the crime? Now we’ve learned that the NFL has not considered intent in determining Tomlin’s punishment. “Intent is not a factor in discipline because it cannot be determined,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Pro Football Talk via email. “An individual is fined for an action that is...

This Isn’t Fantasy Football…Just a Football Fantasy

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TAKE PART IN VISA’S #MYFOOTBALLFANTASY CAMPAIGN!   When you hear the words “fantasy” and “football” put together immediately you think of the millions who rally around the NFL Red Zone every Sunday watching, waiting and hoping that one of their guys is the next featured player to score. Scoring leads to wins and wins lead to cash, prizes and perhaps even a replica Lombardi Trophy. But can you win a prize valued up to $100,000 in your league? Well you can when Visa puts together those magical words “fantasy” and...