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.

SALARY CAP UPDATE: Ravens at $6.2M Under Cap

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The cap impact of the LaQuan Williams signing is minimal as first reported by RSR’s Brian McFarland. Now that his numbers are registered with the NFLPA, the Ravens will are now $6,246,187 under the cap with 63 players who have either been tendered or are under contract. Cap Impact of LQWilliams signing will be minimal. Once he hits Cap, Ravens will be $6,246,187 under w/ 63 players under contract/tendered — Brian McFarland (@RavensSalaryCap) April 25, 2014 LQWilliams deal likely 2 b a min deal of $570K, as he didn’t accrue...

Why is LaQuan Williams a Raven AGAIN?

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Some were left scratching their heads when the Ravens re-signed LaQuan Williams. The Ravens have rarely carried more than 6 wide receivers and virtual locks for the team already include Torrey Smith, Steve Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown. The team will almost certainly use an early pick in the upcoming draft for a wide receiver plus they have receivers currently on the roster with greater upside than Williams in the forms of Aaron Mellette and Deonte Thompson. So why bring back Williams again? Been there, done that right? If...

PREMATURE PREDICTIONS: Ravens go 11-5 in 2014

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Well you’ve got mock drafts and draft grades before the rookies even take the field. And you’ve got Power Rankings during the preseason and even mock drafts for the 2015 NFL Draft prior to those college kids playing a single game in 2014. Ok, so I’m not going to be that over-the-top but what I will do is predict the Ravens season game-by-game in a cheeky kind of way. Week 1: Ravens v. Bengals (1-0) Andy Dalton takes to pressure the way vampires take to sunlight prior to those innovative...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: McNair to Baltimore

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In 2006 the Baltimore Ravens put an end to Brian Billick’s volatile romance with Kyle Boller and traded for Steve McNair. Here’s a look back at the mood during that time along with some irresponsible journalism from a Pittsburgh Pierogi Wrap…   There’s no denying that Steve McNair is a significant upgrade over Kyle Boller. However, many Ravens fans curb their enthusiasm because of the concerns surrounding the offensive line as well as McNair’s history of injury. Over the past 3 seasons, McNair has played in 38 of 50 games....

It’s One O’Clock Somewhere

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There’s no denying that Baltimoreans have an inferiority complex. Maybe it’s a birthright. Perhaps it’s a curse. Whatever the case may be, just ask your neighbor. Baltimore is America’s Rodney Dangerfield of cities – WE GET NO RESPECT. Collectively we hate it during national weather forecasts on TWC when Baltimore isn’t shown. We cringe when our city is portrayed as a haven for STD’s, heroin and violence. And it chaps our hind parts when big musical acts skip over our town in favor of those coital cluster venues in DC...

Ravens Need a Fast Start Given 2014 Schedule

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For the third time in the last four regular seasons, the Ravens will open at home against an AFC North rival when the defending division champion Cincinnati Bengals head into town for a 1PM showdown on September 7. The Ravens will follow up the season home opener with another home game on September 11 against their archrival Pittsburgh Steelers during the very first CBS-TV/Thursday night game with broadcaster Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the call. The Ravens will stay in their division for Game 3 in Cleveland, just the...

Draft Day Surprises

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You’ve heard it many times before that the NFL Draft is an inexact science and the industry that it has spawned and all its mock drafts are equally inexact. Each NFL team attempts to learn from previous mistakes, fighting the urge to pass on the best players available while reaching for need. And while the science is inexact, teams continually attempt to refine the process and make it even more scientific, more measurable so that their investments pay dividends. Besides the hours of scouting, interviewing and researching thousands of prospects...

Schedule-Gate

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One of my more embarrassing moments since starting Ravens24x7.com back in 2003 took place in April of 2005. But to fully comprehend the mess I created I must start with something that took place in April, 2004. Just before the NFL was set to release its 2004 schedule I received a call from a friend who had a friend with a friend who worked in the league offices in New York. The friend thrice removed was willing to share the Ravens schedule. “Do you want it?”, I was asked rhetorically...

Rolando McClain Makes The Right Choice

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So Rolando McClain is unleashing upon the world his inner Brett Favre while singing along to the chorus of The Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go. Simple answer Rolando – GO! That said, let’s not start chastising McClain or Ozzie Newsome for the twice-failed comeback attempt. It was a worthy one and for all of the know-it-alls in the cyber world or on sports talk radio, take a moment and a step back to look at the man in the mirror. See any flaws? Let’s give McClain credit...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Introducing Anita Marks

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Originally published on May 16, 2006   One week before she launches her new sports talk program coincidentally called The Anita Marks Show (funny how that happens), I sat down with Anita Marks to discuss her experiences playing football, growing up a fan of South Florida sports teams, why it is that she once graced the pages of Playboy and why she’s bringing her act north to The Land of Pleasant Living. TL: Anita, you are a native of South Florida, you’ve played for a women’s professional football team for...

Roger Greedell Caught in a Lie

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Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock somewhere you know that the NFL moved its draft back to May 8-10. For years the draft was held in late April and for the past few it’s been scheduled for the last Thursday in April, concluding on the last Saturday. In 2013 Roger Goodell, who is about as sincere as Lindsay Lohan is to her NA sponsor, said the change was needed in 2014 because the league’s draft venue of choice, Radio City Music Hall, was hosting an Easter show during the...

NFL Could Release 2014 Schedule on Tuesday

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According to multiple sources the 2014 NFL Schedule could be released as early as Tuesday April 22 but as late as Thursday April 24. This would mark the latest date in a given calendar year that the league has released the annually much anticipated slate of games. There’s little doubt that the league is pouring over statistics and consulting with sponsors of the schedule release program to be broadcast on NFL Network, to maximize the potential earnings. Perhaps that is the reason for releasing the “potential” dates today. It also...

New Deal Ngata Happening…Yet

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Photo courtesy of ShawnHubbardPhoto.com   Perhaps one of the more understated needs of the Baltimore Ravens as they prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft is the position of defensive tackle. The team as expected, lost Arthur Jones to free agency and now they’ll need to distribute his reps to others currently on the roster and perhaps a few who aren’t among the potential 53 – yet! The obvious choices for more playing time are Brandon Williams and DeAngelo Tyson. Both are capable and as we’ve seen in the past, defensive...

Ravens Should Give McClain Another Shot

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So Rolando McClain showed up late for a workout in front of Ravens’ officials yesterday and then promptly failed his conditioning test. Same old Rolando? Maybe, maybe not. It’s easy to assume that the guy is still a mess given his track record but should we, and more importantly the Ravens rush to judgment? Some may argue that the guy is fighting to save his career and that he should have been in great shape and passed his conditioning test with flying Crimson Tide colors. But let’s not forget that...

Ravens Backfield Running on Empty?

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Gary Kubiak’s offense has long been a productive one, among the league’s best. It has also been one that heavily depends on an effective running game. In 2013 the Ravens’ running game was hardly effective. Some blame the running backs; some blame the offensive line; some blame the coaching of the offensive line; some blame the play calling. It was all of the above. The Ravens have improved the offensive line this offseason. They’ve re-signed Eugene Monroe who we hear has become quite the gym rat and they’ve added center...

Do What You Love!

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Several years ago a friend who was an assistant principal asked me to make a presentation to his after-school groups at a local private school. The groups were separated by interests, one being sports and the other computers. He thought that given my chosen occupation that my story might be of interest to both groups. The kids ranged from 11-13 years of age so I initially thought that it could be a challenge maintaining their interest. To my surprise, they seemed to cling to every word and today, when I...

MOVIE REVIEW: Draft Day

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The problem with me and movie reviews is that half the time I’m not even sure what I’ve just read. Maybe it’s that I just don’t grasp the art form or maybe I just don’t care about the art form. I just want to be entertained. I don’t want to have to look at my watch wondering when it’s going to end. I want an escape from reality – one during which the director and his cast take me on a journey and when it’s done, I’m glad I went...

The Best NFL Rosters Start at The Bottom

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Consistently successful NFL teams maintain quality depth. Depth provides insurance in the event of key injuries and it fuels competition within a team. The threat of losing a job ushered in by competent competition channels a player’s focus, his attention to detail, the willingness to persevere all of which motivates him to dig a little deeper for even an extra ounce of effort. Creating such a competitive environment forces athletes to show up on tape in any way they can. They become more willing participants on special teams. They do...

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: The Liar’s Luncheon

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For several years the Ravens have hosted a Draft Luncheon for members of the media. Traditionally the head coach, Ozzie Newsome and Director of College Scouting have been seated at the dais, expanded in recent years to include the Assistant GM, Eric DeCosta. Back on April 20, 2006 I shared my observations, which I’ll do again following this year’s luncheon on April 30. Today we’ll take a look back at the luncheon the preceded the Draft Class of 2006:   1st round – Haloti Ngata, defensive tackle, Oregon 2nd round...

Harbowl III?

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock you now know that the Ravens preseason schedule has been release, details of which you can find here. A couple of things jump off the page upon first glance at the schedule.   Harbowl III ~ The Ravens host the San Francisco 49ers to open their preseason schedule on August 7. The travel distance seems a bit extreme. It isn’t often that teams travel across the continent for a preseason game. Maybe the Harbaughs are hosting a family reunion in John’s new home?...
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