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Ravens v. Panthers: What we Looked For, What we Saw

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1. Steve Smith, Sr. LOOKED FOR: We know that Joe Flacco will target Senior often. But the fun stuff might take place when he’s not, particularly when the Ravens run the ball. His blocks just might have a little more juju behind them. And who knows what that might lead to. SAW: We all witnessed a red-letter day for the 5-time Pro Bowler who turned in a professional day without any extracurriculars. If anything Senior seemed to dial down the emotion in order not to be distracted by the task...

This Week on Russell Street

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Ravens v. Panthers Every win in the NFL requires a solid plan and if the Ravens coordinators Gary Kubiak and Dean Pees follow this one, the Ravens will advance to 3-1 on the season. Without further ado here are our Battle Plans…   BOLD Predictions It’s that time again! The RSR staff while NOT under the influence of any mind-altering substances (at least we think so) serves up these predictions for today’s game at The Bank…   Can we go back to having fun? As a fan of the Ravens I’m...

Ravens v. Panthers: Looking Away From The Ball

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Whether at home or down at The Bank, here are a few things to look for when you aren’t watching the ball during the Ravens v. Panthers “blood and guts” hoedown. 1. Steve Smith, Sr.: The day that Senior signed with the Ravens, he circled September 28, 2014 on his calendar again and again. It would not surprise me if an added incentive for signing with the Ravens was the fact that the Panthers were on Baltimore’s schedule. We know he’ll be targeted often by Joe Flacco. But the fun...

Sports Media Sells Dirty Laundry For Profit

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As a fan of the Ravens I’m so done with the Ray Rice drama. As the publisher of Russell Street Report I’m exhausted by the topic. And as a follower of this site you are probably nodding your head in agreement and hoping that this isn’t yet another Ray Rice story. It isn’t… I’m tired of the Ravens bashing. I’m tired of Keith Olberman’s pompousness and Roger Goodell’s cowardice and ESPN’s erroneousness and Mike Florio’s self-righteousness. In a Chris Rock kind of way I’m TIRED-TIRED-TIRED of the entire lot. How...

Ravens at Browns: What We Looked For, What We Saw

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Here are the things we looked for when not watching the ball and here’s what we saw…   1. Phone booth LOOKED FOR: Last week against the Steelers (which by the way seems like a month ago) the Ravens did a great job of keeping Ben Roethlisberger contained. His pocket was small which disrupted his rhythm and his arm angles, which affected his accuracy. Expect more of the same when the Ravens front seven takes on Brian Hoyer. SAW: The Ravens’ defensive front was stonewalled when trying to get to...

Ravens at Browns: Looking Away From The Ball

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The Ravens have won 11 of their 12 contests against the Browns during the John Harbaugh era by an average score of 24-13. Oftentimes, particularly in Cleveland, the games have been closely fought battles until late in the game when the Ravens have persevered. Expect more of the same today. Here are a few things to look for when you aren’t watching the ball… 1. Phone booth: Last week against the Steelers (which by the way seems like a month ago) the Ravens did a great job of keeping Ben...

ESPN on a Ravens Witch-hunt?

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Roger Goodell’s press conference on Friday to address Ray Rice’s Elevator-gate and domestic violence boiled down to this: Random media guy: Roger what do you have to say for yourself? Goodell: I’m sorry. I was wrong and I will do my very best to see that it doesn’t happen again. THE END. Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing of substance during 43 minutes of hyperbole. This presser wasn’t much different than disciplining a child by injecting a little public embarrassment to allow the lesson to resonate. Ok Roger. Now go to...

THE GRAPEVINE: 2013′s Scapegoat

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just talk about football when we talk about football? But before we do… Ray Rice got it going on the topic of domestic violence and now the accused/convicted/indicted in the NFL on DV include the 49ers Ray McDonald, the Panthers Greg Hardy and the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson. You know the NFL always talks like they are a business and the players like to think of themselves as businessmen so how about this – let’s just send them all home with pay until due...

PURPLE PONDERINGS: Where’s Arthur?

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Many Ravens fans are concerned about the play of Arthur Brown, or the lack thereof. The promising 2013 second-round pick from Kansas State has yet to dress for the Ravens in 2014 and many have speculated as to why. The team holds Brown in high regard and at times he has shown sick athleticism from the inside linebacker position. Team insiders will tell you that at times he can make plays that will make you pause and think – Navarro Bowman. Unfortunately Brown has not developed the consistency that the...

Former Drive Time Sports Talker Joins RSR

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A few weeks ago we all heard about “The Turk’s” visit to WNST, the day when station majority owner Nestor Aparicio decided that the then current configuration of administrative and on-air staff was no longer consistent with his vision for AM 1570. The station that once claimed to have balls was seemingly left with no one to play with them, save of course the enigmatic Aparicio. Upon hearing the news my first thought centered on Drew Forrester. After all that he’s brought to that station in terms of content, new...

THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY: Ravens 26, Steelers 6

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Just four days prior to Thursday night the Ravens played poorly against a tough Cincinnati Bengals team yet hung around long enough to nearly force overtime. Before they could even let the loss soak in the Ray Rice elevator video surfaced a little over 12 hours after the defeat. It took the world and the Ravens by storm. No one was quite sure how the team would respond. An 0-2 start was certainly a possibility and thoughts of an implosive season weren’t far behind. A convincing team win certainly put...

STEVE BISCIOTTI: A Beautiful Mind

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As many of you know I’ve had the good fortune during the past 6 seasons to participate in Ravens Rap TV/Radio show in Ocean City, MD with Steve Bisciotti. During that time I’ve gotten to know Bisciotti a bit and he’s a fun-loving, approachable guy who is often humbled by the journey that is his life. He hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from and he’s deeply loyal to those who have contributed to his fortune. He’s also very self-deprecating and as most good leaders do, he contributes to the success...

Ravens v. Steelers: What we Looked For, What we Saw

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Here’s a recap of what we looked for and here is what we saw… 1. LARDARIUS WEBB: One of the few disappointments from last night’s 26-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers was the absence of Webb and the frustrating manner in which the team is handling is back problems. How far away are they from using the one-time recallable IR tag on their most well-rounded corner? 2. BERNARD PIERCE: Nice answer to your critics Bernard (myself included). He ran with purpose and protected the football on his way to a...

Ravens v. Steelers: Looking Away From The Ball

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As kickoff draws near this game for obvious reasons just doesn’t have the same electric vibe to it as nearly all other Ravens v. Steelers slobber-knockers. But something tells me that when all of the distractions are removed and the ball sails end-over-end through the September night this will be a game to remember – like most that involve these two teams. I must admit that I do have some concerns about what might happen off the field, in the stands and tailgate lots. Some fans will proudly and defiantly...

Ravens vs. Steelers: 5 Ravens to Watch

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After what has seemed like the longest four-day stretch in the history of mankind, it’s finally game day! The Ravens look to erase their forgettable season opener last Sunday by recording win #1 of the 2014 season against their strongly disliked division rivals tonight at M&T Bank Stadium. But to have any chance of rebounding tonight and avoiding a dreadful 0-2 start, the Ravens need their elite players to step up. Luckily for the home squad, they have a handful of them that are battle-tested veterans in this intense rivalry...

What’s Next?

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Roger Goodell has always been a heavy-handed disciplinarian. And while things don’t look particularly good for his administration right now there are obvious inconsistencies in the current speculation stemming from the NFL’s alleged knowledge and viewing of the Ray Rice video. If he did not see the video as he claims, the two-game suspension, while unusually lenient for Goodell, is understandable if he trusted Rice while taking into account the former Raven’s impeccable reputation prior to that night at Revel Casino. However, if it is proven that Goodell did see...

A Time For Perspective

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I had a great column all worked out in my mind full of some silver-tongued journalistic prose, but I opted not to write it. Instead I’d like to apologize. I am not experienced in the area of domestic violence and writing about it feels clumsy to me. I’m simply not qualified. I can only share with you how the Ray Rice incident has affected me and how I believe it affects the Ravens. I can’t speak for all fans. Some of you may have first-hand experience with domestic violence and...

Perhaps Time Can Make Things Right For Ray Rice

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The last couple of days have been a whirlwind for us here at Russell Street Report and you all know why. I’ve heard from many of you, good, bad and somewhat indifferent. I’ve been criticized for defending Ray Rice previously and now for being critical of him. I don’t see it as wavering or as piling on. For me it’s all about following the evidence. Reasonable doubt! Innocent until proven guilty! It has been less than 48 hours since I was first made aware of Ray Rice Video II. There’s...

Goodell’s Believability is Tanking

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Something feels dirty about the handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case and it starts with the NFL and Roger Goodell. Back in February we all saw Part II of the Ray Rice video as he attempted to drag his fiancée Janay Palmer out of an elevator at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. For months we were left to speculate about Part I. How did Ms. Palmer fall into a state of unconsciousness? Was she drunk out of her mind? Did she fall and hit her head? Did...

Have The Ravens Taken a Back Seat to The O’s?

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For years fans of the Ravens have looked to the team to provide a release, a timeout from the daily grind – a purple oasis nestled in the middle of a concrete jungle. The Orioles, mired in years of futility and hopelessness were nothing more than a temporary distraction at best and usually just the community’s orange-headed stepchild. The Ravens were kings and when training camp opened in late July the overwhelming majority of Baltimore area sports fans donned their purple-shaded Maui Jim’s and set their sights upon the gridiron....