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Converting From Ravens Fan to Football Fan

Posted on 04 January 2014 by Marty Mossa

Like most people who are citizens of Ravens Nations, I feel a little out of sorts oday. It’s been six years (2008) since I last took down my outdoor Christmas lights without replacing them with purple lights. Yes the front yard looks bare as all the lights are off, and all purple stuff put away for the year.

As I look at the field of twelve teams left, I find no teams I really hate. Oh there are teams I like, an some I don’t. But none I love like the Ravens, nor HATE like the Steelers. In fact this is the time since the 1999 season that neither the Ravens or the Steelers have not qualified for the playoffs.

Qualifying for Playoffs:
2000- Ravens
2001- Both
2002-Steelers
2003-Ravens
2004 & 2005 Steelers only
2006-Ravens
2007-Steelers
2008-Both
2009-Ravens
2010-Both
2011-Both
2012-Ravens
2013-NEITHER

With this in mind, I have no real horse in the race. Although I’m tired of seeing Bob Kraft’s ugly mug during every Patriot’s game, and tired of hearing about Peyton Manning, and don’t particularly like Jim Harbaugh or Colin Kabernick; I really don’t care who wins the Super Bowl. I did pick Houston/Seattle to play in New Jersey in four weeks. And well the former 2-14 losing 14 straight, but the latter is favored to go. So it would be nice for one of my picks to win it all.

But since I have no horse in this race, I’m rooting for a good race. I look forward to some hard hitting, competitive football over the course of the next eleven post season games. And although I will miss the chance of going to Super Bowl XLVIII; I won’t miss the stress leading up to the games, or the horrible stress during the 2nd half of SB 47. I’m rooting for plenty of scoring and OT’s & double OT’s.

Here’s how I break down today/tomorrow’s games:

KC -2.5 @ Indy- I think Alex Smith and the Chiefs are due for a breakout games. I see KC leaving Indiana covering the spread. KC 31-28.

NO +3 @ Phi- Although NO hasn’t never won a road playoff game & it’s going to be cold tonight in Philly; I’m sorry, I can’t see Nick Foles beating Drew Brees. I just can’t see it. NO 28-17.

SD +7 @ Cin: The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in 22 years. The Chargers almost lost to a JV Chiefs team last week. That woke SD up. Cincinatti will prolong the streak and agony for their fanes. SD 17-14.

SF -2.5 @ GB- Although SF went 12-4 and unfairly have to travel to GB 8-7-1, I think Aaron Rogers will outlast Colin Kapernik in the elements at Lambeau Field. Tomorrow’s forecast in Green Bay, Wisconsin calls for snow, high 3F and low -18F, with a win chill of -25F. Sorry 9er fans, going with the home team. For all it’s worth.

Of course of the 256 NFL regular season games played this season; I went 114-136-6, (-22 under .500 or .445) playing the lines. I’m hoping to rebound in the post season games. Good thing I didn’t actually put money on these games.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 31 December 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Maryland @ North Carolina (Sunday 3pm from Chapel Hill, NC live on ESPNU); Boxing: Argenis Mendez vs. Rances Bartholemy (Friday 9pm from Minneapolis live on ESPN2); MISL: Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Tuesday 5:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube), Missouri Comets @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Pennsylvania Roar @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube)

10. Jeezy (Tuesday 10pm Baltimore Arena); Keller Williams (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Slightly Stoopid (Tuesday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Wale (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 11pm Howard Theatre); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Tuesday 9pm 9:30 Club); Rusted Root (Sunday 8pm State Theatre)

People I know enjoy Keller Williams. That’s the extent of the discussion I have to offer here.

Wale is a Washington Football Club fan, yet somehow I don’t hate him. It’s really odd.

Remember when I posted a video of Trombone Shorty last week? This one is decidedly different.

Rusted Root is that band that never thought they’d be best known for a rental car commercial.

9. Baltimore New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Tuesday 9pm Inner Harbor); Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” out in theaters (Friday); New season of “Community” debuts (Thursday 8pm NBC); Don Jon” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I mean…I’m so more than ready.

Also, what’s the age when you can stop pretending like you hate the sauerkraut your family serves with pork on New Year’s Day and admit you actually REALLY like it? 30 okay?

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Ravens handed worst home loss ever as Patriots deliver “cleat of reality”

Posted on 22 December 2013 by Drew Forrester

This time, there was no late-game heroics to save the Ravens.

No half-a-world-away kick from Justin Tucker.

No final minute punt return from Jacoby Jones.

No last gasp drive from Joe Flacco and the offense.

This time, it was just football for sixty minutes.

And, the Ravens got their rear ends handed to them by Tom Brady and the Patriots.  There’s no other way to slice it.  No fancy way to sugarcoat it.  Not on Sunday.  It was 41-7 in favor of the Patriots and the beating was as bad as the score would indicate, even if two of the New England TD’s were scored in garbage time.

It was a day to forget for Joe Flacco and the offense.  Going up against a beleaguered and injured New England defense, the Baltimore offense simply laid a colossal Christmas egg, coughing up the ball on four different occasions and failing to pick up a first down on two separate 4th and short situations in the second half.

On the first occasion, the Ravens were faced with a 4th and 2 at the New England 39.  They had already run the ball twice in the series — once for five yards and the other for three yards, but offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell eschewed the reasonable solution of running off the edge and instead asked Flacco to connect with Jacoby Jones on a short pass.  It failed.

Later on, at the New England four yard line, the Ravens had two chances to pick up one yard.  On 3rd and 1, Caldwell again called for a pass play, which was incomplete.  Facing a 20-0 deficit, the Ravens rightfully went for it on 4th down.  Flacco initially lined up in the shotgun with Rice to his right.  Just prior to the snap, the QB scooted under center and gave Rice the ball off tackle, where he was stopped for no gain.  Was that the play design coming out of a Baltimore time-out where the Ravens discussed a critical play-call?  If so, it looked sloppy at best, ill-executed at worst.

Those two 4th down failures didn’t cost the Ravens the game, but you can’t win football games in the NFL when you can’t pick up two yards and one yard with your season perhaps on the line.

Later, the Ravens made the wrong call on a field goal decision that all but sewed up the game for the visitors.  Trailing 20-0 and faced with a 4th and 5 at the Patriots’ 19 yard line early in the 4th quarter, John Harbaugh elected to send Justin Tucker on the field for a 36 yard field goal.  That Tucker would miss the field goal was almost poetic justice, for even if he would have connected, the Ravens still trailed by three scores at 20-3.  He missed it.

Sure, Tucker should make a 36-yarder every time, but the call there should have been to go for it on 4th down to try and get a TD on that series and make it a two score game.

If the game wasn’t over prior to Tucker attempting the field goal, it was over when he failed to connect.

The Baltimore offense has now scored one touchdown in its last eight quarters of action.  Six field goals last Monday night in Detroit and one “we don’t care if you score” TD allowed by New England on Sunday.  In fairness, one of those days where the ineptness of the offense finally catches up to the Ravens was bound to happen.  Other Sunday’s, Flacco and Company would figure out a way to put up a TD or two and add a few Justin Tucker field goals to win 23-20.

This was the Sunday where the football gods finally said, “You boys are gonna have to play some legit football on offense today.”

And, the Ravens didn’t answer the bell.

The Baltimore defense got picked apart early by Tom Brady, who used Julian Edelman like a fiddler with his bow.  When the Patriots took advantage of a pass interference call on Jimmy Smith in the end zone and a Flacco interception to go up 14-0, all they had to do from there was play smart, use the clock and not turn the ball over.  What quarterback in the world is better than doing those things than New England’s #12?

Brady expertly used the middle of the field as the Ravens’ secondary played a soft cover-2 that put little emphasis on physicality.

One week ago in Detroit, the Ravens defensive backs went toe-to-toe with Calvin Johnson from the first whistle and physically challenged him.

Against New England, there was very little of that press coverage scheme from Jimmy Smith or Corey Graham, although it’s fair to note Lardarius Webb was tight on his man most of the day.

The Baltimore defense put little pressure on the quarterback all afternoon.  Strong?  Yes.  Big in size?  Yes.  But the Ravens lack pace and speed in their defensive front seven and when they face a quick-release quarterback like the one in New England, there’s not much damage being done.

When Brady gets time to do his thing, it can get ugly.  Like it did on Sunday.

On the flip side, the Ravens offense was unable to solve the mystery of the New England defense that somehow constructed a method to beat Baltimore on the inside and give Flacco something to think about most of the day.  Horrible against the run, the Patriots weren’t challenged that much by Caldwell, who went to the air 42 times.  It was a weird combination, it seemed.  New England WANTED the Ravens to throw it and the Baltimore coaching staff did just that.

It all added up to the worst home loss of the John Harbaugh-Joe Flacco era.  With their playoff lives on the line, the Ravens turned in a stinker for the ages, at home no less, and made next Sunday’s game in Cincinnati a must-win affair.

Everyone’s shorts smelled on Sunday.

The coaches had a long day.

The offense had a longer day.

And the defense, which played respectably overall, got a lesson in how Tom Brady operates when the calls and the balls are both working in his favor.  He’s tough to beat.

Hell, Justin Tucker missed a 36 yard field goal.

You know you’re not winning if that happens.

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How about my Chargers last night, huh?

Posted on 13 December 2013 by Drew Forrester

So, it’s confession time.

A few weeks ago when the Cincinnati Bengals beat the San Diego Chargers, 17-10, I went ahead and took the splash.

I had a “friend” who was heading up to Delaware Park put $100 on them to win the Super Bowl in February.  I got 45 to 1 odds.

No, silly, I didn’t bet on the Bengals.

I put it on the Chargers.

Stupid, right?

I agree.

Oh, before I let you go and enjoy your Friday, I wanted to take you on a quick trip down memory lane.

When the Eagles opened their 2009 home schedule, they hosted the Saints.

When the Eagles opened their 2010 home schedule, they hosted the Packers.

When the Eagles opened their 2011 home schedule, they hosted the Giants.

When the Eagles opened their 2012 home schedule, they hosted the Ravens.

So what, right?

Well, guess who won the Super Bowl in all of those seasons I listed above?

The team that played in Philadelphia for the Eagles first home game of the season.

Weird, right?

And, guess who played in Philadelphia this year to open the home portion of the schedule in September?

The Chargers.

How on earth am I going to spend that $4,500?  LOL

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 January 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Orlando Salida vs. Mikey Garcia (Saturday 9:45pm from New York live on HBO), Sergey Kovalev vs. Gabriel Campillo (Saturday 9pm from Uncasville, CT live on NBC Sports Network); Women’s College Basketball: NC State @ Maryland (Thursday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Maryland @ Georgia Tech (Sunday 3pm from Atlanta live on ESPN2); Soccer: MISL Baltimore Blast @ Syracuse Silver Knights (Friday 7:30pm Sunday 1:30pm from Syracuse, NY live on MISLtv.com); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Woodlawn (Wednesday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Milford Mill (Friday 7pm)

10. Superstars of 70’s Soul Jam feat. The Stylistics, Peaches and Herb (Saturday 8pm 1st Mariner Arena); The Darkness (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live), G. Love & Special Sauce (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head Live); Hollywood Undead (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Gin Blossoms (Tuesday 6pm & 9pm Rams Head on Stage), Eric Benet (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); 2 Chainz (Saturday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Ellie Goulding (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Janelle Monae (Sunday 6pm 9:30 Club); WAR (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); Morrissey (Wednesday 8pm Strathmore); Smokey Robinson (Friday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Soundgarden (Friday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Tim Reynolds (Sunday 8pm & 10pm Blues Alley); Augustana (Monday 7pm U Street Music Hall)

I’d like to do like 100 more things this week that involve the Gin Blossoms…

I hate admitting how much I enjoy this Ellie Goulding tune…

I’ve been a Janelle Monae fan since the first time I knew there was such a thing as Janelle Monae…

Soundgarden, huh? I’ll sign up for just about anything that involves Chris Cornell singing tunes…

9. Baltimore County Winter Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Monday throughout Baltimore County); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade (Saturday 12pm MLK Boulevard); “Taken 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Broken City” and “The Last Stand” out in theaters (Friday)

My favorite part of Taken 2 was when Liam Neeson was talking about Tim Tebow…

On the list for Winter Restaurant Week? The Grill at Harryman House. Where a burger looks like this…

Ummm…yes.

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction Picks and Comment – Divisional Round Weekend

Posted on 11 January 2013 by Luke Jones

Here are this weekend’s picks as The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction will pick every NFL game this season.

Drew Forrester finished 3-1 last week while Luke Jones was 4-0 in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs. Forrester is now 164-78 and Jones is 156-86 overall. Official standings are only kept based on the NFL picks.

To hear their full explanation, click HERE.

Ravens at Broncos: Denver 23-10 (Drew), Denver 27-17 (Luke)
Packers at 49ers: Green Bay 31-26 (Drew), Green Bay 26-21 (Luke)
Seahawks at Falcons: Atlanta 26-23 (Drew), Atlanta 21-20 (Luke)
Texans at Patriots: New England 27-17 (Drew), New England 31-20 (Luke)

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The Reality Check NFL Playoff Power Rankings

Posted on 09 January 2013 by Glenn Clark

Ryan Chell & I ranked the best head coaches, quarterbacks and defenses left in the postseason, then ranked the teams left in order of likelihood to win Super Bowl XLVI.

It was a fun day Tuesday on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net. You really should be listening.

Head Coaches:

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

8. Gary Kubiak

7. Pete Carroll

6. Mike Smith

5. Jim Harbaugh

4. John Harbaugh

3. John Fox

2. Mike McCarthy

1. Bill Belichick

Ryan Chell’s Rankings…

8. Gary Kubiak

7. Pete Carroll

6. Mike Smith

5. Jim Harbaugh

4. John Fox

3. John Harbaugh

2. Mike McCarthy

1. Bill Belichick

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 January 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Soccer-MISL Baltimore Blast @ Chicago Soul (Friday 8:30pm from Hoffman Estates, IL live on MISLtv.com), Baltimore Blast @ Milwaukee Wave (Saturday 7:30pm from Milwaukee live on MISLtv.com); Boxing: Friday Night Fights-John Molina vs. Dannie Williams (Friday 9pm from Santa Fe live on ESPN2); Women’s College Basketball: Miami @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center)

10. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack 20th Anniversary Show (Friday 8:30pm Rams Head Live), Bloc Party (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Kris Allen (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Yellowcard (Friday 5pm 9:30 Club); David Murray Big Band & Macy Gray (Thursday 8pm Howard Theatre); Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club (Saturday 7:30pm Creative Alliance); Dropkick Murphys “Signed and Sealed in Blood” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

You know someone who is camping out for his spot to check out the JCS anniversary show…

I was never a huge Yellowcard fan, but I know they’re about to hit the road with our boys from All Time Low, so I’m back on the bandwagon. Plus this song always kinda kicked ass…

Say what you want about Macy Gray being a weirdo. Don’t say she isn’t a talented chick.

You may remember Dropkick Murphys as the band that put a Christmas tune on their album that was coming out in January. BRILLIANCE.

9. Jim Gaffigan (Saturday 7pm & 9:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); George Lopez (Saturday 8pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Christian Finnegan (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Dredd“, “Frankenweenie” & “Archer Season 3” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Zero Dark Thirty“, “Gangster Squad” & “Promised Land” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore County Winter Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Baltimore County)

Want to move into “best friend” territory with me? Get me Archer Season 3. NOW.

On the list of spots participating in BCWRW? Costas Inn. Oysters Rockefeller for all!!!

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 31 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Friday Night Fights: Rances Barthelemy vs. Arash Usmanee (Friday 10pm from Miami live on ESPN2); Women’s College Basketball: Florida State @ Maryland (Sunday 1:30pm from Comcast Center live on ESPNU); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Dundalk (Wednesday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Chesapeake-Anne Arundel County (Friday 7pm)

10. Badfish (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Ryan Cabrera/Teddy Geiger (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Wale (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Delta Rae (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Pat McGee Band (Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere)

I wish I could say I wasn’t familiar with Ryan Cabrera. I wish more that I could say I didn’t enjoy this song.

Wale is a Redskins fan. As much as that bothers me, I still enjoy this tune.

Delta Rae likely the best band you weren’t listening to in 2012…

I genuinely enjoy Pat McGee.

9. “Looper” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Texas Chainsaw 3D” out in theaters (Friday); Cirque Eloize iD (Saturday 8pm Sunday 1pm & 5:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Glenn Clark’s New Year’s Day plans (Tuesday parts unknown)

Honestly, you really don’t want to know what I do to celebrate the New Year. I’ll give you a hint. It doesn’t involve pants.

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