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Things that KILL …..

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Things that KILL …..

Posted on 29 October 2010 by Rex Snider

I’ve made no secret about my adoration for the Texas Rangers. I’ve always been a Nolan Ryan fan, and I think their lineup is assembled as solidly as any organization in recent memory. To see that team in a 2-0 hole is mind boggling.

The San Francisco Giants are an aberration. Cody Ross? Aaron Rowand? Juan Uribe? Edgar Renteria? Aubrey Huff? Pat Burrell? Andres Torres? Are you kidding me …..

It’s a HUNGOVER morning in my life and I’m not feeling very affectionate. Thus, I will dedicate the spirit of today’s blog to the Texas Rangers and their pathetic performance through the first couple games of the World Series. Things that KILL …..

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My guaranteed World Series prediction …..

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My guaranteed World Series prediction …..

Posted on 27 October 2010 by Rex Snider

On a rainy Wednesday morning, most of Baltimore’s sports fans are taking a collective breath from a successful and equally suspenseful start to the Ravens season. Meanwhile, 2,800 miles away, on the opposite side of the continent, a town is readying for the start of the World Series.

Much to the chagrin of Bud Selig and the upstanding folks at FOX SPORTS, the underdogs have advanced to this year’s fall classic. That’s right, two teams tasked with dethroning last season’s pennant winners slayed the same opponents and advanced to this round of determining Major League Baseball’s World Champion.

Back in April, if you would’ve presented me with a dozen guesses at this season’s matchup for “all the marbles”, I’ll guarantee you there’s ZERO chance I would’ve thrown out the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants. There’s no way I could’ve conceived this series.

Good?

Bad?

Who cares, it’s baseball ….. and it’s not the Yankees or Red Sox.

I like to think I know baseball. I honestly believe I’m a student of the game; I can project a starting lineup for every Major League team and most starting pitchers on respective staffs. That said, I follow the American League even closer than the National League.

I was raised on the 3 run homer and watching the pitcher take a seat between innings. I absolutely LOVE

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Seriously ….. Buffalo?

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Seriously ….. Buffalo?

Posted on 21 October 2010 by Rex Snider

When it comes to the landscape of cities serving as homes to America’s elite level of professional sports franchises, I’ve been perplexed by some of the towns that hold such distinctions.

A few such cities or metroplexes are really just a misrepresentation of the TRUE demographic …..

How did the Texas Rangers end up in Arlington? That’s easy, they really serve the greater Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

The same can be said for the New England Patriots, who play in Foxboro, but represent Boston’s fan base. And, lets not forget the Golden State Warriors, who count the basketball lovers of Oakland/San Francisco as their regional hometown supporters.

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Ugly History Repeats Itself

Posted on 21 October 2010 by Erich Hawbaker

In last night’s Yankees-Rangers game, the Orioles faithful had a flashback. In an eerily similar play to Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS, the visiting team’s outfielder backed up the wall, didn’t make the catch, and then immediately pointed up at the stands above to signify fan interference. I watched the replay at least 10 times (isn’t DVR great?), and one could make the argument that this ball really may not have been caught even if it had gone untouched. But one can also clearly see that a fan is pushing Nelson Cruz’s glove away while another one is grabbing the ball and then giving Cruz the middle finger.

I was actually pulling for Texas going into this year’s postseason. This may be a big deviation from my staunchly capitalist philosophy on life, but I think it’s nice for everybody to win sometimes, and when my team is out of it, I’ll typically support the one that has never won a championship before or has not done so in a long time (the Rangers are the only team of the 8 in this year’s playoffs who have never won a World Series). And I respect fans who have remained true to their colors thru years of losing and frustration, and who never gave in to the temptation to jump on someone else’s bandwagon. I can even admit that I was happy for the Red Sox when they finally won it in 2004, but that was short-lived as their fans then proceeded to become even more obnoxious than their counterparts from New York.

We all know that what happened in 1996 was absolutely the wrong call. What happened last night may or may not have been. But baseball wasn’t using replay back then, and now they supposedly are at the umpires’ discretion. If you’re the ump in that situation, you have to at least look at it. Have to. Calling the game correctly is your job, and you were recently given a wonderful new tool to help you do that in case you’re not really sure what you just saw. The refusal to utilize replay in that instance was inexcusable. But I don’t expect Bud Selig will do anything about it; we wouldn’t want to jeopardize baseball’s “human element” now, would we?

I posted a rant about this and good old Jeffrey Maier on Facebook last night as it was happening, but my angst subsided rather quickly as it became clear that karma in the form of Bengie Molina was going to take care of this one on its own. This drew a reply from my stepbrother, who is also a diehard O’s fan. He told me that I need to just get over Jeffrey Maier, and I think he’s right. I will be adding that to my list of New Years resolutions, along with losing some more weight (35 lbs lost so far!), reading more, getting back to my drawing, and practicing my German.

I can’t forget what happened in 1996, but I guess I can stop being so pissed about it. Maybe the real reason that it still stirs so much anger in me after 14 years (and if you’re reading this I don’t need to tell you) is that the Orioles have been sitting in the basement of the AL East ever since. The last time they made the playoffs or even broke .500, I was in middle school, Bill Clinton was President, and the Nintendo 64 was the most advanced video game system on the market. Plenty of other bad teams have gotten their acts together between then and now, but the Orioles under Peter The Terrible have only gotten worse. There is a whole generation of kids out there now who have never seen a winning Orioles team, and unfortunately I don’t see that changing any time soon. But while I’m waiting, I can at least find a little solace in the evil empire being behind 3 games to 2 and having to go the rest of the way without their newest million dollar baby Mark Teixeira. As my ancestors would say, “Schadenfreude ist die schönste Freude.”

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Got to Root For the Rangers

Posted on 16 October 2010 by Marty Mossa

I don’t follow major league baseball.  Heck I had to text a friend last week to find out who was in the post season.  I didn’t realize that San Diego choked (those poor sports fans in SD),  and I didn’t realize that the Tampa Bay Rays won the East.  I bet there were at least 15,000 fans excited about that.  My point is this: I really don’t care about MLB.  But it’s really not my point.  I want to talk about the Texas Rangers.

The Texas Rangers were at one time the Washington Senators.  They moved to Arlington, Texas in 1972.  In the 39 seasons that they have played in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the Rangers have gone 3007 – 3174 in 39 seasons.  That is an average of 77 wins, and 81 loses a year.  Prior to this year, the Rangers have been to the post season only three times, 1996, 1998, and 1999.  They, prior to this season have never won a post season series, nor even a post season win in Arlington Stadium.  They were 1-9 in post season play.

This year however they beat the Tampa Rays in five games, winning all three road games, and losing both home games.  Currently they are playing the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.  They blew a five run lead last night in Arlington, however won their very first post season game in Arlington by the score of 7-2.

Now I’m not rooting for the Rangers because I hate the Yankees.  Actually I don’t care about the Yankees, nor do I hate them.  How could I hate them when my cousin’s husband is a broadcaster for them?  All my sports hatred is consentrated on the Pittsburgh Steelers and their trailer park trash, inbred fans.

The reason I am rooting for them is simple.  Let’s face it; the Rangers are the step child in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  The Cowboys rule the roost, and have since they came into the NFL in the early sixties.  The Rangers are second in seniority in the metroplex.  The NBA Dallas Mavericks joined the league in 1980, and the NHL Dallas Stars moved from Minnesota in 1993.  The Cowboys have been in eight (count them), eight) super bowls.  They possess  five Vince Lombardi Trophies.  The Mavericks have had some success in the post season, and have made it to the NBA finals.  The Dallas Stars have had much playoff success since their move to Dallas.  They have appeared in two Stanley Cup Finals.  In 1999, they brought Lord Stanley’s Cup to Big D for a victory parade.

In July of 1980 I went to Dallas to visit my friend Paul who was stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth.  While in Dallas, I pick up the sports section of the Dallas Morning News.  Here we were in the middle of July, the middle of the baseball season, and there was far more coverage of the Dallas Cowboys than there was of the Texas Rangers.  Now I haven’t been to Dallas in nearly thirty years.  I would image that The Rangers get a little more respect now than they did in 1980.

Let’s face it, Dallas is known for two things; the Dallas Cowboys and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.  The city is the proud owner of six sports championships (Cowboys (5), Stars (1).  It would be nice to see the Texas Rangers shed themselves of the step child syndrome, and be able to parade down Elm Street in downtown Dallas holding the Baseball World Series Trophy.

 

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Yankees could be in for a Lone Star stomping

Posted on 13 October 2010 by Rex Snider

If you share my hatred for the New York Yankees, are you optimistic about their potential demise in the upcoming American League Championship Series?

I think it’s quite possible …..

Admittedly, I have a very soft spot for the Tampa Bay Rays. They exist in Major League Baseball’s most competitive division and they’ve assembled a collective group of ballplayers capable of beating the very best teams. Their cast of talent championed the American League’s Eastern Division, which is a huge accomplishment.

But, last night, I steadfastly rooted for the Texas Rangers in the finale of the teams’ five game series. I wanted to see Nolan Ryan advance to the next round. I wanted to see Josh Hamilton on a bigger stage. I wanted to see Cliff Lee, again.

Oh yeah, and I hope to see Mark Teixeira beaten by his old team.

Most of all, I think the Rangers stand a better chance of beating the Yankees, in comparison to the Rays. While realizing the Rays handled the Yankees during the regular season and they’re very familiar with their divisional rival, I think they’re quite evenly matched. Whereas, I think the Rangers might have the respective strengths to exploit the Yankees weaknesses, especially in a short series.

We all know the Yankees vulnerability is the starting pitching. They’re forced to add A.J. Burnett and his 5.26 ERA and 1.51 WHIP to the postseason roster; he’ll likely pitch Game #4. Burnett joins C.C. Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Phil Hughes in rounding out the rotation. Aside from Pettitte’s postseason resume’, the Yankees staff is not overly impressive.

Maybe it’s just me, but I like the Texas lineup against New York’s staff. The Rangers can hit. Better yet, they can MASH …. and the power potential in that lineup exists from top to bottom. They’re also aggressive on the basepaths, as we saw in last night’s win over the Rays. On two occasions, the Rangers scored from 2nd base on ground balls to the infield.

At the same time, I respect the Yankees lineup. However, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter have suffered through less than stellar seasons. And, we may very well see the Yankees finally paying the price for an assembled outfield that includes Nick Swisher, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner. Not exactly a vintage Yankees cast, huh?

If I look at these teams with a sobering view, the impressions are pretty simple …..

Yankees lineup vs. Rangers lineup – Advantage Rangers

Yankees starting pitching vs. Rangers starting pitching – Advantage Rangers

Yankees bullpen vs. Rangers bullpen – Advantage Rangers

Yankees intangibles vs. Rangers intangibles – Advantage Yankees

I’m certain some readers will think I’m crazy and making conclusions exclusively with my heart, while hoping the Yankees get smoked. Well, I’m certain that figures somehwere into my perspective – I’m only human. And, I do hate the Yankees.

However, I think the Texas Rangers are a more complete ballclub. They just beat the team that outlasted the Yankees through 162 games. And, they rose to the occasion when it mattered most.

When these two teams meet, the Rangers will feature the best player of the two rosters, thanks to Josh Hamilton. They’ll also feature the best pitcher on both clubs, as Cliff Lee has proven. The Rangers are a better team and they’ll prove it in 6 games.

You heard it here …..

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Hey Tampa, here’s your opportunity ….

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Hey Tampa, here’s your opportunity ….

Posted on 12 October 2010 by Rex Snider

For years, the Tampa Bay Rays have been hosting sparse crowds in their inept home, Tropicana Field. We all know the scene, occasional humans speckled throughout the makeshift, indoor airplane hangar. At least, that’s what it looks like.

During the first chapter of the Rays existence (or should I say DEVIL RAYS?), it was easy to defend the lack of interest among Florida’s gulf coast baseball fans. Aside from the initial crush and fanfare, the Rays assumed a predictable role as a doormat. Even additions, like Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco, Fred McGriff and Tino Martinez couldn’t help the team in the standings or at the box office.

But, something suddenly happened …

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An Unfamiliar Role For the Orioles: “Spoiler” ….

Posted on 30 August 2010 by Rex Snider

As we reconvene for the start of another week, you can assume a few distinct guarantees on this beautiful summer morning …..

1) this is the final Monday of August ….

2) football season is just one day closer, and ….

3) for the first time in a LONG time, the Boston Red Sox flew into BWI during the wee hours of the morning, while wishing they could’ve been landing in the city of an easier punching bag, like Cleveland, Kansas City, Seattle or Los Angeles.

Indeed, they’re not encountering one of the typical Baltimore Orioles lineups of the last decade. This scrappy bunch of players is the same core group that dropped 73 of its first 105 games. However, they’re now playing a better brand of baseball under the demand of Buck Showalter.

They’re still a marginal cast of characters. But, they now BELIEVE …..

And, that’s a dangerous pedigree for any opponent to accept.

A few months back, I listened to Curt Schilling’s view of the Orioles from a Red Sox perspective. He said “we looked at them as a break in the schedule.” “It was an opportunity to sweep a series and pad a divisional lead or cut a deficit.”

I don’t doubt Curt’s blunt and painful examination of what a series against the O’s meant to him and virtually any other member of the Red Sox or Yankees over the span of these last 13 years.

But, I do question whether Terry Francona’s current bunch feels that sense of confidence, as they’re holed up in the Inner Harbor Renaissance.

Probably, not.

For one, the Red Sox are beyond the simple description of a “walking wounded.” Count ‘em …. Ellsbury, Cameron, Youkilis, Dice-K, Pedroia and Varitek. They’re all injured and out of the lineup.

But, of equal importance, this Orioles team will not furnish the typical accomodations accustomed to a visting Red Sox team – or any other visitor for that matter. The days of laying down and simply pulling up the skirt are done.

Dave Trembley tolerated such an effort. So did Lee Mazzilli, Sam Perlozzo, Mike Hargrove and other field generals.

As we’ve learned over the last month, Buck Showalter will not accept anything close to resembling a half-hearted fight. One month does not make a season. But, such a relevant timespan can offer a vivid view of what’s expected from the team’s leader.

And, that’s the difference.

The Red Sox will have a spirited spat on their hands when the series commences tomorrow evening. Terry Francona knows that, and he’ll surely remind his patched together contender before they ever hit the field.

While this Boston team is assembled of a couple 4A players, like Darnell McDonald and Bill Hall, they’re still anchored by the likes of Adrian Beltre, Victor Martinez, David Ortiz, J.D. Drew, Jon Lester, John Lackey and Josh Beckett. They’re a more talented team than the Orioles, no question about it.

And, in some distinct ways, the Red Sox have played the same brand of overachieving baseball during the month of August. Some of their best young stars are done for the season. Yet, they’ve found a way to stay in contention with Tampa and New York.

That said, the fight might be nearly over.

After dropping two straight games at the ‘Trop, the Red Sox cannot afford to waltz into Camden Yards and get stung by the same surprising effort that shocked the White Sox, Angels and Rangers over these last 30 days.

Anything less than a sweep will further damage any chance of a miraculous return of postseason baseball at Fenway.

But, the Orioles will not resemble that same easy target described by Schilling. Not a chance …..

And, therein lies the opportunity for this 2010 Baltimore Orioles team, as October approaches and the Ravens assume nearly every single headline. The Orioles have a chance to play meaningful games in the realm of Major League Baseball’s immediate future.

They’ll get plenty of shots at the Red Sox, Rays and Yankees. They can have a VOICE in what happens in the A.L. East and ultimately, the playoffs and World Series.

I’ll concede it doesn’t equate into Camden Yards serving as the backdrop for baseball on chilly, October nights. But, it’s a start ….

The Orioles have a true opportunity to affect the finish in baseball’s most revered division. Yeah, the Rays, Red Sox and Yankees have experienced dogfights in the past, and they’ve all played the Orioles during the final weeks of the season.

But, this is different.

It’s a totally different Orioles team. For the first time in a LONG time, they’re led by a guy who won’t back down from bullies or settle for the “sure thing in the backseat of your car” effort. It ain’t happening …..

I’m actually looking forward to the final month of the season, and it begins tomorrow night.

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Earl Weaver Siting

Posted on 25 August 2010 by Tom Federline

It was Friday night, August 20th, during the ninth inning of the Orioles game vs. the Texas Rangers. I saw a slightly taller and rounder, semi-clone of the Earl of Baltimore. There was a fiery passion displayed on the field, the likes of which Camden Yards has not seen. There he was, Buck Showalter, silver haired, red-faced, veins popping out from the side of his neck, arguing vehemently with the home plate umpire over the one-sided calls and over extended strike zone. If Showalter would have turned his cap around and kicked dirt, I would have thought I was dreaming of 1970. An Orioles “manager” – a. defending his players. b. defending the game of baseball. c. allowing passion to be shown publically. Whether it is his demeanor, mannerisms, or some physical resemblence, the City of Baltimore has a new spark plug in the same mold as a legend gone by.

Forget the record, (12-9) since his takeover. The (8-2) start, only to be followed by a (4-7 ) record - of which we have become way to accustomed. Buck Showalter has made a difference on that ball club and in this town. The Orioles have a “skipper”, not a man in a uniform “managing” to get through an evening. Isn’t it refreshing to watch a manager – “manage”/coach/inspire/actually seem to care?” I actually like watching the after game interviews, of which I am not a fan of, at all. It has been, 3-4 questions, bing, bang, boom, this is the way it was, this is the way it is, any more questions……. good night. A far cry from the drawn out, bogus media questions, make up an answer to prove I’m bleeding orange and black, waste of time of recent years.

The “coming out” party finally happened last Friday night. “The Fix” was on, behind the plate. At the time of the Markakis tossing, 7 out of 11 strikeouts against the Orioles were “called” third strikes. Markakis, with one of the best eyes and recognition of the strike zone in baseball, gets called out 3 times in one game? I was driving home from vacation and turned to my daughter and said, “There’s money flying on this game.” And what solidified the deal was, the calls were not going both ways. Hence, the ejection of Showalter in the ninth. We had just made it home for that one. O what a show. And O, what a blatant show of  incompetency or vendetta, Jeff (I made some cash tonight) Nelson, displayed on the field that night.

The Orioles lost the game Friday night. But they have won the month of August. The team won with the hiring of a “leader”. The organization won with the hiring of a “skipper”. The City of Baltimore and true Oriole fans have won with the hiring of “hope”. The best part of Friday night wasn’t the tossing of Markakis and his display of passion, nor Showalters boiling point and brief display of an era gone by. It was the reaction of the fans. It was LOUD and it was relentless. Every ball thrown by Wilson after the ejections, you would hear “STRIKE”, yelled out by the crowd. Nice. Even nicer was the reception Jeff (cheater) Nelson received the following day during umpire introductions. BOOOOOOOOO – you hear from the stands-  carryover from the night before. That…..I told my daughter, is Oriole baseball. Those…….are Oriole fans. That ……is the way it used to be.

Is Showalter the O’s “Magic Man” – (Heart)? Only time will tell and if “For Petes Sake – Free the Birds” Angelos will open up his wallet. Just simply – Seize the Moment – O’s fans. It has been the best August in 13 years! O and how about Wiggintons reaction on that play the night before blocking third base? Markakis to Roberts to Wiggington to “You’re out – Go sit on the bench”. Nice display of baseball passion. All 3 of those guys I just mentioned have it and now we have a “skipper” who has it. A “skipper”, who at times, has the look and attitude of a Baltimore Legend.

D.I.Y.

Fedman

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Before You Push The Purple Panic Button ….

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Before You Push The Purple Panic Button ….

Posted on 23 August 2010 by Rex Snider

My highly anticipated “Sports Saturday” started off on a positive note, thanks to the Orioles 8-6 victory over Cliff Lee and the Texas Rangers. The game was full of pleasant surprises …..

Who would’ve ever predicted that Josh Bell would connect more often than Joe Flacco on a simultaneous gameday? Ahh …. the magic of the unexpected in sports, huh?

By the time I hit the Lazy-Boy for the Ravens vs. Redskins preseason showdown, I was convinced it was going to be a GREAT night. I can’t say it turned out badly, but I did go to bed knowing John Harbaugh’s bunch still has A LOT of work on its hands before reuniting with Rex Ryan and his Jets.

While I can readily admit Saturday night’s game left me agonizing over a few areas of concern with this team, I’ve chosen to take a more sensible look at the overall picture of the 2010 Baltimore Ravens …..

For the past few weeks, we’ve heard the gloomy forecasts from those who invested a significant portion of their collective hope in Domonique Foxworth’s presence at cornerback. From callers to on-air hosts and even occasional guests, some sobering words have been spoken.

However, in all fairness, there has also been a fairly respectable amount of us who believe the team will be just fine, while downplaying any real handicap to the secondary. And, we’ve had answers for our continued positive outlook, right?

The common rationale in defending the stubborn optimism has been along the lines of “THE RAVENS ARE GONNA HAVE TO BLITZ MORE OFTEN AND GET AFTER THE QUARTERBACK.”

This certainly seems like a logical solution, right? Heck, it’s Football-101 …..

But, we’ve also heard the fairly warned potential ramifications to this solution, too.

As many realists have concluded, if you’re blitzing, you MUST get to the quarterback. If not, guys like Donovan McNabb are gonna make plays. And, the Ravens will be facing a host of ‘slingers better than the former Philadelphia Eagle, in 2010.
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At times during Saturday’s game, McNabb looked like he was doomed, only to fool all of us by stepping up or rolling out of the pocket to buy an extra tick. He succeeded in some crucial situations, including a couple opportunities from the Redskins endzone.

By the way, does anyone know if Travis Fisher made the trip to DC?

The good news is we still have three solid weeks remaining before action on the field really counts. That’s 21 days for Lardarius Webb to get healthier. That’s 21 days to shop for better options on the rosters of other teams. And, that’s 21 days for Greg Mattison to assert some Rex Ryan and Marvin Lewis “PURPLE MAGIC” into his defense.

I’m certain a proportionate amount of this week’s WNST phone calls will be directed at finding a way to help the crippled cornerback unit. That’s the way it always is with the fan base. Among our consistent reactions, nothing is stronger than the tendency to PANIC.

Well, I’m telling you to relax.

Absorb the preseason for what it is – PRESEASON.

John Harbaugh and Greg Mattison weren’t really worried about stopping Chris Cooley, Santana Moss or Anthony Armstrong. Indeed, I’ll guarantee you they were more interested in seeing how their patched up secondary would fare against them – for better or worse.

For some players, like Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis and Derrick Mason, this game was simply about finding their rhythm and getting back into the flow of established gameplans.
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For some others, like Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth, Cory Redding and Ken Hamlin, this game served as a prime opportunity to become intimate with their surroundings and a whole new playbook, at fullspeed.

And, yet, for some guys, like Travis Fisher (really …. did he play?), Prince Miller, Jason Phillips and Cary Williams, this was a vitally significant opportunity to prove they can play at this level and for this team.

You can bet a few sets of discerning eyes were cast on Flacco and his cohorts, as well as Boldin and his gang. But, I’ll bet the house nearly every eye that matters was watching that final group, as they danced upon the bubble …..

So, while you’re worried about the Ravens cornerbacks being able to cover the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals, I’m urging you ….. LET IT GO.

Unless he suddenly finds some of Ronnie Lott’s natural ability deep within his soul, Travis Fisher will not find a spot on this Ravens team. Greg Mattison surely suspected it going into Saturday night’s game. Fisher, himself, only confirmed it.

Perhaps, that’s why Mattison emphasized on a blitz-happy defensive attack. I can see that strategy. Think about it …. they might as well test the unproven or unlikely guys in an ideal situation, right?

Thus, they blitz and leave “Fisher Island” all by itself.

The preseason is partly about bringing the obvious back into focus, while also helping the truly qualified to learn a new system. But, it’s equally apportioned to testing the untested, to see if they can be part of a championship-caliber organization.

This trip to FedEx Field was nothing more than the second step in John Harbaugh’s FOUR-STEP preseason process. This team is in a self analyzation stage. They must find out who can contribute, even in the most mitigating ways, to this team’s immediate future.
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While we love and savor those summer days in Westminster, it won’t be revealed there. Harbaugh and company cannot determine their 53rd man at McDaniel College. The survival process does not surround the practice field.

Two meaningless games are in the books and two more still remain. I don’t mean to undervalue the meaning of playing the New York Giants and St. Louis Rams over the next couple weeks. But, these games really don’t matter.

Let me rephrase that ….

The next couple games don’t matter UNLESS you’re standing in the shoes of Fisher, Miller, Williams and a few others. For them, these games are every bit as important as Super Bowl XLV.

These are the biggest games of their lives.

As I suggested, relax. This team will be just fine. Ozzie Newsome didn’t spend more than six months agonizing over a kick ass opportunity, just to be totally derailed by losing a cornerback in the early stages of training camp.

He’s obviously not panicking, why should we?

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