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Archive for July, 2009
In the words of the immortal Rex Barney, “Give that fan, a contract.”
The Ravens front office treated Michael Oher yesterday as if he had just deftly snagged a foul ball back at Memorial Stadium, inking him to a fresh 5-year deal.
With that, the Ravens have now signed all of their rookies.
The 6’4″ 310 lb man-child offensive tackle can now get down to the business of his first NFL training camp, where hopefully he will jell nicely with the rest of the members of what could be a top-notch OL in B’More in 2009.
The cavalry is
coming, here, O’s fans.
We’ve been reciting this mantra to ourselves for nearly 2 years now (sometimes creepily repeating it over and over with our knees tucked to our chests, rocking back and forth, while Rich Hill does his best Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn impressions – what, that’s just me? Liars), and with this week’s call-up of Chris Tillman, it is finally materializing.
For whatever nonsensical reason,
Andy MacPhail Dave Trembley wants to give the 1-2 shitshow of Hill and Jason Berken another chance to embarrass themselves shine (last use of strikethrough this post, promise), Tillman will get the pleasure of making his major league debut against the only man on the Kansas City roster that even resembles a major league pitcher, Zach Greinke.
Greinke is 10-6 with a 2.04 ERA in 2009, good for BEST IN THE MAJORS. So yeah, good luck, Chris. On the bright side, Greinke is 1-2 with a 7.43 ERA lifetime against the Birds, so who knows, maybe we’re his kryptonite. Oh, what’s that you say? Greinke pitched 7 innings and gave up just 1 run the last time he faced B’More? Awesome.
Kansas City is about the closest thing to a minor league batting order that Tillman could hope to face in the majors, a good way to ease in to things, but it still seems like it would have made more sense to let the kid go against Bruce Chen (0-5, 6.58) or Brian Bannister (6-7, 3.76) on Monday or Tuesday. Whatever.
Let the Cavalry-Era begin.
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The O’s got ya down again this summer, hon?
Well, fear not, B’More. Ravens’ training camp is but a few short days away, and Ray-Ray, Eddie, Sizzle, and Pain Train McClain are ready to help us avert our eyes from the painful sight that is the orange and black.
In case you needed a primer for Westminister, take a look at this video, courtesy of Reebok.
(Yes, I know the Ravens can’t “work out” those guys, since they are already on rosters. Shut up.)
With Derrick Mason still “unofficially” (as far as we know, he still hasn’t filed papers with the league) retired, the Ravens are scrambling to bolster their receiving corps. They announced that they will hold another WR tryout this Friday, much as they did a few months back when they decided to sign Kelley Washington. So far, the only disclosed names have been D.J. Hackett (who decided to skip out on the last tryout) and Drew Bennett.
Bennett, an 8-year veteran out of UCLA, was last with the Rams, where he played only 1 game in 2008, catching 1 pass for 4 yards. Previously, though, he had some decent seasons for the Tennessee Titans, most notably in 2004, when he caught 80 passes for 1,247 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has never shown that he can consistently put up numbers like that though, as his non-2004 highs are 58 rec, 738 yds, and 4 TD. It isn’t inconceivable that Bennett could be a poor man’s Derrick Mason-type, but it’s doubtul he will be quite the safety valve for Joe Flacco that D-Mase was in 2008.
Hackett, entering his 6th year out of Colorado, played in 9 games for Carolina last season, catching 13 passes for 181 yards. His career highs all came in 2006 with Seattle, when he snagged 45 balls for 610 yards and 4 touchdowns. Hackett seems much less proven than Drew Bennett at this point, but may also have a bigger upside.
The name Marvin Harrison has also been tossed around as a possibility, but rumor has it that old Marvin is planning to wait until later in the summer to make a decision on a team.
Whoever the Ravens decide to go with, the fact remains that Mason has put them in quite a bind. John Harbaugh is still scheduled to meet with Derrick at some point soon to try to talk him out of retirement, but this tryout seems to hint that the organization doesn’t have too much confidence that Harbs will be able to get Mason back.
As for us, we’ll keep holding our breath that Derrick “Purple Heart” Mason will be on the field for B’More on September 13.
From Pro Football Talk:
In a complaint that reads like the rape allegations made several years ago against NBA star Kobe Bryant, Harrah’s employee Andrea McNulty alleges sexual assault against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in a lawsuit filed last week in Washoe County, Nevada.
In the civil suit, which Cornwell confirms was served on Roethlisberger over the weekend and a copy of which our own Gregg Rosenthal has obtained, McNulty alleges that Roethlisberger asked her to come to his hotel room to fix the television, and that he thereafter forced her to have sex with him.
In the interest of good taste, respect for the victim, alleged perpetrator, legal process, blah, blah, blah, we’ll hold off comment on this story (at least publicly). For all you anonymous mofos, however, have at it in the comments.
Some good news after the other day’s terrible (but still suspicious) news of Derrick Mason’s retirement. Via my WNST text message:
Ravens and Terrell Suggs agree to a 6-yr, $63M contract per many web reports.
I’ve yet to locate said “web reports,” but I promise to get right on that and report back.
Terrell Suggs, who never minded playing under one-year franchise tags, found the financial security he was looking for Wednesday when he agreed to a six-year, $63 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens, according to a source.
The key to the contract was the structure. Suggs will receive signing bonus and option bonus money that will total $33.1 million in 2009 and 2010, according to a source. That is believed to be second only to Peyton Manning, who received a $34 million signing bonus. Defensive end Dwight Freeney received $31.5 million in signing and option bonus money during the first two years of his contract with the Colts.
Suggs had until 4 p.m. ET to sign a long-term deal. Had he not found the long-term solution, he would have played the season at $10.17 million and become a free agent next season. Now, on a long-term deal, Suggs becomes the highest paid linebacker in NFL history.
Derrick Mason just announced his retirement from the NFL.
My expectations for 2009 just took a pretty significant hit. And my anti-Brandon Marshall-ness may be in the process of doing a 180.
More to come, but I need to go grieve for a while…
I’m guessing your Independence Day weekend was very similar to mine in more than one way, Nestgoers.
Like me, you probably watched Joey Chestnut defend his World Hot Dog Eating title against former Champ Kobayashi, and a host of others. Like me, it probably made you want a hot dog. Or, like my girlfriend, perhaps it made you want to vomit a bit.
Like me, you probably had a bit too much to drink on one (or more) of the days this weekend.
And, like me, you were probably in the midst of enjoying the most American of traditions, the Fourth of July barbeque, when your celebration was interrupted by the shocking news of Steve McNair’s untimely death.
For me, it was in the form of a text message from WNST. You may have heard the news the same way, or perhaps from a phone call or text from a friend that happened to be near a TV or radio. However the news made its way to your ears, the result was probably universal – like me, you were more than a little shocked.
As the details from the incident continue to emerge, we will all form our own opinions of the circumstances surrounding Air McNair’s passing. However, one thing I think we can all agree upon is this: the ramifications of the sudden, unexpected death of any father, husband, and son go well beyond the realm of sports – and as such, are well beyond the scope of a silly little sports blog such as the Nest.
Suffice to say that we are grateful for all that Steve McNair brought to Baltimore by choosing to end his career in purple. The best regular season in Ravens’ history, an offense that was once again finally exciting to watch, and two merciless beatdowns of the Squealers. For that and more Steve, we thank you. The same goes for your charity work in the community, most recently exemplified by your refusal to bend to the protests of Titans fans who were upset you would hold a pro-Ravens rally in their town. You did it, in your own words, for the kids.
That’s about all that we feel is appropriate for us to comment on – Steve McNair’s play on the field, and his associated efforts to give back.
Fifteen months ago, we posted an article on this site called LAS – Life After Steve. Those words now have a much more profound impact than we ever intended them to, for his fans yes, but more importantly for his friends and family. Our sincere condolences go out to them.