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Update: C-Mac

October 18, 2007

Chris McAlister’s torn PCL will not require surgery (at least at this time). The Ravens are understandably being very guarded about releasing too much information about his injury, not wanting to tip their hand to the Buffalo Bills, or any other teams on their schedule for the next month or so. ESPN is reporting that it is likely McAlister will miss 2-4 weeks.

ben-AD-ict Arnold

October 18, 2007

Say it ain’t so, 96.

One of the Nest’s all-time favorite Ravens, Adalius Thomas, is now taking shots at the organization that gave him his break and made it possible for him to sign that big money deal with the Patriots. In the latest issue of Sports Illustrated, AD had this to say:

“You’ve got to remember, I’m coming in from Baltimore,” says Thomas. “People there wanted the limelight, people sought out the limelight, starting with the head coach. It was a star-studded system. Here it’s about as different as you can get. Everybody here shies away from being the star guy. Nobody on this team beats his chest. They just all go about their business. And win.”

Calling out his former friends, teammates, and head coach. Not what we would expect from the usually classy Thomas. While he probably would have received a warm M&T reception on December 3rd, AD can now expect a chorus of Boos to rain down on him from the B-More faithful. And that is just sad in our book. A player that we all grew to have the utmost respect for during his tenure here opens his big mouth (which now apparently is able to speak above a whisper again) and gives us reason to spew obscenities his way. We lost a lot of admiration for you as a person today, Adalius.

Looks like they don’t just have cheaters up there in the Northeast, but traitors as well.

Update: C-Mac

October 18, 2007

Chris McAlister’s torn PCL will not require surgery (at least at this time). The Ravens are understandably being very guarded about releasing too much information about his injury, not wanting to tip their hand to the Buffalo Bills, or any other teams on their schedule for the next month or so. ESPN is reporting that it is likely McAlister will miss 2-4 weeks.

Ravens TV Notes

October 12, 2007

Several pieces on the Ravens will be airing on television this weekend. Right around noon on Sunday’s ESPN NFL pre-game show, they will be airing a segment they filmed on the Ravens’ road trip to San Francisco last week. Included will be many off-the-field aspects of the team that we as fans don’t normally get to see.

Also, Saturday night at 8 pm, the NFL network will be showing a special program they did for the Ravens-49ers game. During the game, the network had microphones on 10 players and used 12 cameras to capture a much more in-depth version of the game than we saw last Sunday.

The Nest wonders how disappointed the networks were that they chose the Boredom Bowl to put all this money and effort into. Probably a good bit of cussing in both production meetings this week, but Hell, maybe they can actually make that game seem interesting? Now that would be some impressive work.

Be sure to check them out Ravens fans!

Ravens TV Notes

October 12, 2007

Several pieces on the Ravens will be airing on television this weekend. Right around noon on Sunday’s ESPN NFL pre-game show, they will be airing a segment they filmed on the Ravens’ road trip to San Francisco last week. Included will be many off-the-field aspects of the team that we as fans don’t normally get to see.

Also, Saturday night at 8 pm, the NFL network will be showing a special program they did for the Ravens-49ers game. During the game, the network had microphones on 10 players and used 12 cameras to capture a much more in-depth version of the game than we saw last Sunday.

The Nest wonders how disappointed the networks were that they chose the Boredom Bowl to put all this money and effort into. Probably a good bit of cussing in both production meetings this week, but Hell, maybe they can actually make that game seem interesting? Now that would be some impressive work.

Be sure to check them out Ravens fans!

Mr. Reed (better than Ms.Polamalu – duh)

October 10, 2007

An article on ESPN today named “Five to Fear,” 5 NFL players who force teams to alter their gameplans just by being on the field. A panel of 11 “experts” made up of GM’s, players, scouts, and coaches came up with the list – Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Steve Smith, Randy Moss (crazy how much can change in a year), and Antonio Gates. While no Ravens made the list, the player coming closest was (surprise, surprise) Ed Reed.
From the article:
“Baltimore’s Reed and Pittsburgh’s Polamalu were the only safeties who came close to earning spots on the short list of scheme-changing players. Reed came closer than Polamalu.
Quarterbacks marvel at Reed’s range and overall playmaking ability. An interception Reed made against San Francisco on Sunday left the 49ers in awe. Reed somehow picked off a short pass to the flanker after lining up in the middle of the field, as if he’d been in two places at once.
Polamalu moves around constantly and blitzes from various angles. He moves around so much that some offensive coordinators tell their quarterbacks not to worry about him too much. They would rather ignore Polamalu than let him bait them into guesswork.
In that sense, safeties can be wild cards to the extent that teams resist making significant changes to their plans for fear of outsmarting themselves.
“Polamalu is an issue in protection while Reed is a factor for the quarterback and where his throws are going,” the defensive coordinator said. “He’s supposed to be in the post, but he might be jumping a route on the other side of the field.”
Two scouts believe even the greatest safeties are generally too far from the football on most plays to force significant changes to game plans. Quarterbacks disagreed, saying Reed could change what they do.
“Ed Reed is special,” another GM said. “The guy at Pittsburgh [Polamalu] is really good, not overrated, but there are some holes in his game.”
Well put, agrees the Nest. However, we also think they forgot to point out that teams need to account for Mr. Reed in punt blocking schemes as well. The fact that he has not blocked a punt in several years is a testament to teams scheming for his presence moreso than an indication of declining skill in this part of his game.

Read the whole article here:
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=sando_mike&id=3056627&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines

Mr. Reed (better than Ms.Polamalu – duh)

October 10, 2007

An article on ESPN today named “Five to Fear,” 5 NFL players who force teams to alter their gameplans just by being on the field. A panel of 11 “experts” made up of GM’s, players, scouts, and coaches came up with the list – Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Steve Smith, Randy Moss (crazy how much can change in a year), and Antonio Gates. While no Ravens made the list, the player coming closest was (surprise, surprise) Ed Reed.
From the article:
“Baltimore’s Reed and Pittsburgh’s Polamalu were the only safeties who came close to earning spots on the short list of scheme-changing players. Reed came closer than Polamalu.
Quarterbacks marvel at Reed’s range and overall playmaking ability. An interception Reed made against San Francisco on Sunday left the 49ers in awe. Reed somehow picked off a short pass to the flanker after lining up in the middle of the field, as if he’d been in two places at once.
Polamalu moves around constantly and blitzes from various angles. He moves around so much that some offensive coordinators tell their quarterbacks not to worry about him too much. They would rather ignore Polamalu than let him bait them into guesswork.
In that sense, safeties can be wild cards to the extent that teams resist making significant changes to their plans for fear of outsmarting themselves.
“Polamalu is an issue in protection while Reed is a factor for the quarterback and where his throws are going,” the defensive coordinator said. “He’s supposed to be in the post, but he might be jumping a route on the other side of the field.”
Two scouts believe even the greatest safeties are generally too far from the football on most plays to force significant changes to game plans. Quarterbacks disagreed, saying Reed could change what they do.
“Ed Reed is special,” another GM said. “The guy at Pittsburgh [Polamalu] is really good, not overrated, but there are some holes in his game.”
Well put, agrees the Nest. However, we also think they forgot to point out that teams need to account for Mr. Reed in punt blocking schemes as well. The fact that he has not blocked a punt in several years is a testament to teams scheming for his presence moreso than an indication of declining skill in this part of his game.

Read the whole article here:
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=sando_mike&id=3056627&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines

Im Matt Stover

October 9, 2007

c/o WHFS Morning Show, “Kirk and Mark”

Im Matt Stover

October 9, 2007

c/o WHFS Morning Show, “Kirk and Mark”

R.I.P. Baltimore Baseball

September 25, 2007

So Peter Angelos has succeeded in killing baseball in charm city. Just take a look at these sad, sad images from the Free the Birds 2 Rally. If you can bear to look….

Concession stand, 10 min prior to gametime

Lower concourse, 10 min prior to gametime

Is anybody coming?

Upper concourse, 5 min to gametime…

so no point in opening the upper level concession stands.

Ever been to a big league game and had your choice of urinal in the 6th inning?


How the fans feel….

And how the Bird feels.


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