Archive for March, 2008

Happy Holidays, Miggy! You Get to Play for Someone Else!

March 14, 2008

Radio station WNST is reporting the the O’s have finally found a way to unload shortstop Miguel Tejada, trading him to the Houston Astros.  In return, the O’s get 5 players: Luke Scott, Matt Albers, Troy Patton, Dennis Sarfate, and Michael Costanzo.

Yeah, we haven’t heard of them either. We’ll do some research on these guys and get back to you.

Meanwhile, don’t be surprised when Tejada contends for the NL MVP next season.


Shocking!!….Nope, Not at All

March 14, 2008

From the Associated Press:
Jay Gibbons [was] suspended Thursday for the first 15 days of next season for violating baseball’s drug policy….

Gibbons accepted responsibility and apologized.’I am deeply sorry for the mistakes that I have made. I have no excuses and bare sole responsibility for my decisions,” the Baltimore outfielder said. “Years ago, I relied on the advice of a doctor, filled a prescription, charged the HGH, which is a medication, to my credit card and had only intended to help speed my recovery from my injuries and surgeries.’

Gibbons got six shipments of Genotropin (a brand name for synthetic human growth hormone), two shipments of testosterone and two shipments of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) between October 2003 and July 2005, said in September.”

What do you think, O’s fans? Did he really take the supps, as he said, “just to speed his recovery?”

MLB Winter Meetings: O's Trade Rumors

March 14, 2008

  • The Chicago Cubs are apparently aggressively pursuing Brian Roberts. The Sun’s reporters give all the details here.
  • Nick-a-What!? is reporting rumors of the Philadelphia Phillies trying to put together a package in which they would acquire both Erik Bedard and Miguel Tejada. Bedard has also been linked to several other teams, including the Mets, Dodgers, and Mariners. He is considered a “poor man’s Johan Santana,” as he would cost a team less than the Twins’ ace, but produce comparable numbers.

We love Roberts here at the Nest. He is a “True” Oriole, a product of the farm system (which we don’t see here nearly often enough), and a guy who puts in his time in the community and with the fans. On the other hand, his departure would be bittersweet, as he deserves better than he has been forced to put up with here in B-More. We would love to see him back in an O’s uniform come April, but seeing him on a contending team (especially in the NL) would feel pretty good, too.

Bedard, while hardly a media favorite due to his surly disposition, nonetheless at least gives O’s fans a reason to watch every 5 days. He is under Orioles’ control for the next 2 seasons, so there are pros and cons to trading him now, with his stock high. If they do pull the trigger on any deals involving Bedard, the O’s had better be sure they are getting 100 cents (or more) on the dollar.

What do you think, O’s fans?

Thank You, Eli Manning, Thank You!

March 14, 2008

Thank You, Eli Manning. Thank you.

The New York Football Giants finally proved what we have known here in B-More since Monday, December 3rd: the New England Patriots CAN be beaten. As painful as it is to relive those final few moments from the Pats’ visit to M&T Bank Stadium that night, we now feel at least some sense of vindication here at the Nest. If Belicheat and company had indeed been able to pull off the seemingly impossible feat of a perfect season culminating in a Super Bowl win, going down in history as the only 19-0 team in history, we Ravens fans would have been stuck with the stench of Rex Ryan’s timeout for the rest of our natural football lives.

Think about it: The commercial Monday morning for Sports Illustrated’s “Tribute to the Perfect Season,” in book and DVD form. The vomit inducing storylines every year of those 2007 Patriots popping their champagne when the final unbeaten team suffered their first loss. The endless debates over whether they should indeed be called the “Greatest Team of All Time.” And all the while knowing that our Ravens had been THIS CLOSE to preventing all of it. Closer than any other team had come those 19 games. The Baltimore game would have been mentioned only in passing, perhaps getting a single page in the book and 30 seconds on the DVD as the author/narrator glossed over the way our purple and black fought that night, downplaying how the Ravens stopped the Patriots THREE TIMES on fourth down attempts that should have ended the game, and ultimately just heaping more glorious praise on Brady’s bunch for being so “resilient.” Ugggggggggggh.

Thankfully, the New York Giants have spared us all of that. And for that, we at the Nest are extremely grateful.

Is it sour grapes to take pleasure in the glory of another team, one you really have zero rooting interest in? Perhaps, but when said team saves you from decades of regret and heartache over one ill-advised timeout, it seems fair that they were “our team” for a night. Hell, 80% of the country was probably cheering for them anyway, and even those who aren’t sports fans can appreciate such an underdog coming through.

Congratulations, New York Giants, and THANK YOU!

Forget Grossman – We Got the Real "Sexy Rexy"

March 14, 2008

In not-at-all-surprising news, the Ravens announced that Rex Ryan will be returning as the team’s defensive coordinator, and will also be assistant head coach. Rex had been a leading candidate for the Atlanta Falcons head coaching job, but he felt he said something to hurt himself in the second interview, coming across as “not corporate enough.” Whatever the heck that means. While he may not have been the best fit here, Rex is a great football coach and the teams that passed him up should be kicking themselves. His return gives the Ravens a VERY formidable coaching staff for the 2008 season – the guys that orchestrated 2006’s #1 defense and #4 offense. Also, the wealth of experience of Cameron and Ryan should bode well in helping 1st year HC John Harbaugh learn the ropes. With the major pieces of the coaching staff now in place, the team can move on to the critical personnel matters of the offseason. First up: What to do with T-Sizzle? Stay tuned to the Nest for the latest…

Harbaugh's First Hire: Cam Cameron!

March 14, 2008

A little bit about the Ravens’ new offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron:

Age: 46

Coaching Experience:
1983-84 – University of Michigan Graduate Assistant

1985-93 – U. Michigan Quarterbacks Coach

1994-96 – Washington Redskins Quarterbacks Coach

1997-2001 – Indiana University Head Coach

2002-06 – San Diego Chargers Offensive Coordinator

2007 – Miami Dolphins Head Coach

2004 – Sports Illustrated Offensive Assistant of the Year

Cameron had a level of success as the Redskins QB coach, coaching Gus Frerotte to his only Pro Bowl appearance in 1997 and also tutored a young Trent Green. At his alma mater, Indiana U., Cameron was just 18-37, and when added to his other head coaching stint, with the Dolphins, Cam has an overall record of 19-52 as a head coach. Cameron really seemed to hit his stride in San Diego, where he coached the very talented Bolts offense (which included Drew Brees then Philip Rivers, Ladainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, and a superb offensive line) to top 10 offensive finishes every year.

Perhaps Cam is a guy who is just better suited as a coordinator than as a head coach, but it doesn’t seem quite fair to us that he was fired by the Dolphins after only 1 season. If you are going to play the “he benefited from his players” card as far as his tenure in whale’s vagina San Diego, then you have to give him the benefit of the doubt for tanking in Miami. The Dolphins’ front office made stellar moves in recent years such as trading away Wes Welker and Chris Chambers for 2nd round draft picks, and choosing Daunte Culpepper and Joey Harrington over Drew Brees.

John Harbaugh’s first hire as head coach is very promising. Cam Cameron is a top talent in this league, and had several other head coaching interviews last year. The “what have you done for me lately?” attitude in the league prevented him from getting any this year, and B-More looks to benefit from that. While he obviously doesn’t have quite the talent level he had out west, there is certainly no dearth of talent on the Ravens’ roster. Cameron figured out creative ways to get his monster tight end the football, and we have one of those right here in Charm City. He found ways to open up holes for LDT regardless of the fact the other team just spent 6 days trying to figure out how to stop him. He helped Drew Brees shed the “too small” label and become an elite quarterback – hmm….know of any “too small” signal callers around here?

An exciting hire.

Cam Cameron, welcome to Baltimore!

Cameron Joins Ravens, Ryan to Stay?

March 14, 2008

Updated at 4:45 pm 

The Ravens have hired Cam Cameron as Offensive Coordinator.

Also, the Atlanta Falcons have reportedly offered their head coaching spot to Jacksonville’s Mike Smith. Again shut out of the head coaching ranks, will Rex Ryan remain in B-More?

More to come…

Welcome, John Harbaugh!

March 14, 2008

Sometime Friday around dinner time, we received word that the Ravens had hired John Harbaugh as the 3rd head coach in team history. Harbaugh, who coached the ‘Iggles defensive backs in 2007 after coaching their special teams for 9 years, has never been a coordinator, something many around town have been quick to point out. For the record, here at the Nest we LOVE the move. Harbaugh is just a few years older than the Ravens first choice, Jason Garrett, but has a much more extensive coaching resume. Prior to Philadelphia, he spent 13 years as an assistant at the collegiate level. Yesterday, I got an interesting phone call from a friend of mine who is an Eagles fan that went something like this:

Friend: So now you just go ahead and take my coach without even asking permission?
Me: Seriously, did you even know who John Harbaugh was up until a few weeks ago when the Ravens started floating his name around?
F: Well, I did because this season when I noticed we didn’t know how to return a punt any more (think back to the GB/PHI game in week 1 – PHI muffed their first punt return try of the season, and 2 in that game), I did a little research.

So after 9 years of Harbaugh, the Eagles crap the bed in their first game without him. That, friends, is on the field, tangible results! Also, winning is in his blood! His brother, Jim, a former Ravens quarterback and current head coach at Stanford, just beat USC in one of the year’s biggest upsets! Book your tickets for Super Bowl 43 today, this guy is a difference maker!

In all seriousness, though, the hire looks to be a very good one from an organization that has had a rough time of it lately. After the questionable way in which Brian Billick was dismissed, and the way the search has gone, many voices in B-More started to use “Bisciotti” and “Angelos” in the same sentence. That makes us about as sick as a 36 hour beer and tequila bender (read between the lines here if you’re wondering why it took so long to get this blog up). Steve Bisciotti gives the impression of a guy that wants to win more than anything else. Peter Angelos, on the other hand, wants to make coats out of Dalmatian puppies and spit on your grandmother. Unfortunately, the way Pete has ran the O’s for the past decade plus makes us Charm City fans VERY gun-shy whenever an owner becomes as involved in coaching and personnel decisions as Bisciotti has appeared to be over the past month. Best case scenario? Bisciotti wants the best for his team, his city, and his fans – and even though he has 100% faith in Ozzie Newsome et al, just genuinely wanted to be a part of the process – and he will now retreat back to his office to watch his “football people make football decisions.” Worst case scenario? Well, we know all too well about meddling owners, so lets just hope for “best case.”



Harbaugh has been working for a great head coach in Andy Reid. The Eagles have had some damn good teams during his time there, so John has been on the sidelines for plenty of huge games, and knows what it takes to get a team to win in today’s NFL. By all accounts, his players love playing for him, and he is primed to be a very successful head coach.

John Harbaugh, welcome to B-More! Hopefully this is the start of something great.

Harbaugh in the Hiz-ouse

March 14, 2008

harbaugh.jpgPhiladelphia secondary coach John Harbaugh is in Owings Mills today for his second(ary?) interview. If the Ravens offer him the job, we expect him to jump all over it, unlike Garrett on Wednesday. In related news, WNST is also reporting that Marty Schottenheimers’ agent has told the Ravens that Marty Ball is “ready to listen” if the Ravens are ready to talk. Apparently, Marty didn’t like the idea of being grouped with the rest of the Ravens’ interviewees, all of whom had zero head coaching experience. Can’t say we blame him- 200 career wins merits that sort of thinking. So it will all depend on how eager the Ravens are to rush into a decision. It would probably do them well to let their “process” (hip coach hiring buzz word) play out, and at least talk to Marty before extending any more job offers.

Oh, and Jim Schwartz is obviously on someones shit list at 1 Winning Drive, as he still has not even garnered mention from any purple brass. Oh well, it was a nice thought.

Update:  Colts’ Jim Caldwell has taken his hat out of the ring for the head coaching jobs in both Atlanta and B-More.  More than likely, this means that Tony Dungy is retiring, and Caldwell will take over in Indy.

Garrett Can't Pull Himself Away From that "Big D" (Tasteless Humor)

March 14, 2008

Jason Garrett has turned down the Ravens’ head coaching job, saying Baltimore just doesn’t appeal to him in the way that Dallas does.

“After going through the interviews this week, in both Baltimore and Atlanta, I did some soul searching, and I just had to admit the truth to myself: I LOVE BIG D. I mean, I just can’t get enough BIG D. In the end, it wouldn’t have mattered how much money Messrs. Biscotti and Blank had offered me. I just can’t pull myself away from BIG D.”

Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones expressed relief in not losing what many expect to be his next head coach.

“I gotta admit, ya’ll, I was nervous there for a second. But I always knew, in my heart of hearts, that Jason is a BIG D lover. He loves BIG D as much as I do, and us BIG D lovers can always spot other BIG D lovers.”

Garrett’s wife, Brill, wasn’t surprised with his decision to keep his current job.

“We’ve been married for many years, and I can attest to just how must Jason loves BIG D. Sometimes when we are making love, he’ll just scream out ‘I LOVE BIG D,’ like he isn’t even thinking about me. It bothered me at first, but I just want him to be happy.”

Ravens owner Steve Biscotti said team president Dick Cass was prepared to open up his home to Garrett, should he have chosen to come to Baltimore.

“We did all that we could to sign Jason. We even offered to let him stay with Dick for a while, to help ease his transition from BIG D. In the end, though, Jason just preferred BIG D to B-More and Dick.”