Archive for November, 2011

Terrell Suggs: "I keep Ben's [Behind] in a Refrigerator in My Basement"

November 4, 2011

I’m convinced that nobody has more fun that Terrell Suggs. Not on the football field, and not in life in general.

Appearing on NFL Network Thursday, Sizzle was asked if he still “owns Ben Roethlisberger’s ass,” as he stated he did following the Ravens 35-7 win over Pittsburgh on September 11.

His reply was nothing short of classic:

“Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t …” Suggs said on Thursday’s edition of “Around the League”. “I keep it in a nice little refrigerator. In the basement — in my basement. Check it out from time to time.”

He added that also in that fridge are “some skulls, maybe some fingers, ears.”

Gross. Sizzle, Halloween was last week.

Roethlisberger somehow managed to pull enough brain cells together to come up with a coherent and halfway clever reply to Suggs.

“I’ve heard that quote,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’ve got no problem with it. It is what it is …I know Terrell a little bit. He’s actually a good guy. We joke around on the field, so I don’t think he meant anything bad by it.”

Then, Roethlisberger ended by saying, “I just think he let out a little emotion after finally beating me.”

There has been more trash talk leading up to this week’s Ravens-Steelers matchup than we’re used to. John Harbaugh has typically asked his team to keep a lid on it in the past, preferring his squad not give Pittsburgh any “bulletin board material.” He apparently issued no such order this year though, and Suggs is taking full advantage.

In truth though, this “trash talk” seems a lot more playful than the mean-spirited jibber-jabber that used to go on in this rivalry. You can tell that when Suggs talks about Ben, or implores Hines Ward to take the field, that he genuinely respects those guys, and it seems more friendly than vicious. A far cry from the days when Ward said “they don’t like us, and we damn for sure don’t like them.”

I’m not saying that the two teams are going to meet up for breakfast in downtown Pittsburgh Sunday morning and share bloody marys. There will still be plenty of blood spilled on the field Sunday night. The talk just feels different this time around.

Maybe it’s just because it’s the fun-loving Suggs that’s doing most of it though, that gives the impression that it really is all in fun. Though I don’t think he’d be using the same tone of voice were the Ravens playing say, the New England Patriots. For some reason, I don’t think Sizzle has any good feelings toward his nemesis Mr. Brady.


The "Seven Nation Army" Has Worn Out Its Welcome

November 3, 2011

For Ravens fans, Seven Nation Army has been a huge hit. T-shirts have been made, the song can be heard blaring at any tailgate lot, and Ravens fans can’t stop chanting..


During the Ravens throttling of the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium, the “Game Day DJ” for Ravens cued the song during a commercial and a hit amongst fans was born. 71,000+ fans chanting in unison:


Hopefully this song’s career in Baltimore is shorter than Yamon Figurs’, and ultimately ends up buried in the horrible song graveyard next to the fabulous Baja Men tune adopted by the Ravens, “Who Let The Dogs Out?”

Ever hear how too much of a good thing is bad? Well this is a perfect example.

When used at the right time, Seven Nation Army chant is intimidating for opposing teams and fuels up the Ravens defense. The major problem is, this chant is being orchestrated at least three times each game, even as early as the second quarter.

The reason for its success during Pittsburgh was because the song was played once and also as a celebration for the teams performance; easily 95% of Ravens fans were chanting along.

Now that the song was effective, its now overplayed and has only about 45% of the stadium chanting during each of its three plays per game.

The Ravens get the credit for bringing this chant to the NFL but they aren’t to be credited for its inception into sporting venues. Seven Nation Army is really popular amongst soccer fans in Europe and they’ve been chanting it for over eight years. The past two years, colleges including Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State have all used the song.

Hopefully the Ravens make the adjustment and tone back the amount of times this tune is played.

There is no doubt that Seven Nation Army is a fun chant and is a great way to fire up a crowd. As more teams see its effectiveness, they’ll adopt it in their stadiums as well. Eventually this chant will lose its uniqueness and will be retired from the playlist.

We’ll just have to wait and see when Seven Nation Army has lost its flare but the one way it’ll be shown the express lane to retirement is if it’s played in Pittsburgh. Maybe the Steelers “Game Day DJ” will want to reenact this scene when Notre Dame played in Michigan earlier this year.

Ravens fans will then be cheering….


Please Vote for The Nest in the 2011 Mobbies!

November 3, 2011

Greetings, Nestgoers.

Once again, B’More Birds’ Nest has been nominated in “The Mobbies,” the Baltimore Sun’s awards for Outstanding Blogs in Maryland.

It’s our third time being nominated, and we’d really like to pick up our first award for “Best Ravens Blog” this year.

Please, go to the Mobbies page and vote for us in the Ravens category!

Unlike in the past, the nominees on the voting page will not be ordered by their current rank, instead being alphabetized. So, just because you see us at #1 under “Ravens,” doesn’t mean we don’t still need your vote!

You can vote once per day through 5 PM on November 10. It requires a login, but fret not! If you don’t have a Baltimore Sun account, you can log in through various other platforms, such as Google, Twitter, Facebook, and others. So you have no excuse to not vote!

We truly appreciate your help as we try to win our first Mobbie!

Wieters, Markakis Win Gold Gloves. O's Still a Joke.

November 2, 2011

We interrupt Steelers Hate Week to bring you some good news/bad news from the baseball team in town.

First, the good.

Last night, it was announced that two O’s – catcher Matt Wieters and right fielder Nick Markakis – won the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards at their respective positions. Wieters is the first Oriole catcher to ever win the honor, and Markakis finally gets his after being snubbed for several years (2011 was actually a down year for him defensively, but whatever).

Congratulations, boys.

And now for the bad news. Because when we’re talking Orioles, the bad ALWAYS overshadows the good.

Free agency starts in less than 24 hours. The Orioles still don’t have a General Manager (or a “President of Baseball Operations,” or whatever other title you want to put on it).

They offered Tony Lacava, current member of the Toronto Blue Jays front office, the job….and HE TURNED IT DOWN. Reportedly, he was ready to take the position and then…he met Mr. Angelos.

From Orioles Hangout:

Tony Lacava turned down the Orioles offer to become GM after he learned he would not be able to have control of who stayed in the organization and who he could bring into the organization according to a source.

According to that source, Angelos informed Lacava that certain people had to stay in the organization although those names were unknown. He was also not given the authority to be able to hire his own people.

Still Turdland.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Steelers hating.


Steelers Fans Try to "Slam" GOOBVISION? Please.

November 1, 2011

Does everything a Steelers’fan says have to involve the number six?

Steelers blogger Dale Grdnic, asked SIX times for me to “come talk to [you]”, so here I am!

I was going to go easy on you because I know Steelers24x7 is in its infant stage as a website and I thought the same was true for its writers… I’m so happy I was wrong!

You’ve published a book titled Pittsburgh Steelers Glory Days and have been a “writer” for over 15 years? Wow, I figured with all of that experience under your belt, you would put a little more effort into your error-filled article.

Every Steelers fan missed the point of this video and my intentions for filming it. I am in agreement that someone doesn’t have to be from their favorite team’s home market to justify themselves as a fan.

My sole purpose of this video was to show the lack of knowledge by the same people who default to the amount of Super Bowl championships their team has won as their only argument.

A foolproof way to weed through “real” fans versus “fair-weather” fans is to ask basic questions about the franchise they cheer for. I’m not asking for the waist sizes of the Steel Curtain, I’m asking basic team information.

There is a clear epidemic going on in the NFL and that is why so many people are fans of one team, and a successful one at that. The overwhelming presence of one fan base from people with no affiliation to the town the team is from versus the other 31 NFL franchises is staggering.

Dale, let’s take a look at what you said and why you bother me. 

“First of all, those Raleigh, N.C. rednecks are not typical Steelers fans”

Sammy’s is home to the Steel Triangle Fan Club, and hosts 200-300 Steelers fans each game; this club is a “dues-paying membership organization”.  I don’t know how many people who are “not typical Steelers fans”, would pay money to sit together and watch football games in a bar. 

“When the Ravens are a franchise for more than a cup of coffee, which basically is their existence compared to the Steelers’ history, then come talk to me.”

Comparing the success of an older franchise versus a younger one isn’t necessarily accurate. Time has been on the Steelers side and who’s to say the Ravens can’t win five more Super Bowls in 63 years?

After 78 years as a franchise, the Steelers needed to have some success or championships before their franchise was relocated; the success of the franchise has depended heavily on the second half of their existence.

The one Super Bowl the Ravens have in their first five years is far more impressive than the 14 years it took the Steelers to make their first playoff appearance. Oh by the way, it also took the Steelers 41 years until they won their first Super Bowl.

“I know Joe Flacco has taken the Ravens to three playoff appearances in his three NFL seasons. Come talk to me when he has a winning record in the post-season. I won’t hold my breath.”

Dale, may I please talk? Thank you! Joe has a 4-3 playoff record and unless I missed something huge (like you did), I’m pretty sure that’s a winning record.

I’ve wished many things on Steelers fans but death isn’t one of them. Please take a breath because that team isn’t worth your life.

“The Steelers are 6-1 and have the best record in the AFC, while the Ravens are 4-2. They lost to the Tennessee Titans the next week, also lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars and should have lost to the Arizona Cardinals.”

Really? You’re making this too easy on me Dale. The Steelers are 6-2 and are on top of the AFC only because you haven’t had your bye week yet; the Ravens would own a tiebreaker with the Steelers because they did happen to beat them head to head.

The Ravens are 5-2 (not 4-2) and have lost both games to opponents the Steelers beat. Not only did the Steelers lose to Baltimore, they lost to the Texans, who we beat.

Determining a team’s success head to head based off of common opponents shows you do not know what you’re talking about. If you do want to stick with that theory, how does losing to the Ravens 35-7 factor in?

“The Ravens have just one win in Pittsburgh since 2001. Don’t count on that trend to change anytime soon. Come talk to me when it does.”

Dale, may I speak again?

In reference to your comment, the Ravens have TWO wins in Pittsburgh since 2001. For the sake of argument and since Steelers fans love pointing out our one Super Bowl, let’s just look at the decade.

2000- Ravens win at Three Rivers

2001- Ravens win at Heinz Field

2006- Ravens win at Heinz Field

2010- Ravens win at Heinz Field

The Steelers are dominant at home, and we’ll admit that, but please get your facts straight.

“Many fans can’t afford to go to the games, while some just can’t get there. And, yes, Stub Hub is a good way to get tickets, but prices usually are exorbitant for a team that has been sold out for several decades now. Come talk to me when that’s the case for the Ravens.” 

Guess what… I’m talking to you again!
The Ravens have sold out EVERY home game since the franchise came to Baltimore in 1996. M&T Bank Stadium has a capacity of over 6,000 more seats than Heinz Field and the Ravens also have a huge season ticket wait list.
I live five hours from M&T Bank Stadium; I’ve attended at least 4 home games and 2 away games per year while living in North Carolina.

My season tickets have DOUBLED in price in the past four years from $45 to $90 so I understand what the impact is. You blame the failing of the steel industry for the spread of Steelers fans nationwide and now you want to cry poverty too? C’mon Man!

“One should surmise that the Ravens can only win at home against the Steelers, and that shouldn’t change this week, either. If it does, you can come talk to me about it.” 

Do we see a trend here? Based off of all the times you’ve invited me previously to “come talk to [you] about it”, things should look good for the Ravens on Sunday.

Dale, you’ve frankly wasted my time but also inspired me to write a book.

Apparently publishing companies are handing out deals to people with ZERO credibility.

For those doubting the accuracy of my video: Everyone I interviewed was shown in the video except for the owner of the bar. I didn’t edit the responses or questions to make the people look stupid; I edited them to help the video flow based off the questions they were asked. Only three of those people (girl, Steelers t-shirt and guy under the TV) had been to more than two games. Only one person actually was from Pittsburgh (girl).

Luckily for “Steelers Nation”, I didn’t post more of the questions for time purposes. No one else had a correct answer and I actually spared you from more embarrassment.

What's Important Now: Cleaning Up the Silly Mistakes

November 1, 2011

While the obvious subject for this week’s installment of “What’s Important Now” with the Pittsburgh Steelers next on the schedule would have been improving the atrocious pass-blocking of the offensive line, with the news today that neither James Harrison (9 sacks in 10 career games against the Ravens) nor LaMarr Woodley (9.5 in 10) that issues becomes just a tad less pressing.

Of course, protecting Joe Flacco better will be key to long-term success of this team not only this week but moving forward, but when I went back and re-watched the Ravens-Cardinals game yesterday, another glaring issue jumped out at me: the ridiculous amount of times the purple and black shot themselves in the foot Sunday.

Let’s look at the list of only OFFENSIVE penalties the Ravens racked up against Arizona:

  • 2-3-ARI 3 (12:55) PENALTY on BAL-78-B.McKinnie, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at ARZ 3 – No Play.
  • 2-2-BAL 17 (9:07) 5-J.Flacco sacked at BAL 8 for -9 yards (50-O.Schofield). FUMBLES (50-O.Schofield), RECOVERED by ARZ-90-D.Dockett at BAL 2. 90-D.Dockett to BAL 2 for no gain (84-E.Dickson). Penalty on BAL, Illegal Formation, declined.
  • 3-10-BAL 28 (6:51) (Shotgun) 5-J.Flacco pass short middle to 27-R.Rice to BAL 34 for 6 yards (94-S.Acho). Penalty on BAL-78-B.McKinnie, Illegal Formation, declined.
  • 1-10-ARI 42 (2:00) (Shotgun) PENALTY on BAL-65-A.Gurode, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at ARZ 42 – No Play.
  • 1-10-BAL 47 (3:12) (No Huddle, Shotgun) 5-J.Flacco pass short right to 34-R.Williams to BAL 50 for 3 yards (27-M.Adams). PENALTY on BAL-65-A.Gurode, Illegal Use of Hands, 10 yards, enforced at BAL 47 – No Play.
  • 1-10-BAL 20 (8:48) (Shotgun) 5-J.Flacco pass short middle to 27-R.Rice to BAL 27 for 7 yards (79-D.Carter). PENALTY on BAL-27-R.Rice, Unsportsmanlike Conduct, 14 yards, enforced at BAL 27.
  • 3-7-ARI 40 (3:25) (Shotgun) PENALTY on BAL-77-M.Birk, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at ARZ 40 – No Play.

Seven penalties (5 accepted) on the offense, and this on a day where Michael Oher miraculously managed to keep his number out of the official’s mouths. Five of the seven were pre-snap flags (3 false starts, 2 illegal formation), which is completely unacceptable for a HOME GAME! It’s gonna be a heck of a lot louder when you’re on offense in Pittsburgh Sunday night than it was in B’More the other day, fellas.

When you’re struggling as an offense, and have shown to be prone to falling into deep and extended lulls of production as the Ravens have this season, the last thing you can tolerate is these kinds of self-inflicted wounds.

Yes, the taunting call on Rice was B.S., but that was just one of the seven infractions against the offensive unit Sunday.

And then you have Bryant McKinnie, who has been playing in the NFL for 10 years but still can’t figure out how to line up legally?

Come on, man.

Throw in the four defensive and two special teams penalties Sunday, and the Ravens were flagged a total of 13 times. Eleven of those were accepted for a total of 99 yards.

And yes, granted the officials on Sunday were WAY too involved in the game, as anybody watching would attest. For proof, look no further than the fact that the Ravens, despite their sloppy play, actually accepted more flags than the Cardinals did (12 Arizona penalties for 92 yards.)

The fact remains that they need to get these things cleaned up, and quickly. Ravens-Steelers games are ALWAYS tightly called, as the referees know the bad blood that exists between these two teams and will attempt to keep things from getting too chippy on the field. Infractions like the two “Taunts” called on Baltimore last week, while seemingly minor and ticky-tack, are just as likely to be flagged up at Heinz Field.

We’ve had more than enough games against Pittsburgh through the years decided because of the whims of the guys in stripes. Let’s get these things cleaned up so Sunday night isn’t another in the long line of Ravens-Steelers games that have us hating yellow flags nearly as much as we hate yellow rags.