Posts Tagged ‘Baltimore’

Ravens retired early, gave game away to Patriots in 23-20 loss

October 18, 2010

The Baltimore Ravens gave a lot of hope and excitement for this 2010 season based off of off-season actions, but so far, many fans have been none to pleased with the 4-2, 2-1 record.

Coming off two big games–one being a huge 17-14 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a touchdown throw to T.J. Houshmandzadeh with 32-seconds left in the game in week 4, and eating the Denver Broncos alive in week 5 winning 31-17—Baltimore fans should be more than happy with their team.

But nonetheless, every talk show Sunday afternoon and Monday morning was full of fans bashing the Ravens and their performance after the Ravens basically gave away week 6’s game against the Patriots as they fell 23-20 in overtime.

The first three quarters of the game, the Ravens seemed that they would walk away with the win as they navigated the field in uncharted territory–not an easy feat at Foxborough, one of the hardest fields to travel to.

The Ravens were ten up for at least half of the game and in the third, with the score 20-10, the game should have been a slam dunk.

Key words: should have been. In the fourth quarter, (more…)

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Baltimore fans no longer wacco for Flacco

September 21, 2010

The Ravens met their division rivals Sunday afternoon and lost in another sloppy game to the Cincinnati Bengals 15-10.

With such a high-powered offense, there was not a lot to brag about in this game. Was the Bengals defense that good? That does not account for QB Joe Flacco not looking comfortable or fluid this game or last weeks against the Jets.

Many fans out there the past few days have been crying to “bench Flacco” and to “bring in Bulger.” Many Baltimoreans are not happy with losing and the fact that Flacco threw four interceptions against the Bengals and another against the Jets—five picks just two games in makes Baltimore very unhappy.

These errors were costly in yards, turnovers and production as Flacco, very uncharacteristically, completed only 48.1 percent of his passes for 402 yards in the past two games (he was 13/34 for 85 yards on Sunday).  He only threw for one TD, but had five interceptions and a fumble.

“Hey, four interceptions is too much,” Coach John Harbaugh, who plans on keeping Flacco as his starter, said Monday. “It’s not just the QB…Joe will be the first to tell you he wants to play better. So, I’m not going to stand up  here and single one guy out.”

True statement the offensive line couldn’t pass protect and Baltimore’s promising offense just could not seem to get open against Leon Hall, Pacman Jones and Johnathon Joseph, or when they did would fail to catch the ball.

However, there were many times that Flacco (more…)

Ravens with “hard knock” win over Jets

September 14, 2010

The Baltimore Ravens traveled up to the New Meadowlands Stadium to take on the Jets for the first Monday night football game and just barely walked away with a 10-9 win in a tough, uphill battle of a game full of penalties, but for once not against Baltimore.

In a game that pinned up one of the NFLs best defense in the Jets against a new NFL threat in the Ravens offense, this game was sure to be a “hard knock” one.

Jets defense proved that early on with a sack by Shaun Ellis on QB Joe Flacco, where Flacco lost the ball on the Ravens own 11-yard line. The well-known mighty Baltimore defense would hold back Jets QB Mark Sanchez and would only result in a 28-yard FG by Nick Folk.

But the Ravens, despite a  thinning defense, upheld against a Jets mediocre offense.

And Monday nights game came down to the Jets D and the Ravens new offense–and in the end it was number 81 in purple who helped bring home the win for Baltimore against a spotty Jets defense.

Anquan Boldin (81) made a major difference in Mondays game for the Ravens. Boldin had seven catches for 110 yards (21 in the first half, 89 in the second) and was a big part of converting third downs to firsts. Baltimore was 11 for 19 on 3rd down conversion, and Boldin was part of three of them as he always seemed one step ahead of the Jets Kyle Wilson.

Baltimore also doubled the Jets in time of possession, controlling the ball with an 38:32 to 21:28 advantage  despite being out-rushed 116 yards to 49.

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2010 NFL power rankings

September 9, 2010

Tonight it all begins:  football season.

Kicking off first is returning Superbowl Champions, the New Orlean Saints and the Minnesota Vikings.

Before the season gets started though, here is a quick rundown of some of my power rankings of all 32 teams based off of pre- and off- season performances, the top 15 with descriptions:

1. Saints. They might still have a Superbowl hangover, but in tonight’s season opener, they stand to be hte seventh champions to win that first game. With Drew Brees leading his team and Reggie Bush ready to put his about to get stripped Heisman trophy past behind him, the Saints are still as strong as ever and not to be seen as a one and done team.

2. Ravens. Maybe you can call me a little biased. But the Ravens started working one week after they lost in the post-season last year adding new additions in the forms of coaches and players. Baltimore has always been known as a defense heavy team, but with Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth and now T.J. Houshmandzadeh on their roster, Baltimore is going to see their leader, Joe Flacco, use more than Ray Rice, who is also NFL,one of the best running backs in the league.

3. Jets. Sure, we all call them the “Northern Ravens” down here in Charm city, but you have to hand it to Rex Ryan and his men.I am not a big Mark Sanchez fan–but he works well with his teammates and they also put a lot of work in their off- and pre-season. The first Monday night football game against Baltimore and the Jets is going to start the season off to a great start.

4. Colts. There is no denying this team is going to be a deep threat for every other team in the NFL. Peyton Manning is one of the best QBs out there based off his intelligence and athleticism. The Colts work well together as a team and seem almost impeccable.

5. Bengals. Who doesn’t know about the Bengals off-season pickup? The question is, can the two biggest attention whores in the NFL share the lime-light? Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and T.O. are going to be a dangerous threat to every other defense out there. During pre-season match-ups, TO seemed to be able to play well with his new team. Maybe all he needed was a friend to tell him to “play nicely with others.”
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Baltimore Ravens first week of training camp in Westminster; Gaither and Foxworth injuries

July 30, 2010

Are you ready for some football?!

Fans all over the Baltimore region are more than ready after a depressing season thus far from the Baltimore Orioles who have only 32 wins (the O’s also recently hired ESPN analyst Buck Showalter as their manager: check their game August3 for his first game).

But Monday, July 26 marked the first day for the Ravens players minus the veterans to report, and Wednesday July 28 was the first day all players reported to training camp in Westminster, Md. at McDaniel College.

Tuesday, the first day for fans and media to check out the players practice, produced a smaller crowd of about 200 people coming out to see the new players and to get autographs—if you were under the age of 15 that is.

The players on Tuesday seemed at ease and comfortable as they threw the ball around and ran through a few plays as they prepared for the upcoming season.

Friday, July 30 was the first day all players were at McDaniel College that the sessions were open to the public and it was reported that over 11 thousand fans were in attendance at the small private college in Westminster.

A lot of buzz on two players who both once played together at the University of Maryland at Friday’s practice.

Cornerback Dominique Foxworth, who started in all 16 games suffered a season-ending torn ACL injury during a non-contact drill.  How will that affect the defense that recently lost its star safety Ed Reed for six games and its first round draft pick, outside linebacker Sergio Kindle?

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There were also rumors that offensive tackle Jared Gaither suffered a back injury as he was carted off the field during practice earlier today, but was later announced it was just cramps.

Check back later for more updates from Westminster on the Ravens training camp until their first opening pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday August 12 at 8 p.m. E.T.

Baltimore Ravens 2010 training camp schedule

July 24, 2010

It has been long overdue.

The baseball season has been long, and even longer for Baltimore fans.

Football season could not have come at a better time. And come it has–training camp for the Baltimore Ravens at McDaniel College in Westminster starts Monday.

Go out and support your team, Baltimore. It is going to be a great season.

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July 26: 8:45 a.m. practice. Rookies, quarterbacks and selected veterans report to camp.

July 27: 8:45 a.m. practice; 3:30 p.m. practice

July 28: 8:45 a.m. practice; 3:30 p.m. practice. All veterans report to camp.

July 29: 8:45 a.m. practice. Team administrative day. No availability for media or general public.

July 30: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

July 31: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

August 1: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

August 2: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2 p.m. special teams practice

August 3: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2:45 p.m. practice

August 4: 8:45 a.m. practice; 2 p.m. special teams practice

Orioles fire Trembley; Samuel bumped from 3B coach to manager

June 4, 2010

There have been rumors circulating around Baltimore the past month or so about whether or not the Baltimore Orioles would fire manager Dave Trembley as the O’s continued to sink further into another losing season.

Last night, it crossed through ESPN’s bottom line, but was made official Friday morning that Trembley would no longer be with the Orioles and that third base coach Juan Samuel would be promoted to interim manager.

Even though many fans have been hoping for, guessing it or preparing for the inevitable, the rumors of Trembley being asked to leave were stronger than ever before Thursdays game in New York.

“I think he was never given a fair shot. He was asked to win with a young and undeveloped core surrounded by a bunch of non-tenders and retreads. But it was time for a fresh face and to pu thim out of his misery,” Mark Huber, an avid Baltimore fan said.

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Happy Hour with miss Sportaholic: a local Bartending adventure

May 16, 2010

[It was suggested to me that I should start a weekly post on random occurrences around the great Charm City.

Whether it be a funny video, a sweet story about a local, a bar scene to hit up or just anything in general, miss charm city sportaholic will be bringing that to you.

If any of you have suggestions that you would like to see added to my site, let me know! I take all suggestions into consideration and love the feedback from everyone. Cheers!]

Some of the fine ladies of Serafino's that will be in attendance Sunday, May 16.

Every sports fan loves a good drink to go with the game. And after a win or loss, well win or lose the best fans still booze!

Tonight, your very own Charmcity Sportaholic will be slinging drinks back behind local Ellicott City bar, Serafino’s.

There will be beer pong and super Mario Kart 64 as well as myself and Stephen Gruss—the infamous bartender who asked me to guest bar-tend.

Will this be an interesting night? You bet.

And with the O’s playing their third game against Cleveland—and trying to win so they can take the series—you might want to stop by for a drink on your way home.

Friday night, the O’s had a tremendous game, winning 8-1 with help from recently called up Corey Patterson when he had one hell of a catch that would have been a home run.

However, Saturday the O’s fell 8-2 to the Indians. So tonight is the night for the O’s and for you to come to Serafino’s to either celebrate the O’s finally starting to get it together, or drown you sorrows with 13 drinks—one for every season the O’s have disappointed us.

For all of you lovely people out there enjoying the beautiful day at Wine in the Woods, stop by and say hello.

What is your favorite drink? I will start preparing now 🙂

And remember—win or lose, a true fan will still booze. Cheers!

Lingerie Football League invades Charm City

May 3, 2010

Baltimore city has incorporated a new outlook for football as the city is now participating in the Lingerie Football League (LFL) as the Baltimore Charm.

The league is an all-female league where the girls wear lingerie-type uniforms as they play full-contact football.

Over the weekend on May 2, at First Mariner Arena, LFL held tryouts for Baltimore Charm that brought a crowd of girls with bare mid-riffs and showing cleavage with full make-up—but don’t think these girls don’t know how to take a hit or sprint down the field.

Heather Perez plays for the Philadephia Passion. (Picture from LFL.com/blogs)

A student at Towson University tried out for the Baltimore Charm after her roommate found an article about it, so they decided to try out together.

” The idea of us being in the LFL started as a joke, but a few weeks after we heard about the league they announced Baltimore tryouts,” Shay Kemble, a senior at Towson, said. “We both wavered back and forth as to whether we should actually go or not, but decided to do it just to say we did it and to see if we were good enough to compete with the other girls.”

About 70 people tried out for the Baltimore Charm Sunday. It will be the newest in the 10-team Lingerie Football League. So far, the LFL has peaked interest in some and caused racy sneers from others.

“I don’t think there is anything wrong with showing off some great abs and I really don’t think the uniforms are that scandalous,” said Kemble.  “I, personally, would feel great to show off an athletic body.  I don’t think it exploits women at all because it is just as much about having skill as about having looks.” (more…)

Birdland Bars–sports bars in Baltimore: part I

April 29, 2010

Yes Baltimore, it is that time of the year.

The time of the year when our most hated rivals are in town. No, not the Pittsburgh Steelers. I can’t believe I will actually admit this, but there is a team, when they come to Baltimore, that brings more rivalry that the football team from Steel city.

The New York Yankees.

Why is this team worse? Simply because of all the fans of the Yankees everywhere.

This is BIRDland.

But yet, when you watch or go to the games and see the fans at Camden Yards, it is overwhelmingly Yankee fans.

How can we stop this from happening—this take-over of Baltimore’s baseball stadium?

Number one—GO TO THE GAMES!

I know, I know. The O’s are on a losing streak so why waste your time and money, right? WRONG. How can a team get better or even want to get better if they have no support?

Also, for all you fans out there who have already given up only a few weeks into the season, did you know that the Orioles beat the Yankees 5-4 on Tuesday April 26?

Because they did. Alfredo Simon had his first major league win when, at the top of the 9th, finished the game in favor of the O’s. (more…)