Tough year…. A tough year for Bmore, but the guys are up for taking a look back. They start with the most recent disappointment, and work their way back through it all
You know this podcast won’t mince words, and neither do the defensive generals of the Ravens and Steelers, Eric Weddle and Mike Mitchell. Get up close to the Christmas Day rivalry game and personal with two of the most outspoken players that will play on Heinz Field.
The Monday Night Football debacle is a tough pill for Bmore to swallow, so J & J discuss went wrong and how the team moves forward. Just to make sure it’s not all doom and gloom about the Ravens this week, the guys have fun recounting Jerry’s encounter with The Hoodie, Bill Belichick. The Winter Meetings are over and it’s time to dig into the O’s off season too.
Few players can make waves in the media like number 89. He ruffles feathers all over the country, and even right here in Bmore… one half of BmoreOpinionated in particular. Steve is more open than you’ve heard before about the team and his future.
The showman, the face of the franchise, the MVP? Justin Tucker is in the conversation for many titles on the Ravens, but BmoreOpinionated knows one thing for sure – he is the most entertaining of all the Ravens. What a hell of a week to get the pro bowler on, too.
As Baltimore and beyond recovers from gorging themselves in stuffing, sweet potatoes, and Aretha Franklin’s national anthem, we here at Bmore Opinionated are looking forward to a crucial time in the sports calendar.
The Ravens return home after a tough loss in Dallas to face the division rival Cincinnati Bengals. Baltimore is heading into the game 1-6 in their last seven meetings with Marvin Lewis’ crew, but this brings some slightly different circumstances than in recent matchups.
Cincinnati, who arrive in Baltimore reeling at 3-6-1, seem to be marching towards what could be the end of Lewis’ 14-year stint as head coach. At least for the moment, the Ravens sit a half game behind the Steelers following Antonio Brown carving up the Colts’ secondary like a Thanksgiving turkey. But as John Harbaugh noted in his press conference on Monday, this latter portion of the schedule is ostensibly a season of its own.
“We won the Pittsburgh game to tie the division at 4-4,” Harbaugh said. “Since then, we both beat Cleveland and lost to Dallas, so we’re even, and there’s six games left. The same thing goes for Cincinnati, who is right behind the both of us, and we’re all going to play each other over the course of the next six games. It’s going to come down to that. It’s probably what we knew going into the season that it was going to come down to division games, and that’s what it’s going to come down to. I’m excited about that. Our guys are as well.”
And perhaps most importantly — AJ Green, whose career averages against the Ravens are in a league of their own, was carted off last week with a torn hamstring. If you listen closely, you can hear Shareece Wright and Tavon Young celebrating in the distance. After Dez Bryant embarrassed the the sans-Jimmy Smith cornerback corps for Baltimore last week, it seems as though the defensive secondary may be able to breathe a bit with the hopeful return of Smith and no “Ravens Killer” on the field for Cincy.
On the bright side, I suppose you can make the case that — at least in one measure — Shareece Wright was in the same class as Josh Norman this week.
Meanwhile on the other side of the Camden Yards complex, the team made their official appointment of Roger McDowell as the new pitching coach. Alan Mills, who’s been in the organization as a pitching coach in Bowie, was also added to the coaching staff as bullpen coach. McDowell finished his playing career as an Oriole, and most recently was pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves.
The Hot Stove season has begun to heat up as well. Our guest this past week, the legendary filmmaker and Orioles minority owner Barry Levinson had plenty to say about his hopes for the Orioles’ offseason.
However, it looks like the Orioles will have to wait and see how the market plays out for other AL East free agent sluggers like Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista before finding out the fate of Mark Trumbo. According to most reports out of the baseball world, it seems the citizens of Birdland can expect a typical quiet, under-the-radar offseason from Dan Duquette and the front office.
While that may be the forecast for now, you can rest assured that every Orioles fan — and minority owner — are anxiously hoping for a Manny Machado or Jonathan Schoop contract extension under their tree this holiday season.
Written by Danny Kiddoo
Even with all the spectacular athletes, highly respected managers and visionary executives that have graced the pod, few have made the kind of impact on American culture like Barry Levinson. Most importantly though, none of them have been as big of a Baltimore sports fan. Barry spends a lot of time talking with the guys about the state of the city’s sports, as well as some of the stories making headlines around the country. He even teases a bit about his upcoming work. Barry is a perfect fit on the pod as he is not afraid to give his opinion.
Jerry has flooded the Ravens’ locker room with cookies and it’s starting to pay off with two wins in one week. One of the most gracious recipients, Joe Flacco, took a little time to talk with the guys at practice to get all of you ready for the game in Big D.
Being a member of the Ravens’ Ring of Honor, a former department head in the Purple and Black’s front office, and a player for the Cleveland Browns qualifies Ernest Byner as an expert on this wee’s AFC North matchup on Thursday night. The guys know sports aren’t the only thing on everyone’s mind, so they try to have some fun… amidst the despair, with the election results coming in.
Who would have thought that Baltimore could forgive Bill Cowher, but since he put the clip board down, he’s been embraced by fans around here. He drops by to lend his experience in THE rivalry to get ready during Steelers week with the guys.