Two birds fly together from Baltimore to Ohio. When they hit the state border they go their separate ways. A couple days later they find themselves flying together again on their way back. One bird looks at the other and asks, “How was your trip?” The other replies, ” I went to Cleveland and it was horrible, but the good news is I probably won’t have to come back to this dump in October. How was your trip?” The other bird replies, “I’m sorry to hear that, I usually love Cleveland this time of year. I ended up in Cinci, met this guy whose hair looks a lot like yours and he showed me a fantastic time.”Continue Reading …
As we count down the days to the start of the 2017 season, it’s time to whip out our fortune teller hats! It’s time for your OFFICIAL B-More Opinionated Ravens Season Preview!
Jerry Coleman and our very own NFL access merchant Jason La Canfora preview every regular season game, talk about the strengths and weaknesses on all sides of the ball, and determine where the Ravens will be standing at the end of the season. Will there be big changes in 2018 for the team? The boys discuss it all.
To cap off our preview, we caught up with friend of the show Jimmy Smith (44:00) to talk about one of the clear strengths of the team going into the new season — the DB corps.
We also talk about another nail-biting week for the Orioles, the big Terps upset, Jerry’s (incomplete) homework, Jason’s married guy rant, and more!
Written by Edward Healy, former coach at Cristo Rey Baltimore
I think my absolute favorite story to tell about actual basketball events at Cristo Rey is of the regular season finale of my first season. It is one of those stories that feels like a classic moment in the origin story of something special. As everything else did the winter of 2016-17, it revolved around snow.
As a result of missing six straight school days in late January and the playoff start date being earlier than normal in February, we were forced to play our eight final league games (75% of the league schedule) in the final 12 days of the season. At 2-2, we probably needed four wins to secure a spot in the postseason. We dropped the first one to Key, but then rattled off three straight against Jemicy, Beth Tfiloh (on the road for a 2nd time because of gym availability) and Concordia Prep. That 1-point win at Concordia Prep on a Friday night was crucial, as it put us in the driver’s seat as far as tiebreakers for the 4th and final spot in the playoffs. Regardless of the results in upcoming games vs. Saints Peter and Paul (2/6) and Key (2/11), beating Park just once would put us into the semifinals on Friday February 12th, 2016.
We were slated to play Park away on February 8th and home on February 9th, with the Key game slated for the 10th. I felt really confident about getting the one required win for a playoff berth vs. Park but we dropped the first matchup by just 6 points. As was the story for the season, snow hit on the 9th and forced us to push our two games back.
This however created a logistical problem for the Key School game on February 11th now. Their athletic director let us know they could only play that game at 4pm because of a play that night in their gym. With the seven juniors on my roster working their corporate internship that day, it would be impossible to get them to the game with the Key School being 45 minutes away from campus. After trying to problem solve the situation without success, I agreed to allow the game to be played thinking it had zero playoff ramifications. Later that night, we ended up losing to Park School again by 13 in a game that was never close. With our playoff hopes dashed in a fashion that was tough to bear, I voiced much displeasure in the locker room afterwards to the boys.
Except our playoff hopes were not dashed at all. The next morning I got on the phone with our athletic director and he read to me an email from the league confirming tiebreaker scenarios for the final day of the season. I had misread the tiebreaker rules and been operating under a false assumption the last few days of the season. Beating the Key School would put us in the playoffs. It was hard to not get upset with myself about the situation, but I knew I could do nothing about getting the juniors to the game anyway. I’d have to go down to Annapolis without seven juniors, our manager and all of my assistant coaches. It would be just three freshmen, two seniors who didn’t play a lot, and a rookie head coach trying to clinch the final playoff spot. I decided to keep the news a secret, as not to put unnecessary pressure on the five traveling that day.
Bringing more intrigue to the game, the Key School was 11-0 and had clinched the #1 seed in the playoffs, meaning they had nothing to lose or gain from this matchup. Due to the snow pushing games back, there would be no day of rest or practice before the semifinal the next night. To me, it made clear sense for the Key School to rest their starters for the next night. I thought that might give us a chance, and what a nice little surprise announcement I’d have for the boys after the game if we did.
Maybe a little naively, I decided to see if I could get Key’s coach to tip his hand on how he was thinking about handling the situation in the usual pre-game coach’s handshake. Usually, this meeting is an exchange of meaningless pleasantries, a bunch of sports clichés are tossed around, and then both coaches go back to their benches. Diverting from the norm, I decided to prod and see if they coach might be resting his regulars, knowing the result of the game would determine his semifinal opponent. In almost a Belichikian sort of way, I got stonewalled by Key’s coach who was a little surprised I had even thought that deeply about the situation. Moments after that, I got blindsided with yet another inconvenience. Our freshmen center Sterling Holliday tells me he left his basketball shoes in Baltimore! Of course, the one game I have zero substitutes (and a playoff spot is on the line) a kid forgets his shoes. After scanning the crowd for people who look like they might have size 13 basketball shoes on, the Key School athletic director runs over to me with a pair of size 12 basketball shoes. I’ll forever be grateful for how above and beyond the athletic director went for us that day, even if Sterling’s toes were a little sore after the game.
Without any coaches or support staff with me, I did one thing during the rest of warm-ups – fill up as many cups of water as possible. The game plan was simple. Defensively, stay in a 2-3 zone the entire game to conserve energy. I would call one timeout in the middle of each quarter and save my final timeout for an end of game situation if needed. I needed senior Carlos Brown and Sterling to rebound on both ends like their lives depended on it. Freshmen guards Terry Curry and Ahmaud Jones would have to do most of the scoring and senior Tyler Evans just needed to play within himself and contribute defensively.
With the only record of the game a grainy cell phone picture of our half of the official score book, most of the specifics of the game are a fuzzy memory now. Key pressed and got out to a big lead early in the game unsurprisingly. In one of those early scheduled timeouts, I looked at Terry and Ahmaud and said, “I don’t think we’re coming out of here with a win if we don’t start taking a lot of 3-pointers. Any three is good with me from here on out.” Once the lead was up over 10 points in the second quarter, Key’s coach subbed out his starters and would rest them for an extended period as I had hoped. By halftime, their lead was down to about five. As Terry and Ahmaud got hot, we took the lead early in the 3rd quarter and pushed it to eight with six minutes left in the 4th quarter. In the midst of this run I’m just thinking to myself, “Holy S@%$, we actually might pull this off!” As soon as the lead got to eight though, Key’s coach put his starters back in. I never asked him why he did that, but I’ll always wonder whether that was fear of losing the undefeated league record or if he preferred the playoff matchup he’d get if he won.
As soon as the subs entered, our lead quickly shrunk. In the final two minutes, there was an epic sequence of loose balls, fouls, offensive rebounds, free throws and close calls that I wish I could better relay. I did end up using my final timeout with 24 seconds left and us being down by two points. I drew up something simple that had an option to go for the tie or win, but Terry’s shot clanked off the right side of the rim and we’d go on to lose 55-51. It was such a valiant effort by those five that day, with two freshmen combining for 31 points including five 3-pointers. In the locker room after the game I could express nothing but praise for the effort the boys put forth that day. I looked at the three freshmen and told them that they would always remember this day as the day the Cristo Rey basketball program was born. Little did we know what the next season would bring.
As we enter one of the most crucial months of the sports calendar, B-More Opinionated has all the bases covered!
First we discuss the (finally!) surging Baltimore Orioles! The O’s are in the midst of a crucial homestand and are rolling as they look to scratch and claw through September to a playoff berth.
Then the boys talk John Harbaugh’s incredulity and other Ravens’ questions and concerns as the NFL wraps up its preseason.
Phil Simms also drops in with Jason to talk more about Joe Flacco’s injury, the Ravens, and moving from the booth to the studio.
And of course, as always, we have Jerry’s homework, Jason’s Married Guy Rant, our minor leaguer of the week, and much much more!
Yeeeee-Haw! What a weekend for the O’s! After last week’s mediocre 3-3 home stand, the Birds were three games under .500 and four games out of the second wild card heading to Beantown to play a Sox team that had won 8 out of 11 and had a comfortable cushion atop the A.L. East. You kind of got the feeling that this quick roadie up north could potentially break the birds once and for all. Welp, that’s why feelings are stupid and should be avoided at all costs. My therapist has told me time and time again that it is better to feel nothing than feel sad. But, damn, after Friday night’s 20 hit 16 run demolition, Saturday’s gem from “Gausy,” aided by an awesome at-bat culminating in a 3-run-homer by,”Swaggy T,” and Sunday’s stressful, gritty 2-1 win, it was hard not to feel some excitement. The O’s return home for a ten game home stand only two back of the second wild card.Continue Reading …
B-More Opinionated is back from Summer hiatus with a jam-packed episode, featuring Ravens of past and present!
We open by talking the same old, same old Orioles and the team’s festivities for the 1992 team, including audio from Mike Mussina and Glenn Davis.
Jason caught up with Torrey Smith while on his training camp tour and he joins the pod for 5 good minutes, talking the transition to Philadelphia and his mentor Anquan Boldin’s retirement.
Then, we’re joined by Ravens rookie standout Timmy Williams, who raises the curtain on rookie life at ‘The Castle’, his experience with the Crimson Tide, and much more!
And as always, we have Jerry’s homework (a rare COMPLETED two-parter), Jason’s married guy rant…. and drama over t-shirts? Tune in to hear more!
It’s the B-More Opinionated 75th Episode Extravaganza!!
With both Jason and Jerry away from the 4-1-0 for work and leisure, we at the BMOShow thought it would a good time to look back on some of our favorite interviews!
We revisit the best snippets from some of our favorite guests such as John Angelos, Adam Jones, Justin Tucker, Ed Reed, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, Barry Levinson, and Tony Kornheiser.
Of course, there are some clear omissions… but we gotta leave some meat on the bone for the future!
Once again, we at B-More Opinionated want to thank YOU, the listeners, for supporting the show from Day One. Use this episode to help guide you back to some of our best episodes, and be sure to check out these episodes in full. Jason and Jerry provide original release dates for each of the interviews featured.
Tweet us some of your favorite moments so far @BMOShowPod and tune in next week for another fresh edition of B-More Opinionated!
Muggsy Bogues joins the pod ahead of ESPN’s 30 for 30 special, “The Boys of Baltimore.” The diminutive giant of Baltimore basketball talks the unprecedented and one-in-a-million story of the 1981-1983 Dunbar High School team that would not be stopped.
We also talk an encouraging week at Camden Yards ahead of the O’s trip out west, the Ravens’ growing infirmary, and catch up with journeyman Tight End Phillip Supernaw whose life was a revolving door at The Castle in Owings Mills before finding his footing with the Tennesee Titans.
Plus we have our Minor Leaguers of the Week, Jerry’s homework, Jason’s married guy rant, and more!
For those of us who are still holding on to hope that the Birds can make a charge towards the playoffs, this has been a great week(minus the last two nights after this was written). For those who(won’t mention any names) think the Orioles made a huge mistake by not unloading at the trade deadline, this five game win streak has been a mere mirage to distract the delusional from the inevitable fate of the team. I’ll just say this ; As I’m heading to the yard tonight I’m happy that I still get to watch Manny, Adam and Zach play for the good guys. This may be shortsighted but with our commander in chief stearing us towards a potential nuclear war, this might be the last season of baseball any of us get to see and if I’m about to be blown to smithereens, I’d like to see one last playoff push. Also, say what you want about the Tim Beckham trade but personally there are few things that bring me more joy than a bat flip after hitting a single up the middle, so I’m happy. Make baseball fun again. The birds certainly added more swag.
With football season quickly approaching I would propose that the Ravens cancel the rest of training camp, forfeit all of the preseason games, make sure all of the players do not leave their bedrooms for the next month and reconvene at 1pm on September 10th in Cinci. Players are dropping like Under Armour stock. There are few things as a football team or fan more disheartening than serious, potentially season ending injuries happening in practice or meaningless games. Losing Pitta, Tavon Young and Kenneth Dixon(plus many more) just flat out stinks. I was excited to watch Tavon Young progress this year after showing beastly flashes last year . Kenneth Dixon was another guy I was looking forward to watching this year especially because he was roiding in the offseason so he was definitely going to improve drastically. Preseason injuries are like sharting in the car on your way to your first day at your new job. It happens, there is nothing you can do about it because you’re almost there, but it seems like it should have been avoidable and leaves you in a sticky situation.
Ok, so, who else is tired of the Colin Kaepernick to the Ravens talk? Either sign him or don’t. The truth is, if Joe is hurt for an extended period of time then the Ravens are boned no matter what. But, can we please stop a few things? Can all you lying morons out there please stop threatening that you are going to stop being a Ravens fan if they sign Kaep. First of all, no you’re not. Second of all, no-one cares if 51- year- old contractor, John from Linthicum isn’t going to be a Ravens’ fan anymore. The stadium will still sell out without you and everyone from your section will breathe a huge sigh of relief because I guarantee you are the same turd who starts booing after the first offensive series because, “Joe sucks. What is Matt Cavanaugh callin dem plays?” The only people that will be upset about your decision are your wife and kids because that’s one more day of the week they have to spend with your miserable ass. Also, can Steve Bisciotti stop saying absurd things like, “We’re very sensitive to it, and we’re monitoring it, and we’re still, as Ozzie says, scrimmaging it, and we’re trying to figure out what’s the right tact. So pray for us.” No I will not pray for a billionaire to make a minor business decision about possible signing a guy that will hopefully never play. What an absurd request. If I’m going to waste my time praying I’d like to at least spend it on something worthwhile like praying for a study to come out confirming Skoal is actually healthier than flossing. I like Bisciotti for the most part but come on, man. I can see John from Linthicum getting his kids together before bed and making them all kneel down in the living room under his “All lives matter,” poster with the lights dimmed holding hands in a circle, “Please Lord almighty, creator of the greatest country in the world, give our Ravens’ organization the wisdom and courage to not give that giant afro wearing, police and America hating, tattoo ridden kneeling rat a place on our otherwise immaculate, God fearing roster of men including Mr. Sizzle who was nice enough to wash his wife off with bleach. In Jesus’ name we pray, God bless America and no place else.”
As we recover from the deafening silence of the Orioles’ trade deadline, the boys try to digest “No Plan Dan” Duquette’s lack of activity, the Ravens’ multiple cases of foot-in-mouth, and more!
First, Jason and Jerry lay into the O’s front office for sitting on their hands at the deadline (4:20), and try to figure out where the team goes from there.
Then, as the Ravens continue to try to recover from the injury bug, John Harbaugh and Steve Bisciotti are dealing with a self-made PR battle regarding the potential addition of Collin Kaepernick in the wake of Joe Flacco’s achy back. (22:00)
To help distract us from all the drama in Bmore, Miami Dolphin’s Head Coach Adam Gase talks to Jason about marrying into a true Maryland family as he regails us with stories from Ocean City, MD, his father-in-law Joe Vitt, and more!
And, as always, we have Jerry’s homework, Jason’s Married Guy rant, and plenty of other banter. Check it out!