This past week has been a bittersweet journey for me. Let’s start with the bitter. As if I need further proof that there isn’t a God, it appears as if I have torn my left ACL. If God were real he would never put such a kind, gentle, handsome, loving soul through a second ACL tear in three years. With all the good that is going on in this world it is just impossible to fathom that God would pick on me when he is shedding such light on the rest of his clan. It just doesn’t add up. There are children everywhere being fed to their weakening hearts content and here I am with two bad knees at the age of 29. All I wanted to do was play some good old beach volleyball in Mexico at an all-inclusive resort but even that was taken away from me. What do I have left? God, if you are up there, which you aren’t, could you please start picking on other people. They can spare some of their good fortune for Christ sakes.Continue Reading …
While the Ravens continue to sputter towards a likely pointless playoff push, we take a step back and see how falling fan enthusiasm is sending waves through Baltimore.
After recapping Monday Night Football’s partially-attended yawn’er, we’re joined by our old friend Johnny Crabcakes of Jimmy’s Famous Seafood to talk about how business based around Ravens games and fans have fallen off and why. (14:00)
Then, we’re thrilled to be joined by Lions linebacker Brandon Copeland — whose story you’ll have to hear to believe. From Baltimore’s Gilman School to the Ivy League to Wall Street to the NFL, Copeland’s a pretty remarkable human who does Baltimore proud every day. Don’t miss one of our best interviews yet! (30:45)
And as always, we have Jerry (and Adam)’s homework, Jason’s Married Guy Rant, and our predictions for this week’s game. Don’t miss it, hon!
Happy Thanksgiving from B-More Opinionated!
After a rough stretch heading into the Bye week, the Ravens bounced back with a vengeance on Sunday against the Packers. Our own Jason La Canfora and Jerry Coleman break down the shutout victory and what it means for the team’s playoff hopes.
The boys then look ahead to the Ravens’ Monday Night Football matchup against the Texans, and look around at the rest of the AFC and see what the Ravens’ have in store ahead.
Then, Jason and Jerry touch on the latest with the O’s as the team locked in its protected minor leaguers on the 40-man roster this week — with one notable omission that we revisit from our interview with Orioles Manager Buck Showalter.
And as always we have Jerry (and Adam)’s homework, Jason’s Married Guy Rant, and more.
Bring BMO Show with you on your Thanksgiving travels! We are thankful every week for Natty Bohs, Otterbein’s Cookies, Bob Bell Nissans, and listeners like you!
As the Ravens wrap up their Bye week, there are still plenty of questions swirling around ‘The Castle.’
Jason and Jerry spend time discussing former-Raven Dennis Pitta’s comments about the team’s offense and QB Joe Flacco’s limitations within it. [5:30]
The boys also go into what the Ravens need to solidify in the final stretch to make the most of an unexpected (undeserved?) realistic shot at the playoffs.
Our own Jason La Canfora goes more into detail about the latest on Jerry Jones, as well and Colin Kaepernick saga — particularly those in and around the Ravens’ organization who are likely to be affected by the ongoing lawsuit. [14:20]
Then, we’re privileged to be joined by former NFL Wide Receiver Donté Stallworth. Since retiring from football, Donté has been a part of many meaningful discussions with both Congress and the NFL about racial inequality, criminal justice reform, and activism as both a professional athlete and a concerned citizen. [19:40]
We also go into the latest Orioles’ rumors stemming from this week’s GM Meetings, including Zach Britton’s trade market and the search for starting pitching. [48:40]
As always, we have Jerry (and Adam’s) homework assignment, Jason’s Married Guy rant, this week’s Ravens picks, and much much more!
Bye weeks suck. I know the Ravens haven’t been much fun to watch lately but not having a game to look forward to all week and then spending my Sunday watching other ass games that I don’t care about is even worse. You might say, ‘Hey, Adam, you incredibly hot, sex symbol of the Baltimore sports blogging world, you know you don’t have to watch the games on Sunday. Go out into the world and strut your stuff big boy, and feel the lushness of freedom beaming down on you like a steaming shower of Ramen noodles.’ I would respond, ” First of all, thank you. Second of all, I will not heed your advice. I will waste away in a dark, cold room sucking down beer and munching on Tostitos as I watch the end of the Jaguars, Chargers game that CBS takes off the air as it goes into overtime. I will switch to the whiskey and graham crackers as I watch the Giants take on the 49ers in a game that only the Browns could be proud of. And it will be all boxed red wine and Twizzlers for the night cap as I toast to Brock Osweiler, Denver’s prodigal son.”Continue Reading …
As the Ravens head into a much-needed bye week, Jerry and Jason have taken it upon themselves to review the team at this crucial checkpoint!
To help, we brought in the likes of Head Coach John Harbaugh, Terrell Suggs, Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman, and WR coach Bobby Engram. You’ll hear clips from all of them as we lift the curtain on an NFL open lockerroom media availability.
The boys also revisit our great interview with Buck Showalter one week removed, and talk a little Orioles as Free Agency officially opens in baseball.
As always, we have Jerry (and Adam’s) homework, Jason’s Married Guy rant, and more!
I woke up on Sunday morning, as usual, with a feeling of excitement and optimism. I was ready for the Ravens’ game in Nashville, a scenario that has produced some of my all time favorite games. Waking up on Ravens’ gamedays still makes me feel like a kid on Christmas. Well, it makes me feel like most kids felt on Christmas. When I woke up on Christmas morning as a kid, I had to go steal three dollars from my neighbor so I could take the bus downtown and look for my parents who were usually passed out, half naked under the JFX. But, anyway, there is just something magical about waking up on Sunday mornings during football season and anxiously awaiting the game. And then they kickoff. And then I wonder why in the hell I was ever excited about this damn game in the first place. The Ravens are no longer fun to watch. Not even a little bit. I love the Ravens and I will continue to watch each Sunday, hoping that something clicks and everything changes but holy hell. There is something missing from this team. I’m not sure if it’s strictly personnel, a lack of creativity or a stubbornness to change and adapt to what the league has become, but whatever is missing, it’s glaring.Continue Reading …
Athletes and coaches can be nauseating to listen to as they spew cliché after cliché and avoid anything that could ever be confused for interesting. It’s frustrating as a fan and I can only imagine how mundane it must get for guys like Jason and Jerry who cover these guys. I’m sure they both hear coaches saying, ” if we play our game, stick to the game plan and execute for 60 minutes, I like our chances, ” in their nightmares. That’s why Jerry and Jason’s interview with Buck Showalter was so refreshing. Buck was engaged, honest, enlightening, and entertaining. He spoke with few reservations about where the Orioles’ organization needs to improve and what he thinks about some of the personnel decisions that have been made in recent years.
My favorite part about listening to Buck is his absolute obsession with all things related to baseball. I think if somehow baseball suddenly ceased to exist, Buck would just wonder out into some vast field and blindly stare into the distance until he melted into the abyss. He is constantly thinking about ways to improve the team, the league and the game in general. He told the guys that soon he will be headed to the Competition Committee meetings in Orlando but thinks that he might not be invited back saying, ” Let’s put it this way, Jerry, there’s a chance I won’t be on that but once. I’m a little too opinionated about some things.” It’d be great to be a fly on the wall in those meetings and hear Buck speak his mind about changes he would make.
As an Oriole fan, listening to this interview was both encouraging and discouraging at the same time. The encouragement came from Buck’s passion and dedication to improving the team and the organization. When Jerry asked Buck whether the team should be rebuilding or retooling Buck quickly cut him off and said, ” You should always be doing both.” I loved this answer as a fan because it implies that Buck feels like you can still compete while trying to improve the future of the organization. There is no need to concede a poor season or two while trying to, “rebuild.” At the same time, plugging temporary holes with average major league talent and overpaying for the top players in the market won’t bring sustained success. An organization, especially in a smaller market, must develop from within to succeed. Buck alluded to this when the guys presented him a question about the starting rotation going forward and the amount of money the organization is willing to spend. ” First of all, that’s an excuse, that’s a bad road to go down,” he said, speaking about the Orioles lack of funds compared to big market teams. ” We have to develop our own guys…It puts a premium on developing your own pitchers.” I realize that this isn’t revolutionary but it was good to hear Buck so readily admit that this isn’t something the Orioles have done well recently. He didn’t dance around it and say, ‘ the process will work itself out,’ or something meaningless like that.
Buck does seem optimistic about the young position player prospects in the organization. Jason and Jerry have been harping on this for a long time now, repeatedly saying that the Orioles’ farm system is not nearly as sparse of talent as many in the national media believe. Buck mentioned Austin Hayes, Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander and DJ Stewart in the OF and catcher Austin Wynns implying that all had a chance to be on the big league club next year. With the Orioles revolving door at the corner outfield positions in the last couple years, it’s an exciting proposition that a couple young guys could come up and take the reigns.
While the whole interview was great, the most interesting turn came at the very end. The guys were wrapping things up, thanking Buck for his time and saying that while they are critical at times they are Oriole fans through and through. Buck then kind of shocked us all by asking, ” what’s your biggest beef?” The feeling in the room changed as the guys were presented with an opportunity to tell Buck Showalter what their biggest beef with the Orioles’ organization was. I got slightly nervous and excited even though I didn’t have a mic or have anything to do with the interview. This was a moment that could have gone a few different ways. It’s not always comfortable to tell someone what you think is wrong with something that they are at least partially responsible for. If you listen, you can hear Jason take a slight pause and make a noise that represented, ‘ I really want to say this but I’m not sure how he’ll take it but I have to take this opportunity so here it goes.’ I think a psychologist might tell you that Buck was hoping that Jason and Jerry’s criticisms of the Orioles would coincide with his own so he would have a brief opportunity to express his frustrations. Well, ladies and gentleman, I think Buck got his wish.
I mentioned the interview being discouraging and well as encouraging. This was the discouraging part. I got the feeling that, if only Buck had gotten his way or had more influence with some of the moves made, especially those involving young starting pitching prospects, the organization might be in a much more positive position. When Jason relayed to Buck his “biggest beef,” Buck’s response was sobering. Go ahead and listen for yourself.
It’s a jam-packed episode this week, as we are privileged to be joined by Orioles manager Buck Showalter! (28:00)
Buck opens up candidly about his views on the organization’s depth, development, roster building philosophies and more! He goes into detail about his view on Starting Pitching following his rotation’s tough season (29:00), the importance of being able to better develop homegrown pitching (31:30), looking to insert athleticism and youth into his defense (34:00), the idea that the proverbial window is closing (35:45), other quality managers losing their jobs (37:15), the progress of top prospect Chance Cisco (41:15), and even joins in our frustration about the lost talent in poor trades over recent years (44:30). This is an absolute must-listen for any Orioles fan.
The boys also discuss at length the Ravens’ pleasantly surprising drubbing of the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football, the Ravens’ place in the playoff picture (15:08), and our own Jason LaCanfora goes in-depth on Jerry Jones’ recent tantrums with the NFL League Office (21:10).
As always, we have Jerry (and Adam)’s homework, Jason’s Married Guy Rant (with a bonus 50-year-old Guy Rant from Jerry), and this week’s picks! Don’t miss it!
Another week of the B-More Opinionated podcast means another week of trying to identify the problems of the Ravens’ inept offense! Jason and Jerry open the show talking all-things Ravens, including their short week looking ahead to Thursday Night Footbal vs. Miami.
Then, Ravens legendary linebacker Bart Scott joins the show (30:45) to share his take on the Ravens, the quality of NFL’s on-field product, how he would fare if he were still in his prime, and more!
And of course, what would an episode of the BMO Show be without checking in on our beloved O’s? Jason and Jerry discuss a new crop of pitching coaches that have recently come available (46:20).
We also have Jerry (and Adam)’s homework, Jason’s Married Guy Rant, and our picks for Thursday Night Football. Check it out!