Iggy’s Ravens Report – August 18, 2012

Iggy’s Raven’s Report – August 18, 2012

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News and Personal Thoughts:

Second preseason game is in the books with 2 kick return touchdowns called back, 0 TD’s scored (offense, Defense and “un”special teams), no pass rush, a soft secondary, and a front line that hasn’t answered as many questions as it has been raising since game 1. Once again, the Ravens showed their quick hit no-huddle style offense, which I fear will only result in more opportunities for Sam Koch to punt, and with the blocked punt later in the game, may be we need to worry about that aspect now too. Game 3 is supposed to be when most bubbles get popped, and guys are pretty much in or out, but currently, I am not happy with any of the options. One competition I will way in on is the kicker challenge. Tucker seems to be a much more stable entity than Cundiff. After a few critical let downs last season, I say give the kid a chance to make it in the pro’s. He could very well be the next Stover for us.

After climbing in to the #1 wild card spot, the O’s have had back to back loses, dropping their stock significantly in the tight playoff races. This road trip is critical, with a must win of 4 of 6 to stay competitive, especially with central division and wild card challenger Detroit, and West leader Texas. Unfortunately, the stats are stacked against us on the road, as we lost to Verlander last night, and are pushing Britton (and his near lunar ERA) tonight; all before strolling into Texas, where they have made us look like a weak Division 1 college team just about every time we play them (Dare I remind you of the 30-3 game a few years back?). On the bright side, Buck got ousted (rightfully) arguing a reversed call on Friday night showing his emotional side, Manny Machado became the first player to earn league player of the week honors in his first week of eligibility in the 10 year history of the award, and Dylan Bundy is rising quickly in the minor league ranks (now at AA Bowie), and could easily be seen in the dugout when rosters expand in September. Once again, we are talking meaningful baseball in late August, and the key word thrown at Buck in a recent interview is “relevant.” The Orioles are once again “relevant.” With Tuesday’s win, the O’s have guaranteed that they will not lose 100 games this (first milestone). Next water mark is winning their 82nd game, which hasn’t been done since last century. Magic number is 18 wins to get there. After we guarantee a winning record, then we can talk about the playoff picture.

The Als (4-3) jumped out to a 38-11 lead after 3 quarters en route to a 38-25 pasting of the Eskimos (4-3), giving Montreal a &#189 game lead on Toronto who plays Calgary (3-3) tonight.
The Als host Hamilton (3-4) on Thursday.

Nothing new to report his week.

Chesapeake Bayhawks: (Home games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)
The Bayhawks (10-4) lost the division title to Denver (11-3) 15-13 last weekend, and will carry the #2 seed in to Massachusetts next weekend to face Boston (9-5), with the winner facing the Denver/Long Island (8-6) winner for the title. The Hawks split the regular season games, winning at home on June 23, 14-13, before losing on July 28 at Boston, 16-13.

Nothing to report.

Capitals (See website for more details):
Caps to host Columbus at Baltimore on Wednesday, September 26 for their 2nd of 7 preseason games. Caps single game tickets went on Sale Friday.

Wizards (See website for more details):
The Washington Wizards announced their preseason schedule.

Mystics (See website for more details):
Mystics have lost 2 in a row to tie Phoenix for 2nd worst record in the WNBA, &#189 game behind Tulsa for worst record.

D.C.United (See website for more details):
DC (11-8-3, 5th place/Eastern) lost to Sporting Kansas City (13-7-4, 1st place/Eastern) 2-1. United dropped to 5th seed in the conference, 3 points ahead of Montreal for the final post season spot. Next game is Sunday at home against Philadelphia Union (7-12-2, 9th place/Eastern)

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2012 Preseason
Date Opponent Time Result Thursday, August 9, 2012 @Atlanta Falcons 7:30 PM W 31-17 Friday, August 17, 2012 Detroit Lions 8:00 PM L 27-12 Thursday, August 23, 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars 7:30 PM Thursday, August 30, 2012 @Saint Louis Rams 8:00 PM 2012 Regular Season Date Opponent Record Time Result Monday, September 10, 2012 Cincinnati Bengals 18-14 Overall, 11-6 Home 7:00 PM Sunday, September 16, 2012 @Philadelphia Eagles 1-1-1 Overall, 1-0-1 Away 1:00 PM Sunday, September 23, 2012 New England Patriots 1-7 Overall, 0-2 Home 8:20 PM Thursday, September 27, 2012 Cleveland Browns 19-7 Overall, 10-3 Home 8:20 PM Sunday, October 7, 2012 @Kansas City Chiefs 3-3 Overall, 2-0 Away 1:00 PM Monday, October 14, 2012 Dallas Cowboys 3-0 Overall, 2-0 Home 1:00 PM Sunday, October 21, 2012 @Houston Texans 6-0 Overall, 3-0 Away 1:00 PM Sunday, November 4, 2012 @Cleveland Browns 19-7 Overall, 9-4 Away 1:00 PM Sunday, November 11, 2012 Oakland Raiders 6-1 Overall, 4-0 Home 1:00 PM Sunday, November 18, 2012 @pittsburgh steelers 14-21 Overall, 6-12 Away 8:20 PM Sunday, November 25, 2012 @San Diego Chargers 4-4 Overall, 2-4 Away 4:05 PM Sunday, December 2, 2012 pittsburgh steelers 14-21 Overall, 8-9 Home 4:25 PM Sunday, December 9, 2012 @Washington Redskins 3-1 Overall, 2-1 Away 1:00 PM Sunday, December 16, 2012 Denver Broncos 6-3 Overall, 5-0 Home 1:00 PM Sunday, December 23, 2012 New York Giants 3-1 Overall, 1-0 Home 1:00 PM Sunday, January 30, 2012 @Cincinnati Bengals 18-14 Overall, 7-9 Away 1:00 PM

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