Monthly Archives: December 2012
Jilly’s will host their traditional NFL Gameday Party this coming Sunday, December 30th … the final week of the regular season. Join our Roost #4 members and friends at Jilly’s for the Ravens 1:00 game in Cincinnati … then stick around for the 4pm games. Roost #4 runs a 50/50 raffle during the Ravens game … all proceeds benefit Special Olympics Maryland. C’mon out, grabs some food and drinks, enjoy the game, and cheer for the Ravens as they prepare for their playoff run! Go Ravens!!!
Iggy’s Ravens Report – December 26, 2012
Finally, a convincing win. The Giants elected to receive (not defer) the opening kickoff, and the Raven’s D came out strong again. The weak Giants D allowed the Ravens to move the ball freely all afternoon, leaving Eli off balance and out of Sync again. Now, the Ravens will face the Bengals in a relatively meaningless game since Cincinnati has clinched the 6 seed, and the Ravens don’t have much hope of changing their current positioning of 4 seed. If New England were to lose (4:25 game) to Miami, and the Ravens win, we could move into the #3 spot, but, at 10.5 point favorites, the patriots are expected to walk all over the fins. At the #4 seed, the Ravens will host the Luck-y Colts for a Wild Card round playoff game. If they were to sneak up into the #3 spot, they would host Cincinnati for that game instead. A first round bye is right out, thanks to the shellacking we took at the hands of Eli’s big brother, and team nemesis, Peyton.
This week, the Ravens play their best Friend: The team that took the pittsburgh stealers out of the playoffs. The keys to the game are quite simple: Stay loose and healthy. The Ravens need to move the ball consistently on offense, and remain persistent on defense so they don’t waddle into the playoffs scratching their head. Most importantly, however, is to stay healthy. We made the playoffs, and our positioning is unlikely to change, so play some good football, but don’t kill ourselves for the next week, which is poised to be an emotional (Pagano) game against another rising star.
Before I end this week, I have a few words on Average Joe Flacco. Joe is the best and longest lasting Quarterback this franchise has had in it’s short history, but questions still need to be asked about his future in Baltimore. Sporting average (or slightly above) numbers, Joe (and coach Harbs) has lead the Ravens to the Playoffs for 5 straight years, with the potential of posting playoff wins in all 5 of those years. Earlier in his tenure, he was riding the strength of the defense for good field position to bolster the teams results, but with the defense struggling with injuries, the results have been more volatile this season. Joe has asked for top tier quarterback money, but elite quarterbacks win Super Bowls, and the Ravens have not, despite being well poised to do so last year. The Ravens are not built for a deep playoff run this year either (surprise me), which leaves a lot of questions for Joe and his future in Baltimore. Cam Cameron, believed to be the one holding Joe back, is now gone, so it is all on Joe now. He has until the end of this season (post season included) to earn the big paycheck he has been asking for, or accept something less. The Ravens would be foolish to franchise Joe, but sending him out to check out the market is just as foolish since there is always an “Arizona” out there with money to spend, who will over pay for a proven (but average) 5 year NFL starter. With a make-shift front line protecting him, Joe needs to find a way to make things happen, or hard decisions will need to be made by both both Flacco and the Ravens.
With a 33 to 14 win over the New York Giants the Ravens clinch the AFC North (their second straight) and a first round home game!!! Go Ravens!!
Ravens Roost 4 will hold a tailgate par-tay on Sunday, December 23rd (Christmas Eve Eve) starting by 11am in the parking lot behind ABC Rental at the corner of Russell. & Hamburg Streets. Ravens host Giants @ 4:25pm at M&T Bank Stadium. C’mon out! We’re still here … the world didn’t end! Maybe that’s a sign for the Ravens! Go Ravens!!!
Iggy’s Ravens Report – December 18, 2012
After 3 straight games of “Win and you are in” Division clinching matches (that we lost), the Ravens backed into the playoffs, thanks to the virtual pick-6 that Ben threw against Dallas in overtime. That’s right. pittsburgh put us in the playoffs. Now, back to our game, pass protection stank and running game never got running. The defense, despite their injuries, looked good for a while, but losing the time of possession battle did them in. If Flacco wants to back up his claims of being elite, then he can’t fumble the opening possession, and then throw a 98 yard pick 6, which forever changed the complexion of the game, turning what could have been a 10-7 half-time deficit into a 17-0 flop.
This week, Joe goes against the guy he is most apt to compare himself to: Eli. Both QBs numbers of the last several seasons are extremely comparable with only one glaring exception: Eli has a pair of Stupid Bowl rings, and Joe only has tidy bowl rings. This game can go either way with both teams sucking on Defense thus far this season, and both offenses have been as consistent as a random number generator. This game means more to the Giants, because a loss could toss them out of the playoff picture, where as Baltimore is already clinched a playoff spot, but are pushing for that ever elusive home playoff game.
This year the Ravens Roost adopted 7 families of three children each through the Salvation Army for our Pay It Forward effort. Seven team captains volunteered to take on the responsibility of raising $100.00 for food gift cards and presents (clothes and toys) for the families. The Roost also donated an additional $700.00 dollars for food for Thanksgiving for those same families.
In addition Ravens Roost #4 donated toys to the Families Who Have been Affected by Domestic Violence. In that effort, Jack and Candace raffled off a Torrey Smith autographed jersey to buy clothes and toys. Jack and Candace also held a toy drive during the Roost’s annual Christmas party and bowling event to raise money for Special Olympics.
Candace was happy to report that her SUV was loaded to the ceiling with all of the generous gifts. Jack and Candace, as chair of this years effort, want to thank each of you for your kindness. It means so much for these families.