Reminder – Ravens Roosts Convention registration is due next week! Zeke will be at Jilly’s today from 6-7:30 and next Wednesday (4/17) from 6-7:30 collecting forms and fees. $55 per person – checks payable to Ravens Roost 4. See Zeke to register tonight or Wednesday.
Roost #4 held their annual bull & oyster roast (a.k.a. Beef, Beer, & Bay Bash) on Saturday, March 23rd, at The Lodge in Catonsville. Nearly 300 people attended and enjoyed the celebration of the Ravens Super Bowl Championship! Congrats to Roost #4 Formula 4 Success Scholarship Award winners - Nicholas Crabill (Glenelg) and Trevon Jacks (Wilde Lake)! Attached are a bunch of photos from the event (thanks to Scott Habicht!) Special thanks to Bull Roast Chairpersons – Kim & Dennis Colhouer, DJ Dean Volmer, Monaghan’s for great food, The Lodge for their hospitality, former Baltimore Bruce Laird of the 4th & Goal Foundation for joining our celebration, Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts President – Charlotte Krause - for showing support to our event, and all of the Roost #4 volunteers who helped make the event a huge success!
Flacco is set to portray Johnny Unitas in an upcoming movie about Unitas’ life, according to Baltimore Sun. The Small budget “Unitas We Stand” (Based on Tom Callahan’s best-selling book: “Johnny U: The Life and Times of Johnny Unitas”) plans to use Flacco in the final few scenes of the 23-17 championship game against the New York Giants. A February 2014 release is planned… Ravens continued their purge of disruptive players, releasing Brandon Ayenbadejo… No news yet on the 2013 schedule, although the preseason schedule has been released. The Ravens will play at Tampa for week 1, host Atlanta and Carolina (ESPN) for weeks 2 and 3, and then finish the preseason in St. Louis.
Flacco is no longer the highest over-paid player in the NFL. Tony Romo’s new deal puts him at the top of the list without the hardware to back it up like Flacco… Several NFL players are railing against the new rule on leading with your helmet. Ray Rice is the latest to speak out against the new rule… Ravens resigned Albert McClellan and Arther Jones, while also picking up CB/S Michael Huff from Oakland… Schedule should be out soon, and the Ravens are expected to open on the road, in Denver.
Don’t blame the O’s for the Ravens opening up on the road, probably in Denver or Pittsburgh. Blame Roger Goodall. In all fairness, the O’s had their schedule out first. In a game featuring potentially 2 playoff teams, the O’s host the Chicago White Sox, in what is scheduled as the Sox only trip to Baltimore in 2013, thanks to a new schedule restructuring intent on reducing travel costs. The potential lost revenue for moving that game time could be significant if the O’s shock analyst again and challenge for the division title. Don’t get me wrong. The Orioles could have moved that game, and still profited from it. That’s not the issue. It’s Baseball versus Football at the commissioner’s level. Goodall’s statement that the season could not open up on Wednesday night in Baltimore is petrified bovine fecal matter. The NFL has never strayed away from placing games on religious holidays. They have played on Rosh Hashanah in the past, and have repeatedly put games on Christmas Eve and Christmas night, without hesitation. Mr. Goodall played the playground bully card: It’s my ball, and I’m going home — Whose gonna stop me?
In other news, and probably the biggest Raven free agent news since Flacco, is the signing of Elvis Dumervil. The named I hated hearing all season long, just because it sounded silly, is now they ultimate name on on Defense. Say it with me: Doom-er-ville! All of the sudden, I like the sound of it, and his 11 sacks in 2012.
Just a few quick reminders …
Roost #4 holds their Annual Bull & Oyster Roast at 7pm this Saturday night (3/23) at The Lodge in Catonsville. The event is basically SOLD OUT. Our two Roost #4 Formula 4 Success Scholarship awards will be presented to the recipients at the event! Members attending are still encouraged to donate a bottle of booze to be used as a prize on the wheel (if you haven’t already done so).
Roost #4 has their monthly meeting at 7pm this coming Monday night (3/25) at Jilly’s.
As for the raffle tickets for the two 2013 Ravens Season tickets, if you haven’t yet picked-up your raffle tickets (all Roost #4 members are committed to sell at least 5 tickets each), please do so prior to Monday’s meeting at Jilly’s (tickets will be available from 6-7 pm) or at our Bull & Oyster Roast this Saturday (from 7-9pm). If you’re unable to attend the bull roast or meeting, please ask a friend to pick-up your tickets so we don’t have to mail them out. The raffle of the Ravens season tickets funds our Roost #4 Formula 4 Success Scholarship Fund.
With the Orioles already schedule to play on the same night as the NFL season would like to kick off in Baltimore, the Ravens could open on the road if an agreement between the NFL and the Orioles cannot be made, reports a Bleacher Report Article. I saw this coming soon after the Ravens won the Super Bowl.
I think the diaspora has finally dissipated. The Offense lacks a go-to receiver, and the defense is in runes… or is it? Pete Prisco on CBS had an interesting article outlining what we lost, and what we have to replace the holes. His summary is that we will be okay, and I feel the same way. We do have money available, and we have pulled in a few lesser free agents, but all in all, the only thing we really need right now is a go-to receiver (I guess we were too quick to trade Q), and McKinnie to sure up the front line, because without that front line, Joe is just average, and not Super Bowl MVP.