Pitta should miss at least one more week. If he can come back next week after (hopefully) a Ravens win, things could start looking up. This is a huge(I cant stress huge enough) upgrade from Dickson and Clarke. He’s a good run blocker and safety blanket for Flacco, the offense desperately needs him. When healthy, he finds seems in the middle of zones and can stretch the field vertically. This is very good news for the down but not out Baltimore Ravens.
Tim Hudson just signed with San Fran for 2 years 23 mil. He is coming off a serious injury and is 38. I think the Orioles should be spending their money on younger and healthier players. 11.5 a year is too much of a risk for a low market team like the O’s. There is also buzz around the Orioles looking seriously at Carlos Beltran. If the O’s are going to spend, this is the year in free agency. It sounds like Beltran wants at least a 3 year deal. Im guessing he’d make around 13-15 a year, and if a bidding war begins, it could be bad news for the O’s. Apparently the Yankees, Red Sox, Royals, and a few other teams are very interested. If the O’s are willing to spend, they should send 3 years 45 mil to Beltran, go pick up a starting pitcher for 8-10 mil a year, sign a right handed power/average hitting DH, and ink Omar Infante or trade for Ian Kinsler(Texas), Howie Kendrick(LAA), or another proven second basemen. These additions to the team could really help the Orioles over the hump of last year in which Nate McLouth slumped, Brian Roberts got hurt, the DH position could not get it together all year, and the starting pitching was miserable.
A few, but not all the avalibe veteran starting pitchers include: Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, Bartolo Colon, Hiroki Kuroda, A.J. Burnett, Ricky Nolasco, Matt Garza, Josh Johnson, Scott Kazmir, and Phil Hughes. With Hudson signing for 2y 23mil, the top tier pitchers will be looking for the same. This means pitchers like Phil Hughes, Scott Kazmir, Ricky Nolasco and a few others could go for 8-10 mil a year. The question is, would these pitchers be worth it? With Gausman and Bundy on the cusp of being dominate pitchers, should the O’s pull the trigger? Bundy should be throwing in December and ready to go for the beginning of the season. Gausman struggled with command last year, but should preform better next season with the experience he got this year. The current rotation of Tillman, Gonzalez, Chen, Hammel, Norris, and Feldman does not cut it in the AL East. Feldman and Hammel are free agents, and I expect them to walk. Replacing Hammel with Ubaldo/Colon/E Santana/J Johnson could make a huge difference. The rotation would look like (new pitcher), Tillman, Gonzalez, Chen, and Norris. If the 2-4 and stay healthy and Bud Norris gets back to his Ace days at Houston, this could be a very good rotation.
The Ravens were finally able to move the ball on the ground, but struggled mightily in the passing game. With the running game success one would have thought Flacco would have been calm and collected in the pocket, but it was the complete opposite. He missed WRs, threw a pair of INTs(led to 3 points), was sacked 3 times, and looked uncomfortable all game. The Ravens OLine probably had their best game of the year(not saying much), and it looks like the addition of Eugene Monroe may end up being a good move. They are starting to play as a unit. Ray Rice looks like he found that burst he has been missing all season. Could be good moving forward.
The defense was strong all game. Forte is a tough player to stop, and he was able to move the chains all game with his 125 yards of total offense. The secondary kept Brandon Marshall in check, but did allow Jeffery 80+ yards. It really is pick your poison with those two. Overall, the secondary played well. The front 7 gave up 100, but seemed to play stronger as the game progressed. The defense played well with all the talents on the Bears offense. This game came down to terrible play from Flacco.
Torrey Smith posted weak yardage again with 32 yards on 5 catches(8 targets). He did score a big TD to take the lead in the second quarter. He needs more touches, and should be in double digit targets with the amount of passing the Ravens usually do. Jacoby Jones continues to be a no factor. The TEs have not been playing well and need to step up as 3rd down targets to move the chains. The offense needs to find some sort of rhythm(and need to improve their 1-5 road record).
Next week is a huge game at M&T Bank vs the Jets. This is a must win, especially with the Bengals playing the Chargers after their week 12 bye week.
Is this the week the Ravens are finally able establish some sort of run game? The Bears are allowing over 129.4 rush yards per game, which is 31st in the league. The Ravens need to run the ball on early downs and use play action to stretch the field. Bernard Pierce needs to see more carries. Not knocking Ray Rice, but Pierce has been more effective. The Bears defense is banged up, playing without Peanut Tillman, Jay Ratliff, and Lance Briggs. Flacco and company should be able to move the chains all game(SHOULD).
The Bears offense will be a tough matchup for the improved Raven’s defense. They are 8th in passing yards (261.7) and 16th (111) in rushing. Playmakers Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and TE Martellus Bennett will be a handful for the secondary and linebackers. Luckily, Jay Cutler is not playing, although Josh McCown has been decent in his reserve duties. Limiting Forte will be huge. They will go to him early and often. Shutting down Forte will allow the Ravens to keep the safeties back in passing situations, which will be help the corners with the 6’4 Marshall and 6’3 Jeffery. The pass rush should pressure McCown all game. Dumervile and Suggs should have no problem against the Bears offensive tackles. The secondary, especially the corners, will need to play like they did last week.
Prediction: 27-20 Ravens. Rice and Pierce combine for 120 and 1 TD. Dumervile and Suggs each get at least 1 sack. Secondary holds McCown to under 250. Forte held under 100.
So, I was watching No Strings Attached last night and had a few observations during the movie. 1.) Ashton Kutcher is a squid, 2.) That movie is complete crap, 3.) Natalie Portman should not have been cast for that role, even though I love her, 4.) Friends with Benefits cast was much better, and many other things. Ashton Kutcher just emulates ‘squidness’ in this movie. This got me to thinking of ‘squid’ characteristics, so I came up with a list for the ladies out there. Is your man a squid? Here is a list that will cover characteristics and trends of your average squid.
1.) Drives with 2 hands
This is the reason I started this list. Ashton Kutcher is a 2 handed driver in No Strings Attached, just looking like a straight squid. What a loser. This should be the number one thing to look for.
2.) Wears sneakers with jeans
Big debate about this on Barstool. Wearing sneaks and jeans hasn’t been cool since high school. Grow up.
3.) Drives a Jetta (with tinted windows for bonus points)
This is a chick car men. Get it together.
4.) Prefers Friends over Seinfeld
This should be number one. Any dude who prefers to watch Friends instead of Seinfeld is a loser. I don’t ever want to meet a person with this preference, unless they are a ridiculously good looking woman.
5.) Buttons top botton of short sleeve polo
Examples: Drake, LeBron James.
6.) Has a white iPhone
Note: I currently have a white iPhone only because I broke my phone and the insurance only had white iPhone’s available. Pretty upset by this.
7.) Smokes cigarettes
Bonus point for E-Cigarettes.
8.) Pretends like they don’t like 90’s boy bands / new catchy songs.
Living in denial is no way to go through life son.
9.) They can fit into your jeans
Unless your Topanga, your SO should not be able to fit into your jeans.
10.) Buys shots of vodka at the bar
11.) Wears sleeveless winter jackets
It cold out there buddy, might want to find your sleves.
12.) Constant Facebook poster
No one cares.
13.) Huge EDM fan
14.) Played Lacrosse in college
15.) Pierced ears
Never was cool, even though you thought it was in 6th grade.
Somewhere out there are stolen X-RATED PHOTOS of Nicolas Cage getting down and dirty with the mother of his son Weston … law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
According to law enforcement, the intimate pics were stolen by a former handyman, who broke into Christina Fulton‘s house in April and jacked four computers and a box of wild photos.
The handyman, Ricardo Orozco, was arrested last month and charged with felony burglary. He’s pled not guilty and is currently being held on $1 MILLION bail.
The photos have yet to be recovered, and we’re told police are actively on the hunt.
I have been waiting for these photos for years, and they are finally on the cusp of being revealed! My hero and mentor(I wish) Nic Cage has photos of him in his element in the hands of the public. We all know Nicolas Cage is insane in public and in his movies, so I am guessing these photos are going to be out of this world. I can’t even imagine what kind of ridiculous stuff Cage get’s turned on by. If police find these photos before they are released, I will be devastated. I need to know what fuels the real most interesting man in the world’s sex drive.
Must see website: http://niccageaseveryone.blogspot.com/
City leaders unveiled an ambitious long-term plan for the Inner Harbor Wednesday designed to restore pizazz to a vital area that’s beginning to show its age.
The “Inner Harbor 2.0” plan calls for constructing a pedestrian bridge to connect Harbor East with Federal Hill, turning Rash Field into a grassy park and squaring Light Street to link McKeldin Plaza to the harbor amphitheater. Other elements include a kayak launch, bike share program and urban beach, featuring a floating swimming pool.
I moved to Federal Hill this year and was expecting the Inner Harbor to be amazing. Okay, before I start, the Inner Harbor is very nice, and a great place to walk around to kill time or get something to eat(pricey though). I expected there to be plenty of day drinking events, sports, concerts, etc, but it’s kind of boring. Adding a beach and park along with the bridge from Fed to Harbor East could really improve the social life down there. Bike share, kayaking, and other sports events will also be a plus. These renovations should hopefully bring some events to the Inner Harbor which will make it much more appealing for the 20-30 year old crowd. A lot of potential in this plan. I like what I’m seeing B-More.
A Georgetown women’s basketball player lost her shoe, tried to put it on while on defense, and then threw it in the air to try and block an uncontested shot that she should have been defending. Who throws a shoe, honestly? This little stint put women’s basketball back 20 years. After Brittney Griner brought her beastliness to women’s college bball and actually made some noise last year, this happens. They can never catch a break… Poor women’s basketball.
(MLB Trade Rumors) “The Orioles are intrigued by free agent starter Tim Hudson and have discussed him internally, reports Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. The 38-year-old righty fits the Orioles’ profile, and the O’s have Braves connections in recent hires Dave Wallace and Dom Chiti.”
This.. this is what dreams are made of. I would love to know what “the Orioles’ profile” is. I love this time of year– football season, NCAA Basketball has begun, and the MLB Hot Stove is just warming up.
Bottom line, our pitching stunk more than the poop plant in Essex last year. I love this team, but tough decisions must be made in order for us to move forward with the strong foundations we have in place in Davis, Machado, Bundy, Schoop, etc. Will a 38-year old Hudson, recovering from a severe ankle injury, be the missing piece to the puzzle? No. Probably not. But it’s a veteran presence in the clubhouse with enough dominant pitching experience to go around. I don’t just like it, I love it. Bring Huddy to Baltimore.