Thursday, March 29, 2007

IT WAS 23 YEARS AGO TODAY


Twenty three years ago, Baltimore Colts fans began hemorrhaging and for some the bleeding has yet to stop. Bob Irsay, never a lucid man whose life was soaked in alcohol did the unthinkable and ripped a huge part of Baltimore’s heritage when he uprooted the Colts and took them to Indianapolis courtesy of Mayflower Vans. (Watch it here: Colts)

You’ve heard the story many times. Perhaps you are tired of hearing about it and if that is in fact your opinion, you are certainly entitled to it but such short-sightedness rapes future generations of Baltimore sports fans of their heritage. It rapes you of yours. It should matter to you.

Fans outside of Baltimore don’t understand our angst and many believe we only have ourselves to blame for Irsay taking the Colts to Indy. Attendance was wretched but that had everything to do with the way Irsay and his henchman Joe Thomas completely disregarded the city’s emotional attachment to its aging gridiron heroes and sent them out of town like a commodity broker trading pork bellies.

I remember my days as a marketing intern with the Colts during their final years here. My colleagues and I would go out to area malls and camp out in one of those kiosks soliciting opinions about the team from shoppers. We inquired about the support of the team or lack thereof and almost unanimously, Bob Irsay was the object of their disdain.

Baltimore played the eminent domain card. It obviously failed. Maybe our city didn’t whine enough to the NFL like Cleveland did. Hindsight being what it is, we should have fought harder for our name and colors and heritage.

We can fight for our heritage. The name and colors unfortunately are a lost cause. Help us fight the fight here at ColtsHeritage.com.

Twenty three years…that was a long time ago despite the fresh wounds that suggest that it wasn’t….

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Bisciotti Dancing With The Stars


Jamison Hensley did a fine job with his interview of Steve Bisciotti. We too will have one coming soon and we will be sure to complement and not duplicate Jamison’s efforts. But that said, did you notice how Hensley twice inquired about Jamal Lewis and twice Bisciotti shuffled around the subject of Lewis by focusing upon Adalius Thomas?

Maybe Emmitt Smith will be passing his dancing torch over to you there Steve...

I also found Bisciotti’s comments about Jonathan Ogden to be very interesting.
“I know he's an emotional guy and he was worn out at the end of the year because of his personal tragedies. I think that guys who have managed their money well have earned the right to consider the alternative of retirement. Jonathan has earned the right to think selfishly.”

We expect the players to carry the same passion and then some that we do as fans. We look at them playing a child’s game and earning millions as the bearers of the American Dream and we can’t relate to them wanting to walk away when there’s more gas in the proverbial tank.

We just can’t relate.

If you hit the lottery, would you work as hard at your job?

Would you even continue working?

J.O. has hit the lottery but it has taken him 32 plus years to walk up to that window and cash in his ticket. He could you know. But he won’t. Read The Grapevine from yesterday. This little “mechanism” is a clue.
Also from that famous friend of a friend, I’m told J.O. is returning.

School is in Session: Ozzie Teaches New Math


As a Ravens fan, I kinda dig this new math from Professor Oz. When you add it up, it looks like a win for the good guys. Let’s get out those calculators…

Here’s who they lost last year to free agency:



Maake Kemoeatu
Tony Weaver
Chester Taylor
Will Demps
Dave Zastudil
Darnell Dinkins
Anthony Wright

Kemo was a good guy, pretty decent player but Haloti Ngata he is not…ah!

Tony Weaver, another good guy but after signing Trevor Pryce, I have to ask, "Tony who?" Oh and by the way, Pryce didn’t factor into the compensatory pick equation because he was a Denver cap casualty just like Derrick Mason and Samari Rolle were last year.

Chester Taylor, ok that one hurt a bit this year...

Will Demps, yet another good guy, man-about-town sidekick of Kyle Boller’s but Demps’ best season wasn’t as good as Dawan Landry’s rookie season.

Dave Zastudil…the Ravens traded Zastudil’s 35.7 yard net average and 11 punts inside the 20 in ‘05 for Sam Koch’s 37.6 yard net average and 30 punts inside the 20 in ’06.

Darnell Dinkins was replaced by Quinn Sypniewski. Dinkins had 3 tackles and 2 catches for the Browns in 14 games. Sypniewski had 2 tackles and 2 catches in 16 games. Dinkins cost more.

Anthony Wright v. Kyle Boller. Ok we’ve seen enough of that but I’ll take Boller.

Now to get Steve McNair the Ravens traded away this year’s fourth round pick to the Titans. On Monday, the Ravens got that back with a compensatory pick.

To get Willis McGahee the Ravens traded two threes and a No. 7 pick. On Monday they picked up another No. 4, a 5 and a 6 as additional compensatory picks.

Why don’t we play a little Let’s Make a Deal?

Ravens fans….behind Door No. 1 there’s Kemo, Weaver, Taylor, Demps, Zastudil, Dinkins, Wright and the following draft picks: a No. 3, No. 4 and No. 7 in 2007 plus a No. 3 in 2008.

And then behind Door No. 2 there’s Ngata, Pryce, McGahee, Landry, Koch, Sypniewski, McNair and the following draft picks: two No. 4’s, a No. 5 and a No. 6 in 2007.

Monte Hall has nothing on Ozzie Newsome.

And by the way, there was more good news for the Ravens on Monday that isn’t being discussed until now. The Niners got a third round compensatory pick for Julian Peterson in this year’s NFL draft. The 2007 Pro Bowler had 89 tackles this season to go with 10 sacks, 1 interception and 5 passes defended in 16 games. If AD matches his 2006 performance (83 tackles, 11 sacks, 1 interception and 6 passes defended) next season with the Patriots, given his salary and certain Pro Bowl status, it is a near lock that his loss will score a third round compensatory pick for the Ravens.

Go ahead, add it up!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

WHY ARE INDY COLTS' FANS SO ANGRY?


I have to tell you, I really thought that the Indianapolis Colts' fan base would be more supportive of our attempt to restore Baltimore’s football heritage. My rationale was that they had just won a Super Bowl, it’s been so long and as a result they would be more empathetic towards our crusade.

Maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree with message board posters who apparently are jaded by past verbal spars with Baltimore fans over the Colts name, colors, etc. and as a result, they really aren’t open minded towards our plea. But I’m very surprised by the angst of these Indy fans on Indystar.com's Colts message board.

You’d think that I just relieved myself in their celebratory pint glasses.

I was careful to be polite despite the insults (that 24x7 visitor and former contributor Tim Sylvester mentioned
here) and I often complimented the team and city. Yet the flame out continued and despite the use of foul language by Indy Colts fans, my posts were deleted.

Maybe they wouldn’t be so nasty if the Hoosiers were in the Elite 8.

Wonder if John Mellencamp could help?

This is OUR country, right?

What's In a Name?


Boy the Houston Texans sure are a finely tuned organization, aren’t they?

Well if you like Yugos I suppose they are….

Anyway, while reading about the Texans’ release of Domanick Williams my first thought was, “Who?” Turns out that Williams used to be Domanick Davis. Hey does that mean his career records are reset? The Colts moved to Indy…those records should be reset too right?

Different circumstances I know but what’s up with all these name changes? Williams now and before Maurice Drew got married (or something) and he’s now Maurice Jones-Drew or is it Drew-Jones?

Remember when former Raven Michael Jackson was a Brown and changed his last name to Dyson for one week? Funny thing is, fantasy footballers tried to pick up Dyson on the waiver wire after a “debut” with solid activity only to find out later that he was the namesake of “hee-heeeeee.”

Name changing for men has been going on for awhile most of which have to do with newfound religious convictions. Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali; Bobby Moore became Ahmad Rashad; Lew Alcindor became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Cat Stevens became Yusuf Islam.

Wonder if that happened on a Saturday night when he didn’t have anybody?

Then of course there’s Sean Combs who became Puff Daddy who is now P. Diddy.

Prince was Prince Rogers Nelson at birth and then became The Artist Formerly Known As Prince and now he’s Prince again.

Let’s go crazy…let’s get nuts.

So, on the topic of getting nuts (by the way Almond Joy’s got nuts…Mounds don’t) let’s do a little of that with names….

Pacman Jones-Apologizes

Tom Brady-Bundchen

The Idiot Formerly Known as Porter

Chris O’No-Henry

Ben Dover-Roethlisberger (Bart’s coming)!
Any other suggestions?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A Recap of The Ed Block Courage Awards


The Ed Block Courage Awards Banquet is traditionally rich with stories of inspiration and conquests of the human spirit. Each of those athletes were reached by someone or something that brought them face to face with their touchstone of inspiration and it steered their will to succeed down a path that many dream of yet few follow.

For me the Ed Block Courage Awards Banquet serves as an annual reminder that the NFL is choc full of players who are kind, giving and God-fearing men and that their numbers and significance far outweigh and dwarf the severe inadequacies of human beings like PacMan Jones and Chris Henry and Joey Porter. The banquet offers proof that no mountain can deny the determination and perseverance of a properly channeled will yearning for success.

The players find that determination and strength to persevere from many sources: from their own parents to a college roommate; from financial hardship to the children of Courage Houses across the country like St. Vincent’s here in Baltimore.

For me, my inspiration comes from my Dad. As a mason and eventually a partner in a small masonry company, he struggled to put me through private schools throughout college and always reminded me as I worked with him during summers and through the grueling physical demands of the occupation, “If you learn anything while you are out here, learn that you don’t want to do this for a living.”

Coming from a man who willingly did that every day of his life, it was hard not to allow his generosity and selflessness propel my will to succeed. To my Dad, my friend, my inspiration, thank you.

*****

As for last night’s awards ceremonies, here are the things that I witnessed that I’ll remember and that I walked away with:

Detroit Lions Director of Security Ricky Sandoval: Steve Mariucci with style and class and emotion introduced Sandoval who was given a 4-7% chance of survival after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May of 2005. Sandoval’s attitude – “Well then I have a chance.” Sandoval’s award was the first of its kind. Never before has it been given to anyone but a NFL player. To a man the Detroit Lions believed that Sandoval was their club’s deserving recipient.

Chicago Bears, QB Rex Grossman: No one in the NFL was ridiculed, ripped or criticized more than Rex Grossman in 2006. Despite some rather horrific performances last year, Grossman held his head high, his teammates supported him and his head coach never wavered from starting him despite the massive outcry for his benching. Listening to Grossman last night, it’s easy to see why and it’s hard not to hope for special things for a young man who hardly avoids adversity but instead dares it to stop him.

Jon Ryan, P Green Bay Packers: Ryan learned during training camp that his dad had been diagnosed with cancer. He lost his dad during the season, a man who clearly inspired this young man immensely. Ryan’s dad Bob was involved with abused children and committed his time and energy to support and nurture them, similar to the namesake of this award. Jon Ryan was clearly caught up in a perfect storm of emotion while accepting his award – understandably so and for a moment, his mind went blank and he stood there speechless. Mark Viviano was superb in complimenting Ryan and getting his train of thought back on track. Ryan was extremely humbled by the award and you could feel through his body language and the look in his eyes how desperately he wished his dad could be there for that one moment in time. The rest of us wished exactly the same.

A few general observations…the players almost unanimously wished for more time with the children of the St. Vincent’s Center. I say, “Give it to them!”…The attendance by the recipients was lacking as were the excuses in my opinion for their absences. If any team could stand to use a shot in the public relations arm it’s the Cincinnati Bengals. Yet Carson Palmer was a no-show…Scott Garceau knows his way around the Ed Block stage and he and Viviano should be teamed more often in the future…Rachel Nichols from ESPN was nowhere near on par with her ESPN alums who have co-hosted in the past…This is an annual must for all of you to refill your inspirational fuel tank. If this event does provide inspiration, you are not inspirable.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Colts Heritage Petition/Resolution Unanimously Approved by City Council




Yesterday the City Council approved a nonbinding resolution calling on the Pro Football Hall of Fame to separate the history of the Baltimore Colts from the Indianapolis Colts. I’d like to thank City Councilman Bob Curran for his support and the others that I met yesterday who put their support behind the resolution.

The responses to coltsheritage.com and the accompanying petition to the Pro Football Hall of Fame have been overwhelmingly positive. Some of the unfortunately and sadly jaded within our fine community have criticized our efforts as a means of self promotion and for taking credit for something that was already in the works.

To those people (who thankfully are in the extreme minority) I say, “Who cares?”

Who gets credit for a successful crusade is irrelevant. What is relevant is that we are successful as a community. What is relevant is that we care about Baltimore’s Football Heritage and if somehow that is restored properly in the NFL’s ultimate shrine, how great would that be?

The Sun reported last Thursday that the HOF has already begun the process of making changes to their presentation and the Hall’s Joe Horrigan is on record saying, "The existing room that [Baltimore Colts fans] find most objectionable will be gone."

But does that mean it will be enough to please Baltimore Colts fans? Will the Colts have their own exhibit? Will their records stand alone? Will they be presented alongside the Ravens as a Baltimore City exhibit? Or will there be new objections that arise because the renovated display still falls short of expectations?

Time will tell but until these questions are answered we must continue to push and push. There will be no release from the pedal to the metal. Instead the integrity of the proverbial car’s floor board should be threatened by the pressure applied.

When we present this petition, I want to be able to look in the mirror and know that I’ve done my best, that together we’ve weathered the drivel of the unfortunate few extreme and jaded doubters who question the petition’s motive.

The motives are clear. Let’s restore Baltimore’s football heritage and let’s do something for the players that did so much for all of us all those years ago. It’s that simple.

Maybe one day, each of us can walk through the Pro Football Hall of Fame and see a display that properly presents our city and through our signatures, we can feel good about what we’ve collectively accomplished while the jaded among us can feel guilty for being cynical doubters.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Baltimoreans Are a Bunch of Whiners!


“Baltimoreans are a bunch of whiners!”

I have received some emails that read exactly like that since launching ColtsHeritage.com. I’ve also been asked why Baltimore is any different than Los Angeles or St. Louis or New York or Houston when it comes to restoring the city’s football heritage. It’s a good question.

Those that have grown up in Baltimore understand. Those that haven’t don’t view the disregard of Baltimore’s sports heritage any differently than those other cities.

Los Angeles doesn’t care enough. The NFL is dying to return to that city yet they can’t gather enough interest in the NFL to take the collective mind of the community off of surf boards on Sunday.

New York? C’mon! This is the city that doesn’t sleep! The Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants left – no big deal. I'm sure they were missed but New Yorkers had many alternatives.

Now Baltimore is a different story and only true Baltimoreans can fully comprehend the importance of the Colts and Baltimore. Baltimore has seemingly forever stood in the shadows of Philadelphia and DC. As hard as it is for this Baltimoron to admit, those cities have greater cultural reaches than Charm City does. That’s just the way it is.

That doesn’t make Baltimore insignificant, just less significant, hence our collective inferiority complex when standing in those shadows.

The Colts brought attention to Baltimore. They were the first “America’s Team.” We loved them. They were entwined in the community. The players sent their kids to the same schools, they frequented the same pubs and bowling alleys and churches. And they helped to illuminate Baltimore on the map.

Barry Levinson’s movie Diner, while defined by fictional characters wasn’t exactly fiction. In fact it was more biographical than fictional. The Colts mattered to Baltimore and their legacy still matters to the city and to the players that represented the city. Just ask them.

Of the other cities mentioned, clearly Baltimore’s football heritage is richer and more significant than Houston’s or St. Louis’. But that doesn’t mean those heritages are insignificant. Doing the right thing for Baltimore might help pave the way to do the right thing for Houston and St. Louis. After all, it makes no sense for the “Tyler Rose”, Earl Campbell to be presented in the Tennessee Titans display nor does it pass the test of rational thinking to place Dan Dierdorf or Roger Wehrli in the Hall as Arizona Cardinals.

Those cities don’t embrace those players any more than Baltimoreans would embrace Otto Graham or Jim Brown if the current Baltimore franchise was called the Baltimore Browns.

If whining means having civic pride, then please pass me a tissue – I’m guilty as charged.

Now if you can kindly step aside, I have more whining to do!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Baltimore's NFL Heritage


The Baltimore Colts will never play another NFL game but at least their memory should remain alive. They earned your respect and adulation as players and they deserve your support in preserving their legacies.

Let's be clear... Charm City is Ravenstown. Baltimore no longer dons the blue and white. It now bleeds purple. The city has its own home team just as the Colts have a home in Indianapolis. Yet the players who left parts of their broken bodies on 33rd Street at Memorial Stadium no longer have a home. They are aging and unfortunately some have passed.

The time has come to distinguish these men in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as Baltimore Colts. Besides, does Indianapolis really want Baltimore's players in its exhibit? Would you want theirs?

Restoring the Baltimore Colts’ tradition is a simple yet grossly overdue change that will enable future generations of fans to understand the relevance of Baltimore in the NFL’s remarkable history and to enable the accomplishments of these men to echo in eternity.

It’s the right thing to do.

Together, let's stand up and be counted.

Together let's be heard. Log on to www.coltsheritage.com and sign the petition. Together we can help preserve the history of the NFL, ensure that the Pro Football Hall of Fame presents it accurately and restore Baltimore's rich football heritage.

UNITAS WE STAND!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

McGahee A Raven: What's Willis Talkin' About Now?

Today the Ravens did the deal and Willis McGahee is now a Raven. While I like McGahee on the team’s roster, I’m not convinced yet that the price paid (a No. 3 pick in ’07 and ’08 plus a No. 7 in ’07) is fair. It could be.

The Ravens haven’t done well with No. 3’s in the past but justifying the picks with that type of thinking is without question a pessimistic approach and undermines the competency of the organization.

Instead, let’s look at like this….

This year’s No. 3 pick is the 92nd overall pick. Let’s plug in McGahee there. Given the team’s glaring need at RB and the limited quality at the position in this draft, that’s not too bad. This year’s No. 7 is now scheduled to be the 220th overall pick but remember, several fourth, fifth and sixth round compensatory picks will be plugged in ahead of that.

And speaking of compensatory picks, the Ravens are likely to land 3 to 4 of those for the departures last year of Chester Taylor, Tony Weaver, Maake Kemoeatu and Will Demps. Next year, the Ravens will certainly pick up a few more with this year’s losses of Adalius Thomas, Tony Pashos and Ovie Mughelli, all near the top of the food chain in terms of wages.

All of this is likely to ease the pain of the relinquished No. 7 and next year’s 3. Besides, the Ravens seventh round picks probably aren’t as good historically as their undrafted free agents.

You with me? You ok with this so far?

No here comes the “what if”.

What if the contract for McGahee guarantees the former Bill $16 million or more and he performs no better than Jamal Lewis? The bet here is that he will be a fairly measurable upgrade over the Jamal Lewis of 2004-06. Whether he is worth the handsome contract that Drew Rosenhaus undoubtedly orchestrated remains to be seen.

Stay tuned for the numbers….

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES EDWIN


When we started 24x7 and subsequently GAMETIME, one of first Ravens to extend his time to us was Edwin Mulitalo. I remember Edwin graciously setting aside a few moments to discuss the Ravens in between workouts, time with his family and a Sunday morning mass. That right there tells you so much about a man that I’ve come to respect and admire immensely.

Edwin is the consummate teammate. He never has a bad thing to say about anyone. He’s giving of his time to the community. He’s as humble as a down to earth next door neighbor and the quintessential family man – not to mention that he has been a very good football player for the Baltimore Ravens.

In the football business, you hear the term “glue guy” used to describe a player that is complementary in many ways and simply heightens the chemistry of a team on and off the field. Edwin is one of those “glue” guys in all walks of life.

Edwin has made himself available to many, many Ravens fans. He has taken the time when some have not. He has been to several Ravens-related bull roasts, community events and he’s taken several treks down to Ocean City to participate in the annual Ravens Parade. He’s an honorable man who one day should be among those in the Ravens Ring of Honor.

I’m a better person having had the opportunity to meet and talk to Edwin. There are probably many of you that have experienced the same distinguished pleasure. I invite you to share your stories here. Perhaps it will soften the blow of his departure.

Isn’t it ironic that such a happy, dependable man of Polynesian descent who has campaigned for the gift of music in Baltimore schools is departing in such an unexpected and somber way?

This news is hardly music to the ears and if it was, what a sad song it would be.

Thanks for the memories Edwin and thank you for setting the standard for style, grace, class, dignity, compassion and humanity in the NFL.

Yours will be very big shoes to fill.

Here’s to your future exceeding even the high hopes we have for you.

ENOUGH ALREADY ABOUT MIKE ANDERSON!


Will everyone just be quiet about Mike Anderson! From a person who watched him every day during Summer Camp ’06, he wasn’t all that impressive. Now I will admit that practice is practice and obviously the Ravens’ talent evaluators have a much keener eye than me when it comes to who or who isn’t an impact player in the NFL, but clearly Mike Anderson isn’t the answer to the Ravens woeful rushing attack.

Should he have been given the ball more frequently in ‘06? Sure! But don’t confuse his per carry average with efficiency. Those 39 carries that resulted in a 4.7 ypc average got a boost from that 34 yard jaunt against the Raiders when the outcome of the game was hardly in doubt. Without that carry, Anderson’s ypc fall to 3.9. Then when you consider that he often ran with 6 in the box on first, second or third and long, the average becomes less meaningful.

It doesn’t excuse the Ravens choice to barely use him after giving him $3 million in ’06, but don’t buy into the notion that he’s the answer. There are some that once thought Anthony Wright was the answer when Kyle Boller went down.

Anderson is no more than an expensive insurance policy at this point – perhaps that’s all he’ll ever be in Baltimore.

Remember Jason Brookins?

Monday, March 05, 2007

RAVENS SMART TO REMAIN PATIENT!


Some have criticized Ozzie Newsome for his lack of aggressiveness in the free agent market. Others have lauded him for his patience.

Let’s face it, the Ravens weren’t far off in ’06 so why do anything drastic? And if they are as efficient in the ’07 draft as they were 11 months ago, there’s reason to believe the team will get better and there’s also reason to believe last year’s rookies will improve.

Yet probably the most important measuring stick for the Ravens is how they’ve improved relative to their divisional foes. Cincinnati is essentially status quo less Eric Steinbach. The Steelers will undoubtedly go through a year of adjustment. And the Browns are the Browns and still another season or two away provided Romeo Crennel and Phil Savage can hang on that long.

So while we all want the Ravens to improve the running game, maybe the best way for them to do so (and admittedly it’s certainly a less glamorous way) is to improve the offensive line and overall depth through the draft.

The Ravens chances of repeating as the AFC North Division Champ are certainly no weaker now than prior to the start of free agency. And from the looks of it, they should still be considered favorites.

To get to where they want to go, the Ravens have to take care of divisional business first. Then who knows? If they catch a wave of momentum like the Colts or like the Super Bowl XXXV Champs, well you know….

Meanwhile, why mortgage the future when you might not have to?

Sunday, March 04, 2007

ADALIUS THOMAS: He Shoots And Scores!


AD certainly hit a home run with that five year, $37.5 million deal that includes $22 million in guaranteed money according to NFL Network while NFL.com reports that $24 million will be paid out during the first three years. John Tomase from the Boston Herald calls the deal a “steal.”

Really?

For whom?

Who can blame him for leaving? Who can blame the Ravens for letting him? We’ll be watching AD and wishing you well except of course during your visit here this Fall.

On the surface, the move looks like a good fit. If anyone can tap AD’s potential the way the Ravens did, Bill Belichick is that guy. Yet it will be interesting to see if AD is a product of the Ravens system. According to the Boston Herald, one AFC North executive thinks that he could be.

“Thomas is a good athlete, and he was productive in their scheme in Baltimore, but he's not good setting the edge against the run and he's not a traditional 'Sam' [strong-side] linebacker because he has trouble getting off a tight end's block. I saw [Daniel] Graham bury him against the Ravens a couple years ago. They ran right over him the whole game.”

We’ll be watching No. 96 (which by the way is available for you). Thanks for the memories. You deserve all that comes your way.

Friday, March 02, 2007

GOOD GUYS FINISH FIRST



I read today that Everson Walls, the former Pro Bowl corner of the Dallas Cowboys donated one of his 47 year old kidneys to former teammate and dear friend, Ron Springs. Springs is the father of Redskins’ CB Shawn who states that, "Everything went really well [with the surgery]."


Ron Springs has struggled with diabetes fro 16 years and gets around in a wheelchair due to an amputated foot. He has also required dialysis three times a week. It is expected that Springs will no longer require the wheelchair and certainly not the taxing dialysis treatments, as he heals and heads towards recovery.


Do not underestimate the selflessness of Everson Walls. That is an amazing gift that he has bestowed upon his friend.


My Mom was a kidney transplant patient. For years she struggled with dialysis. I can remember picking her up from the dialysis unit at Maryland General Hospital after attending classes at Loyola College. I will never forget how drained she was from those treatments. I recall vividly helping her down those iron steps while exiting the unit, her weight completely dependent upon my support.


Mom’s transplant was a miracle. Her body accepted the donated kidney without any rejection period and it helped her to 10 more years of a vibrant life. Her new kidney came from a 20 year old man who died in a motorcycle accident. Dad was always thankful and often kidded that the man must have been a lunatic because my Mom's passion for life was unparalleled after the transplant.


I hope for that and more for the families of Ron Springs and Everson Walls.


Congratulations Ron and thank you Everson.




Somewhere my Mom is smiling...

JOEY Gets The Boot From Steelers



Joey Porter was released by the Steelers. When you stop laughing and when you completely disregard any fleeting thought of Porter in a Ravens uniform, objectively consider the player. He’ll be 30 years old this month and has been on the decline for two seasons. He disappears when he goes up against a solid tackle and his limited success of late has more to do with his familiarity with the Dick LaBeau’s zone blitzing schemes than anything else.


Just what the rest of the NFL needs…a malcontent, crybaby, over-the-hill linebacker.
What goes around comes around, even in the NFL.


All that said, 2007 is looking more and more like an adjustment season for the Steelers.


Wonder if Todd Heap is laughing somewhere today…


Perhaps you are too!


LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!